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*** UPDATED x1 *** Chickens?

Thursday, Jun 12, 2014

* If he wanted to be taken seriously, perhaps he should’ve abandoned the idea of featuring a cage of live chickens while unveiling his new budget proposal

Standing beside a trio of caged chickens, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says he has a plan to cut $1 billion in “wasteful spending” in state government that calls on lawmakers to forfeit their pensions as they know it, to scrap a state plane system and, among other changes, stop the practice of flying in prairie chickens from out of state.

Rauner contended that state planes were used to fly the chickens. During budget debate in the Legislature, lawmakers noted that a federal grant paid for the project.

* Sun-Times photo

So, we get a copied and pasted high school freshman-level “budget plan” and live chickens. This is so Pat Quinn 30 years ago.

Man, it’s gonna be a long season.

*** UPDATE *** From WLS Radio we get Rauner’s rationale

GOP challenger Bruce Rauner is now attacking Governor Pat Quinn with live poultry. […]

“They are clear visualization of the fundamental problem,” Rauner said. “We have out of control spending. We have irresponsible politicians making decisions with taxpayer money on a sloppy, unaccountable basis.”

…Adding… I just asked an editor who was there if the chickens clucked throughout the press conference. They were amazingly quiet the whole time, he said. At least they got that part right. Chickens can be quite noisy.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


108 Comments
  1. - Goooner - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:23 pm:

    I think Rich is strongly overestimating Illinois voters.

    They are going to see this and remember Quinn paid to fly chickens.

    Does it look ridiculous now? Maybe.
    But it will stick with voters.


  2. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:24 pm:

    I’ll have four fried chickens and a coke.

    You want white meat or dark?

    Four fried chickens. And a coke.


  3. - downstate - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:24 pm:

    Does anyone remember the Tom Pluira ads with all the chickens when he ran against Chapin Rose? This is very reminiscent of that.


  4. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:25 pm:

    “But it will stick with voters.”

    Yes, Rauner’s budget plan is chickens—.


  5. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:26 pm:

    If I just would have waited, lol

    Schrimpf: [jogs out to the podium to break up the news conference] Excuse me, but what the heck is going on out here?

    Bruce Rauner: Well, Evelyn’s scared because she might slip and fall here. We need live… ‘We’ really need live chickens?
    [Schrimpf nods]

    BR: . We need live chickens to take the focus off these Dopey talking points, and nobody seems to know what to get Kim and Kanye for their wedding present.
    [to Slip and Sue]

    BR: Is that about right?
    [Slip and Sue nods]

    BR: We’re dealing with a lot of ‘baloney’.

    Schrimpf: Okay, well, uh… candlesticks always make a nice gift, and uh, maybe you could find out where Kim’s registered and maybe a place-setting or maybe a silverware pattern. Okay, let’s fool one or two! Go get ‘em.


  6. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:26 pm:

    ==They are going to see this and remember Quinn paid to fly chickens.===

    You’re the one overestimating voters.

    They’re gonna see this and remember some guy and some woman standing next to a bunch of chickens.


  7. - D.P.Gumby - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:26 pm:

    I think I can see Brucie’s budget plan there in the bottom of the cage….


  8. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:28 pm:

    “No chickens were hurt during the filming of this Dopiness.”


  9. - Walker - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:28 pm:

    Who’s that woman?

    Is she good with numbers?


  10. - Powell - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:28 pm:

    Do prairie chickens have a gamier taste than regular chickens?


  11. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:30 pm:

    “Are you really qualified to be a heartbeat away from being governor of the state of Illinois… not you Slip and Sue, the chicken looking at us…”


  12. - D.P.Gumby - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:31 pm:

    “Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens”–Louis Jordan
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnyB0a8G71Y


  13. - Steve - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:31 pm:

    No word yet on whether Bruce Rauner got advice on the chicken thing from the New York Times’ Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. of stuffed moose fame.

    http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=1821

    At a 2003 meeting to reassure hundreds of troubled and irate Times staff members that everything was under control, Sulzberger suddenly displayed a stuffed toy moose. “He commented that unhappy Times employees should ‘talk to the moose,’ ‘deal with the moose,’” wrote one journalist, “and he also urged employees to ‘put their moose on the table.’” Sulzberger then handed the moose to Executive Editor Howell Raines, who put the stuffed toy aside next to his chair.

