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Monday, Jul 7, 2014

* From the Twitters…


If you look closely, he’s wearing a Super Bowl XLIII t-shirt while he grills. The Pittsburgh Steelers played in Super Bowl XLIII. Rauner owns part of the Steelers team.

Have fun.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


83 Comments
  1. - Streator Curmudgeon - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:04 am:

    “No, these aren’t steaks! They’re just really thick…hamburgers. Yeah, hamburgers. With bones. That’s the ticket.”


  2. - Streator Curmudgeon - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:06 am:

    “Make sure you get my $17 watch in the picture. “


  3. - Coffee Cup - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:07 am:

    Yep, looks like the average multi-millionaire to me. “As you can readily see, Mr. Quinn.I am practicing removing the fat from the pork before I get down to Springfield.”


  4. - PublicServant - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:07 am:

    After eating the chicken, this is all we had left.


  5. - Ducky LaMoore - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:08 am:

    “Oh Reginald, these tongee things are burning my hand. Come back to the grill and finish my steaks. And here’s your watch back.”


  6. - Ron Burgundy - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:09 am:

    “OK. Picture done? Good. Take over, Jeeves, and remember medium rare this time. Chop chop!”

    Also note the crumbling infrastructure by his feet. His Summer Shack #8 appears to be in need of some repair.


  7. - Obamas Puppy - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:09 am:

    Must be hard to choose which one of his 9 homes he wants to celebrate the 4th at.


  8. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:11 am:

    “Rich, I got the t-shirt with my subscription to SI…”

    “Caption?”

    “You sure the Carhartt would be too much? How about one with the Carhartt, one without?”


  9. - OneMan - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:12 am:

    The Quinn campaign quickly released it’s own photo showing the governor grilling soy patties, because everyone knows how much he loves good Illinois soy, raised by Illinois farmers good a true.


  10. - Amalia - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:13 am:

    the hedge funds, they smell the meat a cookin’.


  11. - Ron Burgundy - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:13 am:

    Not pictured: Any sign of a family.


  12. - wordslinger - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:14 am:

    I can smell the meat-a-cookin, Steelers boy!


  13. - Stones - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:14 am:

    They can really do terrific things with veggie burgers these days. These look just like bone-in Rib Eye!


  14. - hisgirlfriday - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:14 am:

    Is that a pool in the background too?


  15. - lake county democrat - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:15 am:

    Inspired by OneMan:

    The Quinn campaign immediately anounced plans to put a fillet mignon tax referendum on the ballot. “This is an important question for the people of Illinois to opine on. Gerrymandering their vote into meaninglessness and refusing to hear their 60-15% desire on term limits can wait until, well, forever.”


  16. - politics junkie - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:15 am:

    Barring unforseen circumstances, I am going to be Illinois’ next Governor.


  17. - Anonymous - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:16 am:

    Quinn was going to attempt a similar picture, but couldn’t find his grill under all the weeds in his yard


  18. - Streator Curmudgeon - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:17 am:

    “Should I roll my sleeves up so they can see my 9-inch guns I built up from pumping bags of money?”


  19. - Anonymous - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:18 am:

    “My team went to the SuperBowl, and all they got me was this lousy tshirt”


  20. - Apocolypse Now - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:20 am:

    Rauner says “Steaks from prime Illinois beef, fed with Illinois corn, gas grill uses Illinois natural gas, and grilling utensils purchased from a local Illinois store. Goodness, I love Illinois.”


  21. - veritas - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:22 am:

    He paid Ed Rendell $300K for the shirt and I notice that isn’t chicken on the grill - it looks like pork!! Who got the chickens??


  22. - Wensicia - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:22 am:

    “I’ll have you know these prime rib steaks were flown in from Texas, yesterday, on Griffin’s plane.
    I did not use taxpayer funded transportation!”


  23. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:23 am:

    “I love the Steelers so much, I became part owner!”

    Rauner Crew, seriously, you have to be some of the most inept buffoons.

    You put your Principle in shorts and a t-shirt to seem ordinary, and not one of you Dopes think a t-shirt can remind people he is in the “.01%”, except THAT one?

