March 8, 2006

Jacobs talks with D/A editorial board

Kurt Allemeier provides some highlights of Sen. Mike Jacobs' discussion with the Dispatch/Argus editorial board, a group he's attacked on several occasions.
Class remains in session for Mike Jacobs, more than a year after his appointment to the 36th District state senate seat.

"I'm learning like everyone else about dealing with the office," Mr. Jacobs told the editorial board of The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus earlier this week, adding, "I'm not your traditional freshman."

He says he has grasped the Springfield system, but needs to learn to balance life with his family and do more to get to know voters. He says he tries to return the calls of his constituents.

He admits life has been tough for his family in the last year, and that he considered not running in the primary. "I wouldn't ask my family to sacrifice if I didn't want other families to improve and prosper," he said.

When talking, he appears to forget that he got the job through appointment to replace his father, Denny Jacobs, instead saying he is fighting for "re-election." Still, he appears to realize he has work to do to keep the job.

"People who say it was a nod of the head and it was over, that was not the case," he said.

He said he's steered $1.49 million to projects in the district, ranging from traffic signals, completion of the Hero Street monument, repairs at the Mercer County nursing home to equipment for the New Kingdom Trail Riders.

Mr. Jacobs considers the Western Illinois University campus in Moline his top legislative priority.

"You can't miss," he said. "Developers want to build in capitals and university towns because that is where the money flows."

He admits he sometimes moves faster than those around him to try to get things done.

Speaker of the Illinois House Mike Madigan, who is also chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party, offered him some advice, Mr. Jacobs said -- "Be calm."

"I've made some mistakes and I'll continue to make mistakes," Mr. Jacobs said. "I think I'm held to very high standards by my colleagues and this newspaper."

Illinois' method of financing public education through property taxes is an issue that needs to be dealt with, he said.

"Do I have an idea on how to finance education? No?" he said, "but I think the governor is going to have to do something."

He sees gaming revenue as a possible solution to the education funding problem.

He thinks the Illinois Quad-Cities would be helped in lobbying as a unified local government, similar to a system in Indiana that combines cities and counties without each losing its individual identity.

"It would allow us to reap bigger rewards," he said.

He also believes some business taxes and fees need to be looked at, to boost existing businesses and attract new business to the state.

"Four years ago we were the third-largest state" in the United States, he said. "Now we are the fifth-largest state and soon to be the sixth-largest state. We need to find a way to get Illinois moving again."
As has been apparent in comments here for some time, Jacobs has rather bizarrely convinced himself that he was actually elected. Many comments have often referred to Jacobs being "elected" or "re-elected". When these are challenged, the same commenter has always made the weird argument that Jacobs' selection by essentially one county chairman was a hard fought campaign and a great "win" for Jacobs.

Acknowledging some mistakes, and realizing he's likly to make more in the future, Jacobs at least shows some signs of self-awareness, but his seeming complaint at being "held to very high standards by my colleagues and this newspaper." rings a bit odd. Maybe people just shouldn't expect as much from him?

I've said since he was appointed that he didn't need to be a superman, nor could he. But Jacobs invited much of the scrutiny by his frenetic posturing and bragging about anything he could conceivably seize upon to claim credit for.

He wants it both ways, it seems. He wants to be free to posture and boast and claim great deeds, raising expectations with every pronouncement, yet he suggests the media and others are guilty of holding him to too high a standard, a standard that he himself created by inflating all the wonderful things he'd done, was doing, or would do in the future. Many people, including this humble blogger, tried mightily to get him to chill out, but to no avail.

A few eyebrows might get raised by finding that Jacobs has no clue how to deal with financing education, but he thinks the governor better do something about it. Hmmm. Maybe like more GAMBLING? It doesn't inspire a lot of faith that Jacobs is a deep thinker when he gives the impression that if pressed, his response to every problem facing mankind would be to suggest increased gambling.


At 3/08/2006 3:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was a little shocked that Jacobs admitted that he had considered not running for the position. He cited the burden on his family. If he's not willing to make the sacrafices necessary (and believe me, I wouldn't want to), maybe a job as a public servant isn't for him. I know it can be hard, you always want to live up to the expectations put in place by your father.

At 3/08/2006 3:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, Jacobs is able to rationalize his lack of morals by saying that "politics is a contact sport". That is ridiculous. Politics should be about the issues at hand. If Mike would debate, we would be able to see where they both stand on the issues important to the community. But he will not. Instead he will say that "people know who I am, and what I stand for". That couldn't be further from the truth. In the end, his late silence might be the undoing of Jacobs. The only thing that most people know about it the fact that nepotism has granted him his last two jobs.

