Polls: Rauner with a Slight Edge Over Quinn, While Madigan's Unfavorable Ratings Are High

What do some new polls say about the race between Quinn and Rauner, and about House Speaker Michael Madigan?

A couple of polls popped up over the weekend focusing on some of the key players in Illinois politics. First, with just over six months until the November general election, the first poll focusing on the race for governor between Gov. Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner appeared. The poll showed Rauner with a slight 43-40 lead, a figure that means little with so much time to go. 

What does mean a lot, however, is what the poll said about both Quinn's ratings and the favorability of public unions in Illinois.


While Quinn's unfavorable ratings might be high, they're nowhere near as high as the ratings House Speaker Michael Madigan has. His unfavorable ratings are extremely high. 

How high?


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TC April 22, 2014 at 09:41 PM
When someone like Seer starts spewing it causes me to wonder if he's just some ignorant kid trying to get reactions out of adults or if he's just stupid. After going through some of the 12 other comments he's put on other articles in the last 24 hours it is apparent it is both. I apologize to everyone else for provoking even one more comment out of that imbecile. That said, there is no question that there have been abuses in the pension systems (especially the teacher one with the huge end of career bumps) but I still think it is unfair to blame the rank and file people in that system for what is wrong with the financial status of this state. It goes SO much deeper than that. You can be against pensions and want to eliminate them or whatever you want but take away the biggest incentive for going into professions like those where you make less money than similarly educated private sector employees and you are going to have a major shortage (especially of teachers) much more quickly than you think. Be careful what you wish for.
Walt Hines April 22, 2014 at 11:43 PM
@ George, I would love to hear what state your moving to. I'm just tired of the same old crap that will continue no matter who gets in. I'm in Oswego and the school district is $800 million in the hole. They've spent like a bunch of drunken sailors with not much to show for it. My taxes are more than my PMI each month. We're having to give our homes away just to move.........This ? goes out to anyone. Has Rauner said anything about not collecting a pension from the state if he wins Governor? I've heard nothing and to me that's part of the problem, please share if you know differently. God help us all!!!
Danni April 23, 2014 at 12:49 AM
About that library-think it will be filled with graffiti and out of control theft by a certain segment of the gangbangers, flashmob, driveby shooter, grammar school dropout, gun-toting druggie type?
jack hess April 23, 2014 at 10:03 AM
God save the over TAX Citizens of Illinois. I wish i could sell my home, an move out of one of the most corrupt state in the U.S. and Crook County ,but would take a big loss on my home. We have more convicted felons State Legislators than any other state. Ask yourself why ? Look at the legislators who running the state gambling committee! Ask yourself why do Crook County Part -time Commissioners and all part time State Legislators get a ( Full-Time Pension).
Phaedrus Pirsig April 23, 2014 at 12:56 PM
TC, Illinois has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, pretty sure we could fill those teaching spots overnight. With the technology we have today we could easily supplement the cost of these state breaking pensions that fraudulently get bumped up in a teacher's final years. Charter schools are doing a better job without union teachers. During Chicago's teacher strike I listened to union teachers that barely spoke English. No complaints about the salaries, just get rid of the pensions.


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