SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Dillard vs. Dillard

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014

* As I’ve already told you, Sen. Kirk Dillard responded to these claims by Bruce Rauner’s campaign…

“Kirk Dillard is the worst type of career politician. He’s double-talking and has more clout baggage than O’Hare during a snowstorm. The fact is Kirk Dillard and the other career politicians repeatedly clouted people into the University of Illinois and never thought twice about it. Voters know he is a hypocrite and will reject him.”

* Dillard’s retort when asked about it by Mary Ann Ahern yesterday…

“The one or two people that I have ever written letters of recommendation to for the University of Illinois are there. I think the ones that I wrot actually were rejected and you can check that out Mary Ann.”

Video

* OK, let’s check it out. From the July 16, 2009 Tribune

University logs obtained by the Tribune show that Dillard’s name was tied to seven students on the clout list since 2005. Three were admitted, but the state senator said his involvement rarely went beyond a formal letter of recommendation and that he never pushed to overturn an admissions decision.

Oops.

* Back to yesterday, when Dillard was asked if he saw a pattern with Rauner…

“There’s a pattern that began when Mr. Rauner hired Rahm Emanuel when he came out of the wrought iron gates of the White House even though the mayor did not have investment banking experience. He hired Rahm Emanuel and obviously it was to help him garner business in the private sector.”

Video

* Tribune today

But in trying to accuse Rauner of a “pattern” of clout, Dillard erroneously said Rauner “hired Rahm Emanuel when he came out of the wrought iron gates of the White House (as a top adviser to President Bill Clinton) even though the mayor did not have investment banking experience.”

Emanuel sought advice from Rauner, but Chicago’s future mayor went to work for an investment management firm, not a Rauner company. Rauner’s firm did end up doing a major deal which helped Emanuel become wealthy.

Obviously, the much bigger error was the way Dillard downplayed his involvement in the so-called admissions scandal at the U of I.

But if he wants to play in the big time, he’s got to play by big time rules.

So far, the media has been giving him a pass, mainly because it’s Rauner’s turn in the barrel. Dillard’s turn could be coming, however.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


21 Comments
  1. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 14, 14 @ 12:34 pm:

    Attacks - keep them simple, keep them “clean” from clutter, and make them accurate, never challenge the Press on absolute facts when you can give them everything directly.

    Responses - come clean, don’t hedge, answer completely, never challenge the Press on facts.

    So easy, but I guess so hard for some to follow…


  2. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jan 14, 14 @ 12:37 pm:

    Dillard shouldn’t fudge on letters of recommendation. They’re hardly scandalous, no matter what the Tribbies think.


  3. - Cincinnatus - Tuesday, Jan 14, 14 @ 12:38 pm:

    I’m sure Rich will post a link to the Governor’s Commission Report on the University of Illinois admissions scandal. I’m also sure he’ll add the stories from a couple of years ago that tell of Dillard’s leadership on abolishing the Legislative Scholarship Program that was the root of the problem (along with corrupt U of I officials).


  4. - Norseman - Tuesday, Jan 14, 14 @ 12:40 pm:

    Dillard’s campaign needs to read this blog more often. Yesterday, I saw better defenses of the U of I recommendations from commenters than that provided by the Dillard campaign. Geez, once again Dillard takes a step forward and two backwards.


  5. - OneMan - Tuesday, Jan 14, 14 @ 12:46 pm:

    Is writing a letter of recommendation for someone ‘clouting’ them?


  6. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 14, 14 @ 12:47 pm:

    How wide is that barrel you mentioned?


  7. - PoolGuy - Tuesday, Jan 14, 14 @ 12:48 pm:

    Dillard displaying his mastery of words starting with the letter “P” yesterday


  8. - veritas - Tuesday, Jan 14, 14 @ 12:50 pm:

    Rauner may not have technically hired Emanuel, but he was THE reason Rahm became an “Investment Banker” for a specific deal. The problem is the deal itself: it was a subsidiary of SBC, whose former Chairman is Bill Daley. The subsidiary was forced to sell because of a potential conflict in doing business with the city of Chicago, whose Mayor was Richie Daley. Try moving the pieces of that puzzle around - Obama’s COS: Emanuel & Bill Daley. Mayor of Chicago: Richie Daley & Emanauel. Investment Bankers on the deal: Rauner & Emanuel. Owner of the subsidiary: Bill Daley’s SBC & Rauner’s company. Of course that is all a coincidence. Ask any Investment Banker who had to work 100 hours a week for 3 years just to become an Associate - if they were lucky.


  9. - PoolGuy - Tuesday, Jan 14, 14 @ 12:52 pm:

    “…shows that Mr. Rauner has a Perpetual Pattern of Pay to Play activity in his Professional, Personal and Political life…” wow :)


  10. - RNUG - Tuesday, Jan 14, 14 @ 12:55 pm:

    Norseman,

    Only a few are smart enough to know to come clean.

