Governor Quinn's promise to end pay-to-play in Illinois is laughable as he so cynically accepts endorsements and campaign funds from the very union he and his predecessor impeached governor Rod Blagojevich turned into one of Illinois most powerful and wealthy. With the help of executive orders, Quinn and Blagojevich gave union bullies unprecedented access to people who work at home caring for children and invalids.
Over the last decade, SEIU and its sister organization ACORN have spent $12 million in SEIU union dues to buy Illinois both Democratic and Republican state lawmakers' loyalty and support. SEIU's shrewd investment is about to pay off, as discussed in Wednesday's Southtown Star Always Right column ...
But Quinn not only has received the SEIU's endorsement. Over the years, it's given more than $30,000 in campaign donations. That's a fraction of the $224,000 it gave to Attorney General Lisa Madigan and more than half a million to Blagojevich. Over the past decade, it has given Illinois lawmakers more than $12 million, the vast majority to Democrats.
Blagojevich was so thick with SEIU officials that he felt comfortable asking for a higher echelon six-figure job for himself and his wife, Patti, federal wiretaps revealed.
And here's the anticipated payoff ...
The Right to Work Foundation's executive director, Mark Mix, is convinced that what Rod Blagojevich and Quinn have implemented in Illinois will be an integral part of the health reform act President Barack Obama is pushing.
"We're seeing this kind of union promotion in other states, especially California," Mix said. "And I've read about the need for home health care workers to have collective bargaining at the federal level, especially if the federal government oversees health care reform. If the unions get their way, what's happening in Illinois will be nationwide."
Without an outcry from Illinoisans, state lawmakers will get the idea we're okay with all this. Are we? Call your lawmakers at the Capitol today (217 782 2000), tell them to give back any campaign funds they've gotten from ACORN/SEIU, sign AFP's Say No to ACORN petition and demand these 2000 families caring for severely disabled be left alone.