Political Leadership – Greatly admired, but not understood, and thus, contradictorily under appreciated. America’s voter electorate community is in migratory political transition.
In particular, Illinois voters are beyond angry at Springfield (and Chicago) Politics-as-Usual.
The US Senator from Illinois must advance a true proletariat leadership “Bully Pulpit” persona in Washington
AND as mediator of fractious political malfeasance throughout all Illinois society.
Coming up to speed as a freshman US Senator from Illinois is an important concern to the electorate.
How long does it take to become effective on Capitol Hill, and thus, impact crucial committees that are important to
Illinois? This proletariat leadership altruism can be achieved with voter recognition and appreciation for preliminary US Federal candidate training.
Such a training curriculum includes:
“what to do and how to function” as a
qualified pre-trained freshman Senator. This, in preparation for national
service, prior to the General Election, will be proof of leadership by earning
increased qualifications and credentials, and by not waiting until after the
results of the November election. This is like learning functional work skills
prior to applying to a job opening. It constitutes appropriate professional and
personal initiative and emphasizes commitment on the election campaign resume!
Extended comprehensive training for Illinois federal candidates would include additional pragmatic syllabus developed as a public service by organizations such as: The Fund for American Studies
(George Washington University in WDC), the Ronald Reagan Ranch.
The betterment of American society must be championed by
empowering a much more personal relationship between the electorate and the
The social communications infrastructure,
Internet, exists to accomplish the nationally uniform platform means that is
more competent than ineffectual “town hall meetings”. This would be an
admirable “power to the people” service that would demonstrate a fully
developed pragmatic-populist campaign. This communications platform will also
become the secure communications platform solution to empower higher quality
legislation development between governmental offices on Capital Hill and all 50
States district offices of the House of Representatives and Senators. There are
numerous NGO bi-partisan organizations in Washington, DC with great depth and
width of fully developed pragmatic-populist programs and solutions that current
US Senators and Representatives, entrenched in destructive political
grandstanding, refuse to consider as the means to pragmatic
Support and collect voter signatures for an Illinois
Initiative to amend the qualifications for new voter registration.
Current Illinois law provides that when a
person “is” 18 years on the day of a General Election they may register and
vote in that General Election. The new amended qualifications to be changed to
… when a person “will be” 18 years….
This Initiative will provide that such a person, who will be 16 years on the
day after a Illinois gubernatorial General Election, may register to
immediately be a lawful Illinois voter with all rights, privileges and
responsibilities in the next following Illinois gubernatorial General
Election and all intermediate federal, state, county and local elections.
This Initiative will provide that such a person, who will be 14 years on the
day after a Illinois presidential General Election, may register to
immediately be a lawful Illinois voter with all rights, privileges and
responsibilities in the next following US presidential General Election and all
intermediate federal, state, county and local elections.
This Initiative will be the transformational means for such youth to
immediately start developing their political experience. They can
immediately start gathering signatures by inspiring family, friends, teachers,
etcetera (who are registered voters) to circulate petitions as the qualified
voter. They can personally gather signatures by having an adult citizen,
as the qualified voter; accompany them as they talk to voters, in a
multi-generational empowerment effort.
Bully Pulpit for an Illinois Initiative to amend the
qualifications for Independent nonpartisan candidates to qualify their name on
a November General Election ballot.
Current Illinois law requires that Independent
non-partisan candidates must gather a large percentage of voter signatures in
mostly undefined district or state geographical area. The signature collector
must obtain notary certification of their identity. The voter signatures are
made available to any political group for data-base identification in a
dramatic intrusion into their confidential voting inclinations.
Pragmatic Illinois legislation will provide that voter signature papers will be
delivered to the County Elections Clerk where the signatures were collected.
The County Elections Clerk will verify the truth of the voter's registration.
The voters identity will NOT be revealed to any political parties examination.
Future US Senator from Illinois candidate's
shall gather voter signatures throughout Illinois (demarcation by all 101
counties). A minimum number (X) of voter signatures if gathered personally by
the candidate. A minimum number (X times 10) of voter signatures if gathered by
unpaid volunteers personally coordinated by the candidate. A minimum number (X
times 100) of voter signatures when gathered by paid voter signature collectors
(individual gathers or professional gathers by such a business). Voter
signatures must be gathered within 51 or more Illinois counties.