    “You’re sitting in the room with giants in the business,” one Times reporter, appalled by Sulzberger’s toy moose, told New York Magazine. “It was mortifying.” “Its use struck some in the audience as a tone-deaf and patronizing gesture,” reported the New York Daily News. “It wasn’t just embarrassing,” wrote journalist John Ellis. “It was embarrassing and pathetic.”


  14. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:32 pm:

    I guess we should be thankful that Quinn didn’t try relocating wild elephants to Illinois.


  15. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:33 pm:

    BR: Let me introduce you to my ‘Budget Gurus’, in the cage, from your left to right, ‘Foghorn’, ‘Ms. Clarabell’, and ‘Chickey-Chick’…


  16. - Bluefish - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:33 pm:

    I suppose Bruce had these chickens fly in on Southwest to save a few bucks.


  17. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:35 pm:

    BR: After casting a spell, Evelyn is ready to present to you the partners of AWillyWord Con$ulting…


  18. - Langhorne - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:37 pm:

    A black bear was seen near rockford recently, and quinn did nothing. Cue the bear.


  19. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:37 pm:

    BR: Charles Dickens? I thought you asked for three chickens…


  20. - hisgirlfriday - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:37 pm:

    Now I’ve got that “chicken fat” song they play in the Apple commercial in my head. Great.


  21. - Stones - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:38 pm:

    I for one think the chickens are appropriate since he seemed to lay an egg with this important policy announcement - if you’ll pardon the pun.


  22. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:39 pm:

    Bruce Rauner takes to opening with a joke in speeches too far by having props illustrate…

    BR: ‘Three chickens walk into a bar’…walk chickens… walk…


  23. - Amalia - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:39 pm:

    you’d think that political campaigns which tell candidates not to take a photo with a hat on could also remember, live chickens, um, no.


  24. - William j Kelly - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:41 pm:

    Those aren’t chickens!It’s Gorman, Morison and Arron Delmar but I can certainly see how you could be confused!


  25. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:41 pm:

    BR: You reporters really wanted to know what ‘Slip and Sue’ got in her settlement? Here ya go, 3 chickens. You happy?


  26. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:41 pm:

    OK, that one landed on square 24. Who has 24?


  27. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:41 pm:

    “Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner tells reporters that his ‘policy announcement’ is chicken salad and not chicken —-.”

    Where’s the grownup supervision in these two campaigns?

    Between the Quinnsters silly online stuff and Rauner’s Quinnocchio, bad term paper and chickens, it seems like a lot of “strategy” is being hashed out around the bong.

    What’s next, a Jump to Conclusions mat? Geez, subject some of these “ideas” to some withering criticism and see if they hold up before you roll them out.

    They’re starting to make Ray Wardingley look like a statesman.


  28. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:42 pm:

    BR: It worked in Wisconsin…


  29. - Anon. - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:44 pm:

    ==This is so Pat Quinn 30 years ago.==

    Please tell me that BR won’t still be here in 30 years.


  30. - Amalia - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:45 pm:

    Well, at least it made me remember Kids in the Hall and Chicken Lady!


  31. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:45 pm:

    - AA -, they are paying Dopes ‘real money’ to roll this out? Try one last time for a ’sit down’!


  32. - William j Kelly - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:46 pm:

    Anon, don’t worry BR won’t be here in 6 months;)


  33. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:47 pm:

    “As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!” — Arthur Carlson, WKRP


  34. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:47 pm:

    BR: Now Evelyn will show you she is beyond capable to be governor if need be by playing ‘Tic-Tac-Toe’ against these three chickens, even letting the chickens go first…


  35. - lake county democrat - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:47 pm:

    We wanted him to talk turkey and he brought out the chickens, effectively giving us the bird.


