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*** UPDATED x3 - More evidence - Quinn responds - Rauner responds *** Rauner’s Payton Prep story still doesn’t ring true

Thursday, Jun 26, 2014

*** UPDATE *** Bruce’s daughter was admitted and enrolled in 2008. CPS changed the attendance factor in admissions in 2009. Here is a post about it:

“http://cpsobsessed.com/2009/09/28/attendance-wont-count-for-selective-enrollment-high-schools-any-more/”>http://cpsobsessed.com/2009/09/28/attendance-wont-count-for-selective-enrollment-high-schools-any-more/

From that story…

In light of the H1N1 virus that affected the attendance of a significant number of students, a notification was issued during the 2008-2009 school year stating that application procedures for Selective Enrollment and GEAP schools would be revisited this year in order to consider the extenuating circumstances. As a result, it has been determined that, beginning with the upcoming application process for the 2010-2011 school year, attendance will not be included in the criteria for the selection of students for Selective Enrollment High Schools, Academic Centers, and International Gifted Programs (formerly International Baccalaureate Preparatory Programs).

*** UPDATE 2 *** The Quinn campaign just called to point out that the attendance issue is a red herring. If you look at what Inspector General Sullivan said, you’ll see that the crux of this matter is that Ms. Rauner didn’t test high enough for admissions…

The bar was very high for white students. She tested very well, just not quite high enough to meet Payton’s standards.

And Rauner has been saying for months now that she tested well. According to Sullivan, she didn’t test well enough.

*** UPDATE 3 *** Sun-Times

A top aide to Arne Duncan — who was then the Chicago Schools CEO and is now the U.S. secretary of education — even kept a log of calls he fielded about would-be admissions from politicians and others, including current gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner.

After that call from Rauner in 2008, the aide called the principal of Payton College Prep, who then admitted Rauner’s daughter — even though her scores didn’t meet Payton admission standards that year, and even though the “principal pick” process had not started, Sullivan said.

So the principal angle is off the table now as well.

[ *** End Of Updates *** ]

* We all know that Bruce Rauner has changed his story about how his daughter was admitted into the high-performing, limited enrollment Chicago public school Payton Prep. Here’s Bernie’s story from January

Rauner told me in a Sept. 3 interview. She was let in through something called the principal’s list, he said, which at that time was available for 5 percent of admissions for those with “special circumstances.”

The clout part of this story includes an allegation that Rauner called ARNE DUNCAN, who was then CEO of Chicago Public Schools and is now U.S. secretary of education.

In that Sept. 3 interview, I asked Rauner:

“Did you talk to Mr. Duncan about it?”

“I did not,” Rauner responded.

* Rauner eventually admitted making that call. And he explained at the time that his daughter’s admission problem was due to poor attendance caused by ill health

Rauner admits making a call to former Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan to see how he could get his daughter into Payton, despite what he calls a middle school attendance record marred by illness. He says principals have some discretion in admitting a small percentage of students, and parents have a right to make an appeal like he did.

Back to Bernie’s story, which quotes Rauner’s spokesman

“So they … saw and spoke with Arne Duncan multiple times throughout the year,” Schrimpf said. “The exact date of when they might have brought it up, I don’t have that. But at some point, they said they were applying. … They knew their daughter had top grades, top test scores, but had the absences, and they wanted to go to Chicago public schools. So they inquired as to … if she would even have a shot at being admitted, and were told that she should go ahead and apply, and if she doesn’t get in via the first route … then she sounds like her situation is why the discretionary pool exists.”

* But that’s not what retiring Chicago Public Schools Inspector General James Sullivan found during his own investigation. IG Sullivan was on Chicago Tonight last night and here’s what he had to say

At the time there [was] a consent decree in place mandating racial preferences at the schools. Only up to 35 percent white students, 65 percent non-white students could be taken.

The bar was very high for white students. She tested very well, just not quite high enough to meet Payton’s standards.

Our investigation revealed that there was a phone call made to the CEO’s office by Mr. Rauner, and after that somebody in the CEO’s office called Walter Payton and his daughter was admitted to the school.

* OK, so her test scores just weren’t high enough. But were her attendance problems a factor? Nope

All students that were applying that year, 7th Grade attendance is no longer an element of the application process.

I don’t know what her score was in that 100-point range, but everybody was graded on the same scale.

* Video of the exchange

The full interview is here.

Obviously, we need further clarification about this story.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


122 Comments
  1. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 9:19 am:

    That Payton Prep story…

    No legs.


  2. - Wally - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 9:20 am:

    Sure hope Bernie dives in to stories/scandals about Quinn with the same zeal. Doubtful but hopeful!


  3. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 9:24 am:

    Bruce could just release the scores, and since they were perfect, there would be no worry as to how they would look, and Rauner, at any time can release, as a parent, the file of her admission.


  4. - Jose Abreu's next homer - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 9:27 am:

    All this work just so the girl would eventually get in to Dartmouth. Me thinks she would’ve gotten acceptance into Dartmouth had she gone to New Trier as well. Talk about a mover and shaker.


  5. - PublicServant - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 9:29 am:

    Can we get a legislative hearing on an investigation of the use of clout in skirting the rules in place at selective enrollment schools, and force Bruce Rauner to testify?


  6. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 9:29 am:

    What address was used in applying? Did Bruce ever change his drivers license? Did Diana Rauner ever have a Chicago drivers license?

    Who lived in Chicago with a Chicago recognized address?

    Did the Daughter, at 16 and attending Payton Prep, have a Winnetka or Chicago drivers license?


  7. - shore - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 9:33 am:

    I’m not a Rauner fan, but he’s done a really good job at improving on his speaking and also his pr and messaging efforts. You can see the difference and he’s clearly not a mckenna/oberweis type where he gets into this and he looks like someone who hasn’t been in politics for 30 years.

    I think the quinn campaign really needs to step up its aggressiveness on Rauner and to my shock they’ve really been slow in attacking and defining him. The obama campaign wasted no time at putting the plutocrat label on Romney and throwing him off balance and even the blago campaigns and quinn 2010 effort were really good at defining their opponents. Maybe quinn’s watching Jose Abreu or something instead of focused on this.


  8. - Phenomynous - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 9:37 am:

    Not a huge Rauner fan. But, I have to say I can’t blame the guy for doing everything in his power to ensure that his daughter is successful in life. I actually wish more parents would were so proactive in their children’s education.

    I’m not talking about donating millions or clouting their way way in. But just being more proactive as parents in regards to the importance of a good education.

    Rauner obviously recognizes the value and did everything he could to ensure that she got the best education available. Key phrase: the best education available. This is what parents should strive for.


  9. - too obvious - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 9:39 am:

    Like we needed more proof that Rauner is a congenital liar.


  10. - Jorge - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 9:42 am:

    Phenom, I think it’s the best education money can buy in this instance.