    It was local, but years ago Ossie did one of the best jobs ever on that. When asked about the “scandal” of a mayor calling the fire chief over an open position for his son (already on the fire dept.), Ossie got it right; he responded yeah, I made the call, I didn’t order anything, just asked he be considered, I did what any father would do for his son. End of story; didn’t even last one news cycle.


  11. - veritas - Tuesday, Jan 14, 14 @ 12:55 pm:

    In re Letters of Reference vs. clouting: The difference is quite obvious: there was no quid pro quo in writing letters of reference, which virtually all elected officials did. In fact - only 3 of the 7 people he wrote letters for were admitted. The quid pro quo in re Payton Prep is implicit and follows Rauner’s M.O. with the PAC that attacked Schock after a huge donation; the additional funds to invest from Pennsylvania after his contribution to Ed Rendell; and the Pension Funds to invest after retaining Stuart Levine. If it walks like a duck…….


  12. - Whatever - Tuesday, Jan 14, 14 @ 12:58 pm:

    Dillard has been such a disappointment during this campaign.


  13. - chad - Tuesday, Jan 14, 14 @ 1:22 pm:

    The U formally operated a system within which the Urbana Chancellor knowingly instructed the university’s official lobbyists to meet with interested legislators and others to formally manage their admissions requests. This was a very formal system with written records, and it was broadly known that the U was always willing to talk with political officials about their constituent admissions interests. They reported back to the legislators after meeting with top U officials, which included the urbana Chancellor himself. The process did not include quid pro quo promises, but certainly provided advantages to some students on the bubble, and a few more who were clearly unqualified. Most did not get the admissions actions they requested. Legislators who utilized this system can credibly claim to have engaged in formal constituent advocacy work through official channels. Do I like what happened? Absolutely not. I am very happy it was terminated and further believe it was appropriate that the Urbana Chancellor and U President were fired as a result. Right or wrong, the legislators were responding to a system within which U officials solicited and responded to their admissions requests. The wrongdoers in this matter were clearly on the U side — the trustees and administrators who participated were outlandishly out of line — they knowingly violated internal university statutes that administratively govern their employment activities. they were warned repeatedly by lower-level personnel that the admissions rules were being violated. Legislators? They were doing what they normally do, advocating for their constituents through formal channels. To fudge the tiniest detail here is of no advantage. Brady and Rutherford, if they want to talk at all, should simply stick to whatever facts they have, and know with precision the truth of what they say. Don’t make a non-issue an issue.

    As an aside, the investigatioin showed that the U thought it would receive favorable budgetary and other favor from Springfield as a result of operating their system. In actuality, they received nothing for their trouble. They were just suckers doling out the favors and getting nothing in return. The reality is that the U is a declining institution because it had and continues to run a totally botched lobbying program. Really sad.


  14. - DuPage Rep - Tuesday, Jan 14, 14 @ 2:06 pm:

    ===I’m sure Rich will post a link to the Governor’s Commission Report on the University of Illinois admissions scandal. I’m also sure he’ll add the stories from a couple of years ago that tell of Dillard’s leadership on abolishing the Legislative Scholarship Program that was the root of the problem (along with corrupt U of I officials). ===
    Please Frankie C.! I am sure every candidate could point the finger at Rich Miller when they get bad press, but he is just reporting what your guy said.
    Why don’t you do your job with the campaign and stop telling others how to do theirs’. You are not running against Chris Nybo anymore, so try an be more professional.


  15. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Jan 14, 14 @ 2:21 pm:

    Cinci, could you give us a little more on how the GA Scholarship Program was the “root of the problem” at the UI admissions scandal?


  16. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Jan 14, 14 @ 2:32 pm:

    @cinci:

    Your candidate is a nightmare. I would focus on that instead of complaining about this coverage. How about you get him to pick a message - any message - and stick with it.


  17. - Frustrated Voter - Tuesday, Jan 14, 14 @ 3:12 pm:

    Let’s get the facts straight and read the report. Dillard wrote letters of recommendation - this conversation shouldn’t even be happening. You all are so petty . You try and make any non issue into a story. It’s Unbelievable.


  18. - Chad - Tuesday, Jan 14, 14 @ 3:12 pm:

    The GA scholarship program had nothing directly to do with the U of I admissions scandal.


  19. - walker - Tuesday, Jan 14, 14 @ 3:46 pm:

    Weak attempt at deflection by Rauner.

    Dillard did nothing wrong here with references, and was in fact a leader on killing the GA “scholarship” program, long before many others in the Senate came along.

    One earlier bill that was passed by the House, and was picked up by Dillard as chief sponsor in the Senate, was then taken from him by Leader Radogno, who put a brick on it. The reform came years later.


