Bev Johns is a frequent contributor to this blog. She mostly keeps me and you up to date on the attempts by the ISBE to raise the class size limits that currently are in place for special education students.
She also writes frequently about the election for governor of illinois. The primary is March 18. The general election is next November.
We are allies on the class size fight.
She is frustrated with me when we discuss the election.
We disagree on whether any one of the Republicans
is better than Bruce Rauner or Quinn/Vallas.
I believe either Dillard or Rutherford is better.
Given importance of our votes on March 18 and
in November, isn’t this worth a more detailed
The beauty of a blog is that you always have
the last word.
Thank you for your posting on the attempted
elimination of special ed class size.
I thought that I had posted lots of views about what to do in March and November. But, I responded to Bev by asking her to make her case. And she did:
Educators wanting to send a real message to Illinois
politicians face a stark choice on March 18 – vote for
a Republican lesser evil OR vote third-party or not vote at all.
I believe we need to do everything we can to avoid having
a choice between Bruce Rauner and Qninn/Vallas in November.
Bruce Rauner would be a disaster for Public Education in
Illinois, and Quinn/Vallas would be as well.
There is ONLY one thing we can do to avoid having Rauner
or Quinn/Vallas as our next Governor: pick a Republican on
There is zero chance of electing a write-in candidate,
or a third-party candidate for Governor.
It might make us feel good to vote for a third-party candidate
or to write in one, although that is extremely difficult to
do with the new computerized voting machines.
But if we are to save Public Education in Illinois, we have
to do what is effective.
To send a real message to Illinois politicians we need to take
a Republican ballot on March 18, and vote for Kirk Dillard
or for Dan Rutherford.
The difficulty I have with Bev’s argument is nested in her post.
Kirk Dillard or Dan Rutherford?
Aside from the fact that these two are right-wing Republicans, members of ALEC (Dillard is state Chairman of ALEC), and are no friends of public education, Labor, civil rights or the poor and working poor, Bev can’t tell us which one to give our vote to.
How is this an election strategy?
This problem reflects the current situation. There is no agreed consensus on what to do about the governor’s race.
Vote for a Republican? They are all terrible.
Vote for Squeezy? In spite of the shocking AFL-CIO endorsement, he is the most anti-union Illinois Governor in 50 years.
Write in Ralph Martire? Write-in votes are not counted if the candidates have not filed that they are write-in candidates.
One thing is certain. We will not win in November in the race for Governor of Illinois.
Voting for Governor will take about 30 seconds. Do what you feel like doing.
I will be taking a Democratic ballot, voting for Will Guzzardi as my State Representative and I am leaving the top of the ticket blank.
And then I will go back to doing what others, including the Chicago Teachers Union, are advocating.
Build an independent political organization that can challenge the Republicans and Machine Democrats – an organization that represents the working families in the state.
And on that final point I bet Bev and I agree.