  11. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 9:42 am:

    ===Rauner obviously recognizes the value and did everything he could to ensure that she got the best education available. Key phrase: the best education available. This is what parents should strive for.===

    Clouting your Denied Daughter, over worthy children is not doing everything for your child, it is someone who wouldn’t take “No” for an answer at the expense of another child whose parent can’t call, continuously, Arne Duncan, to hurdle a child far more qualified, who actually lives in Chicago.

    Which parent, Bruce or Diana, had an Illinois drivers license with the Chicago address during the application, the denial, the Clouting, and the 4 years attending Payton Prep?

    Did the Denied Daughter’s first license say “Chicago” or “Winnetka” while attending Payton Prep?


  12. - Amalia - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 9:45 am:

    and the family lives where? this is an incredible abuse of the Chicago Public School system and those involved should be ashamed. his daughter got in and another could not be admitted. Rauner lied. and another student was denied.


  13. - William j Kelly - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 9:46 am:

    Politically speaking rauner is in a good position because there are so many things about him that ‘don’t ring true’ it will be difficult for voters to focus on any one of them, kind of like his money buddy Rahm.


  14. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 9:48 am:

    –Sure hope Bernie dives in to stories/scandals about Quinn with the same zeal. Doubtful but hopeful! –

    Another victim heard from.

    You’re really talking out your tukkus to imply that Bernie is in the tank for anyone.

    Here’s a general rule of thumb: when a slickster politician like Rauner is caught telling a bald-faced lie to a specific question, there’s going to be some follow-up.

    Tell the truth and you never have to worry about keeping your story straight.


  15. - A guy... - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 9:48 am:

    Guess we’ll see if this dog hunts this time. It’s come up on numerous occasions and I think the parental point of view is every parent tries to help their child as much as they can. They use every resource available. This one has been more of a bugaboo for me because New Trier and any great private school was easily within the means of this family. It might come down to the daughter’s heart being set on this school and the old man getting twisted by her desire to go there. And yep, I can relate to that too.


  16. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 9:52 am:

    - abc123 -, and - A Guy… -,

    Bruce Rauner said he would veto it.

    I didn’t say it. Bruce Rauner said it.

    So, are you both afraid of “Educating” constituencies on how “Your Guy”, - A Guy… - would have handled SSM?

    No different than any issue already decided, but reminding voters, “you vote for ‘X’, they were never with you when it mattered.”


  17. - Norseman - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 9:54 am:

    You didn’t have to go to Payton Prep to know that Raunervich was lying. Despite his Blagoesque claim to be a reformer, we know he’s clouted before and will clout again.


  18. - A guy... - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 9:54 am:

    OW, I think you forgot where you were and posted it on the wrong thread.


  19. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 9:57 am:

    Apologies, too many windows open.

    Just have Bruce Rauner give his drivers license status, Diana’s drivers license status, and release the file, from the perfect test score Rauner can show and brag in, to the application, to the denial, to the admission, and where the addresses fit in too, then it’s over.


  20. - phocion - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 9:58 am:

    Oswego Willy only made 6 posts out of 17 on this topic? He’s really losing his touch.


  21. - walker - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 10:00 am:

    OK, so he’s an insider, who knows how to use clout. Not a difference maker.

    Now, what makes him better able to overcome the challenges facing our state? That’s still an open question, given the mostly empty “Three Step Plan” he’s put out so far.

    It might come down to “anything is better than this” if no disasters appear for Rauner.


  22. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 10:00 am:

    - phocion -,

    You can count. Congrats. Maybe Bruce can clout you into Payton Prep to over a worthy child.

    That would be fun.


  23. - Rick - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 10:01 am:

    Phenom, you miss the point that Rauner is running as businessman outsider, uninfected by the sleaze of Illinois’ clout-driven politics. The Payton Prep story makes that a lie.


  24. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 10:01 am:

    ***“So they … saw and spoke with Arne Duncan multiple times throughout the year,” Schrimpf said.***

    So after Rauner used all the clout he could muster to get his daughter in over other kids, and after giving Payton Prep $250,000, he has the audacity to call union leaders corrupt and attack them for lobbying elected officials and contributing to politicians?

    After giving former Gov. Ed Rendell of PA $300,000, he got pension business, and he has the sheer nerve to attack union leaders for giving money to politicians in the interests of their members?

    Too much, man.


  25. - Chris - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 10:02 am:

    1. This “I don’t know what her score was in that 100-point range” doesn’t make sense. There is a 900 point rubric, based on 7th grade grades, 7th grade ISAT/other test scores, and an admissions test. There isn’t a “100-point range”.

    2. Willy–”an Illinois drivers license with the Chicago address during the application”

    That has NEVER been a requirement. You can apply to Payton while living in Hong Kong, with no prior connection to Illinois. The requirement is that you have a Chicago address *when enrolling*. I think it is *beyond* stupid that that is allowed, but that’s the rule. Brucey bought the big place on Randolph before the school year started, and that’s enough to qualify for anyone–there isn’t a “where you sleep” test in CPS, in most cases.


  26. - Wally - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 10:03 am:

    Actually, Rauner got pension biz from PA BEFORE Rendell was governor.


  27. - A guy... - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 10:04 am:

    There’s no defense for this one beyond: I wanted to help my daughter go where she wanted to go. The people will decide if it’s a venial or mortal sin.


  28. - Commander Norton - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 10:05 am:

    I gotta defend Bernie. While I can’t say which scandal he’ll go after next (and whether it will involve Quinn or Quinnies), he’s equal opportunity and often comes down hard especially on local Dems (yes, I speak from personal experience).


  29. - Wensicia - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 10:07 am:

    Rauner’s unqualified daughter gets in WPP and the qualified student gets bumped off the list.

    Affirmative action for the wealthy.


  30. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 10:08 am:

    Baloney. Old news. Pick one of my lies, and lets just go with that. Helpin my child. No apologies. Bought a condo, my wife didnt like the commute all the way from winnetka. I gave millions to schools, i cant have one spot for my daughter? Baloney. I have a detailed plan for reformin prep school admissions. We will roll that out later. Gotta go.


  31. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 10:09 am:

    Anon 10:08a = langhorne


  32. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 10:10 am:

    === You can apply to Payton while living in Hong Kong, with no prior connection to Illinois. The requirement is that you have a Chicago address *when enrolling*. I think it is *beyond* stupid that that is allowed, but that’s the rule.===

    - Chris -,

    Here is the “rub”, it’s literally the timetable of when it was done, why, and if it wasn’t done at all by the Guardians of an underage child, attending a Chicago school, with parents having a Winnetka drivers license.

    That is the “rub”.

    Also, I recall Phil Ponce asking Rauner about that drivers license too (Good on him!) so I would be very interested in those licenses, if/when they were changed (pre or post Denial), and what is that timetable.

    It’s about the timing, more than anything.


  33. - Frenchie Mendoza - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 10:14 am:

    The issue here isn’t that Rauner is some wonderful parent and doing everything he can do for his kid. Whatever.

