Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar » Cranked back up
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Cranked back up

Sunday, May 31, 2015

* I told subscribers this morning that after Speaker Madigan objected to all the governor’s recent negative press releases about him, the press releases stopped.

Maybe I shoulda kept my mouth shut. This just landed in my inbox…

What They’re Saying about Speaker Madigan’s Refusal to Compromise or Reform

State Journal-Register:

    Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has said he needs some indication by Sunday that Democrats are serious about taking up his reform agenda. Rauner last week zeroed in on workers’ compensation reform and property tax relief as two absolute priorities.

    The governor said he has taken numerous items from his “turnaround agenda” off the table over the past few weeks during discussions with lawmakers. For example, he did not include creation of local right-to-work zones in a package of five proposals Republican legislative leaders introduced a week ago on his behalf.

    Despite that, Rauner said Democrats have been unwilling to engage in serious negotiations about other parts of his agenda.

Peoria Journal Star:

    Indeed, if there has been a theme in this session of the Legislature, it is majority Democrats under the leadership of Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton rejecting one plank after another of Rauner’s “Turnaround Agenda.”

Champaign News-Gazette:

    The Democrats’ disappointment at losing the governor’s office last November as well as 12 straight years of one-party rule is understandable. But the voters’ decision to put Rauner in the chief executive’s post gives him something to say about the affairs of state.

    The power in state government is divided now; compromise is required. Instead, there is a standoff while Madigan waits for Rauner to capitulate.

    Illinois is at a crossroads. Will it change its fiscally irresponsible ways or cling desperately to a status quo approach that has reduced it to effective bankruptcy.

    A big, potentially ugly fight looms, but it’s a fight worth having.

Chicago Tribune:

    A note to Gov. Bruce Rauner…

    Madigan and Cullerton scold you for pitting your demands for tort, worker’s comp and other reforms against their demands for high spending. Their minions keep whining that the budget process is sacrosanct — you shouldn’t use it as a tool. The paradox is that, for decades, they’ve used the budget as their tool for rewarding and punishing and getting their way.But, as of 2015, a budget can’t be leveraged? Is that so.

    Many reforms you propose make sense to voters. One example: paying public employees more, but tying their raises to the quality and scope of their performance, not on how long they keep breathing and coming to work. Let Madigan and Cullerton explain why this and your other ideas are cruel and unreasonable…

    You may be the last, best chance to protect that future by restoring growth. By restoring Illinois’ prosperous past.

    The Madigan-Cullerton strategy here couldn’t be clearer: to obstruct any and all reforms, to vilify you for four years, and to install some malleable flunky in the governor’s office.

    Their strategy, though, is also their weakness: They’re always angling for position, always wanting something.

    You, Governor, are free to keep calm and stand pat. How liberating to answer only to the voters who sent you.

    To want nothing, that is, but to revive the moribund Illinois of Mike Madigan, John Cullerton and … their followers.

Belleville News Democrat:

    The people of Illinois know all about broken processes. That’s why they elected Rauner – to fix those processes, not to play along.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Mama - Sunday, May 31, 15 @ 11:46 am:

    These reporters must be smoking weed.

  2. - jazzy - Sunday, May 31, 15 @ 11:54 am:

    WOW…is that 20+ million for others also?
    Did rauner buy a few newspapers while I was asleep last night?

  3. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Sunday, May 31, 15 @ 11:55 am:

    Wow. Five Republican newspapers criticized Democrats.

    Rauner’s press operation is really humming along.

    Madigan must be trembling.

  4. - Rich Miller - Sunday, May 31, 15 @ 11:57 am:

    ===Madigan must be trembling===

    I think you’re giving him too much credit here.

    I mean, if the press releases weren’t stinging him, why did he complain so loudly to the governor about it?

  5. - Oswego Willy - Sunday, May 31, 15 @ 11:57 am:

    At some point, Rauner will need a budget.

    This puffery by the papers won’t explain away…

    … a Governor’s firm belief superstars deserve $250K from an agency that cut Autism funding on Autism Awareness Day because the state is “broke”…

  6. - SallyD - Sunday, May 31, 15 @ 12:00 pm:

    Give more to the rich and less to the working middle class is the Rauner way.

    Rauner has no leverage and he is quickly finding this out.

  7. - MrJM - Sunday, May 31, 15 @ 12:01 pm:

    These reporters must be smoking weed.

    (Except for the first one) they’re opinion columns and editorial board think-pieces. Most of the reporters covering Springfield are very conscientious about carefully gathering and relaying the facts. The editorial boards pontificating about Springfield are all too often much less rigorous.

    – MrJM

  8. - In the Know - Sunday, May 31, 15 @ 12:08 pm:

    If Madigan is agitated by comments like that, wait until there are a few thousand gross ratings points per week and direct mail pieces into suburban and downstate districts behind it.
    Pout it on, Governor Rauner!