  36. - Steve Downstate - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:49 pm:

    Second worst GOP use of poultry as a prop. Worst goes to Sarah Palin answering questions about responsive government and oil prices while turkeys are slaughtered in the background.

    Hell, Rauner’s birds are just happy to have made it out of the room alive.


  37. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:49 pm:

    Now I understand why they did this near Midway. There’s a live poultry shop at 26th and Ridgeway.

    And the Palmer House has a no chickens policy.


  38. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:50 pm:

    Part of his plan is to cut out State planes, and the chickens represented some of the ridiculous things those planes are being used for. Many people beyond the wonks on here will get it


  39. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:50 pm:

    BR: I will whisper each point of my fiscal plan to one of these chickens, the chicken will then tell you what I said. Let’s start…


  40. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:52 pm:

    ===Part of his plan is to cut out State planes, and the chickens represented some of the ridiculous things those planes are being used for. Many people beyond the wonks on here will get it===

    If you’re explaining a prop, you’re losing, lol


  41. - Wensicia - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:52 pm:

    Svengoolie called, he wants his chickens back.


  42. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:52 pm:

    –“They are clear visualization of the fundamental problem,” Rauner said. –

    O Brucie, Where Art Thou?

    What’s next, Verne Troyer with a broom to show how you’re for “the little man” and will “clean up” state government?

    “Back to the flour mill, Patty, let the interests take care of themselves…”

    “He ain’t lyin….”


  43. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:53 pm:

    ===Part of his plan is to cut out State planes, and the chickens represented some of the ridiculous things those planes are being used for. Many people beyond the wonks on here will get it ===

    That requires people to think. People don’t usually give state politics that much thought. It’s not us in a bubble, it’s the Rauner campaign for coming up with this silly visual.

    Chickens are used as an image to hound another candidate for being cowardly. Rarely does a candidate willingly stand next to one. The political symbolism is widely understood and engrained.


  44. - Cheswick - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:54 pm:

    Yeah, I remember when Rod used to have various groups stand with him on stage to help make a point. I guess this is just another version of that.


  45. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:55 pm:

    Nice cage. There goes the PETA endorsement.


  46. - William j Kelly - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:55 pm:

    Evelyn slipperynelli looks like she has her own plans for those chickens! Watch out!!!


  47. - Arthur Andersen - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:55 pm:

    OW, this is killing me. And you know those guys aren’t making “chicken feed.”

    To the Post, I got nothin’. At least that won’t get me in trouble. Prolly have to put those on my Tweeter.


  48. - Amalia - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:56 pm:

    Ma and Pa Kettle go to Springfield.


  49. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:57 pm:

    BR: Lets say these three chickens are Madigan, Cullerton, and Quinn. The people fry up Quinn, you still have two birds in the hand, which beats one on a state plane… I think, or something…


  50. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:57 pm:

    ===The political symbolism is widely understood and engrained.===

    I thought so too, but apparently not. I’m trying to get a mental picture of the meeting at Camp Rauner where this was conceived and approved.

    “Chickens! We’ll get live chickens!”

    Brilliant.


  51. - William j Kelly - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:57 pm:

    Rauner: “now that I have captured the entire illinois Republican Party in this cage I would like the rest of Illinois to get in line!”


  52. - North Shore Joe - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:57 pm:

    They had to have cut these chickens’ vocal cords.

    Quick, somebody call PETA!


  53. - Philo- Center of the Universe - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:57 pm:

    Are they stereo chickens ?
    Pick a little. Talk a little.
    Pick a little. Talk a little.
    Cheep,cheep,cheep ….


  54. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:57 pm:

    ===What’s next, Verne Troyer with a broom to show how you’re for “the little man” ===

    LOL

    Don’t click this if you’re easily offended or at work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOaCD_JNgkA


  55. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:58 pm:

    –Chickens can be quite noisy.–

    And rather free with their bodily functions as well.


  56. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:59 pm:

    Tomorrow’s headline today:

    “Quinn cries fowl on Rauner budget plan.”


  57. - Amalia - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:59 pm:

    Bruce Rauner holds a press conference with three live chickens and a deer in the headlights.