    The issue is that by clouting in a daughter who didn’t score high enough, Rauner forced another kid — a deserving kid without a rich parent who could call Duncan — out. It’s not the “Bruce is a great guy, he’ll do anything for his kid!”

    It’s more like: “This dude bumped out a kid more deserving than his daughter. The only reason he could do that is because he was rich and had connections.”

    It’s a pretty awful story, actually — and is typical (IMHO) of the so-called 1% who insist on using their money to buy access that no one else has.


  34. - Chris - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 10:17 am:

    Willy: “Here is the “rub”, it’s literally the timetable of when it was done, why, and if it wasn’t done at all by the Guardians of an underage child, attending a Chicago school, with parents having a Winnetka drivers license.”

    I agree, but I wanted to be certain that YOU know that “at time of application” does NOT matter one iota. Because if you focus on the “address on application date” thing, then you give the Raunerites an out to focus on your factual error–it does not (and did not then either) matter where you live when you apply.

    Like I say, as a CPS parent, I *hate* that, but that is the actual rule.


  35. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 10:18 am:

    “Actually, Rauner got pension biz from PA BEFORE Rendell was governor.”

    Right, but he gave Rendell money, and Rendell put in a good word for him for more pension business.

    I agree with one of the “union bosses” who said that her union should not accept pension business from union haters like Rauner.

    Someone should explain why Rauner took pension business from the very people he accuses of destroying Illinois. That makes him just as “complicit” as them. He’s running against himself, so to speak.


  36. - Skeptic - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 10:22 am:

    “I actually wish more parents would were so proactive in their children’s education.” Me too, but that should be things like helping with homework, talking with the teacher about the best way to help, hiring a tutor if needed, teaching responsibility and the value of hard work, making sure he/she has pencils and paper, and shoes and food and a loving, supportive home environment…not buying your way in.


  37. - Chris - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 10:34 am:

    “Someone should explain why Rauner took pension business from the very people he accuses of destroying Illinois. That makes him just as “complicit” as them.”

    Ok, back up a step and think about the goal of (1) the pension fund managers and (2) the PE fund asking for the investment. BOTH of them want to double the investment–the fund gets fat on it’s promote, and the fund manager looks great for delivering an 80% return.

    Now, assume that 80% return happens–what’s the effect on the state budget? That great return *reduces* the amount of tax dollars needed to go into the pension. So the hoped for outcome of the investment is desirable for *everyone* involved.

    To the extent that there was money changing hands from the PE Fund to the Pension Fund Managers and/or the politicians who appoint the fund managers, to influence their decision to invest with GTCR instead of Madison Dearborn, or Blackstone, or whoever, that’s a bribe, and is a violation of at least the spirit of the law. That’s a significant issue. But that Rauner may think that both (1) Unions are ruining the state and (2) having the union pensions invest in private equity, is not a genuine contradiction.


  38. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 10:35 am:

    - Chris -,

    It’s all good. In the instance of the political, the reality of asking for timetables, and dates, and the Denial, and the test score NOW, and the drivers licenses and those dates…

    It’s the tearing down a narrative that has been torn down multiple times, by Bernie, than bold face lying to Bernie…

    The collective Clouting, and the means and lengths to take a seat from a worthy child, (there are NOT infinite seats; any seat given, is a seat lost to another student, period. It is.) and if the scores on the test, which are now in question, and the denial, and the whole Chicago residency is all about “who you know and who can clout”, than having all the dates puts into focus how much of a Clouter Bruce Rauner is.


  39. - Wally - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 10:39 am:

    Commander Norton—I will venture Bernie’s columns go 80% against R’s. I have not kept track but if you read his roughly 100 annual columns, I feel comfortable with my percentage.


  40. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 10:41 am:

    ===Commander Norton—I will venture Bernie’s columns go 80% against R’s.===

    Not 72%? How about 83%? Yikes…

    ===I have not kept track but if you read his roughly 100 annual columns, I feel comfortable with my percentage.===

    If you don’t keep track, how can you feel comfortable?


  41. - Joe Bidenopolous - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 10:45 am:

    ==There’s no defense for this one beyond: I wanted to help my daughter go where she wanted to go. The people will decide if it’s a venial or mortal sin.==

    Totally agree, if he’d told the truth and been up front about it. He didn’t and he wasn’t - he lied and tried to cover it up. That speaks to character and that’s a much bigger issue to overcome than trying to help a kid.


  42. - OneMan - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 10:54 am:

    So the whole comment he made about how attendance didn’t matter turns out to apparently be incorrect…

    Also, in a somewhat related vein, is it appropriate for a former school official to comment about a student’s test scores? If so where is that line, will it be ok to comment about a kids grades once they become an adult?

    Him commenting about her test scores makes me a little uncomfortable. I would like to think how a candidates child did on an 8th grade placement test is not something you share regardless of the context.

    But that’s me.


  43. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 10:54 am:

    So…attendance was not a mitigating factor?

    I get confused with all the “baloney”, and the Clouting, and the bold face lying…


  44. - low level - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 10:54 am:

    I’m certain that Bruce was not forthcoming about this to all the ministers he has apparently become friends with - the vast majority of them being quite upset with the way CPS has handled school closings.

    One standard for Bozo Bruce, another standard for everyone else.


  45. - Chris - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 10:54 am:

    “having all the dates puts into focus how much of a Clouter Bruce Rauner is”

    OK, so, ignore that where they lived on the date of application does not matter, bc it makes a better story for the 99% of Illinois who doesn’t understand that rule. Fair enough. And I totally get that.

    Just want to be clear that there are some who understand the rule, and that *that single issue* (as opposed to everything that came *after* the initial rejection) is a total non-issue.

    “(there are NOT infinite seats; any seat given, is a seat lost to another student, period. It is.)”

    Obviously, 100% true, but she took a seat from another “not qualified” kid who was seeking to get in after falling short of the score cutoff. Maybe that kid was really deserving and had one bad test day, and maybe that kid was somebody who somebody else sent–*that* we will never know for sure.


  46. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 10:55 am:

    What, no demands for subpoenas from Barickman? No demands Rauner testify from Senator Murphy? No recognition of the double standard from journalists?


  47. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 10:56 am:

    ===So…attendance was not a mitigating factor?

    I get confused with all the “baloney”, and the Clouting, and the bold face lying…===

    This is snark, before everyone gets all Dopey. I get it, mocking Bruce’s excuses.


  48. - Chicago Publius - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 10:58 am:

    Rauner has a second bigger legal problem with this episode, because he apparently claimed that he and his daughter were residents of the CPS District, while making contradictory claims regarding the New Trier School District. Falsely claiming residency is prohibited in the Illinois School Code, and exposes the parties to pretty severe civil and criminal sanctions.