Support and collect voter signatures for US Federal
legislation to amend all 50 states and District of Columbia election
Current law provides that a runoff-election
is not required in some elections (resulting there is not a popular mandate for
the new elected person), and that other elections require a secondary run-off
election (at additional cost to the taxpayers and always with a reduction in
the number of voters that determine the results.
This Initiative will provide that Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) (see htttp://instantrunoff.com for partial overview of the
procedure) be implemented in all Illinois election jurisdictions. It is not
“instant” so the term is something of a misnomer as “instant” refers to the
fact that a second runoff election is not required (to achieve 50%+ elected
Support a national US presidential qualification procedure
for Independent nonpartisan US President candidates.
As the Electoral College election
calculation determines the newly elected US President, this procedure would
qualify aUS President Independent nonpartisan candidate to be listed on ALL 50
state ballots when the candidate has otherwise obtained qualification on enough
US state ballots to reach the numerical calculation of majority of Electoral
Examine Connor Vlakancic's 22 years political Curriculum Vitae
BUDGET: What budget?
An unprecedented standoff between Illinois’ Republican governor and Democrat super-majorities in the legislature has the state beginning its tenth month of fiscal year 2016, without a budget.
There’s no indication a compromise is close, even as lawmakers are supposed to begin crafting next year’s budget. Dialogue has barely touched on spending priorities or revenue ideas; rather the stalemate comes from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s refusal to engage in budget-crafting until Democrats agree to a pro-business, union-weakening agenda, and from Democrats’ refusal to go along with those policies, which they say will weaken the middle class.
BUDGET: Deficits mount regardless
Even though Illinois has no budget, it’s racking up a deficit that’s expected to reach $4.6 billion for FY16 (and unless something changes, there could be another $5.6 billion shortfall for FY17). An automatic income tax rollback in 2015 means Illinois is taking in less revenue, but – even without a budget – judicial orders, consent decrees, and state laws are forcing Illinois to spend like the tax cut never happened. Those deficits are piled on top of a structural deficit that’s projected to leave the state with a backlog of unpaid bills projected to reach $25.9 billion in the next few years. And that backlog figure doesn’t factor in the obligations of the nation’s worst funded retirement systems, which are saddling Illinois with more than $100 billion in long-term pension debt. The states options for reducing it are limited, thanks to strong state constitutional protections, recently affirmed by the state Supreme Court.
BUDGET: The consequences of inaction
Social services and higher education – the rare sectors of government spending left out of piecemeal budget agreements and court orders – are starving for cash. It’s led to a dismantling of the state’s social service network: health centers have scaled back hours, autistic children have been turned away from programs, and alcohol and drug treatment centers have closed. Similarly, public universities and community colleges are receiving no public support. Already, several institutions have discontinued programs, implemented furloughs and laid off faculty. At least one school – Chicago State University – has issued layoff notices to its entire 900-person staff, with a warning that CSU may soon close. On top of that, some 130,000 low-income students promised state tuition aid are not getting their grants.
LABOR: Unions on the defensive
Rauner has declared an impasse in contract negotiations with a union bargaining on behalf of 36,000 state employees, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council. Should he prevail, it could lead to Illinois’ first large-scale AFSCME strike. Rauner’s ideas for growing the state’s economy often rely on proposals that would diminish unions’ power – including tying a property tax freeze to limits on collective bargaining at the local level. While Rauner has stopped talking about a proposal to create local right-to-work zones in Illinois, at least one municipality has voted to establish one. Whether that’s legal is now the subject of a lawsuit. Likewise, a trio of state employees who oppose paying “fair share” fees to the union that represents their bargaining unit are suing to have the fees declared unconstitutional.
BUDGET/TAXES: Tax hike likely on the horizon
If and when legislators and the Rauner administration reach a budget deal, some version of a tax hike is almost certainly on the way. Even the Republican governor has signaled a willingness to raise taxes, should he get his way on the rest of his agenda. Adding a tax on services (such as haircuts, accounting services or fees for joining a country club) is one possibility; so too is an income tax increase. The Illinois Constitution forbids anything but a flat tax, but some Democrats advocate changing the constitution to allow either a progressive tax or a surcharge on income over a million dollars.
PRISONS/CORRECTIONS: The only bipartisan light?
The budget situation, and the toxic partisan environment it’s given birth to, has left other major issues on the backburner. Still, there’s bipartisan backing of criminal justice legislation, which could help the governor meet a goal of reducing the prison population by 25 percent within the next decade.