  58. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 3:59 pm:

    BR: This chicken symbolizes me being scared to talk policy. The middle chicken symbolizes me being scared of a social discussion. The last one represents me being scared Evelyn ’slips accidentally’ at my house…


  59. - Goooner - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 4:00 pm:

    “Part of his plan is to cut out State planes, and the chickens represented some of the ridiculous things those planes are being used for. Many people beyond the wonks on here will get it ”

    You are way over-thinking this.

    The chickens represent chickens.

    Under Quinn, we paid to fly chickens into IL.

    They don’t need to stand for more than that.

    “Quinn blows our money on flying chickens” is simple. It is the opposite of wonkish.

    Wonkish would be Quinn’s response which likely would focus on some long term benefit to the state from flying the chickens. That explanation would be way too complex for voters.

    Does it look ridiculous today? Sure. So what. That line is going to stick. People suspect Quinn blows our money. This plays into that perception anyway and as such, people are going to remember it.


  60. - Jose Abreu's next homer - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 4:00 pm:

    How did he not have the San Diego Chicken on hand?


  61. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 4:03 pm:

    Rich, thank you so much, I was looking for the link myself to watch for a laugh.


  62. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 4:05 pm:

    - Goooner -,

    This picture, washes all that away…

    If I can see it, then I can laugh at it.


  63. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 4:07 pm:

    Why did the chicken cross the road?

    To distance itself from that embarassingly awful budget blueprint Rauner just unveiled.

    Seriously, if Rauner doesn’t fire everybody involved in this fiasco he’s a fool who deserves to be fleeced of all his money. This is political incompetence. I have to go back and change my prediction for his chance to win now.

    Breathtaking in its stupidity, totally self-inflicted damage, almost too much to recover from.

    Can’t wait to hear the Tribune’s endorsement of this train-wreck.


  64. - Keyser Soze - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 4:07 pm:

    I like elephants, and bears, and chicken. But, not all in the same way.


  65. - Timmeh - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 4:08 pm:

    Stay away from The Hound, Rauner.


  66. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 4:08 pm:

    “And I say to you that the great state a Illinois cannot afford four more years a Patty Quinn - four more years a cronyism, nepotism, rascalism and service to the Innarests! The choice, she’s a clear ‘un: Patty Quinn, slave a the Innarests; Bruce Rauner, servant a the little man! Ain’t that right, little fella?

    “He ain’t lyin!”

    Better watch out for those chickens. Big Dan Teague is feeling a might peckish and might like a fricassee wrapped up picnic-style.


  67. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 4:10 pm:

    BR: I was wearing my Carhartt when I caught these vicious, wild chickens…with the talons, and sharp beaks…


  68. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 4:13 pm:

    “Dear Bruce,

    Thank you so much do displaying live chickens. After the table full of groceries I used as a prop was ridiculed for weeks, I never thought another Dopey prop stunt could top it.

    Sincerely,

    Christine ‘Commander Galloway’ Radogno”


  69. - Soccermom - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 4:15 pm:

    OW — I am totally in the hive mind this week. At the very moment that you were channeling Bull Durham, I was sending an email that read, in its entirety, “You gotta play this game with fear and arrogance.”


  70. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 4:19 pm:

    “Fear and ignorance?”


  71. - Mason born - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 4:19 pm:

    - Goooner

    –Under Quinn, we paid to fly chickens into IL.–

    Fyi State Tax Money wasn’t used to fly chickens. Fees collected from hunters paid for it. As one reintroducing a new game bird is much more productive than the sweeps Blago liked to do.


  72. - Macbeth - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 4:20 pm:

    Jumping the shark. This is it. This is the day.


  73. - Amalia - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 4:21 pm:

    Bruce Rauner, clucking on.


  74. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 4:21 pm:

    And to think that this first major policy announcement of a comprehensive, detailed plan was only a little more than a year in the making.

    “We’re going to hear more from this kid, and I don’t mean a postcard!”

    (Coen Bros. taking over mind now).