  49. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 11:03 am:

    ===Obviously, 100% true, but she took a seat from another “not qualified” kid who was seeking to get in after falling short of the score cutoff. Maybe that kid was really deserving and had one bad test day, and maybe that kid was somebody who somebody else sent–*that* we will never know for sure.===

    - Chris -, you are being an apologist.

    The principal could just as easy admitted a kid far more qualified.

    That is 100% true.

    Bruce Rauner, living in Winnetka, had his Denied Daughter admitted in a school she was not qualified to attend, to a finite spot from a worthy Chicago child, and used political influence to do it.

    For someone so upset, you seem willing to give loads of ways Rauner was “ok”, lol


  50. - Chicago Publius - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 11:03 am:

    Chris at 10:02 am: You can apply to Payton while living in Hong Kong, with no prior connection to Illinois. The requirement is that you have a Chicago address *when enrolling*.

    Um, not really, Chris. The school code limits enrollment in a school district to “residents” of that school district. School districts all over this state use the School Code to bar cheaters, like Rauner, who try to game their kids into a particular school when they don’t really reside in the relevant district. Get with the program, will you?


  51. - olddog - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 11:07 am:

    === I will venture Bernie’s columns go 80% against R’s. ===

    Springfield has a Republican mayor, a Republican county government, Republicans in the state legislative delegation and two Republican members of Congress. If your guess is accurate (and I don’t think it is), do you think that might have something to do with why Bernie writes a lot about Republicans?


  52. - Wally - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 11:12 am:

    Olddog, there are plenty of dems around for stories and criticism. It rarely happens. He could have a scathing Quinn article on a weekly basis. Go ahead and count those in the past year. It won’t take you long.


  53. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 11:15 am:

    - Wally -, this past year, was about the GOP Guv primary, and your local GOP issues, along with many stinging Quinn stories.

    Your assumption is tired and lazy, and a drive-by victim card.


  54. - Wally - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 11:16 am:

    And if you have a kid who can run a 4.5 40 and is a potential D1 recruit, he will get clouted into a football factory school and get preferential treatment. The way of the world.


  55. - OneMan - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 11:19 am:

    Chicago Publius,

    Wouldn’t that seem to prevent someone who was moving to Chicago from having their child apply and likely cause a legal issue?

    For example, if I knew we were going to move into Chicago (lets say I took a job with the city) it would seem at best unfair and at worse discriminatory that my child could not attend a selective enrollment high school because of where they went to school the previous year.

    A suburban district that did that with a gifted/honors program for example would likely get in trouble.

    I very well may be wrong about this


  56. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 11:20 am:

    So the Denied New Trier living Daughter can run a 4.5 40 yard dash and plays football?

    Well, Rauner bold face lies about the Clouting at Payton Prep…

    Honesty. Integrity. Ethics. Morals.

    Bruce Rauner lives his life cheating those ideals, at the cost, this time, of a worthy child.


  57. - low level - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 11:21 am:

    YDD- I was thinking the exact same thing. Maybe Quinn will testify after Bozo Bruce does.

    Chris- Your logic gets more and more tortured each time. I thought GOPers were for tort reform? ;)

    Really Bad day for Raunerbots. Bozo Bruce’s show is great until it leaves with all the mess left behind.


  58. - Phenomynous - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 11:27 am:

    I can’t believe the amount of discussion around a selective enrollment school. It’s ok that their are racial preferences and higher bars set for some students rather than others. Buy it’s not ok that students get clouted in? I imagine it happens all of the time at Payton.

    If there is an issue then it should be with selective enrollment.


  59. - Soccermom - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 11:29 am:

    The Quinn campaign needs to come up with a single message to define Rauner.

    “He’s really rich” is not actually a winner. (You see, I remember a fellow named Kennedy…) The “he doesn’t pay his taxes thing” is probably not going to do it, either, since he’s probably paid millions and millions to the IRS over the years.

    I think one overarching message might be “Rauner’s all about what’s good for Rauner. Pat Quinn cares about what’s good for the people of Illinois.” That one would include the Peyton Prep fiasco, the nursing home deaths, the flip-flops on gay marriage and minimum wage.”

    Just firing out one “today in bad Rauner” release after another will not actually stick. You need a nice Christmas tree to hang this stuff on.

    Then you can say things like, “Remember that stupid news conference when he rolled out his “budget,” and it was clear he didn’t have a clue about how the state’s budget actually works? He didn’t even care enough to read the darn thing — he just hired some clueless idiots to cut and paste other people’s ideas into a pretty document. Rauner doesn’t really care about the state’s fiscal mess. Rauner just cares about what’s good for Rauner.”


  60. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 11:29 am:

    ===The bar was very high for white students. She tested very well, just not quite high enough to meet Payton’s standards.===

    ————————————–

    ===And Rauner has been saying for months now that she tested well. According to Sullivan, she didn’t test well enough.===

    Welp. Bruce. Is the Inspector General “full of baloney” or a bold faced liar?

    You could release all the admission information.

    You could.

    The scores, what the Principal may have done, residency…

    Hmm. Can you hear that Rauner Crew now?

    “How do we get around the IG? We’re $250K in this after the Clouting…” lol


  61. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 11:30 am:

    ===If there is an issue then it should be with selective enrollment. ===

    The issue here is the candidate’s ever-changing story.


  62. - Arthur Andersen - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 11:32 am:

    Publius, Rauner owned property in Chicago at the time his daughter started, or enrolled in, high school. Where they all actually resided is the great unknown. Good luck with that prosecution under the School Code.


  63. - Phenomynous - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 11:33 am:

    Good point, Rich. That is definitely your issue. But that is not the only issue for all of the commenters in here.


  64. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 11:34 am:

    - Soccermom -,

    Always felt the umbrella was the..,

    “Honesty, integrity, ethics , and morals; when Bruce Rauner faces those challenges, Bruce Rauner cares only for himself”

    Everything else revolves around his money, influence, insider dealings, and bad choices to those four failings.


  65. - Chicago Publius - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 11:35 am:

    I hate to beat the horse on this, but I think Quinn’s steller communications teams are missing the point on this:

    Under 105 ILCS 5/10-20b(f), it is a criminal offense to “knowingly or wilfully presents to any school district any false information regarding the residency of a pupil for the purpose of enabling that pupil to attend any school in that district…”

    The Quinnsters should be referencing the fact that Rauner’s conduct possibly exposes him to criminal sanctions.


  66. - OneMan - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 11:37 am:

    Phenomynous

    The selective admissions schools are in part a desegregation tool for CPS, there are some who feel that it has failed, but that is/was part of it’s intent.

    The Reader had something on this.

    http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2014/06/23/chicagos-entire-school-desegregation-strategy-needs-a-turnaround

    The differences between white enrollment district wide 9% vs the selective enrollment schools 33% at the HS level.

    Also at some point (having seen the risks of using dates with CPS policies I am not going to say when on or after 2007 it happened) race wasn’t a fact as was social-economic status.