  20. - Langhorne - Tuesday, Jan 14, 14 @ 4:19 pm:

    Cant anybody play this game right?


  21. - Juvenal - Wednesday, Jan 15, 14 @ 8:26 am:

    A better response for Dillard:

    “I know I rub Bruce Rauner the wrong way. He thinks government should be for sale to the highest bidder, and he doesn’t like any elected official who is not for sale. He takes vacations with Rahm. Was buddies with Mayor Daley’s administration. Helped fill Mike Madigan’s campaign coffers, and he borrowed his campaign playbook from Rod Blagojevich.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* Question of the day
* *** UPDATED x1 - Rauner response *** This just in... Illinois Supreme Court denies Rauner appeal
* They need a rich "white knight"
* Johnson finally backs Davis... So does Joan
* Schneider throws Quinn under the bus
* Wincing before the hit
* Inspector general's IDOT probe places no direct blame on Quinn
* Today's number: 57 percent
* *** UPDATED x2 - Not totally clean - Some questions answered *** Stories raise unanswered questions about IDOC policy
* *** UPDATED x1 - Schneider campaign responds *** US, Illinois Chambers launch TV hit on Schneider
* Reaching into the past for today's gotcha moment
* New DGA YouTube video ties Rauner to Romney via outsourcing
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* This just in... Unions file motion to "gut" the state's pension case
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Guess which smartphone took these photos (Vol. 6) (Update: answer within!)
        * Three fun things to do with the Xiaomi Mi4 (Video)
        * For The First Time, The Majority Of Opera Software’s Revenue Came From Mobile Ads
        * Mobile Verification Service Zumigo Closes $6 Million Series B Round Led By Intel Capital
        * HTC One M8 for Windows, edge-free AQUOS Crystal, Moto “Quark” & more | Pocketnow Weekly 110
        * Samsung reminds us why we love handwriting in Note 4 teaser
        * Moto X+1 new material options pick up retailer support

        * Cricket Offers $100 To T-Mobile & MetroPCS Customers To Switch Carriers
        * Alleged Moto X+1, New Moto G Specs Revealed By Retailer
        * Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Teaser Video Released
        * HTC Tablet Certified By WiFi Alliance
        * Project Ara To Get New Rockchip SoC
        * BlackBerry Promotes BBM In Wake Of iMessage Spam Issues
        * SpaceX Test Rocket Fails in Texas Flight

        * Replay confirms play at plate; Yanks nail runner
        * Abreu happy to see fellow Cuban Castillo in bigs
        * Konerko hopes Beckham blossoms with Angels
        * White Sox recall infield prospect Sanchez
        * Will Carlos Sanchez be better than Gordon Beckham?
        * White Sox recall infield prospect Sanchez
        * Ruminations on the end of the Gordon Beckham era


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * IDOT hiring abuses report critical of Gov. Quin.....
        * Gov. Quinn to announce park grants in Forest Pa.....
        * Gov. Chris Christie..


        * Rauner dealt double blows over Illinois ballot
        * 8 gang members indicted on racketeering charges
        * Church cautions schools on ice bucket challenge
        * Rauner says Board of Election action a Quinn win
        * 2 parolees charged in suburban Chicago standoff
        * Supreme Court won't take up term limits appeal
        * Cardinal George to get experimental cancer drug
        * Report: State agency broke hiring rules for years
        * Sen. Warren disavows PAC urging run for president
        * United flight to Chicago makes emergency landing

        * State employee unions want expedited ruling in pensions suit
        * November ballot certified without term limits question
        * Supreme Court won't take up term limits appeal
        * Rauner dealt double blows over Illinois ballot
        * IDOT broke hiring rules for years, report finds
        * State Rep. Poe faces 3-week stem cell procedure in Texas
        * IDOT cuts positions following questions on hiring
        * Authorities investigating powdery substance at Illinois State Library
        * Powdery substance mailed to Illinois State Library deemed non-hazardous
        * Term-limit backers seek Supreme Court intervention

        * McDonald's testing mozzarella sticks with marinara sauce
        * Watch where Michael Madigan tries to boost turnout
        * Supreme Court spikes term limits appeal
        * IDOT broke hiring rules for years, state report says
        * Cardinal George to get experimental cancer drug


        * IDOT political hiring is setback for Quinn
        * Kids pay the price for weak oversight of charter schools
        * Prosecutor: Harvey hostages threatened, one woman sexually assaulted
        * Attorney indicted on charges of soliciting perjury in drug case
        * Cardinal George to participate in research trial of new cancer drug
        * Eight accused of racketeering, drug-running in Indiana
        * Plan Commission approves year-round sports complex in Pullman
        * Second site added; fans also can gather in Loop to watch Little League World Series game
        * Bond set for men charged in Harvey standoff
        * Jackie Robinson fans erupt in cheers: ‘These boys have rejuvenated us all’