  75. - Jimmy CrackCorn - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 4:21 pm:

    Headline: After promising substance, Rauner *chickens* out.

    Also, if these are the actual endangered prairie chickens, we are breaking some laws right?

    Lastly, @RaunerChicken has already been *gobbled* up on Twitter. Could be a fun account to keep an eye on, if it fell into the hands of someones with a sense of humor


  76. - Newsclown - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 4:21 pm:

    Quinn brings a live eagle to his press conferences. Rauner can’t even bring the right bird to his. None of those are endangered/under-populated Prairie Chickens. That is kinda the point of the Prairie Chicken restoration project: to bring the bird back in Illinois and have it thrive, to the point that it is plentiful enough hunters can pay fees to hunt it.

    The airplane thing is another idiot suggestion. Did not a single reporter ask Brucie if he planned to motorcade from city to city when visiting parts of Illinois as governor? I can tell you that commute from Chicago to Southern Illinois cities will get old pretty quick. Or is Brucie going to use a private train car latched onto the City OF New Orleans? Seems like maybe more a billionaire’s style?

    And I love the CMS suggestion: “save” money by further outsourcing work to private firms that are all friends of Bruce. Ask CMS accountants how well outsourcing computer work has saved them SO MUCH money and improved service.

    This is why Bruce has been so coy for so long. He’s an empty suit when it comes to real, meaningful plans.


  77. - OldSmoky2 - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 4:27 pm:

    Now I just can’t wait for Rauner’s next “the sky is falling” TV spot.


  78. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 4:27 pm:

    ===Lastly, @RaunerChicken has already been *gobbled* up on Twitter. Could be a fun account to keep an eye on, if it fell into the hands of someones with a sense of humor ===

    It did. He just texted me. lol


  79. - Cheswick - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 4:27 pm:

    Also, chickens and prairie chickens are two different things.


  80. - anonymoose - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 4:30 pm:

    “Foghorn Leghorn: Lookit here son, I say son, did ya see that hawk after those hens? He scared ‘em! That Rhode Island Red turned white. Then blue. Rhode Island. Red, white, and blue. That’s a joke, son. A flag waver. You’re built too low. The fast ones go over your head. Ya got a hole in your glove. I keep pitchin’ ‘em and you keep missin’ ‘em. Ya gotta keep your eye on the ball. Eye. Ball. I almost had a gag, son. Joke, that is.”

    Yeah, Rauner campaign - dodging the SJR, all the blueprint that is fit to print, it’s something like that, son.


  81. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 4:36 pm:

    “I’ve got this plan and it’s clucking golden.”


  82. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 4:39 pm:

    And we have liftoff… https://twitter.com/raunerchicken


  83. - Macbeth - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 4:44 pm:

    Does Rauner — or Shrimpf — not understand that the chicken is pretty darn symbolic for the Rauner campaign? I mean, where is the … er, $&% and vinegar that Rauner had in the primary?

    The chicken is Rauner. Rauner is the chichen. Come on Bruce, engage seriously. This ain’t it.


  84. - NewWestSuburbanGOP'er - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 4:45 pm:

    Just curious… do the Illinois voters realize that Evelyn Sanguinetti would be a heartbeat away from the Governor’s office? Does anybody really beleive she would be ready to run the State of Illinois? BR’s first mistake was choosing her to be his running mate, how can anybody take him serious?


  85. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 4:51 pm:

    –Does Rauner — or Shrimpf — not understand that the chicken is pretty darn symbolic for the Rauner campaign?–

    I’m guessing not.

    As has been pointed out by Rich and others, it’s pretty basic common sense that you don’t associate yourself — much less stand for photographs and filming — with chickens.

    It’s a “clear visualization,” as Bruce would say.

    As someone else pointed out, they stepped all over the 10-point lead story. Stepped on it. Stepped in it. They ran around today like a chicken with its head chopped off.

    See? Don’t use chickens. Opens up a world of possibilities……


  86. - Amalia - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 5:00 pm:

    Pardon the turkey, not the chickens.