  67. - phocion - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 11:37 am:

    ==The bar was very high for white students. She tested very well, just not quite high enough to meet Payton’s standards.==

    Um, has CPS read the U.S. Supreme Court decision Fisher v. Univ. of Tex. at Austin? 133 S.Ct. 2411 (2013)


  68. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 11:44 am:

    - phocion -,

    When someone in Chicago sues, let us know.


  69. - Joan P. - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 11:55 am:

    @ Phocion -

    Even the CPS is not required to comply with court rulings that haven’t actually occurred at the time.


  70. - 32nd Ward Roscoe Village - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 11:56 am:

    My older son just finished freshman year in high school at CPS, and so when he was applying for selective enrollment, it was not based on race. The slots for selective enrollment at that time were divided up as follows:
    –30% to the highest score (out of 900; explained by one of the previous commentators) who preferenced a particular SEHS, regardless of address in the city; then
    –the remaining 70% of slots are divided into 4 tranches, 25% to each of the 4 Tiers of the city. There are 4 tiers of census tracts, divided up by average income of residents of each census tract. Tier IV being the highest tier, average-income-wise.
    –Since there are more applicants to selective enrollment high schools from Tier IV, a Tier IV applicant who is not placed in the first 30% must have a score much closer to 900 than applicants in the other tiers.
    I speak from experience–my son tested well but had one B in algebra which subtracts 25 points from your score and so did not get in to any SEHS. He was a Tier IV applicant. We just happened to move in to a changing neighborhood 23 years ago, probably wouldn’t be Tier IV when we moved in, but it is now.


  71. - Chicago Publius - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 11:57 am:

    Arutur Andersen @ 11:32 am: Good luck with that prosecution under the School Code.

    You miss the point, Art. No one can have 2 residencies at the same time — so, which was it? Winnetak or Chicago? The Quinnsters don’t Anita Alvarez — they don’t have to charge and convict. They just have to point out that it looks like Rauner broke the law.


  72. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 11:58 am:

    Enough already, Baron. Stop talking in the news about your daughter’s test scores and illness, stop blaming it on your wife.

    Be a mensch. Just say, “yeah, I pulled all the strings I could for my kid. If you don’t like it, kiss my mistletoe.”

    Over and done.


  73. - phocion - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 11:59 am:

    OW. You’re right. Governments should violate the Constitution until they’re sued.


  74. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 12:01 pm:

    ===OW. You’re right. Governments should violate the Constitution until they’re sued.===

    Allegedly violating…


  75. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 12:02 pm:

    It’s never the crime, it’s always the cover-up…

    - wordslinger - is On It.

    Rauner keeps this Dopey thing alive more than me, lol


  76. - Mason born - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 12:42 pm:

    Not being from the area can i ask a question? Are there really no private schools in Chicago?? The thing that irks me about this is the idea that a man with the means to fly his daughter from Winetka to Sidwell Friends in D.C. (school the Obama daughters attend) if he had to chose to take a seat from a less well off student. It isn’t like this was the only possible option for her to get a top notch education.


  77. - ArchPundit - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 12:47 pm:

    ===The principal could just as easy admitted a kid far more qualified.

    ===That is 100% true.

    Sort of. Much more qualified by the standard of test scores perhaps, but I would quibble with the idea that test scores are the best determination of who should get in.

    This doesn’t give Rauner an excuse, I just hate letting that standard be assumed to be the best way to admit students.

    Rauner clouted his kid into Payton–he’d be better off to just admit he did it and say he was blinded by his love for his daughter. Complete nonsense, but at least something to hang his hat on and let the story die down.


  78. - ArchPundit - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 12:49 pm:

    Mason born—huh. Perhaps the best comment on the story yet.


  79. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 1:02 pm:

    ===Sort of. Much more qualified by the standard of test scores perhaps, but I would quibble with the idea that test scores are the best determination of who should get in.===

    Not just test scores. You can be more qualified in the matrix of 900 than Rauner’s Denied Daughter.

    She was Denied. She didn’t qualify. There could be 1 or dozens with better matrix qualifications, but none if those children’s Dad… had Arne Duncan on speed dial.

    Bruce Rauner himself she qualified in every way, except attendance.

    Every way.

    Not a good score, “Perfect score”. … “Perfect”, not high enough, not qualifying, “Perfect”.

    Release the score, release the Docs, show the Clouting, while wearing that pristine Carhartt and that $18 watch, sitting on a Harley, with a “see-gar”, and of course 2 pictures; one with that helmet, one with no helmet…

    Release the docs, Rauner Crew, and who had the Chicago address on the drivers license?

    Say….

    I think I remember the tax returns with the Winnetka address too…

    Hmmm. So the Department of Revenue in Illinois has the Winnetka address as the “current”?

    Tell us, Rauner Crew, what are we missing?


  80. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 1:05 pm:

    ===After that call from Rauner in 2008, the aide called the principal of Payton College Prep, who then admitted Rauner’s daughter — even though her scores didn’t meet Payton admission standards that year, and even though the “principal pick” process had not started, Sullivan said.===

    So, before the Principal could pick the Denied Winnetka-Living Daughter, the Principal picked her. lol.

    Utterly priceless and terribly sickening.


  81. - low level - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 1:07 pm:

    Mason - you got it. No private schools in Chicago and especially not in Winnetka.

    He wanted to save the tuition while having his daughter go to a great school.

    One standard for Bozo Bruce, another for everyone else.

    (& Those saying the Quinn campaign is blowing it are spot on.)


  82. - low level - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 1:18 pm:

    Re: the “issue being selective enrollment”.

    Other parents who do this aren’t running for Governor. Ones who actually live in the City of Chicago.

    And aren’t running on a campaign of honesty, integrity, etc.


  83. - Wensicia - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 1:25 pm:

    ==He wanted to save the tuition while having his daughter go to a great school.==

    Private schools charge more than $250,000 in tuition?


  84. - Walter Mitty - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 1:29 pm:

    So if we go with headlines, What is worse… ? Getting your kid into a good school? Or using a tax funded slush fund for re-election?

    This is a story… But at the end of June, if this is all Quinn has got, it ain’t much… I think it’s clear that playing the Romney card against Bruce ain’t in fashion this time… Watch the news and see the shape of our Country. I do think it’s wrong and bad… But this election is clearly about the lesser of two evils… Rauner is still less… OW, the door is still open…


  85. - Soccermom - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 1:37 pm:

    Where were Rauner’s other kids going to school when his daughter was a Peyton?

    In Oak Park, you have to sign a very threatening document that says you actually live in the district, not that you simply own property there. I assume New Trier has something similar?

    Didn’t Rauner or his wife have to swear that they lived in the district for his other kids to attend?

    Is there another regular reader of the blog who knows about the attendance regs in the New Trier district? Bueller???

    Why isn’t the CTU all over this? Surely they can tell us what a parent has to sign and swear to get a kid into Payton…


  86. - Soccermom - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 1:39 pm:

    Um, where was Rauner registered to vote in 2008? Wasn’t that an election year?


