* From a press release…
Bruce Rauner’s campaign for governor launched a new television advertisement this week outlining the bad news that has marked Pat Quinn’s time as governor.
The ad, titled “Headlines,” underscores Quinn’s record of job losses, tax hikes and education cuts and also highlights the federal, criminal investigation into Quinn’s anti-violence program as well as questions about pay-to-play issues in Quinn’s administration.
“From a 67% tax hike and $500 million in cuts to education to becoming the latest governor to find himself in the middle of a federal criminal investigation, Pat Quinn’s meant nothing but bad news for Illinois,” Rauner spokesman Mike Schrimpf said. “It’s time for a fresh start in Springfield. Bruce Rauner is the change agent needed to bring back Illinois.”
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*** UPDATE *** From the Quinn campaign….
Paid for by vast riches he built using elite methods to dodge taxes, another Bruce Rauner bit of propaganda hit the airwaves today.
Marked by more dishonesty and distortion, the ad is remarkable for totally ignoring the $8 billion hole that the reckless Rauner Tax Plan blows in the budget, as well as the deadly negligence and abuse at long-term care facilities he owned and from which he profited that were supposed to care for people with disabilities and the most vulnerable.
Rauner makes more false claims about jobs, education and anti-violence programs.
Here are some simple facts about the records of Governor Pat Quinn and billionaire Bruce Rauner:
Unemployment is at its lowest point since October 2008 and more people are working today in Illinois than when Governor Quinn took office.
Meanwhile, Rauner built his riches by acquiring companies, stripping their value, massive layoffs, outsourcing and shipping jobs overseas.
The Governor has increased funding for education, including making teacher pension payments and has proposed the largest investment in the classroom in Illinois history. He also has increased funding for job-creating vocational and technical programs.
Rauner, meanwhile, has introduced a Tax Plan that would blow an eight billion dollar hole in the budget and require massive cuts to schools.
As Mr. Rauner surely knows, there is no investigation of the Governor and to deceptively suggest otherwise is nothing but a political smear tactic by Rauner and the Republicans. While the Governor took action to fix problems with this now-defunct program and signed a new law to increase oversight of state grants, Mr. Rauner is hoping voters won’t notice all of his companies that were under investigation under his watch for everything from Medicaid fraud to criminal negligence to accounting fraud. Rauner has declined to take any responsibility for these disturbing revelations, but he has taken the money.
In addition, the Governor continues to fight against violence and is pushing to ban military-style assault weapons. Rauner supports military-style assault weapons and said he believes people should be able to use them “as they see fit.”