Quotes of the week, June 29, 2013
"There are investors who won't buy Illinois or bonds with Illinois labels at any price. They just see it as toxic."
— Brian Battle, director at Performance Trust Capital Partners, a Chicago-based investment firm, commenting on some investors' reluctance to loan the state money. He said investors insist on being paid higher interest rates that cost taxpayers many extra millions of dollars every year.
"With the right leadership, Illinois can grow and prosper again. Nancy and I believe in Illinois, and we're not giving up on Illinois. And I'm going to be right there, sleeves rolled up, working for sounder communities, vibrant job growth and a stronger Illinois."
— State Sen. Bill Brady, a Bloomington Republican, announcing this week that he's making a third run for governor.
"Our student athletes are students on campus, and they have their own opinions. They have the right to their own opinions."
— Kent Brown, sports information director at the University of Illinois, reacting to a decision by a group of football players to wear Indian headdresses and put orange and blue paint on their faces before participating in a strong man sports competition to raise money for charity.
"Mr. Gerard wishes to end this matter and move on."
— Bruce Ratcliffe, the lawyer representing Champaign Mayor Don Gerard, acknowledging that his client is willing to abide by a no-contact order sought by his former girlfriend, one-time Urbana Alderwoman Laura Huth. She also is seeking an agreement from Gerard to stop making unflattering comments about her consulting business.
"We're working on a day-by-day basis. As long as it continues to be dry, we're hoping to open on June 29th (today), but we have to get through all of our permits."
— Urbana Park District Executive Director Vicki Mayes, discussing whether weather woes will delay the opening of Urbana's new $9.1 million outdoor aquatic center. Now the pool likely will open July 2.
"She was making false entries into the books and physically writing checks to herself. ... She was the authorized signer on the account, and in some cases, she was forging the signatures of other employees who were authorized signers."
— Champaign Police Detective Pat Kelly, describing the alleged activities of Heartland Health Care administrator Pamela S. Britt, 55, of Potomac. She is charged with stealing about $100,000 from 18 victims between January 2007 and May 2011.