    Are you guys in that Crew even trying anymore?

    I would have loved a Red Sox hat on too, with a Nulls championship ring on his hand, you know, casual, ball cap, t-shirt, modest jewelry. Next tome put a “Payton Prep Dad” t-shirt on if you want to just straight out mock people.

    Pathetic.

    “Caption?”

    “No, the lobsters go on after the phony photo is tweeted.”


  24. - zatoichi - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:25 am:

    Three small pieces of meat for a grill? No one coming over? That gas even on? At least put some PBR cans in the picture, get some ribs/pork steaks going, and get a Card’s cap.


  25. - Ron Burgundy - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:31 am:

    To consultant off camera holding Bears t-shirt and package of Johnsonvilles:

    “Let me get this straight, you want me to wear the apparel of a team I DON’T EVEN OWN, and eat GROUND MEAT OUT FROM THE SUPERMARKET? How droll…”


  26. - Mittuns - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:32 am:

    Those steaks look an awful like A5 Kobe Strip Steaks, a cut which is about $160 per pound. Confirmation?

    Also, is that an Olympic size pool in the background?


  27. - A guy... - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:38 am:

    I name my food. “Time to flip Quinn and Vallas”.


  28. - Jaws - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:39 am:

    Willy, there are a lot of Steelers fans in Illinois. You’re really reaching with that last rant.


  29. - Soccermom - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:40 am:

    You’re right — I don’t think that grill is even lit. Aw, geez….


  30. - Nearly Normal - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:42 am:

    “Whadda mean there’s not meat on those bones? Oh, you’re talking about my body? What, me pumping iron? I have others do the heaving lifting!”


  31. - justbabs - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:43 am:

    I think it’s a pool in the background too!


  32. - walker - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:45 am:

    I’ve eaten enough chicken this week.


  33. - Gabe - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:49 am:

    Looks like he is cooking for all his friends too.


  34. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:50 am:

    ===Willy, there are a lot of Steelers fans in Illinois. You’re really reaching with that last rant.===

    …that own a piece of the Steelers too, that market themselves as a Carhartt wearin’ Harley ridin’ See-Gar chompin’ ordinary Steeler fan?

    Yikes. This was Dopey by Rauner’s Crew.

    “Caption?”

    “Excuse me, do ‘we’ have any Grey Poupon?”


  35. - Ghost - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:59 am:

    This chicken, just like Quinn, was cooked and done on the 4th of July.


  36. - Shark Sandwich - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 10:59 am:

    Those “steaks” look an awful lot like pork chops.

    It’s a bad photo, looks unnatural and staged, but I imagine that’s because he is mugging for the camera and it is staged. You can’t fake practiced comfort with the tongs, you’ve either done the time with them or you haven’t.

    Caption: “I’m here to shake up springfield by grilling out the other white meat - pork barrel spending on flying chickens..”


  37. - Been There - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 11:06 am:

    ===Willy, there are a lot of Steelers fans in Illinois. You’re really reaching with that last rant. ====
    Actually I agree with you about the number of Steeler fans. But I believe there would be a tad few more Bear fans that are not impressed.


  38. - crazybleedingheart - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 11:08 am:

    Pushed right up against the wall, under the eave, in front of a window, like a real guy who obviously really does this all the time.

    Oh well, I’m sure the Dwelling 8 poolhouse is insured.


  39. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 11:10 am:

    “Yes, Mr. Rauner, back again. I need to take some shots of you grilling…’grillin’…yes sir. No, no stuffed dogs again… You’re grillin’, you don’t need the dogs sir. …Can we take off the Carhartt too?…, it’s summer, Mr. Rauner… I know it’s your trademark… Ok, so what are we grillin’?… No lobsters…No… I brought some prop grilled meat.., does it matter…you aren’t eating it, so I don’t know how the quality is… Grab the tongs… No…no…not those…there….there… Over. There! Those! …yes…. Through your fingers …yep…what’s that? … No Harley by the grill…’Why?’, who has a Harley by their backyard grill? …No, no Harley.., yep, just stand like that… yes…just like that… No. Dogs! … Just stand there … (click, click…click)…ok, happy 4th sir…”


  40. - wordslinger - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 11:15 am:

    It is a funky spot for a gas grill. I’m guessing it was moved from the pool area for the shot.


