Tuesday, April 15, 2014

We Get Calls...

This time by an outfit that showed up on the caller ID as Mouthpiece Com asking questions about the governors race.

Well questions might not be the right term.

After saying "not trying to sell you anything" and me responding to my "if I can ask him some questions" by saying they were not pushing a viewpoint.

Then asked me if I would vote for Quinn or Rauner...

After answering Rauner he didn't have any questions...

Go Figure.


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Another Big Ten School In Illinois... Really.

Under the heading of I can't make this up, there is a proposal to try to turn a second state school (after the U of I of course) into a Big Ten School..
Sen. Matt Murphy (R-Palatine) has introduced legislation that would require the Illinois Board of Higher Education to set up a commission to look into having one of Illinois’ 11 other public universities join the Big Ten. 
Murphy has said enrollment at the University of Illinois has become so competitive, many students with top grades and test scores don’t make it in, and end up going to Big Ten schools in other states. He thinks more would go to schools in Illinois if another public university were in the Big Ten.

Well, lets start with the obvious question, what the heck does top academics have to do with the Big 10 in any way shape or form?  Seriously, when does athletic conference make a difference in the academic quality.

Well OneMan,  Big 10 schools have high average ACT scores, well some of them do, several of them however have averages that are not much above NIU's for example (Nebraska) also Iowa accepts 84% all applicants (vs 44% at U of I).  From what I understand for years Ohio State had open enrollment.

But even take all of that out of the picture....

Lets look at this from a practical athletic viewpoint...

Look at the last two schools the Big 10 has added, Rutgers and Maryland.  Does anyone really think they got to join the club because of their quality academics or because of because of their access to large media markets?

Only three schools in the state play Div I-BCS football and two of them are already in the Big 10 and the third NIU would have to spend millions just to upgrade the football stadium. For any of the other schools to join the conference they would also have to spend millions to upgrade their football stadiums as well as upgrade their programs to Div I-BCS programs and that would cost millions of dollars.

If you want to upgrade the academics of a state school, I am all for that.  Odds are by the time the process would bear fruit it would be long after either of my kids would be done with college. But using an athletic conference as some sort of smoke screen.

If you want more in state smart kids to go to state schools, upgrade the state schools, get tuition under control. That is going to help, if a kid is going to a school just because it is in a specific athletic conference, the kid isn't that smart to begin with.






Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Well It Looks Like It Is Going to Be Bruce...

Suffice to say, the next few months are going to be interesting.

Monday, March 17, 2014

A Democratic Pal Of Mine Got A Call Encouraging Him To Vote In The Republican Primary..

It was from the teachers union suggesting he take a Republican ballot and vote for Dillard...

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Finally Got Some Mail From The Senger Campaign...

Well it was addressed to my wife...


It was part hit piece on Miller for giving money to Obama, using a picture of Obama and Miller holding a giant check. It also tries to point out that Miller does not live in the district, but the map she uses makes it look like he live about 4 blocks outside the district.

Also had a picture of Senger on the one side, it seems to me every photo I see of her she looks like an angry Ana Gateyer..


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Over The Last 5 Years Illinois Jobless Rate Has Gone Up More Than Any Other State...

According to the Illinois Policy Institute.  If that number correct kids, that is the crux of Pat Quinn's problems this cycle.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

National Donor Base, Not So Much...

Saw a comment today on  CapFax about Bruce
The national GOP donor class is stone-cold trippin’ on the anti-union message."
Well the funny thing is he is getting a big chunk of his cash from folks in Illinois and a decent number of his A-1 list donors have given real money to people in both parties...

There is one that appears to have about $327,000 in donations over the years various candidates in Illinois races including money to both  Andy McKenna and Mike Madigan (within a week of each other back in 2009)...

So don't think Bruce's fundraising is some sort of out of state fluke.  It isn't...

We Get Letters...

From the wife of someone running for congress, for someone running statewide, a mailer from Bruce but...

Still nothing from Darlene Senger, I am starting to get a complex.....