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Thursday, July 31, 2014 12:01 am


Any doubt that all the feel-good advisory referendums on the fall ballot are more about the governor’s race than anything else were laid to rest this week when Gov. Pat Quinn, who is trailing Bruce Rauner by double digits in the polls and can’t seem to move the meter, issued an atta-boy to himself this week via his campaign, which noted that the governor had signed legislation to put an advisory referendum on the ballot that asks voters whether the state should increase taxes on millionaires and use the money to fund education. Brave man, who will now no doubt lose the millionaire voting bloc, but Quinn’s a scrapper – just ask him. “I’ve been fighting for this reform for a long time,” the governor declared in a press release. Not surprisingly, the campaign soft-peddled the fact that the referendum is merely advisory, and so Quinn hasn’t reformed anything. Then there is the religious angle. “Our tax system should be fair and based on ability to pay – that’s a principle as old as the Bible,” Quinn asserted in the press release. Huh? Except for saying that we should render unto Caesar, our own copy of the good book is pretty thin on tax policy. Perhaps he has been praying a lot, and with good reason. While Quinn’s campaign was issuing the press release, Reboot Illinois was issuing the results of a new poll showing that the governor has lost four points to Rauner since last month and now trails the challenger by a whole bunch, with 47 percent of voters favoring the Republican, 33 percent favoring the incumbent and 20 percent undecided.

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