  87. - Frenchie Mendoza - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 1:42 pm:

    The question the media should ask Rauner is why it’s so difficult for him to admit the truth. We know the truth know — his daughter didn’t meet academic standards, Rauner placed a call, and then his daughter got a spot she wasn’t qualified to get.

    Why won’t Rauner admit this?


  88. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 1:46 pm:

    “Bruce Rauner, living in Winnetka, had his Denied Daughter admitted in a school she was not qualified to attend”

    LOL. This reminds me of a story I had long forgotten. When I was in high school, my parents tried and failed to clout me into a school they thought was better. They contacted their friend, this leader of an ethnic organization. They registered me as living at another address.

    I made it in, but in a few short weeks I was found out and kicked out of that school. My clout was pretty weak. I didn’t have parents with googobs of money to throw into the system.


  89. - Soccermom - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 1:54 pm:

    Here’s a start: In October 2008, Rauner changed his voting address to Chicago, but he claimed homestead in both Winnetka and Chicago. When called on it, he said the Winnetka address was his real home.

    But you’re not allowed to register to vote everywhere you own property — you’re supposed to vote where you live.

    http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130417/BLOGS02/130419812/where-does-bruce-rauner-really-live

    He lies about where he lives. He lies about how his daughter got into school. He was against the minimum wage before he was for it. Gosh, can’t this guy get a single story straight?


  90. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 2:01 pm:

    - Soccermom -,

    Bruce Rauner was registered in Chicago during those years, and it was reported, a supporter of Forrest Claypool.


  91. - Precinct Captain - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 2:02 pm:

    phocion, you might wanted to get a handle on something called American history. I’ll narrow down your topics of study: education and segregation. Then move on specifically to Chicago Public Schools and Benjamin Willis. Maybe read up on a little thing called Brown v. Board. Then read about the 1980 CPS consent decree which ordered the city to begin a desegregation process, one which the city had ignored for over 20 years and nearly 30 years. Until then shut up.


  92. - Almost the Weekend - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 2:23 pm:

    Quinn needs to start saying this everywhere he goes on the Southside of Chicago. This has Populist Pat Quinn written all over it.


  93. - phocion - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 2:36 pm:

    PC. Once you get your law degree and exhibit some expertise on the issue of race based programs, you can refrain from speaking to a topic of which you clearly exhibit no knowledge. I know PC people like you actually love to wallow in your warped view of the world, and spout off on what the constitution should actually say. But there are those among us who actually do understand the current state of the law and practice in this arena. You clearly are not one of those people, so, to borrow your phrase, shut up.


  94. - Formerly Known As... - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 2:47 pm:

    == which ordered the city to begin a desegregation process ==

    And yet, Chicago’s schools and neighborhoods remain some of the most starkly segregated in the nation.

    Such great progress made under Democratic leadership in the city of Chicago.


  95. - low level - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 3:02 pm:

    Was Bozo Bruce living in Chicago at the time or not?


  96. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 3:10 pm:

    ===Was Bozo Bruce living in Chicago at the time or not?===

    A timeline, and honest, non-baloney, timeline would be great.

    Add to it, the “Perfect” test score.

    Add to that, drivers license renewals, tax return addresses, and even the Denied Daughter, her drivers license at 16, what was the address?

    Rauner Crew, just release it.

    I mean Diana or Bruce at least changed their drivers license to Chicago, right? Was it just a voting registration that kept her in?

    What about the tax exemptions for the properties? Which one got the one for Primary residence, and why?

    You clout a denied Daughter, questions arise; bold face lie about every aspect you say is truthful, you get scrutiny. Continue to dodge, your character is questioned.

    Bruce Rauner cares about Bruce Rauner, no honesty or integrity, not ethics or morals. Bruce Rauner wants to know how much it costs, and we all need to stop complaining about his coziness as an insider.


  97. - A guy... - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 3:13 pm:

    I’m not sure that “Principal Choices” even exist anymore in what were once called “magnet schools”. They used to be the only way some very smart kids could get in.
    Not that it matters, and it would do more harm than good, but imagine what a list of Principal Choices would look like throughout the whole “selective enrollment” schools. You’d see some very familiar names.

    All would have a case to make, but I can assure you that you’d be less judgmental after seeing a few of these other names. All people trying to help their kids. You don’t need Arne Duncan’s number to get this done.


  98. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 3:29 pm:

    ===…, but imagine what a list of Principal Choices would look like throughout the whole “selective enrollment” schools. You’d see some very familiar names.===

    Raunerbot Talking Point 417-P

    “Others are doing it, you wouldn’t believe who else”

    Guess what? They, ain’t runnin’ for Governor. You want the Nig Chair, Clouting your kid in a public school you don’t live, you gotta eat it, and not try throwing others under the bus to ignore your Dopiness.

    ===All would have a case to make, but I can assure you that you’d be less judgmental after seeing a few of these other names. All people trying to help their kids. You don’t need Arne Duncan’s number to get this done.===

    And…”there”… is the hiding behind and evading, Rauner-Style. Never “Own” it, always point, laugh, “baloney”, ignore, and bold face lie to a reporter.

    Bruce Rauner is running for governor, anyone else on any list running for governor is fair game too…


  99. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 3:31 pm:

    “You want the Big Chair” - Apologies


  100. - low level - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 3:37 pm:

    So true, OW.

    I can just imagine the Raunerbots talking points on this if… Mike Madigan had done it.

    Well, maybe Evelyn can be brought out from hiding to explain this.


  101. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 3:45 pm:

    ===Well, maybe Evelyn can be brought out from hiding to explain this.===

    I saw that “Slip and Sue” had made several appearances with Bruce lately; I think that is do she won’t say anything about “Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust!” anymore without supervision. It may also be that if Bruce has to underwrite all this liability insurance, he wants to make sure she doesn’t fall.

    New Trier, Loyola Academy, just 2 of the great schools up in Winnetka way; but Bruce has to make that Clout call, has to prove he’s a big shot. One private, one public, many even more private schools up there with impeccable education credentials…

    Ego. Welp, Ego cuts too.


  102. - A guy... - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 3:53 pm:

    Making a separate point Willie. Have not defended this one at all. I will tell you Principals did leverage those choices to help their schools gain additional resources. It’s not innuendo. It’s a fact. I don’t think they’re sorry for doing it. It was just a tool in the toolbox and they used it.


  103. - atbat - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 4:03 pm:

    I am wondering if Mr. Rauner thought his daughter would have an easier time getting into an Ivy League college if she graduated from a Chicago public school (particularly a most selective CPS HS) - that simple. The most selective colleges limit the number of admits of North Shore grads, whether they be from New Trier or one of the many private high schools (Loyola, Regina, North Shore Country Day, Lake Forest Academy)available to a Winnetka family. Large donations to the CPS during the admission process would have helped, one might imagine.