  41. - Black Ivy - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 11:23 am:

    Government, business, football, etc. Winning!


  42. - chicagomary - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 11:26 am:

    His tongs are not even dirty!!!


  43. - Jake From Elwood - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 11:31 am:

    “The Don doesn’t wear shorts”


  44. - LisleMike - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 11:37 am:

    “When I get to Springfield, there will be alot less pork available, so I’mm coking up what I have now!


  45. - Anonymous - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 11:41 am:

    ==Actually I agree with you about the number of Steeler fans. But I believe there would be a tad few more Bear fans that are not impressed.==

    Meh, many Bears fans, including me, rooted for the Steelers as their “AFC Team”, especially during the Bill Cowher years. It’s not like he’s wearing a Packers shirt


  46. - Cheswick - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 11:48 am:

    That grill is too close to the house. Not smart.


  47. - Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 12:06 pm:

    “Just because my t-shirt is spotless and I don’t have a beer in my hand doesn’t mean I’m not really grillin’!”


  48. - Norseman - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 12:07 pm:

    Rauner: “I thought I’d visually answer all those critics asking ‘where’s the beef’”


  49. - Quizzical - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 12:22 pm:

    I’ve always loved sport. Some of my friends own football teams. Heck, I own part of a football team.


  50. - bennigans - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 12:26 pm:

    Low income humans are the most dangerous yet most delicious prey. MWAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!


  51. - Fed Up !!!! - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 12:39 pm:

    “Don’t hate me because I’m rich!!! I’m just like you guys”


  52. - Anonymous - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 12:43 pm:

    Makes me nauseated…..those turkey burgers (ready-made for. Camera shots!) don’t do much for me either.


  53. - Cheryl44 - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 12:55 pm:

    You guys really going to vote for someone who can’t even fake a good grilling picture? The grill is too close to the house to be safe, those tongs are for salad, not flipping hot stuff.

    If this is real, I’d have to question his sanity.


  54. - Anonymous - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 1:23 pm:

    ==those tongs are for salad, not flipping hot stuff.==

    Your criticizing the type of utensil he’s using to flip meat? Now who’s being haughty one…


  55. - Cheswick - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 1:42 pm:

    “Meals on wheels.”


  56. - Cheswick - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 1:43 pm:

    Meals on wheels for the wealthy.


  57. - Streator Curmudgeon - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 1:59 pm:

    “Why’s my thumb so pink? It’s swollen from counting money. Next question!”


  58. - Streator Curmudgeon - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 2:02 pm:

    “Hey, the paint on that door frame melted because I had the red hot grill lid too close to it. Honey, time to buy a new house.”


  59. - VanillaMan - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 2:20 pm:

    “I bought the team to correct how they spelled it, but they said I couldn’t name it after me.”

    “These are Illinois steaks - yup, they’re Donners.”

    I need a beer for this shot - anyone got a Dom Perignon?

    I grill my steaks because Charlie Trotter can no longer grill my steaks.

    I like my steaks tartare.

    Laundry day - it was either this or the Hooters t-shirt I got from Bill Brady.


  60. - Commonsense in Illinois - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 2:22 pm:

    What the Hell do you mean you forgot the dog?! Damnit we finally find lifelike meat to put on this grill-thing…you won’t let me wear my Carharts, my family’s at the other home, and now you forget the dog? Just snap the damn picture and let’s get back on the jet!


  61. - No Longer A Lurker - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 2:23 pm:

    “Hey Ken. How do you like your steak cooked? Medium well or well done? Oh, by the way, any chance you can send me another one of the 2.5 million dollar checks?”


  62. - VanillaMan - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 2:26 pm:

    The two gubernatorial candidates issued press photos for this July 4th this weekend.

    The Rauner campaign issued a photo of Mr. Rauner wearing a Pittsburg Steelers t-shirt, grilling steaks over a flameless grill.

