A key factor in Bruce Rauner getting the keys to the Springfield governor’s mansion is the role that Democrats and Pat Quinn played in pension theft.
Public employees and retired public employees across the state would not vote for Quinn because of his role in passing and signing Senate Bill 1.
$30 million dollars in public employee union PAC money could not save Quinn from the anger of public employees and retired.
An interesting poll in the Illinois Observer this morning.
Dan Biss is the Democratic State Senator from Skokie.
On many social issues Biss is a traditional liberal Democrat. But he is known among public employee union members throughout Illinois as a pension thief for his outspoken leadership in support of pension cuts.
The talk has always been that Dan Biss has higher ambitions than being a Skokie State Senator.
His next step is State Comptroller. That is the office Judy Baar Topinka held until her death shortly after the election.
In the poll cited by the Illinois Observer, Biss is being beaten by Leslie Munger. Munger was appointed by Rauner to fill the spot until a new election.
Who is Leslie Munger?
Biss is polling 60% in heavily Democratic Chicago. But Munger is getting 20% in Chicago, where public employees were not even directly impacted by SB1. And the general rule is that if a Republican polls 20% in Chicago, the Democrat is toast.
Voters downstate reject Biss over Republican Munger by 6%.
700,000 voters outside of Chicago are in a public pension system or are retired and collecting from one.
They know Biss’ name very well.
Call this the Quinn Rule.
Working family voters expect Democrats to defend their interests against the wealthy. If they fail to do that then they will run into trouble with working family voters.