November 9, 2006

Governor Blagojevich to return to Quad Cities today

AP photo by M. Spencer Green

10:20 A.M.

Advance word has been received that Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich will be making a return appearance in the Quad Cities two days after his re-election.

Blagojevich will be appearing this afternoon at 3:15 P.M. at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local #25 located at 4600 Blackhawk Road, Rock Island.

The Governor's travelling to promote his proposal to raise the minimum wage to $7.50/hour with annual cost of living adjustments, or indexing, to keep pace with inflation.

The public is invited to attend.


At 11/09/2006 5:25 PM, Blogger nicodemus said...

Maybe he will raid their pension like he did to us teachers.

At 11/09/2006 6:52 PM, Anonymous UnionD said...

Rock Island County has already adopted a raise in minimum wage. Anyone under 18 is hired in at 7.00 per hour while over 18 is 7.50. This is for the part time non union positions. Praises to the Rock Island County Board for being on the leading edge of raising the minimum wage.

At 11/09/2006 10:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sure that Boland made it to see the Gov. this time. He was absent in seeing him Monday when his seat was up in the air. Nothing changes it is all about Boland.

At 11/10/2006 8:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this picture of Blago - it looks like he's on Dancing With The Stars.

At 11/10/2006 8:45 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon 22:56

I find the charge that it's "all about Boland" really stupid. Surely you could do better.

First of all, the people making that charge are "all about" themeselves, which is why they're trashing Boland.

Secondly, it appears that for Boland, if he does anything that is designed to help him stay in office, it's considered a bad thing. Yet for nearly every other politician, what they do for that goal is shrewd and perfectly OK.

Boland had a few hundred thousand spent by Republicans (aided in every way possible by a certain faction of local Dems) spreading negatives, including the theme that he was engaging in "pay to play".

It wasn't coincidental. That's the exact pejorative phrase used against Gov. Blagojevich, who has been tainted himself with some scandals and investigations swirling around him.

The Republicans spent a lot of dough trying to link Boland to Blago, so Boland was probably not in a big rush to appear physically at his side prior to the election. If he had done so, you'd probably be saying he was stupid to have done so.

It's just like the hundreds of Republicans who'd do anything to stay away from Bush prior to the election. No one's accusing them of it being "all about them", are they?

At 11/10/2006 10:03 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon 8:30

That picture really jumped out at me too. It was part of an excellent election day slide show at the Chicago Tribune site.

It's a great illustration of how politicians dart around trying to quickly grab hands and hopefully votes. It was taken at a commuter train station in Chicago on election day.

Yahoo has a very moving slide show documenting Tammy Duckworth's unsucessful campaign for congress.

It includes shots of an amazing array of people who had appeared for her, including Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Dick Durbin, and Michael J. Fox.

Despite those heavyweights and a near record amount of money dumped into her campaign by Rahm Emanuel, Duckworth came up slightly short.

I highly recommend viewing it at (Just copy the address and paste it into your brower's address bar)

The Trib ran a photo gallery which contained the Blago shot as well as many touching shots from the Duckworth campaign and others

Got here to see them.

An audio slideshow on election night at Duckworth headquarters can be found at

At 11/10/2006 5:52 PM, Blogger Rawk Eyelund said...

"UnionD said...

Rock Island County has already adopted a raise in minimum wage. Anyone under 18 is hired in at 7.00 per hour while over 18 is 7.50."

That's just affects people working for the county, not everyone working in the county.

At 11/10/2006 9:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason that it is all about Boland that sticks with people is because he is an oppertunist. You pretend like evry polotition is but the only pol. that gave out state grants right before the election was Boland. You can say that it doesn't matter but it is obvious that it made a difference to the voters. Maybe not enough to beat him in a General in a highly democratic district in a highly democratic year, but surley enough to get Boland in a primary with either Lack or Rumler.

At 11/11/2006 12:27 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Well, if enough illiterates continue to work against him, I'm sure he'll be toast.

I can see your signs now.... Eleckt Suone Els nOt Bulund

At 11/11/2006 12:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

rawl eyelund,

This is true that it is only Rock Island County that does this. But, it had to start somewhere. I am thankful that it started here and think that it shows the forethought of the Rock Island County Board and their leadership.

This being a labor area I believe that this was a needed move. It should sweep across the state and country from here. If this is where it starts so be it !!!!. We can be proud that we come from an area that wishes to make this a place to work and live with decent wages.
Why would an employer not want to reward their employee's with a decent wage. My opinion is that everyone should be allowed to make a living wage.



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