Quotes from the week in Illinois and Chicago politics: Sept. 6, 2013

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We’re still dealing with some of our previous privatization efforts. This would have been the grand prize. It would have been a tough call. I give him credit for pulling the rug out from under the deal. The mayor can pass anything he wants in the City Council. This would have been a tougher sell. But, with Midway in my ward, it’s probably good for me that he decided not to do it.”

—Aviation Committee Chairman Michael Zalewski (23rd), whose ward includes Midway. The Sun-Times reported Thursday that Rahm put the brakes on a plan to privatize the airport after a bidder dropped out. Zalewski had been worried private interests would disrupt his South-Side constituents by adding more loud late-night flights. Another potential privatization bullet dodged, for now.

I hope that the message comes through from this committee meeting, and from the Floor in the Senate and the House, that this Congress, Democrats and Republicans, are resolute when it comes to discouraging and stopping the spread of chemical weapons and weapons of mass destruction.”

—U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, (D-Ill.) in a statement after a Senate panel approved President Obama’s plan to attack Syria (the full Senate is expected to vote next week). What Durbin doesn’t mention is that opposition to the plan is bipartisan, too, with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) voting against it. The overall vote was 7-1. Meanwhile, most Americans don’t want the U.S. to get involved in Syria, according to Pew surveys.

In my first campaign in 2007, I promised I would work on trying to bring a grocery store to the 16th ward. Now it’s coming. … That site has been vacant for many years, and this is the first grocery in the 16th Ward in at least 30 years.”

—Ald. JoAnn Thompson, (16th), on the Whole Foods Market coming to Englewood in 2016 thanks to a $10 million city TIF subsidy. Incidentally, the spot isn’t technically located in a food desert, and Rahm has been fudging the numbers on how he’s addressing the food desert issue, but why quibble?

The governor heads the board that approved this wasteful expenditure, so if the governor is not in charge, then who is running this state?”

—Gubernatorial candidate Bill Daley, who is attacking Gov. Quinn for whatever he can. Now renovations of the State Capitol have become a campaign issue, with $670,000 copper-plated doors in particular leading to some outrage and head-shaking. But to put it in perspective: $670,000 would pay for just 0.00069 percent of the state’s $96.8 billion unfunded pension liability. Here’s some more fun Statehouse math.

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