3 months ago by Bob Gough
Last week, we had an appearance from the Illinois Senate President, John Cullerton (D-Chicago).
Before Cullerton toured QU and cashed in for the Senate Democratic Victory fund at the new home of Quincy lobbyist Mike McClain, he was part of a private lunch at a downtown restaurant.
Today, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) came to Quincy and toured Chaddock.
What do these things have in common?
In neither case, was the mayor of Quincy invited to participate.
Now, granted, for years we heard about how former Mayor John Spring's connections to these men were a boon for Quincy when they really didn't mean much. The highway cheerleading crowd thinks it is important, but it really doesn't matter much. Let's not forget the highway cheerleading crowd was involved in the Cullerton visit and backed Spring as well.
But when Mayor Kyle Moore visited D.C. in his first trip in office, he made it a point to try to make an appoinment with Durbin. Durbin pawned him off on his chief of staff, Pat Souders, a Quincy native.
Durbin, of course, bankrolled a great deal of Spring's election warchest.
These are the people who say we're all supposed to work together...as long as you do what they say.