  104. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 4:09 pm:

    ===I am wondering if Mr. Rauner thought his daughter would have an easier time getting into an Ivy League college if she graduated from a Chicago public school (particularly a most selective CPS HS) - that simple.===

    Let’s see, Dartmouth… Rauner Library, Rauner Dormatory…

    You think any Rauner child will be “wait-listed” at Dartmouth? lol


  105. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 4:36 pm:

    @Rich -

    The everchanging story is a problem. Like his vagueness on the budget and shiftiness on marriage equality, Rauner seems to naturally evade every effort to set firm expectations.

    He is one awesome salesman.

    The hypocrisy is at least as troubling. In Pennsylvania, and with Payton, we see pretty clear old style clout politics that Rauner says is the basis of his campaign.

    Shake up Springfield? He is gonna fit right in.


  106. - low level - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 4:52 pm:

    YDD- Indeed, the problem isn’t unions, career politicians or whoever else Rauner likes to target.

    The Big Problem is guys like… Bruce Rauner who can work the system not because of any merit but because of money and clout.

    One set of standards for guys like him, one for the rest of us.

    OW - LOL and nice summary of the multitude of private schools Bozo Bruce was too cheap to send his kid to.


  107. - Formerly Known As... - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 4:54 pm:

    == Bruce Rauner cares about Bruce Rauner, no honesty or integrity, not ethics or morals. ==

    And here we part ways on this issue, my friend (I say that warmly, not sarcastically).

    I do not like what Rauner did. But I believe he did it for his daughter, not himself. I also believe that despite our protests, many of us would become instant hypocrites in a similar situation. Is there anything we would deny our own children when it comes to the matter of their education or their future? I am not certain this tells us he is a bad guy so much as it tells us he is a caring parent who would do anything possible for his child just like most of us.


  108. - Formerly Known As... - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 4:56 pm:

    Of course, there are plenty of other reasons one may draw those conclusions. But I just don’t see this as one of them imho.


  109. - low level - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 4:57 pm:

    P.S. I wonder if she commuted in from Winnetka every day? I’d bet $2.5 M that at least one classmate, if not several, could confirm one way or the other.


  110. - steve schnorf - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 5:00 pm:

    Wally, Bernie doesn’t go against anyone 80% of the time, R or D, and anyone who reads him knows it. I fear you are living in wacky world.

    As to the larger issue, Sullivan said she tested “very well”, so I’m not much troubled by her being admitted. I suspect it’s somewhat like Harvard. Thousand are denied admission every year and most of them are very well qualified. This one is also apparently skewed by the preference requirement.


  111. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 5:04 pm:

    - Formerly Known As -,

    With great respect;

    1) Bruce bold faced lied, not to save his Daughter, but to save the illusion of being an “outsider” who would never use clout.

    2) Bruce threw the following people under the bus; his wife, the Principal, his own Daughter. Wife? “She may have called, I don’t know. Principal? “She was a Principal choice, not mine. Daughter? “Perfect” score, well that score ain’t that perfect, but threw the idea of her score, and her, to the wolves.

    3) You and I ain’t running for Governor, we help our kids, we ain’t hypocritically blasting people, while Clouting and lying about it.

    4) You and I, hopefully would just “Own” it. Honesty DVD integrity, ethics and morals would make you own it, if you did it, not make it worse by lacking those 4 qualities.

    All good, much respect.


  112. - low level - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 5:09 pm:

    Steve- no, it’s also skewed by the residency requirement.


  113. - Cheswick - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 5:37 pm:

    I’m starting to get the impression that Bruce is chicken to go to an SJR edit board interview. Bernie, though not on the board, sometimes sits in, and Bruce has about had it with Bernie and his truth seeking.

    Did I say chicken? Cluck.


  114. - steve schnorf - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 5:39 pm:

    ll, agreed


  115. - Arthur Andersen - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 6:19 pm:

    I hope the kid didn’t have to drive in from Winnetka after we saw the Baron’s fleet of beaters the other day.


  116. - Norseman - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 6:31 pm:

    === 3) You and I ain’t running for Governor … ===

    Egads, I thought you were running. You’re my great Fox Valley hope to save the state.


  117. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 6:36 pm:

    - Norseman -

    === === 3) You and I ain’t running for Governor … ===

    Egads, I thought you were running. You’re my great Fox Valley hope to save the state.===

    Shhh! We haven’t had the rollout yet.

    You told me to slow play this!

    Great, now we have to do the fly-around to stop this confusion…


  118. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 7:31 pm:

    Rauner’s response today to this today?

    CBS2Chicago.com

    ===“It’s disgusting that Pat Quinn and his allies are attempting to bully and tarnish a seventh grader’s stellar academic record, but that’s what governors under federal investigation for clout and abuse of taxpayer money do,” the campaign said in a statement.===

    Let that fester.

    No denial. Not one denial of the scores that weren’t good enough, the calling of Arne Duncan, the denial, the “accepting”, the residence…

    Let this infect that festering wound…

    ===…are attempting to bully and tarnish…===

    Says Bruce Rauner, who sent Quinnochio to a Bullying signing by the Governor.

    That Rauner, he can be classless on his own, with bullying as his “hammer” to “shake” the Clouting away.

    Pathetic.


  119. - Wally - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 9:01 pm:

    So Steve, you are saying Bernie is pretty even handed, give or take a few % points?


  120. - steve schnorf - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 10:42 pm:

    Wally, I’m saying that Bernie isn’t normally an attacker at all, more an observer/commentator, and when he does criticize it’s fair and fact based. Has he flown off the handle a few times over the years? I suppose so, but I sure don’t remember any examples. I suspect (but don’t claim to know) that the whole SJR operation is pretty unhappy with Bruce Rauner right now, believing he’s treated them with disdain, but that’s person specific, not some agenda against Republicans in general.


  121. - Precinct Captain - Friday, Jun 27, 14 @ 3:44 am:

    ==- phocion - Thursday, Jun 26, 14 @ 2:36 pm:==

    You clearly do not know of what you speak. I did not mention the constitution. My “warped” view is called reality. Reality: decades of racist segregation. Reality: a consent decree ordering CPS to desegregate.


  122. - Wally - Friday, Jun 27, 14 @ 8:11 am:

    Steve, I can respect your comments, but respectfully disagree with your position. I think he goes after R’s with much more vengeance, drive and regularity.

    For grins, I will start tracking the articles. Maybe I am wrong, if so, I will say it. I doubt BR loses a minute of sleep thinking about the SJR or Bernie. He was likely not going to get their endorsement. Maybe Bernie rubbed him the wrong way early on.


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        * Governor candidates assess overseas tax breaks .....
        * College of DuPage Gone Wild ! - Edgar County Wa.....
        * Quinn rips Rauner for supporting "unpatriotic" .....
        * Create a custom date range - RedEye Chicago..
        * Rail car builder adding 90 workers in Rochelle .....
        * Governor candidates assess overseas tax breaks..
        * Quinn Supports Refugee Kids..
        * Quinn: Workers' compensation rate to fall in 2015..


