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*** LIVE *** Gov. Rauner’s Champaign speech

Thursday, Jan 29, 2015

* As I told you earlier, Gov. Bruce Rauner is speaking today in Champaign. Follow along with ScribbleLive

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - CircularFirin'Squad - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 1:14 pm:

    Ain’t the IHotel built on the old Farms by a fine ChamaBana family?
    Ain’t it very ironic

  2. - Just Sayin ... - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 1:23 pm:

    Why Why Why? Advice for Gov …. Bruce .. you won man, just govern. Blago couldn’t help himself in his first months few months either which was a big mistake like he was still on the campaign trail. Also, know that behind the “smoked filled” doors of the Budgeteer meetings, the biggest defenders of many state programs are Republicans - especially those from University towns. Bruce has got to worry know about getting GOP votes for his awful budget proposal - without depending on Dem support. Bruce, you just gave MJM plenty of reason to stick around a little bit longer. He’s going to have fun with you. Good luck!

  3. - Anon - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 1:26 pm:

    I thought the caption was “campaign” speech, not “Champaign”. It’s both.

  4. - JS Mill - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 1:26 pm:


  5. - William j Kelly - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 1:29 pm:

    I hope the protesters outside are chanting, ‘Rahm AND Rauner have to go!’ If not they need new leaders.

  6. - A. Nonymous - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 1:33 pm:

    From the Twitters - “”Massive problems with how money is spent is a massive problem. “We’re gonna deal with this.” How, though, is unclear.”"

    It’s abundantly clear. Fire all Illinoisans and outsource the state overseas. It’s how Bruuuuce became a winner in business and it’s how he’ll be a winner in Shakeupfield.

  7. - How Ironic - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 1:37 pm:

    Twitter feed is hilarious today:

    “Tom Pauly
    The billionaire who spent a sh@t load of money on his campaign is now dumping on judges that spend a ton of money on their campaigns.”

    Spot on!

  8. - Jorge - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 1:47 pm:

    This guy is such a snake oil salesman. It’s going to be a long 4 years.

  9. - Demoralized - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 1:49 pm:

    Money equals speech in politics . . . unless it’s from a union. Got it.

  10. - Fr. Murphy - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 1:50 pm:

    Too much, too soon from Herr Bruce. I smell a rat. He hasn’t even given his State of the State speech yet. Yesterday there was already an article about him in Salon so he is gaining nationwide attention with his sharp comments.
    I say he’s up to something…big…like throwing his hat in the ring for 2016.
    Sometime in the not too distant future he will get a midnight call from the Koch’s after they grow tired of the other annoying candidates.
    If he doesn’t get in in 2016 then the next chance won’t be until 2024, assuming the 2016 winner will be re-elected, and a lot can happen in 8 years.
    If nothing else a 2016 run would put him up for consideration for VP.

  11. - 75th district - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 2:01 pm:

    Enough talk let’s see the Rauner budget.

  12. - Not Rich - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 2:04 pm:

    SOTS speech will be a doozy. He will probably insult and go after every group in the State. Everyone from AFSME members to mental health providers and even his Republican Road Builders will be angry starting next Wednesday.. I hear the SOTS speech will blow the dome off the capitol, and then the budget speech will blow up the rest of the building…Can’t wait for Durkin and Leader Radogno to put 47 and 20 respectively on the Gov’s budget in May..

  13. - Obamas Puppy - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 2:04 pm:

    In Bruces world, only Billionaires should be able to give unlimited amount of money to political campaigns not organizations with elected representatives giving a collective voice to working families. BTW unions do not have unlimited dollars, we only have as much as members are willing to contribute. However Bruce has literally unlimited dollars from the investment fees he made off the same workers pension funds. Ahhh hypocrisy so sweet and delicious. Now its movie time and dinner for Bruce with all those participants in the “corrupt bargain” aka downstate legislators.

  14. - A. Nonymous - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 2:08 pm:

    This is what you get when you fill your core admin team with Washington staffers. They have experience supporting a legislator - not administrator - in a hyper-partisan arena whose main goal is to echo Fox and soothe Kochs.

    A few people making 34,000 a year neither caused nor can resolve a 9,000,000,000 problem.

  15. - haverford - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 2:09 pm:

    I read the headline as “Campaign Speech” - which, actually Rich, you might consider an edit.

  16. - alas - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 2:12 pm:

    It’s going to be fun to see what Second City does with him. He’s beggin’ for it with the hellooos.

  17. - Wordslinger - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 2:13 pm:

    “If we’re not thriving, we’re failing.”

    When did Reese Bobby join the staff?

  18. - The Captain - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 2:23 pm:

    Finally, we get some real leadership out of the Governor on an issue that matters.

  19. - just me - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 2:26 pm:

    Rauner: “Only half of money is actually making it to schools… I am a big advocate for teachers. I want them paid well.”

    Rauner: “state workers are overpaid.”

    Me: “teachers are overpaid too, everyone must sacrifice.”

  20. - Anonymoiis - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 2:27 pm:

    ==“If we’re not thriving, we’re failing.”

