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Earn the Right to Be Proud: No Going Back

Ives: "New Jersey provides a path and precedent for Illinois."

“We’ve now been in office over 1,000 days, and there’s not been a hint, not a mention of scandal in this administration. And, there’s no chance we’ll go back.” To anyone who has even remotely followed Illinois politics, these words, in that order, seem almost foreign. But they were spoken just days ago by Governor Chris Christie, who leads a state once considered to be one of the most corrupt and disordered in the nation. 

The fact that Illinois seems mired in corruption, with problems that are overwhelming in their number and complexity can be daunting. Governor Christie’s report, however, offers encouragement for our state. It is a testimonial revealing the direction steadfast principles, strength of character and courage of conviction will lead.

In his speech, Governor Christie went on to state that, “You have not seen that (corruption) out of state government or this administration in the entire time we’ve been here because the people I’ve asked to come with me understand one rule: that we are not in this for ourselves; that we are in this for the people who have given us the privilege and honor to serve.”  Compare the idea of an administration committed to leadership that benefits their constituents with the images of Rod Blagojevich attempting to sell Barak Obama’s senate seat or Mike Madigan who, according to a June 2012 Chicago Tribune Editorial, "leverages power for political revenge, even at tax-payers' expense."

Additionally, as a result of the abysmal leadership of the Chicago Machine, Illinois’ economic outlook is suffering from a huge state debt burden, rising business costs and few growth drivers. Four years ago, New Jersey’s economy was in a similar condition.

Today, through the expansion of the Business Retention & Relocation Assistance Grant (BRRAG) and the Urban Hub Tax Credit, New Jersey has been able to retain companies and jobs in the state and encourage investment in their cities. Additionally, programs such as the Business Employment Incentive Program (BEIP) and the transformational Economic Redevelopment & Growth(ERG) program have encouraged economic development and job creation in the state. These innovative programs have resulted in dramatic increases in the amount of total public/private investments, as well as in an increase in the number of new businesses, and new and existing jobs. 

By contrast, in Illinois, we lose a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant to Iowa even though the University of Chicago graduate making the investment decision admits to having a sentimental attachment to Illinois and acknowledges that Illinois offered a more generous tax incentive package. Mr. Sawiris instead located 4 miles over the border in Iowa.  In a news conference, he explained that he feared the long term costs of locating in a state with corruption, large pension debt and the threat of increasing taxes.

Finally, the education policies of Illinois and New Jersey just a few years ago were very similar. Today, we watch as the Chicago Teacher’s Union bullies public school administrators into pay increases and extravagant benefits, while over 350,000 children are ignored – their need for a competitive education lost in a sea of red shirts screaming about “their schools.” 

In New Jersey, Governor Christie faced an under-performing school system and overly-powerful teacher’s union. Christie showed backbone. He put children
first by challenging the system.  In doing so, his administration moved the state away from an antiquated,ineffective model that propped up failing schools and toward a system that demanded accountability, rewarded highly effective teachers, utilized performance standards and ensured that each and every child received the education they deserved. He turned the system inside out.

These reforms were not easy to make, but Christie’s strong leadership has turned the Garden State around, and we can do the same in Illinois. Wouldn’t it be nice to make the claim, as Christie did, that “There is a whole new image of [our state] that is not the butt of jokes on late night television … We spend more time on the evening news and Sunday talk shows, talking about what [this state] is doing right.”  New Jersey has earned the right to be proud once again. With bold, new leadership, we could do the same in Illinois.  And, when we have leadership who can do that, there will be no chance we’ll go back.

