Letters to the Editor

August 6, 2014

Not the Pat Quinn we once knew

Regarding the BND editorial on Tuesday, "Too quick to end story": I am sure most people have heard the term RINO (Republican in name only.) I would like to add the term DINO (Democrat in name only) to the dictionary.

Here is my reason: I was born in Chicago. I spent most of the first 29 years of my life living there. In fact, I spent more than 30-plus years of my life working there. I believe that gives me a fairly good idea of how politics work there.

Gov. Patrick Quinn has, as far as I know, been a registered Democrat all of his adult life. But, until he started running for political office, he would have been considered (by today's standard) a DINO. Why? Because he supposedly tried to fix (in a good way) the Democratic Party.

Now that he has been elected to state office as a Democrat (lieutenant governor, then governor), he is acting like any "good" Chicago Democrat. I believethe so-called Neighborhood Recovery Initiative of 2010 was really designed to pay off some of the many people who helped (or he hoped would help) re-elect him governor that year.

According to the editorial, the state allowed only $150,000 of that money to be kept by the organization named to handle the contract. I am just wondering how much of the $3.7 million originally designated for the activity disappeared into the pockets of Chicago politicians or their campaign funds.

Bob Walter

Glen Carbon

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