        * Boy shot inside residence on West Side
        * Jackson Jr.'s political fund fined nearly $18,000 for missing reports
        * Cops: Tracking device leads officers to phone store robbery suspects
        * Libertarian Party remains on Illinois ballot this fall
        * Rauner term limits question won't appear on November ballot
        * Ex-cop could face prison for violating probation
        * Cardinal George testing new cancer drug
        * 2nd charge in Antioch inappropriate touching case
        * Heavy rain shuts down Eisenhower for third time this summer
        * U. of I. defends pulling job offer over tweets critical of Israel


        * IL Supreme Court Won't Hear Term Limit Question Before Ballot Deadline
        * Gone Fishing: Harsh winter brings lake temps down, but not for long
        * Race, Cops & Traffic Stops
        * Listen to State Week - August 22, 2014
        * In Wake Of Ferguson, Rally Planned In Springfield
        * WUIS Education Desk: Springfield Mayoral Candidates Talk District 186
        * Unions Ask For Quick Ruling On Pensions
        * Report Says IDOT Broke Hiring Rules For Years
        * CPS students scramble for new school after Concept charter opening delayed
        * Illinois Takes First Step Toward Drafting Greenhouse Gas Plan


        * State employee unions want expedited ruling in pensions suit
        * November ballot certified without term limits question
        * IDOT broke hiring rules for years, report finds
        * Our Opinion: Another life saved by CPR
        * Esther Cepeda: Misreading our demographics
        * E.J. Dionne: Ferguson divides us less than we imagine
        * Richard Kaplan: Additional Rauner tax-return disclosures probably won’t reveal much
        * State Rep. Poe faces 3-week stem cell procedure in Texas
        * IDOT cuts positions following questions on hiring
        * Authorities investigating powdery substance at Illinois State Library


        * Police reports
        * Report: State agency broke hiring rules for years
        * Illini must move on without Peterson
        * Tickets on sale for Little Black Dress Party
        * Supreme Court won't take up term limits appeal
        * Metro-east hirings among those examined in IDOT investigation
        * No. 7 is ... Monticello
        * Preseason Top 10: Monticello at No. 7
        * United Methodist Children's Home receives $1.1 million grant
        * Two men arrested for possession of stolen property


        * Scouting Fox Valley girls golf
        * Little Bear Ribfest heats up
        * Welcome back message? High school sports do matter
        * Libertarian allowed on gubernatorial ballot
        * Visiting fans making voices heard at Wrigley

        * Statement by Representative Jan Schakowsky...
        * Legislation proposes mandating 24/7 nursin...
        * Statement by Representative Jan Schakowsky...
        * Farm Antibiotic Restrictions Proposed - Al...
        * Jan Schakowsky: Tom Marino's Response to '...
        * Telling Nancy Pelosi to do research is sex...
        * Schakowsky blasts Marino for 'sexist' atta...
        * Schakowsky: Marino's attack on Pelosi was ...
        * Dem: Attack on Pelosi was 'sexist' - The H...
        * How I failed to live on the minimum wage -...

        * Villa Park receives FEMA grant for new fir......
        * Villa Park receives FEMA grant for new fir......
        * Villa Park receives FEMA grant for new fir......
        * Villa Park receives FEMA grant for new fir......
        * Villa Park receives FEMA grant for new fir......

        * Senator Kirk Applauds New Life-Saving Stro......

        * Unrest in the Midwest
        * Possible Karen Lewis Super PAC Being Discussed
        * Report: State Agency Broke Hiring Rules For Years
        * We Are One Coalition Urges Circuit Court To Expedite Pension Suit
        * Supreme Court Won't Take Up Term Limits Appeal
        * CTU boss Karen Lewis officially files to run for Chicago mayor
        * Study: TSA Full-Body Scanners Photograph Genitals, But Miss Guns, Explosives, Knives
        * Appellate Court rules against term limits, effort heads for IL Supreme Court
        * Illinois Supreme Court refuses to take up term limits appeal. Rauner responds.
        * Chicago Archdiocese cool to ALS ice bucket challenge


        * Quinn Said He Was Stopping Patronage Hiring In 2010; He Was Actually Expanding It
        * Rauner: Quinn patronage scandal reminds us why we need term limits
        * Governor Quinn Announces New Class of Illinois State Police Cadets - More Cadets to Protect and Serve Communities Across Illinois
        * ICYMI: Term limits amendment — and citizens — lose
        * IDOT Teams Up with “Walking Dead” Star to Drive Down Fatalities in Illinois - Innovative New Labor Day Ad Campaign to Target Young Males; Law Enforcement to Crack Down on Drunk, Unbelted Drivers




            Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller