* Bruce Rauner was interviewed by the Daily Herald editorial board this week…
The Winnetka businessman, in a meeting with the Daily Herald editorial board Tuesday, said not every member of the Illinois House and Senate is “corrupt” but said it’s “mostly true.”
Yet, “I want to work with the legislature to drive results, and I’ll be down there every day they’re in session.”
* But this is the quote I want to get to…
“Probably a third, maybe more, of the Republicans in Springfield have sold out to the government union bosses,” Rauner said.
This shows just how “My way or the highway” Rauner is. Anybody who disagrees with him has “sold out” to the other side and are “corrupt.”
* Back in the day, when Jim Thompson, Jim Edgar and George Ryan were building state facilities, the governors put them in Republican areas. Lots of state workers are Republicans, many of the older workers got their jobs through GOP patronage or connections.
Not to mention the unionized local employees, like teachers and university workers.
* So, these Republican legislators whom Rauner so despises come from areas where being a Republican and a union member is the thing to do. Voting to harm large numbers of their fellow district residents is neither in their personal DNA nor their political makeup.
Dismissing his fellow Republicans as corrupt puppets of union bosses is completely ridiculous.
* Phil Kadner makes some good points today as well…
Rauner hammers away at teacher unions, saying they are at fault for failing students. Yet, those unions are present in every successful suburban school district in Illinois.
Maybe schools could be run cheaper without teacher unions, but I don’t buy that unions necessarily mean worse schools. And I’ve always found it interesting that schools located in the wealthiest suburbs almost always pay their unionized teachers top dollar.
It seems to me those school districts, like the one in Winnetka, where Rauner owns a house, could clearly demonstrate that money doesn’t matter by paying their teachers less than any other school system in the state.
The students likely would still do well because they come from homes with tremendous advantages and where education is valued highly.
But I understand why they don’t want to experiment with their kids’ lives, just as I understand why Rauner, Emanuel, Obama and Daley made the choices they did.
It’s always other people’s children who are the guinea pigs, the ones who can’t get their kids into schools like Payton College Prep.