    Governor Quinn issued a photo of the Mr. Quinn shirtless and sporting a marijuana leaf tattoo.

    EDITORS CORRECTION - The Governor’s tattoo is not of a marijuana leaf, but of an Irish four-leaf clover, covered in back hair.


  63. - TwoFeetThick - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 3:22 pm:

    === Also note the crumbling infrastructure by his feet. His Summer Shack #8 appears to be in need of some repair.===

    Don’t be silly. That’s hand-chiseled Egyptian limestone pavers, the same rock used to make the Pyramids. In fact wasn’t there a story recently about blocks being taken off the Great Pyramid and sold?


  64. - LCP45 - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 3:41 pm:

    Just remember: where there’s no smoke, there’s no fire…


  65. - Samurai - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 3:52 pm:

    Careful Evelyn, that hose is a tripping hazard


  66. - Arthur Andersen - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 4:21 pm:

    “Are you guys sure we can fake a ‘grilling’ picture and no one will notice? I don’t have to move the grill or light it? Okay, you’re the experts. Oh, and should I change clothes? I just finished waxing the Ford.”


  67. - Streator Curmudgeon - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 4:44 pm:

    “Skipper! Gilligan! How do you like your pork chops?”


  68. - Streator Curmudgeon - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 4:55 pm:

    “Well, sure, I appreciate you photoshopping my head in so I didn’t have to show up, but did you have to use Mike Madigan’s body?”


  69. - Streator Curmudgeon - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 5:00 pm:

    “Really? This is how the 99.99 percent spend their holiday? And what do you call these things in my hand again?”


  70. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 5:30 pm:

    @FakeBruceRauner - grillin’ out like the simple folk. I guess grillin’ this close to the house without a flame is safe for staging. #DidYouExpectRealityFromMe


  71. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 5:31 pm:

    @FakeBruceRauner - there is rub on this meat, the rub is that it’s as phony as I am #RealBaloney


  72. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 5:33 pm:

    @FakeBruceRauner - I started the fake grill with my tax returns. #JustKiddingNotReally


  73. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 5:34 pm:

    @FakeBruceRauner - I started the fake grill with the Payton Prep Clout Reports. #JustKiddingNotReallyAgain #2ndVerseSameAsTheFirst


  74. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 5:35 pm:

    @FakeBruceRauner - I started the fake grill with the Payton Prep Donation Check. #JustKiddingNotReallyAgainAndAgainAndAgain


  75. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 5:42 pm:

    @FakeBruceRauner - I started the fake grill with…

    …Parts 4 thru 612 of my Fiscal Plan

    …The vetting docs of “Slip and Sue” I ignored

    …the proof that 1/3 of the GOP GA corrupt members

    …my 401(k) plan for state workers

    …Stu Levine’s resume and pay stubs

    …the closing docs of my 8 other homes

    …the 2 other homeowner exemption approvals

    …pictures of Rahm and I at the ranch

    … “Slip and Sue’s” liability riders for the parades

    #JustKiddingNotReally


  76. - Anonymous - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 6:52 pm:

    you sure the 99% eats road kill?


  77. - wordslinger - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 7:04 pm:

    Upon further review, this photo gets funnier and funnier.

    Dude, stop blocking the door with the grill. Get it away from the side of the house. You’re a fire hazard.

    Move it back by the pool, get some chairs and a table with an umbrella. It will be nice.

    And if you’re really chillin’ with the family, three chops probably ain’t gonna cut it.

    Geez, who sets up this stuff? If you really think it’s necessary to create these fictions, put in an effort.


  78. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 7:21 pm:

    Here are some realities…

    If you have to stage being ordinary, you aren’t.

    If your staff can’t recognize a failed staging, they aren’t that good.

    If you are looking to seem normal, a Super Bowl t-shirt of a team you own, out of all the t-shirts to wear is a fail…

    … and reminding people you own multiple professional teams subliminally is a Staff fail and a personal fail of consciousness.

    Learn to count. How many pieces for that grill are needed to look pathetic? We now know it’s 3

    Bruce Rauner, your Crew is failing you.