At 3/08/2006 5:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's help Mike with his family.

Elect Rumler, and give Mike more quality time at home.

At 3/08/2006 8:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, working 3 days a week, while hanging out at the bar for the other 3 can be really taxing on such a great family man like Jacobs.

At 3/08/2006 9:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think if Rumler had a family of his own he would be more responsible and get his homework in on time. This isn't Collage.

At 3/08/2006 9:32 PM, Blogger highxlr8r said...


I'm not sure I read the "held to high standards" quote the same way you did.

For one, it seems awfully out of context from the "mistakes" sentence. When you read the two together, I took it to mean that he was encouraged by the high standards, and for basically keeping his feet to the fire. The "mistakes" sentence I think implies that he is working hard, and when you put energy into something, it soemtimes results in overzealousness and mistakes.

I don't want to put words in his mouth, but that whole paragraph seems poorly written and vague, and lends itself to varying interpretations.

At 3/08/2006 9:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You make fun of Jacobs for talking about gambling but he knows this Gov. and Mayor Daily want a casino. Laugh all you want but that is what these men will get.

At 3/08/2006 9:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First off Jacobs was elected. Do we realy have to go through this again. Second I have never Seen one post from Mike Jacobs on this site. You are so low as to say that anon people are who you want them to be. Grow up.

At 3/09/2006 3:23 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I'm full grown, thanks.

But first off, Jacobs has never been elected to any public office in his entire life period. If you persist in thinking so, you're delusional. Only you and a handful of supporters swallow that line.

And if you haven't spotted a comment from Sen. Mike here, you just haven't been paying attention.

At 3/09/2006 3:28 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Jacobs' remarks can certainly be interpreted differently and I'm sure they are.

After he admitted to "being human after all" so to speak, I just detected an almost hurt tone in the fact that the first thing after that was his saying that he's been held to a very high standard. Almost as if it was an excuse.

It seemed to me as if he were saying in essence,
Look, I made mistakes, and I probably will in the future, but anyone would if they were held to as high of standards as I've been held to.

At 3/09/2006 8:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I think if Rumler had a family of his own he would be more responsible and get his homework in on time. This isn't Collage.

8/3/06 21:11

So you are saying the fact he isn't married or have children doesn't make him as responsible as Jacobs. Then by extension, anyone who doesn't have a family is less suitable for political office. What about Lane Evans? He's never been married or had children. Are you going to say he isn't "responsible" and not suitable for office? After almost 25 years as a successful congressman, do you think your comment holds water? Some of you are so easy!

At 3/09/2006 9:27 AM, Anonymous Bill said...

Yes, as usual the Argus wrote things that were poorly written and vague, open to interpretation. That's our local rag. Glad I'm not the only one to see this. I've noticed some Jacobs signs ripped down. I hope it's just kids.

At 3/09/2006 10:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone might want to point out to the senator that his biography on the State of Illinois senate website states he was appointed to the position on Feb. 9, 2005.

Here is the link:

At 3/09/2006 1:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Do I have an idea on how to finance education? No?" he said, "but I think the governor is going to have to do something.

This is best we can get from our appointed senator?

Paul your getting my vote and everyone in my family's vote...after counting all of the aunts, grandmas, cousins, brothers, and sisters on both my side and my wife's side that total is up to 42 votes for Mr. Rumler.

Wait I forgot to mention my friends and all of their family.....

At 3/10/2006 8:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is nice to see that you have such a tight reign over your whole family. You must be a real peach of a guy. Do you let your wife have any choices at all.

At 3/10/2006 8:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is nice to see our Democratic team working to get A bigger slice for our schools. Great Work Sen. Mike Jacobs and the rest of the Democratic team. Sen Obama, Rep Evans, Rep Verschoore, and Boland.

At 3/10/2006 9:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ever notice how all of the pro-Jacobs stuff seems either phony and manufactured or mean and childish?

Just sayin'.

At 3/10/2006 9:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have seen two pieces from Jacobs and they were both nice and informative. Where have you seen the mean or childish. I would be interested to see those.

At 3/10/2006 9:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wasn't referring to campaign mailings. Duh.
I meant the comments here. And I can only imagine the ones that don't make it through. OMG.

At 3/11/2006 4:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats to both Paul Rumler and Mike Jacobs for running such upbeat, positive campaigns. The nasty anti Rumler and anti Jacobs blogging is pathetic, and should stop, but the Jacobs' mailings and the Rumler forum comments have been nothing but positive.


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