Quinn: Make the Tax Increase Permanent or the Disabled & Dying Get It

Written By Dan Proft

On Wednesday, Governor Pat Quinn dressed up the demands of a hostage-taker into a state budget address—again.

In advance of the permanently temporary personal and corporate income tax increases he imposed on Illinois in 2011, Quinn argued that without the tax increases, social service providers would suffer.

In fact, he would see to it that they did.

Quinn’s less than subtle message to the human services community was that if they wanted to avoid seeing the invoices they submitted to the state for services rendered put into the permanently permanent pay-no-mind bin in the Governor’s office they best fall in line.

Quinn did not conjure up a darling cartoon character to deliver that message. He did it himself.

This is the same Pat Quinn who sanctioned an effort by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to insert themselves between parents and their developmentally disabled children.

Adding more dues-paying beings to SEIU’s rolls was more important to Quinn than protecting as inviolate the bond between a developmentally disabled child and the primary caregivers upon whom he relies—his mom and dad. This matter is now pending before the United States Supreme Court (Harris v. Quinn).

Pat Quinn enjoys a public perception generated by the state-run media that while he is perhaps not the gold standard in competence, Quinn is generally honest and kind-hearted.

As is so often the case in Illinois politics, it is the converse that turns out to be true. The avuncular Quinn is not nearly the Chauncey Gardiner character he appears to be. His regular guy shtick and affable demeanor belies a cold, calculating propensity to exploit vulnerable people as the means to his political ends.

After publicly declaring that his word means nothing by codifying that in Illinois, to paraphrase Milton Friedman, nothing is so permanent as a temporary tax increase, Quinn has quickly moved into the enforcement phase.

Quinn communicated to hospice providers, for example, that he will eliminate the hospice benefit provided by Illinois’ Medicaid program if the temporary personal and corporate income taxes are not made permanent.

The hospice benefit in question provides for palliative care for the terminally ill. That care most often occurs in the home as opposed to an institutional setting so as to improve a person’s quality of life before he or she dies.

In effect—and this is not my opinion but rather the opinion of hospice care providers I contacted—Quinn is threatening the end-of-life care for dying children and adults.

Quinn is seizing a political opportunity to bully individuals and their loved ones when they are at their most vulnerable to satisfy his public sector union financiers who want a permanent tax increase (and more still) and thus advance his electoral interests.

In the classic movie “The Agony and the Ecstasy,” which tells the story of Michelangelo’s commission from Pope Julius II to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, there is a running exchange between the impatient Pope Julius (Rex Harrison) and the perfectionist Michelangelo (Charlton Heston) wherein Pope Julius routinely asks Michelangelo, “When will you make an end?” Michelangelo’s reply is always, “When I am finished!”

In the black art of Illinois politics, I am left to wonder, when we will make an end of Pat Quinn and his thuggery?

And I am left to hope that the Illinois electorate decides to do so in November before we are finished.


This article was originally published on the IllinoisOpportunity.org website.

Close Race in the 97th GOP House Primary

Mark Batinick, our pro-family endorsed candidate, is under a major attack from the pro-abortion contingent! His opponents know they have nothing to lose, so they are resorting to hyperbolic mud slinging.  (Read more at IllinoisReview.com)

Can you believe that pro-abortion candidate Amanda Manke is openly criticizing Mark’s pro-family positions?!?!  In a recent Personal PAC mailer sent on behalf of Mancke, they attack Mark for being anti-woman because he is pro-life.  Liberals certainly can spin an issue, can’t they?

Well, with the money she is getting from the abortion industry, she is closing the gap on the front runner, Mark Batinick.

We simply can’t let the abortion industry win on Tuesday!

You must find a way to get to the polls! Bring your spouse and children with you! Make sure they vote, and vote pro-family.

We finally have the opportunity to elect a pro-life & pro-family advocate to represent this district! Mark Batinick is the right candidate for the 97th district!

Mark is a family man, father of 5, who is concerned with the state of affairs in Illinois.  Like you, he is tired of the moral decline represented by years of anti-family laws.  As a social and fiscal conservative, he wants to protect our children from the moral and fiscal chaos that has been brought upon Illinois by failing legislators, Democrat or Republican.  He is our kind of representative!

Planned Parenthood would like nothing more than you staying home during the primaries while they steal this Republican seat for the abortion forces. Please spread the word!!

Thank you,

David E. Smith, Executive Director
Illinois Family Action

Keith Matune Challenging Incumbent in 81st District Primary

Charles Thomas, the longtime political reporter for ABC Chicago News, helped to clear the air with an important report on Friday.

What’s defining this race is the incumbent’s new position on same-sex “marriage” and his Matune’s twenty-year old incident record the candidate calls youthful indiscretions.

Had Enough of RINOs?

Don’t Trust Tom “Double” Cross

GOP Candidate for Governor Says He is “Pro-Choice”

Written by David E. Smith

Bruce Rauner,  a venture capitalist from Winnetka, was asked asked by a reporter about his positions on the social issues:  same-sex marriage and abortion.  In the video below, Rauner dodges the question on same-sex marriage by saying that the issue should be put to the voters.  On the issue of abortion, Rauner doesn’t flinch: “I am pro-choice.”

It is hard to believe that any pro-life voter would consider supporting a candidate that supports the death and dismemberment of unborn children.

With the scientific evidence we have today about the humanity of the unborn child, to proudly proclaim support of legalized abortion means that you are either 1.) lying to yourself about what abortion is and does to the unborn child, 2.) lying to the public and hiding the truth of abortion, or 3.) the only other possible explanation is ignorance. In any case, being “pro-choice” is reason enough to disqualify any candidate from getting our vote.

Watch the video interview yourself.  The clip below starts at 17:19. Rauner clearly tells the reporters that he supports a women’s “right” to choose abortion:

LGBTQ Radicals Support Ron Sandack & Sullivan in GOP Primary

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State Rep. Ron Sandack during gay marriage rally last summer – Photo: Windy City Times

Written by IllinoisReview.com — A new group, headed by former DuPage County Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom’s son Glen, filed paperwork Tuesday to set up the Illinois Unity PAC. The new PAC says it was formed to support incumbent State Rep. Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove) and Rep. Ed Sullivan (R-Mundelein) in the March 18th GOP primary.

Both Sandack and Sullivan are being challenged by Republicans that support traditional marriage. Sandack is being challenged by Keith Matune, and Sullivan by Bob Bednar. Pro-family groups set out to “primary” Sandack and Sullivan when they broke Republican ranks and voted with House Democrats to legalize same sex marriage in Illinois.

Tuesday, New York hedge fund investor Paul Singer, who had maxed out with $5,300 donations to both Sandack and Sullivan, gave $85,000 to Illinois Unity PAC, an independent expenditure group that has no limits on campaign donations or disbursements.

The investment mogul said in May he intended to support Republicans that promote gay marriage. Singer, who is straight, has a gay son that was married to another man in Massachusetts.

Candidate Obama versus President Obama on Executive Power

Written by Don Irvine, Accuracy in Media

When U.S. Senator Barack Obama campaigned for president in 2008, he criticized President George W. Bush for bringing “more and more power into the executive branch,” rather than working with Congress to meet his legislative goals:

I taught constitutional law for ten years. I take the Constitution very seriously. The biggest problem that we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all, and that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m President of the United States of America.

Considering how President Obama is now using his executive order privilege—delaying the employer mandate in Obamacare, requiring federal contractors to pay a higher minimum wage—it looks like Obama is not keeping his promise to work with Congress.

Obama promised in his State of the Union speech that this would be a year of action.  What he meant was that this will be a year of executive orders to try and achieve what he has failed to accomplish legislatively.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for the media to report on this latest example of Obama’s hypocrisy.

Roll Up Your Sleeves for Peter!

Written by David E. Smith

The Illinois Primary Election is just a little more than four weeks away, and it’s time to roll up our sleeves to help get some great pro-family lawmakers elected to represent our values in Springfield.

To that end, I would like to encourage you to join us next Saturday for a Rally and Volunteer Day for Peter Breen who is running for state representative against a pro-choice incumbent.

Peter has been a strong voice for our values, working hard to promote pro-life and natural marriage policies throughout the state and nation. Illinois risks moral and financial collapse unless we elect candidates of high moral and ethical standards to public office. I have no doubt that Peter would be a strong voice for our values in Springfield.

This rally will be held next Saturday, February 22 in Villa Park. The keynote speaker will be Joe Walsh, former congressman and radio personality. I will be there also along with Pat Hughes, 2010 U.S. Senate candidate. This is an event for the whole family!

Click HERE to download a flyer for this event.

Doors will open at 10:15 a.m. for the Rally & Volunteer Day, with the program beginning at 10:30. The Rally will be held at the Villa Park VFW Hall, 29 E. St. Charles Rd, Villa Park, IL.

After the Rally, volunteers will spend a few hours talking to Republican primary voters in the 48th District, either at their doorsteps or via telephone. When the walking and calls are complete, we will reconvene for pizza, refreshments, and fellowship.

To register for the Rally & Volunteer Day or to learn more, please visit votebreen.com/rally. If you have not been able to help the campaign so far, this is a great opportunity to support Peter and his efforts to bring new leadership to Springfield!

For the future of your children and grandchildren, please join us next Saturday for a few hours to help stop the downward spiral of the state and to help send Peter to Springfield.

If you are not able to volunteer your time but can donate to Peter’s campaign, please send your donation to:

Friends of Peter Breen
P.O. Box 76
Lombard, Illinois  60148-0076

Thank you!

Had Enough of RINOs?

Modified by Matthew Medlen.com