Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Ralph Martire for Governor of Illinois!

Hi Ralph,

My name is Todd Mertz, and I am a high school business education teacher at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville.  As you know, the candidates for the 2014 gubernatorial race are atrocious, and the public knows it. We need someone like you, someone who knows finance and understands how to get Illinois back on fiscal track without breaking constitutional contracts with public employees.

You have made a great name for yourself, and you are very well-respected by many.  We would love to see you run for Governor.  Many of us believe that you would have a good chance of winning.  I am sure the unions would back you and all of the state's public employees and their friends and families – that is a lot of people right there. 

Quinn has no primary challenger.  What do you think?  I believe you would have a lot of support. 

Todd Mertz (and many others)

Thanks for the kind words—I’d actually be happy to do it, however the $ involved is somewhat prohibitive—If you can hook me up with some major donors, I’d be all ears. There’s also the little thing of petition signatures, and time is running out for that as well. Peace.

Ralph M. Martire
Executive Director
Center for Tax and Budget Accountability
70 E. Lake Street, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 332-1049
(312) 578-9258 fax

Cinda and IEA Team:

I contacted Ralph Martire, and he said he would run for Governor if the money was there.

Do the Unions have enough to support a campaign?  Illinois is full of democrats (Chicago helps).  People hate Quinn – teachers, public employees, and everyone else.  No one is challenging Quinn as of right now. 

I see a lot of potential here.  I strongly believe that it is in our best interest to pursue this.  Our profession, our pensions, our schools, and our communities could be in MAJOR trouble should any of the Republicans (or Quinn) win the election. 

We would need money and signatures.

I firmly believe that we need to do everything possible to avoid becoming Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, or Indiana, which is what will happen if we don't bring a candidate forward.

Is this something that the IEA could do?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Todd Mertz

“Where is labor’s candidate? Why hasn’t the We Are One coalition of state public employee unions found a candidate who believes in raising revenue rather than cutting workers’ benefits in one of the lowest taxing, lowest spending states in the country? In the spring I suggested that Ralph Martire, head of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, be drafted. It is late. But not too late” (Fred Klonsky).

[Contact your associations and tell them what you think]:
(If there is a problem with the links, copy and paste/retype them.../or simply call them...).

Illinois Education Association
100 East Edwards Street
Springfield, IL 62704-1999

(800) 252-8076
(217) 544-0706

Illinois Retired Teachers Association
620 N. Walnut St.
Springfield, IL 62702
Phone: (217) 523-8488
Fax: (217) 523-8493

American Federation of State, County, Municipal Employees
205 N. Michigan Ave.
Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 641-6060

Illinois Federation of Teachers
P.O. Box 390
Westmont, IL 60559
Phone: (630) 468-4080
Toll Free: (800) 942-9242
Fax: (630) 468-4089

We are One Illinois is an unprecedented labor coalition working on behalf of over 1 million statewide members to protect public employee pensions. We Are One Illinois coalition members include the Illinois AFL-CIO, Illinois Education Association, Illinois Federation of Teachers, Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois, AFSCME Council 31, Illinois Police Benevolent and Protective Association, Fraternal Order of Police, Service Employees International Union, Laborers International Union of North America Midwest Region, Illinois Public Pension Fund Association, National Pension Coalition, United Transportation Union, Laborers International Union of North America - Chicago District Council, AFSCME International Union, National Education Association, Fraternal Order of Police - Lodge 7 Chicago, Fireman's Association of Chicago - Local 2, Illinois Nurses Association and Teamsters Local Union #700.



  1. Wow, not that is a concept! Keep your readers posted, Glen.

  2. I'm in for a grand. And I can have 15 people working petitions in the 49th Ward as soon as the petitions are printed.

  3. I am willing to bet that all public employees would donate to the campaign. Individually, we can't compare to the Civic Committee et al, but collectively, we would be able to sustain a campaign for someone who has integrity, knowledge, and knows the Constitution!

    I'm in and I'll work on his campaign!

  4. I'd vote for Ralph. Can we start a draft campaign?

  5. Mertz I had no idea you were a liberal.