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Proviso Probe

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

N06, Meeks for governor?

Here's a few angles that come to mind:

1. Meeks wants to be bought off with President of the County Board.

2. Madigan and Daley have heard Blagojevich or members of his inner circle will be indicted befor the November election. Conceivably, Meeks could be the de facto substitute candidate.

3. Madigan thinks that Meeks will boost turnout among Blacks and Lefties that wouldn't come to the polls for Blagojevich. This extra turnout will put Dems over the top in tight legislative races. If JBT wins, it's not that bad. If she gets less than 45% of the vote then the Speaker can probably dictate terms to her. And Lisa Madigan will have a better chance at winning Guv in 2010 if JBT wins in 2006.


  • I've been thinking about this. I may be wrong but I think White people are equally split down the middle in terms of who votes on the Dems or Repubs and Black people have traditionally been the swing votes for the Democrats. If this happens and I'm not a Meeks fan, I will vote on Meeks, which means, the Republicans should automatically win. I'm tired of black people being lap dogs for the Democrats. I welcome the change.

    I'm going to link back to your post because I've been meaning to write about this, but haven't gotten around to it.

    By Anonymous cynthia, at 12:06 PM, March 28, 2006  

  • I should have said, you brought up some interesting points that I need to ponder.

    By Anonymous cynthia, at 12:35 PM, March 28, 2006  

  • Pretty good observations. But Meeks would never get the nod for Cook County Board President. My gut tells me he's just posturing to get some concessions from the Governor. The sad thing is that if Meeks gets something from the Governor, it'll only be enough to help a few of his close associates. Not anything close to his demands of raising the income tax to more equitably fund education in this state. He'll just get a few pecans to make him sit down. His posturing would be brilliant if it were sincere.

    By Blogger Provisoguru, at 1:53 PM, March 28, 2006  

  • Hey Carl., I heard Meeks is hiring Brian Cross and Don Sloan and Jimmy Perelli and Tom Walsh to run his campaign! Considering how well all four of these guys did in Proviso and Lyons,Meeks is sure to win the votes for Governor!

    By Anonymous I Heard, at 5:38 PM, March 28, 2006  

    Gov. - Meeks
    Lt. Gov - Oberweis
    Treasurer - Rauschenberger
    Comptroller - Mangieri
    Sec. of State - Yarbrough
    Attorney General - Eisendrath

    Team Reformation is dedicated to eliminating Kjellander,Tom Walsh and Don Sloan and provide $6 billion in eduction for Chicago blacks.
    Beat that Blago and Topinka!!!!!

    That would be a great ticket,where do I sign up!!

    By Anonymous reformation, at 5:46 PM, March 28, 2006  

  • The hot rumor flying around Springfield and Chicago yesterday was that State Sen. James Meeks and Jim Oberweis were going to team up in a third-party run for governor and lite guv. Rumors were unclear as to who would play Batman and who, Robin. Heaven knows what sort of impact that would have on the race. Somehow it seems like it would be fitting for one of the weirdest political cycles at the statewide level in decades. (Awwwright...two years ago was pretty darn weird, too.)
    But I thought that Batman was Eugene Moore and Robin was Don Sloan?

    By Anonymous gotham city, at 5:49 PM, March 28, 2006  

  • centrifugal force evident in the Illinois body politic today is stunning.

    Liberals are leaving incumbent Governor Rod Blagojevich because he won't raise taxes. Conservatives are leaving Republican Judy Topinka because she celebrates homosexuality. Where's a middle-of-the-roader to end up?

    Is Chicken Little right? Is the sky falling? Will Don Sloan,Brian Cross and Jim Perelli be able to figure out who will win and jump on there ship?

    First, while getting in the car during his re-announcement tour, Democratic Party Governor Rod Blagojevich said he would stick to his pledge not to raise income or sales taxes. Slip of the tongue then or deliberately left out of his announcement speech is irrelevant?

    Republican Party candidate Judy Topinka won’t take the same pledge. Even fiscally conservative Republicans who think social issues are irrelevant have to be nervous about that omission. The older ones will remember that it was moderate Republican Governors Richard Ogilvie, Jim Thompson and Jim Edgar who imposed and raised the income tax.

    Talk about confusing fiscal conservatives.

    Neither power party candidates are on the right side of the issue of gay rights for social conservatives.

    First comes Randall Stufflebeam of the newly emerging Constitution Party with a conservative social and tax message.

    Now, the Rev. James Meeks of Chicago’s South Side threatens to run for Governor.

    It could just be a prelude to bring a black mayor back to control in Chicago, but State Senator and, more importantly, mega-church Pastor James Meeks’ announcement that he will run for governor got me thinking.