  9. - Langhorne - Sunday, May 31, 15 @ 12:12 pm:

    Granted, these are opinion pieces. Seeking compromise is laudable. But the issues are not equal value checkers, to be traded one for you, one for me. Rauners issues are,by and large, anathema to the dems. Yeah, he beat pat quinn. So LEAD, dont dictate. These editorials fail to recognize the pros but also the serious negatives of what rauner wants. They do a disservice to their readership.

  10. - Ducky LaMoore - Sunday, May 31, 15 @ 12:19 pm:

    ==The Madigan-Cullerton strategy here couldn’t be clearer: to obstruct any and all reforms, to vilify you for four years, and to install some malleable flunky in the governor’s office.==

    Yep, because Madigan and Cullerton were so in love with Pat Quinn. Bless their hearts.

  11. - IBE - Sunday, May 31, 15 @ 12:38 pm:

    FYI, I just heard a pro-union radio ad bashing right-to-work, Indiana, etc. on WYMG about 11:45AM…

  12. - Anonymous - Sunday, May 31, 15 @ 12:50 pm:

    Madigan has been called a Chessmaster many times on this blog, and elsewhere. Maybe the game has changed to Russian Roulette.

  13. - haverford - Sunday, May 31, 15 @ 12:51 pm:

    This is just a campaign - everything from the trite statements to the format of this release. Endless campaigning. Please please please start governing - they are two different things.

  14. - MurMan - Sunday, May 31, 15 @ 12:54 pm:

    @Mama, smoking weed doesn’t turn you into Republican mouthpiece…

    @IBE, radio ads are very cheap.

  15. - Macbeth - Sunday, May 31, 15 @ 12:55 pm:

    If Madigan is agitated by comments like that, wait until there are a few thousand gross ratings points per week and direct mail pieces into suburban and downstate districts behind it.

    I don’t understand this. I get a mailer about Madigan being unreasonable — now, this summer. What do I do with that? I’m not voting for Madigan. I’m not even voting for Rauner.

    What I do is look at the person sending these mailers: why are you bothering me in the summer? Why are sending me this stuff when there’s not a election in two weeks? I look at the sender as being ultra-extreme, ultra-partisan.

    I’ve been through this recently with Rauner v. Quinn. I don’t want fingers blaming. I want the people I just voted for to actually do something. If you’re going to campaign during a non-campaign season, I’m gonna think: “For cripes sake. Stop campaigning, start working. I work at my job. Work at yours.”

  16. - kimocat - Sunday, May 31, 15 @ 12:58 pm:

    I guess we all should have expected this — Gov. is a “superstar” with superstar ego to go along with it. Some mousy little compromise budget isn’t going to make it for him. You can’t crush the union if you compromise with them. He reminds me of a short-lived agency director we got handed who decided he was going to stake his reputation on “rooting out corruption” at our agency. There was nothing we could do to please the guy who was laser focused on finding that imaginary corruption. He sat around in his office paging people and timing how long it took to get back to him. Then he was done. Too bad recall wouldn’t work today.

  17. - Rich Miller - Sunday, May 31, 15 @ 1:06 pm:

    ===I don’t understand this. I get a mailer about Madigan being unreasonable===


    That ain’t gonna be the message.

  18. - Macbeth - Sunday, May 31, 15 @ 1:11 pm:

    ===I don’t understand this. I get a mailer about Madigan being unreasonable


    What, they’re gonna blame the employees? The employees are unreasonable?

    It doesn’t matter what the message is. It doesn’t matter how often the message appears. What matters is that it’s going on now, this week or next week, in the summer.

    It’ll backfire on Rauner — times 10.

  19. - Macbeth - Sunday, May 31, 15 @ 1:13 pm:

    BTW — sure — it’s funny. I’m not in the know. I get it. What do I know?

    What I know is that I vote. And I know that I expect compromise — from both side. Madigan ought to give Rauner some stuff. I got no problems with that.

    But it’s funny because the message is gonna be so much worse than Madigan is unreasonable? I don’t get it.

  20. - Anonymous - Sunday, May 31, 15 @ 1:14 pm:

    ==Five Republican newspapers criticized Democrats.

    LOL…The SJ-R has been anything but a Republican newspaper the last 15 years.

  21. - Norseman - Sunday, May 31, 15 @ 1:17 pm:

    The short respite for the press staff is over evidently.

  22. - Steve Brown - Sunday, May 31, 15 @ 1:25 pm:

    Hate to burst the bubble, but the complaints centered on the wisdom questioning honesty or integrity — not the press releases.

    Pushing the editorials from papers that generally back GOPies, ignore a lot of facts (i.e. CNG “forgot” to mention BVR’s budget has a $3 billion gap) and lack the resources to really report much any (i.e. implosion of WI P3) is about as smart the thousands of hours wasted in the failed effort to push cities to vote for the non-budget issues.

  23. - PublicServant - Sunday, May 31, 15 @ 1:31 pm:

    The Turnaround Agenda is more appropriately named thr Runaround Agenda, which, far from turning around anything, instead accelerates the destruction of the middle class in this state, while increasing the redistribution of wealth to Rauner and his buds that are financing his soon-to-be-employed propaganda blitz.