  87. - NewWestSuburbanGOP'er - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 5:02 pm:

    ooops… believe


  88. - Amalia - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 5:04 pm:

    Jimmy Carter had his rabbit, Rauner has his chickens.


  89. - NewWestSuburbanGOP'er - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 5:05 pm:

    http://youtu.be/t0HKqEQFWtw


  90. - NewWestSuburbanGOP'er - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 5:06 pm:

    Tap dancing around getting any straight answers from BR and ES.

    http://youtu.be/XdwmAwqg07k


  91. - Amalia - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 5:07 pm:

    I thought he was a smart guy. Don’t you know you never follow an animal act?


  92. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 5:08 pm:

    When I recommended Quinn have someone follow Bruce around in a chicken suit, apparently something got lost in translation.

    Quinn accuses you of being timid and you think it is a good idea to do a photo op with some capons?

    Wha??

    Every campaign needs someone who is willing to stand up and say, “I am not sure this is a good idea.”

    On the upside, unless Rauner has another plan for them, maybe Squeezy gets a good meal outta this.


  93. - Amalia - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 5:09 pm:

    Squeezy, we hardly knew ye.


  94. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 5:19 pm:

    ===you never follow an animal act? ===

    Fair warning, I’m definitely stealing that line for tomorrow’s Fax.


  95. - Amalia - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 5:22 pm:

    steal away baby!!!


  96. - Norseman - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 5:23 pm:

    Reporter: Mr. Rauner, your chickens seem uncommonly quiet. Did you give them drugs to keep them calm.

    Rauner: I haven’t taken a position on that yet.

    Reporter: That’s a yes or no question.

    Rauner: Yes.

    Reporter: So you did drug the chickens!

    Rauner: No

    Reporter: You just said yes.

    Rauner: I said yes you asked a yes or no question.

    Reporter: How about answering my question.

    Rauner: We’ll issue a statement later.

    Reporter: Let’s try a different question. Whose idea was it to bring chickens.

    Rauner: Who’s on first.

    Reporter: Funny, now to the question.

    Rauner: I don’t know anybody on my staff. Remember, I’m a manager. I don’t get into details of who works for me.

    Reporter 2: Who prepared your policy paper.

    Rauner: Who’s on first …


  97. - Willie Stark - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 5:29 pm:

    Chickens make lousy house pets and campaign props!


  98. - Amalia - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 5:36 pm:

    Cluck, cluck, cluck….Bruce!


  99. - skeptic - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 5:43 pm:

    Some time ago, some TV show (like a PBS financial show, I don’t remember now) had a face-off for picking stocks: One expert, One psychic, and one chicken. The chicken won. That’s Bruce’s angle.


  100. - Old Shepherd - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 6:18 pm:

    At least he didn’t drop them out of a helicopter.


  101. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 6:34 pm:

    Bruce’s aide right before the presser: “here’s the best part big guy, after the press conference you can give them away by dropping them out of a helicopter and watch them float down to the ground”. Bruce: “Genius. What could go wrong.”


  102. - SAP - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 6:38 pm:

    Aide to Bruce: here is the genius part Big Guy, after the presser we can give them away by dropping them out of a helicopter.


  103. - Amalia - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 6:56 pm:

    World Cluck!


  104. - Upon Further Review - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 7:16 pm:

    Hey, it worked for Big Bill Thompson with the caged rats named “Doc” and “Fred.”


  105. - MrJM (@MisterJayEm) - Thursday, Jun 12, 14 @ 7:53 pm:

    #HammerAndPluck#HammerAndPluck

    – MrJM


  106. - PublicServant - Friday, Jun 13, 14 @ 6:31 am:

    You guys are making me hungry.

    Seriously, Quinn should proclaim June 12th to be Prairie Chicken day in Illinois. Do that today, Pat. #Kthxbye


  107. - SAP - Friday, Jun 13, 14 @ 6:36 am:

    At least the chickens weren’t wearing confederate flags.


  108. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jun 13, 14 @ 6:52 am:

    - Norseman -, man, that is good stuff.

    - Soccermom -, I am still laughing about the Bull Durham symmetry.


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