Note: See Chris Christie’s Speech at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpomR1n4Ur8&feature=youtu.be

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Ronnie Ray September 16, 2012 at 10:28 PM
JIM... the Pathetic loser line seems to fit you to a tee. That honor code of Jeanne seem troublesome considering your relationship with her.
Chris Everson September 16, 2012 at 11:55 PM
WOW - it's pretty obvious Ives bruised some egos. Watch now you'll attack me for standing up for her because that's what big, smart men you are. let me guess no one messes with the establishment in Wheaton. I read your "For the Good of Illinois" links, doesn't seem like info a precinct committee person would have known - seems to be stuff that took place in the office. Well, I'm sure now you'll attack me and what will the next "revelation" about Jeanne be? She caused the teachers to strike? come on, grow up.
Paula Rea September 17, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Grow up is right, Chris - I'm so sick of reading these posts that are from anonymous people (or obviously fake people) - I guess they aren't proud of the fact that they are bullies. Anyone who knows Jeanne (which I do) knows she and her husband are good, decent people and loving parents.
Pete Loughlin September 17, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Hi Jeanne - I actually read the article and thought it was great. Nice to know there's some hope for Illinois. Christie's really got guts - have to admire what he's done in NJ. I followed your campaign in the primary - will be interested to see what you do in Springfield. I was in local politics when I was younger, couldn't stay in it though, too much BS.
Larry Potter September 17, 2012 at 12:25 AM
jeez - Evelyn is petty. Sending an e-mail to Adam ANdsnfkjdhuJKHUHKJE N that supposedly reveals something takes the maturity of a high school freshman. I'm just thrilled she's in leadership position in DuPage.
Larry Potter September 17, 2012 at 12:27 AM
But I guess I understand why she's want to endear herself to that group. Having read these and other comments, you probably want to protect yourself from Adam Adshfddhjsfsdk he might hear a rumor about you and spin it into truth.
Chris Heidorn's Ghost September 17, 2012 at 12:41 AM
It is quote clear the electioneering is against the law. That is what Ralph did and that is what Jeanne condones by her silence. Chris, if you choose to ignore the facts, so be it. However, my first comment stands: "It is hard to hear you (Jeanne) discuss Illinois corruption when you cannot address corruption in your own backyard."
Larry Potter September 17, 2012 at 12:55 AM
@ Chris Heidorn's Ghost - OR Everson chooses to ignore garbage. It seems like a rookie mistake, when someone is volunteering for you, the assumption is that they are doing it on their own time. But, if you can make an issue of it why not, Adam Adsjkslghdfj would be out of business if he couldn't spin crap together -- which he can, very adeptly.
Paula Rea September 17, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Exactly - seems like it's much more Ralph's problem than Jeanne's.
Mary Wilson September 17, 2012 at 01:02 AM
I've known Jeanne for years. Mr. Ghost, Ronnie Ray, et all - you are making me and all of the people who have ever known her roll with laughter. Jeanne Ives, corrupt?! HA! What an absolute stretch of the imagination. You guys need a hobby! She won the primary, put on your big boy pants and get over it!
Jen Markson September 17, 2012 at 01:29 AM
I agree with Mary - You guys are making fools of yourselves. Jeanne sticks to her principles very closely. People should know she's a good, honest person.
Amy Matthews September 17, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Really, Ghost, RGH, Ronnie Ray - Go sell your fairy tales somewhere else. Nobody's interested.
Pat Gregory September 17, 2012 at 02:17 AM
I remember a few years ago, one of Jeanne and Paul Ives' sons spoke at Mass about his Catholic School Education. He was so articulate. His statements were heartfelt and insightful and his gratitude was genuine. Most parents sitting in the church that day had a lump in their throat. Every mother hopes her kids grow up to be the kind of person it was eveident this young man was.
Bill Generaux September 17, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Great article!
Charlotte Eriksen (Editor) September 17, 2012 at 03:20 AM
GREAT movie
False Name Like Jeanne's September 17, 2012 at 04:14 AM
OMG, I think Jeanne has launched a West Point counter offensive. Nice try Jeanne, but you are a fake and a fraud. Duty Honor Hinkle is your motto. Good luck in therapy!