    He says he is running because Chicago schools do not get enough state aid to education. He claims we are 49th, although that figure refers to the state’s ranking in state aid to education, not money actually spent on a per pupil basis. On the more relevant measure, Illinois ranked in the middle of the states the last time I checked. (We rank in the top ten, as far as teachers’ salaries go. Details that are about a year out-of-date are here.)

    If Meeks runs, he will obviously coalesce black voters as they have not been since State Senator Harold Washington ran for Mayor. He will run for governor with a “Where’s mine?” theme, but, unfortunately for truth in politics, will not call his effort “The Tax Hike Party.”

    And, he has a smattering of ready-made supporters throughout Illinois for his “let’s hike taxes” message. The messenger who prepared the way was Ralph Martire of the union-financed Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, playing the "John, the Baptist," role.

    Mayors in Southern Illinois and the Chicago suburbs (the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus) have endorsed his idea. Educational Funding Task Force Chairman Elgin Mayor Ed Shock led the charge in 2003.

    The two teachers unions endorsed Blagojevich in 2002 because they thought a Democrat would sign a tax increase. The Illinois Education Association has its power base Downstate.

    Tax hike proponents in schools throughout Illinois have complained that the state was not paying its fair share.

    Locally, Carpentersville District 300 and Huntley District 158 tax hikers supported the so-called “tax swap” in Senate Bill 750. Would they wonder out of the closet again for Meeks’ siren song of getting more money from Springfield? (No matter, that our area would pay far more than it could ever expect to receive in return. Rhetoric trumps logic in politics. Although, one of the District 158 B.E.S.T. leaders did back her support off at the last minute last year.)

    The Farm Bureau has chapters in every county, which regularly vote in favor of higher income taxes. Of course, farmers don’t pay a whole lot of income taxes.

    And, what about those Democrats I playfully call the “Leftie Liberals.” They opposed John Stroeger’s re-election to the Cook County Board, but they—sometimes quite openly—push for higher income taxes. And, they can’t stand Blagojevich.

    And, poor Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn. He favors Meeks’ position, but loses his job, if he supports him. He supported a constitutional amendment to hike income taxes on high earners.

    And what would now-organization player Cook County Assessor Jim Houlihan do? He has been pushing a “tax swap” plan for years, but aspires to succeed Cook County Board Chairman John Stroeger.

    In any event, it is not obvious that Meeks couldn’t put together a respectable campaign organization without Don Sloan,Jim Perelli,Brian Cross and Tom Walsh helping him.

    And, Meeks is on the conservative’s side on gay rights but Sloan and Cross and Perelli are on the liberal side of gay rights.

    Blame this analysis on the theme song of the Disney movie, “Chicken Little,” whose theme song is “The End of the World, As We Know It.” We bought the DVD last Tuesday and the 1987 song by REM has been playing a lot.

    By Anonymous end of the world, at 5:57 PM, March 28, 2006  

  • Hey Yanez

    Are you bored

    Are you done licking your chops after Ramiro's and his boys including you got their ass kicked in Cicero AGAIN?

    We know what you did last tuesday


    By Anonymous Bored?, at 6:16 PM, March 28, 2006  

  • SLOAN ....... Hmmm....,,,,,

    Corrupter of people and communities!
    Propagandist in the same vein as Chemical Ali,Tokoyo Rose and Hanoi Jane!

    Sloan, I know what you did Tuesday,

    You Lost BIG,BIG,BIG TIME!!!!!
    IN Proviso you got spanked by the Karen Machine, and after Tuesday we want you to introduce legislation at the Proviso Township office of not only Congratulating her, but changing the name of Proviso to " Yarbrough Country"!

    Plus, you also got spanked in Lyons, when you tried pulling a double cross on the Republican Cook County Commissioner Tony Peraica, but he won , and you
    LOSER, your 0 for three and you struck out all three times!

    By Anonymous are you delusional, at 6:44 PM, March 28, 2006  

  • Carl,
    Just wondering. So Meeks ran as an independent 1st time out and a democrat second time out. So he's decided he want to run as an independent again and needs to garner 25,000 GOOD signatures. Meaning ten times that amount to get on the ballot.
    So, those who signed petitions for Democrats in the primary can not sign for him as an independent even those at his church. So who signs his petition:
    1. newly register voters?
    2. LaRouche defectors
    3. Crack pots & weirdos
    4. Come on home Alan Keyes?
    5. Who?

    By Anonymous Just wondering, at 9:37 AM, March 29, 2006  

  • Meeks won't get bought off so easily since he's not a typical pol. When Rod renewed his no-new-taxes pledge, Meeks realized his goal of school funding reform was dead if Rod were re-elected. I think Meeks runs unless Rod caves and rescinds his pledge.

    I talked to a prominent Dem yesterday who was a staunch Rod supporter four years ago who now thinks there's a better chance for more revenues/higher taxes with Judy, since she hasn't taken he pledge.

    By Blogger FightforJustice, at 9:58 PM, March 30, 2006  

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