        * Ore. authorities search for missing man
        * Notorious Chicago officers top misconduct list
        * Quinn: Workers' compensation rate to fall in 2015
        * Governor candidates assess overseas tax breaks
        * Chicago mayor proposes hike in hourly minimum wage
        * Quinn signs epinephrine law for Illinois schools
        * Charges upgraded to murder after Palatine fight
        * Body of missing Chicago man found in Lake Michigan
        * Man seeks withdrawal of plea in fatal stabbing
        * Police search for trucker after fatal I-70 wreck

        * Teen collapses at Quinn campaign event
        * Quinn: Workers' compensation rate to fall in 2015
        * 'Headlines' in Rauner campaign ad don't match up
        * Quinn signs epinephrine law for Illinois schools
        * Governor candidates differ on overseas tax breaks
        * Quinn: State will 'prevail' in Shakman lawsuit
        * Illinois Medicaid restricts use of hepatitis drug
        * Quinn OKs ballot question on tax hike for incomes over $1M
        * Lawsuit against Quinn back in court in October
        * Illinois to ask voters about taxing millionaires

        * Emanuel proposes hike in hourly minimum wage
        * Quinn: Illinois workers' comp rates to fall 5.5 percent in 2015
        * Allstate's second-quarter profit rises 41% on sales gains
        * Japanese firm Nippon Sharyo expands Illinois rail car plant
        * Boeing to build largest Dreamliner in South Carolina plant


        * One killed in multi-vehicle crash in Edgewater involving CTA bus
        * Police questioning person for fatal Edgewater crash involving CTA bus
        * Cop killer removed as baseball coach, but league official says past was no secret
        * Cop killer removed as baseball coach, league's board quits over uproar
        * Secretive  aldermen pull down blinds
        * Deadlocked committee delays vote on City Council budget analyst
        * Man gets 20-year sentence in Wicker Park choking, stabbing case
        * Convicted killer’s hearing for new trial pushed back to Friday
        * VA manipulated vets’ appointment data in Chicago, elsewhere, audit finds
        * Man dead, off-duty police officer wounded in Bucktown shooting


        * 6 wounded in South Side shootings
        * Cops in SOS unit amassed citizen complaints
        * Alderman pushes watchdog restrictions week after being probed
        * Person in custody after Edgewater Beach accident leaves 1 dead, 3 injured
        * Man gets 20 years in '12 attack of Wicker Park flower shop employee
        * Gutierrez is Texas-bound to see how immigrant minors are being treated
        * As CHA socks away millions, HUD calls on agency to expand vouchers
        * As CHA socks away millions, HUD calls on agency to expand vouchers
        * Evanston bans plastic bags in bigger stores starting next year
        * New law lets more school workers use emergency injection on students


        * CPD leaves commander in post despite assault allegation, DNA match
        * Business, Labor Leaders Urge Quinn Administration To Finish Fracking Rules
        * Inspector General Discloses Political Hiring Investigation
        * Listen to State Week - July 25, 2014
        * State Police Cancels New Trooper Training, Citing Budget
        * Clout On The Business Side of Medical Marijuana
        * Inspector General Finds Old Metra Practice Could Lead To Fatigued Conductors
        * State Fair Officials Fined For Violating Gift Ban...For Beer Tickets
        * Governor Approves 'Millionaire's Tax' As Advisory Referendum
        * Authorities Investigating Downtown Bomb


        * Our Opinion: Dangerous pedestrian crossing getting the attention it deserves
        * The GOP as the party of reform
        * John Cooney: Lawsuit abuse is a myth spun by big business
        * Quinn: Workers' compensation rate to fall in 2015
        * Quinn signs epinephrine law for Illinois schools
        * Travis Akin: Lawsuit reform could improve Illinois’ business climate
        * George Will: A middle course on foreign policy
        * Eugene Robinson: Absent on immigration reform
        * Governor candidates differ on overseas tax breaks
        * Quinn: State will 'prevail' in Shakman lawsuit


        * Making kachina dolls
        * Voice of the Reader: Generosity built roof
        * Patsy Bankson
        * Margaret Morgan
        * Debra Taylor
        * Bonita Davis
        * David Christensen
        * Marilyn Bundren
        * Dale Aden
        * Roy Goolsby


        * Some good (shutout), some bad (another tie)
        * Cubs keep dealing, acquire lefty Doubront from Boston
        * No trades yet, but plenty of White Sox news
        * Cougars drop fifth straight
        * Arlington Heights pub offers up ‘Pint with Peggy' night

        * Case files against Sandi and Jesse Jackson...
        * Mystery Loan Lets Ex-Representative Jesse ...
        * Mystery loan lets Jacksons keep both homes...
        * Case files against Sandi and Jesse Jackson...
        * Mystery Loan Lets Ex-Representative Jesse ...
        * Mystery loan lets Jacksons keep both homes...
        * Rep. Lipinski Helps Pass VA Reform Bill - ...
        * Congressman Dan Lipinski to host 3 events ...
        * House passes Lipinski bill for Herbie John...
        * Renaming of Mount Greenwood post office in...

        * Governor candidates assess overseas tax br......
        * Senator, FutureGen CEO talk project...
        * Think companies can flee the U.S. risk-fre......
        * Congressional Democrats Introduce Bill to ......
        * Congressional Democrats Introduce Bill to ......

        * Colonies court hearing to go into sixth day...
        * Kirk pushes Obama for stiffer sanctions on......
        * Hatch, Markey Introduce Legislation to Pro......
        * Rep. Gutierrez decries plan to deport immi......
        * President Obama: Be Even Bolder on Global ......

        * E-15 Fuel Proposal Runs Out Of Gas In Committee
        * The Gas Guzzler
        * Ten minute drawing. What’s that noise?
        * No ten minute drawings for the next few days.
        * U.S. Economy Grew At Strong 4 Percent Rate In Spring
        * Chicago City Council Roundup: Minimum Wage Bump, Phone Tax Hike & New Moratorium
        * Terror Threats At Chemical Plants Underestimated
        * Chgo Lawmakers Poised To Reduce IG's Purview Over Campaign Finance Probes
        * Chicago SRO Press Conference At City Hall
        * Anti-War Activists State 'Die-In' Against Boeing At City Hall


        * Pat Quinn: Patronage Will Prevail
        * Governor Quinn and Company Officials Open Nippon Sharyo Expansion in Rochelle - Passenger Rail Car Manufacturing Plant Expansion Creating 90 New Jobs
        * Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Expand Life-Saving Measures in Illinois Schools - Expands Epinephrine Law to Protect Illinois’ Students in Life-Threatening Emergencies
        * Governor Quinn Announces Historic Workers’ Compensation Rate Reductions - Savings from 2011 Reforms Expected to Save $450 Million for Businesses Across Illinois
        * Pat Quinn’s Reality Check




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