The Employ Illinois Business Program, which offers low-interest
loans to both start-up and existing businesses, has been successful by
most accounts. Since it was launched in 1998, the state treasurer's
(PDF) that $175 million has been deposited, helping jumpstart 200
projects and create 13,000 new jobs in Illinois. Robin Kelly, the
Democratic nominee for State Treasurer, wants to ramp it up.
Republican State Comptroller nominee Judy Baar Topinka and Republican
State Treasurer nominee Dan Rutherford want to merge the two positions
into a single financial office. The restructuring, which they say would
save $12 million, wouldn't happen until 2014 under their proposal. The
two offices were established four decades ago to ensure one corrupt
official couldn't embezzle or misspend tax dollars.
Both Gov. Pat Quinn and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias earned the endorsements of Citizen Action/Illinois,
one of the state's largest public interest organizations. The group's
state PAC also voted to support Robin Kelly for state treasurer and
David Miller for state comptroller. Their full state slate is available
One last time, we updated our Democratic state candidate fundraising spreadsheet, adding in contributions (over $500 dollars) filed since last Wednesday night. Dan Hynes and Terry O'Brien both closed strong.