Quinn wants to change the legislation to ban concealed guns in all establishments that serve alcohol, not just bars. And he wants to make it so citizens can carry guns into private businesses only if posted signs give them permission to do so.
These and a few other suggestions are almost certainly doomed in the General Assembly this week when legislators, who have reportedly already entertained and rejected all of Quinn's ideas, are likely to override his veto.
I'm guessing you have your reasons for interjecting yourself into our gubernatorial contest — a personal fondness for Bill Daley or his brother Richard, a former fellow big-city mayor, perhaps; an admiration for Bill's strong business background — but I know Daley's comparative bona fides on gun control can't be among them.
And as for helping him, with this video you've accomplished little more than handing the Quinn campaign a nice line of attack: The people of Illinois don't need the soda-nanny mayor of New York City telling them who should be their governor.
Keep it up, and you'll be hearing from the lawyers of Somebody Nobody Asked™.
Dear Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez:
Go ahead, apologize to Daniel Taylor.
Apologize on behalf of your office. Two of your predecessors worked to keep Taylor behind bars for more than 16 years for a 1992 murder that occurred at a time when he was in police custody, according to departmental records.
Their prosecutors chose to believe a confession Taylor says was beaten out of him, even after the Tribune brought the case to light in 2001 and began to reveal even more implausibilities in the conviction.
These implausibilities were no doubt the reason you dropped the case June 28 and allowed Taylor to walk out of Menard Correctional Center a free man, though your dry official statement referred only to the "interest of justice" and expressed no regret for the blinkered shenanigans and bad faith that cost a man 20 years of his life.
Apologize personally. You've owned the Taylor case for the last four years. And though your Conviction Integrity Unit at last woke up — with some nudges from the federal appellate courts and the Illinois attorney general's office — and did the right thing, the delay was shameful.
Don't worry about the potential impact on Taylor's inevitable wrongful conviction suit against the county. He'll have a huge payday either way. For generations to come, this story — they convicted him even though they had him locked up when the crime occurred! — will be a nationally renown tale of justice gone wrong.
Worry instead about whether the public can have confidence in your determination to root out and admit mistakes, mistakes that happen inevitably in any system. Confidence in your ability to learn from such mistakes and to feel genuine regret about them.
The "interest of justice" also demands that you say you're sorry to Daniel Taylor.
You can't put a question to Somebody Nobody Asked™, of course, but you can comment on the validity of his gratuitous counsel at chicagotribune.com/zorn