Senior writer jclombardi reports Illinois Gov failing to pay debt!
Illinois Governor Needs To Pay Debt: If I didn’t know better, I’d say Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is trying to get out of fulfilling the bet he lost over the Packers-Bears game. We’re still waiting for the Democratic governor to get up here in his mortifying Packers gear and volunteer at a Wisconsin food pantry. That was the penalty if the Bears lost to the Packers in the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 23. Had the Bears won, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker agreed he would cross the border dressed as a Bears fan and work at a pantry down there. He might have run into some Wisconsin senators. They need to be honored, preferably before everyone has forgotten about the big game and moved on. So is Quinn going to weasel out of this and hope we all forgot about it? Dude, don’t make the bet if you can’t pay the debt. “No, no, no, absolutely not,” said his spokesman, Grant Klinzman. “He fully intends to live up to the terms of the bet.” OK, but when? Quinn’s office promised a while back that it will be sometime in the next few months. Klinzman was not able to be more specific than that. “He’s a very, very busy guy. I think you guys have been pretty busy, as well,” Klinzman said. Quinn was scheduled to fulfill the bet on Feb. 21 at Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, a food bank in Milwaukee. But he canceled because Democrats and Republicans in Wisconsin were at each other’s throats at the time. Plus, Walker was trying to steal Illinois jobs. Quinn is welcome to come anytime, said Gina Styer, spokeswoman for the food bank. Will he ever show? “I’d like to think so,” she said. “Stay tuned.”