    When did Reese Bobby join the staff?==
    “And the first thing you gotta learn if you’re gonna be a racecar driver, i mean Governor, is that you don’t listen to losers like your know-it-all General Assembly here.”

    ..Two days later, to Madigan:

    “Aw hell, I was high that day. That doesn’t make sense at all”

  21. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 2:33 pm:

    The new Legislative Dircetor must love all this.


  22. - Ambrose Chase - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 2:34 pm:

    A. Nonymous is spot on. And I predict this rhetoric will continue through the State of the State. The Budget address is where the honeymoon will end and it will get real.

  23. - DuPage Bard - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 2:39 pm:

    So he’s doing exactly what he said he would do in the Primary. If you watched his primary speeches and stumps he told everyone this was coming. If you looked at the way he did personal business, this was coming. Just because he took 4 months off of the harsh rhetoric and had his wife make fun of his clothes doesn’t mean he changed. None of this should be a surprise.

  24. - Norseman - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 2:57 pm:

    Yes, Gov we have to end bloated administration. That’s why you’ve hired high-priced staff with overlapping responsibilities. Of course, most of us knew he would specialize in hypocracy.

  25. - Obamas Puppy - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 3:07 pm:

    Im not anti union Im just anti union members who democratically elect representatives in order to have a collective voice but Im not anti public employee non-union member

  26. - Joe Biden Was Here - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 3:12 pm:

    Let’s all agree on a common spelling of hypocrisy, OK? That word keeps coming up lately.

  27. - Jaded - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 3:19 pm:

    OW. The legislative director new what he was getting into when he took the job. It comes with the territory.

  28. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 3:29 pm:

    - Jaded -,

    I think, no I know, I was mocking the irony of a tough job, and the boss making it “tougher”. I wasn’t making wise that the new director didn’t know his job, that he can’t handle it.

    Sometimes, it just about the joke.

  29. - Mittuns - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 3:52 pm:

    Rauner-Rubio 2016

  30. - Anon - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 4:13 pm:

    I see him challenging Hilary in 2020 depending on if he pleases the Kochs with his trial run here.

  31. - Old and In the Way - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 4:59 pm:

    The bozo has been in office less than a month, has accomplished nothing and people are touting him as a Presidential candidate? Really? Don’t you think we should maybe wait on that a bit until he actually does something? You know like govern?

  32. - Fr. Murphy - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 5:16 pm:

    If you are referring to me re: possible prez ambition - I’m not touting him up, just trying to read the tea leaves and ‘think he’s up to something other than Illinois.

  33. - Will - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 6:20 pm:

    Imagine two tickets headlined by Hillary and Rauner in 2016…the nation would be guaranteed at least 4 more years of a president from Illinois. Has one state ever had a native consecutively sit in office that long? (aside from JFK)

  34. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 6:47 pm:

    I do not believe that the GOP presidential primary is ready for a candidate who supports gay rights, abortion rights and immigration reform.

    If he wants to be president of the United States, he should convince Kirk to step aside after the primary, appoint himself as the Senate candidate. He will languish in Springfield.

  35. - Pot calling kettle - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 8:30 pm:

    == He will languish in Springfield.==

    Over the past 40 years, governor has been a more successful pathway to the White House.

  36. - DuPage Dave - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 9:02 pm:

    Overheard in the elevator today “Is this guy nuts or what?”……

  37. - Norseman - Thursday, Jan 29, 15 @ 9:21 pm:

    DuPage Dave, let’s not go there. You and I have plenty of ammunition to criticize the Gov without relaying offhand comments about his sanity - even if said rhetorically.

  38. - State Employee - Friday, Jan 30, 15 @ 2:03 am:

    These people don’t know how to govern because they let go of a lot of the talent at the agencies without an interview! Yes, every agency has some hacks, but Bruce let go of some good folks who are now disgruntled and won’t be coming back! Good luck Illinois! I wish I could move…

  39. - DuPage Grandma - Friday, Jan 30, 15 @ 7:37 am:

    Why is Rauner claiming the average pay for State Employee is over $60,000? According to the Ledger the 2014 Payroll for State Employees was $5,185,903,948. With 119,602 employees the average pay would be under $43,500.
    That does not include many variables needed to tell the whole story, I admit. But looking at the breakdowns on SJR, I think the state provides a model for payrolls for private industry where the gap between the lowest and highest paid is far more extreme. If the pay is compared to education and experience, I doubt that we would be called overpaid.

  40. - Grandson of Man - Friday, Jan 30, 15 @ 8:13 am:

    Rauner said the biggest conflict of interest is unions giving campaign cash to pols after he and a few of his supporters spent tens of millions of dollars to influence politics. Okey-dokey, then.

  41. - Armin Tamzarian - Friday, Jan 30, 15 @ 8:29 am:

    I agree with Fr. Murphy. I don’t see the Governor’s office as his endgame. With all his money it feels like he’s slumming.

  42. - Wordslinger - Friday, Jan 30, 15 @ 8:39 am:

    The talk of Rauner running for president in 2016 is silly, although I’m sure he’s flattered by it.

    That race has been well underway for some time now, and the early, filtering caucuses and primaries are in less than a year.

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