Larry Potter September 17, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Oh there they go again! Yeah - those were some big egos that got bruised.
I Love Jeanne September 17, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Seems like the Jeanne is fishing for some info. Happy hunting... Better check with Charlotte as to the IP adresses for more info. Good luck in 2014 with your PAC money, hope it doesn't dry up.
Ronnie Ray September 17, 2012 at 08:12 AM
Facts are facts... and the fact stated with proof that Jeanne got help for her campaign from the paid public resources of Milton Township, under the leadership of Chris Heidorn and Hinkle. (this is fact) and any "republican committeemen" would have been privy of this. What facts you have Chris Everson that this is not true?
Ronnie Ray September 17, 2012 at 08:25 AM
Actions are louder then talk.... I have facts backing my statements, you have just platitudes, pontification and demagoguery immorally wrapped in the waving of the flag.
Ronnie Ray September 17, 2012 at 08:42 AM
Lets make it very clear. by what ever means... some of which was immoral, she won. That's not going to change the likelihood that Jeanne will be going downstate. Jeanne Ives will go down, and get a reputation reflecting her real person and be ez pickings in 2year by a real candidate. It should never be forgotten that Jeanne only got 32 percent of the total vote. She is not as beloved as you may think. The Jeanne issue will get taken care of in two years. The greater problem is the need to deal with the Milton Township Supervisor and his three toadies. The Milton Township government leadership is corrupt, incompetent and needs to purged. The facts bought out in Email disclosures, and checkbook, credit card bill show that to be a fact. Time will come when it's all good again.
Ronnie Ray September 17, 2012 at 08:49 AM
Ask those who were bulled boy by Ralph Hinkle to put up Jeanne signs. It's ez to be clean Jeanne when you got the Milton boys helping you.
Ronnie Ray September 17, 2012 at 08:53 AM
Amy sticking your head in the sand, does not make the facts go way. http://forthegoodofillinoispac.com/category/blog/milton/
Friends of William R. Adams September 18, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Ronnie just because she won her primary does not mean she will go to Springfield. She has to win the general election against a person that stands for the moderate middle working class, William Adams
Mike Madigan's Ghost September 18, 2012 at 05:45 PM
@ Friend of William R. Adams. What are you guys (or you) smoking? You have less than $400 in the bank, and your buddy Madigan made a safe Repub seat. Jeanne has Dan Proft and PAC money out the yin yang, plus she has a cute little video with her West Point hat. You live in an apartment and wear sandles. Grab a shave and get a clue.
Jim McMahon September 22, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Jeanne Ives for United States Senate 2016.
Five and Fly September 22, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Jimmy, you think shilling for Jeanne will get you on the Wheaton City Council, She will not let a Harlequin clown, like you Jim McMahon any where near Wheaton City Government. Besides Ralphie (Ralph Hinkle, Paid employee of Chis Hiedorn and Milton Township Government offices Maintenance Man) did more for her as her official sign capt, paid by the generous citizens of Milton Township Government and helped by Marie Jensen, enabling trustee of Milton Township and Jeanne's official campaign treasurer. http://forthegoodofillinoispac.com/wp-content/uploads/Hinkle-Monino-emails-re-MTRCC-headquarters-for-primary-2012.pdf http://forthegoodofillinoispac.com/wp-content/uploads/Ives-Evelyn-email-exchange-re-Hinkle-Muehlfelt-placing-Ives-sign-Feb-2011.pdf http://forthegoodofillinoispac.com/wp-content/uploads/Hinkle-cell-phone-records-from-Feb-2011-with-calls-to-Ives-Muehlfelt-redacted-.pdf "A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do." (quote from Jeanne campaign flyer).
Jim McMahon September 22, 2012 at 10:36 PM
I put up her signs I don't work for the county and I use my own cell phone.
Chris Heidorn's Ghost September 22, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Too bad Ralph did not.
Friends of William R. Adams September 25, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Ghost: Your comment show why William is best choice because he is not buddies with Mike Madigan and Mrs. Ives is being supported by one person so she will have to answer to him and not the constituents of the 42nd district.

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