    Chickens, staged photos, lack of Oppo research on yourself…money covers all sins, but at done point, when you aren’t genuine, you just aren’t.

    Be yourself. Otherwise, this Dopey picture is a clear image fail, and as phony as the fire grillin’ those …”meats”.

    Pathetic.


  79. - Arthur Andersen - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 7:29 pm:

    @FakeBruceRauner-I started the fire grill with the AWillyWord Con$ulting Contract! #ImAFunnyGuyToo


  80. - Streator Curmudgeon - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 7:43 pm:

    “Okay, I think this looks phony enough to give Oswego Willy a heart attack, and if this doesn’t do it, I know a guy who has some great chicken hand puppets for my next press conference.”


  81. - crazybleedingheart - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 8:58 pm:

    “God is my State Fire Marshal”


  82. - zatoichi1 - Monday, Jul 7, 14 @ 9:43 pm:

    Rauner film crew: Stack the empty chicken cages by the grill, fill the grill with thighs and legs, get some flame going, put sauce on those tongs, Mountain Dew in the left hand, eyes on the grill flipping something, Bears cap, two people in chairs. Make it an action shot.


  83. - Just The Way It Is One - Tuesday, Jul 8, 14 @ 8:20 pm:

    Candidate Rauner was quoted at the gathering while laughing out loud and ignoring trying to answer the Reporters’ questions as he usually does, “Yeah, ya just gotta love those STEELERS! By the way, somebody tell me, please, WHAT’S the name of that LOcal “Pride and Joy of Illinois” Football Team again…?!”


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        * Push Continues For School Funding Overhaul
        * Mascots, Class Warfare, Rallies: Democrats Fight To Hold Onto Power
        * Rodney Davis Says "Do Nothing Congress" Criticism Unfair
        * Anti-Fracking Activists Crash Democrat Breakfast


        * Manar, others tout school funding reform bill
        * Michael Gerson: Rand Paul’s bogus outreach
        * Our Opinion: Double down on outside lottery management
        * Vallas attacks, Rauner defends businesses and investments
        * State retiree insurance premiums dropping to pre-July 1 levels
        * Rauner urges quick decision on term limits measure
        * Audit: Illinois overdrew federal Medicaid dollars
        * Blagojevich, state corruption feature in ruling
        * State hearing to focus on cutting greenhouse gases
        * GOP newcomers say lack of experience is an asset


        * Koplinski: On the movies
        * Carbondale interim chief is taking things one step at a time
        * New school year: New buildings, uniform codes, principals ... the list goes on
        * Coaches' corner: Tim Salem
        * A look at the Illini middle linebackers
        * Truck rollover closes ramp to I-74 in Danville
        * Aug. 22 football/recruiting chat
        * Who cares about the QB?
        * Daily Digest 8/20/14
        * Rove-backed group spends big attacking Enyart


        * Florida firm acquires Golf Mill property for $60 million
        * Protesters plant Ukraine flag on Moscow skyscraper
        * Fighting in eastern Ukraine kills 43 in 24 hours
        * Last 4 hostages freed in Harvey standoff
        * Liberian security forces seal slum to halt Ebola

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        * I’m retired. Not dead.
        * TMD. Randi’s trust problem.
        * NYTimes Reporter: Obama ‘Greatest Enemy To Press Freedom In A Generation’
        * EPA Head Admits New CO2 Restrictions Not About Climate
        * Internet domains & hosting
        * Progress Illinois EIC Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (VIDEO)
        * Karen Lewis At 19th Ward Discussion
        * Beachwood Photo Booth: Found Love
        * The [Wednesday] Papers
        * 10 Things you didn't know about Chicago's Heartland Institute


        * ICYMI: Rauner ratchets up pressure on term limits question
        * Department on Aging Hosts Financial Summit to Strengthen Financial Abuse Protections of Seniors - Summit held during annual Adult Protective Services Conference
        * ICYMI: Rauner urges quick decision on term limits measure
        * Top Obama Adviser Joins Uber – What Will Quinn Do?
        * Rauner Statement on Quinn Celebrating Thousands Giving Up on Work




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