It'll be interesting to see how (or if) the public reacts to the latest feudin' and fussin' between Democratic gubernatorial rivals Comptroller Dan Hynes and Gov. Pat Quinn.

It'll be interesting to see how (or if) the public reacts to the latest feudin' and fussin' between Democratic gubernatorial rivals Comptroller Dan Hynes and Gov. Pat Quinn.


Will people view it as a serious policy dispute between two state officials over what to do about the state's immediate financial problems? Or will they view it as another case of public officials squabbling in the interest of political advantage while people in the middle get squeezed?


Here's the deal: Quinn wants to borrow $500 million over the short term. That means the money has to be repaid in a matter of months, not years like when the state issues construction bonds. Quinn says the money will go to paying down the massive backlog of state bills.


Both Hynes and Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias have to sign off on a short-term borrowing plan before it can happen. Quinn bashed Hynes for stalling on the plan while Giannoulias gave his okay. Problem is, Giannoulias never gave his approval.


There were also complaints about how much detail Quinn was providing about what he planned to do. Some reports indicated he basically wanted quick approval for the plan without providing details.


Misrepresenting facts and demanding immediate action with no details. Sort of reminds you of Rod Blagojevich, doesn't it?


Meanwhile, Hynes sent a letter to Quinn saying he won't approve the borrowing. Hynes said the state already borrowed more than $2.25 billion in the last seven months, all of which has to be repaid by June. He said the state can't afford to borrow more.


Later in the same letter, Hynes complains that Quinn's borrowing plan doesn't go far enough to pay the bill backlog, that it needs a comprehensive approach. Ok, but if that means Hynes' tax plan, then relief is more than a year away.


Quinn and Hynes can each blame the other for not dealing with the bill backlog and can point fingers over who is being irresponsible. Ask the people owed money if they really care.


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You can't accuse Andy McKenna of being subtle in his ads.


McKenna, one of scads of Republicans running for governor, keeps reminding listeners and viewers that he is the ONE. Not one of several, but the ONE.


He is the only honest, outsider businessman running for governor, according to one ad. (Insider supposes that implies there could be a dishonest, outsider businessman running. Or an honest, insider businessman could be running. Or perhaps there is an honest outsider with a different career running).


One ad in particular mentions that McKenna has no one to please in Springfield. He's an outsider, you see, which will enable him to stop the corruption and the overspending and whatever else ails the state.


He may. But remember that since the state isn't a dictatorship, no governor is completely independent. There are 177 lawmakers who have their own ideas about what should be done, some of them beholden to more than a few special interests. They still get a say in things. Good luck to anyone who thinks otherwise.


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You've got to love the little oddities you find in Illinois politics. Like the long-time Republican who isn't a Republican in the eyes of the law.


It involves Steve Rauschenberger, from Elgin, who served 14 years in the Illinois Senate. During that entire time he was a Republican. Presumably, he was a Republican long before then, too.


Rauschenberger's been out of the General Assembly since 2006. He made an ill-fated run for statewide office rather than return to the Senate. Now, however, he wants to come back. Of course, he filed as a Republican.


Democrats want to keep their incumbent, Sen. Michael Noland, D-Elgin, in the seat. They challenged Rauschenberger's candidacy, saying he isn't really a Republican. They base this charge on the fact that Rauschenberger voted in a Democratic primary election in April. He did it to support his sister, who ran for a township trustee position.


An initial ruling is that Rauschenberger is indeed considered a Democrat now and thus can't run as a Republican. If he votes as a Republican in another primary, he goes back. Or the whole thing can end up in court, which is probably what will happen anyway.


Good thing Illinois still makes you declare a party in primaries. It makes things far less confusing.


Doug Finke can be reached at (217) 788-1527 or doug.finke@sj-r.com.