  24. - walker - Sunday, May 31, 15 @ 2:23 pm:

    Amazing that the editorial writers don’t know, or choose to ignore, that Governor Rauner has proposed a budget that is $3B out of balance, and needs more revenues to balance it ,just as much as the Dems do.

    He has, just like the Dems, refused to commit to more spending cuts, or to admit we need more taxes to balance.

    The biggest issues between them are not in the budget numbers themselves. How hard is that to understand?

  25. - cover - Sunday, May 31, 15 @ 2:44 pm:

    In the Know @ 12:08pm:
    = Pout it on, Governor Rauner! =

    Although I’m sure that was a typo by the commenter, the Governor’s ad blitz could be perceived that way…

  26. - Anonin' - Sunday, May 31, 15 @ 2:51 pm:

    Rather than senseless editorials from the uninformed let’s listen to a smart conversation between the Speaker and 2 reporters

  27. - In the Know - Sunday, May 31, 15 @ 3:21 pm:

    If Madigan wanted “moderation”, he should’ve used some in drawing these districts.

  28. - Norseman - Sunday, May 31, 15 @ 3:27 pm:

    === … the complaints centered on the wisdom questioning honesty or integrity — not the press releases ===

    You’re presuming there’s agreement on who’s being honest and acting with integrity. So far this session there hasn’t been much agreement on anything.

  29. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Sunday, May 31, 15 @ 6:32 pm:


    After editorializing endlessly about the need for pension reform, one Democrat after another who stuck their necks out to vote for pension reform saw the Tribune endorse their GOP opponent.

    And then, they all won anyway.

    So, while I do think it is appropriate for the Speaker to personally raise the issue of how offensive the governor’s attacks are, that is much different than believing these editorials will change an election. Carol Ammons got 65% of the vote or something crazy like that, didn’t she?

    Don’t get me wrong, it will be an ugly battle, but at the end of the day the Illinois economy is improving, a presidential election is coming, and Rauner is trying to convince Illinoisans that Democrats somehow blocked efforts to raise the income tax.

  30. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Sunday, May 31, 15 @ 7:58 pm:

    In the Know:

    Thank you for another fine example of how detached from reality the Rauner Republicans are.

    Rauner’s extremism has nothing to do with the legislative map. In fact, Rauner’s “Turnaround Agenda” is extremely right of most legislative Republicans. That why Rauner has resorted to a combination of threats and enticements to get them to toe the line.

    Downstate Republicans are much more moderate than Rauner when it comes to labor issues and suburban lawmakers are much more moderate than Rauner when it comes to spending.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* The natives are getting restless
* A polling lesson for the future
* Pritzker's victory speech, annotated
* Does McCarthy even have a path to victory?
* Question of the day - Part 2
* Berrios county party chairmanship in peril
* Rauner dodges tax return question, pivots instead to Pritzker's tax dodging and tax hikes
* *** UPDATED x2 - Madigan responds *** Hampton sues Madigan organization
* The Proft scorecard
* AFSCME wins, SEIU may be dealt setback
* Rauner dinged with another "False" ruling by Politifact
* Ives' latest demand: A million-dollar apology ad
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Question of the day
* Pritzker and the black vote
* A very rough road ahead for Rauner
* Rauner campaign warns on Pritzker tax hike
* Rauner had weakest primary showing by a GOP governor since 1928
* Oh, please
* Yesterday's stories

Visit our advertisers...








* Ex-campaign worker sues Madigan fund - SaukVall.....
* Rauner says he has yet to speak to Ives after p.....
* Former Madigan campaign worker suing Illinois D.....
* Rauner compares foes' tactics to 'mafia racket'.....

* Mayor Emanuel urges youth to apply for Chicago summer jobs
* Russian gets prison time for trying to export firearms parts
* Hammond officials aiming to attract $40M data center project
* Video shows woman's fatal shooting by Elgin police officer
* Illinois governor compares foes' tactics to 'mafia racket'
* The Latest: Lawyers question police tactics in woman's death
* Olney man gets 60 years for 8-year-old girl's rape
* Companies attempt to dismiss lead contamination lawsuit
* 5 universities partner to combat cyber security threats
* Illinois museum exhibit honors 4 US presidents

* $18 million gift to benefit LLCC agriculture program
* Illinois Supreme Court won't take up Rauner's appeal of step pay case
* Former campaign worker sues Madigan fund in sexual harassment case
* Rauner says he has yet to speak to Ives after primary win
* LLCC gets $18 million donation to benefit agriculture program
* Fact check: Rauner cites own remarks as proof of outside support for Election Night claim
* Under the Dome Podcast: It's Pritzker vs. Rauner
* Marijuana referendum could strengthen movement to legalize in Illinois, but naysayers say ballot question unfair
* Illinois Democrats giddy about odds of retaking governor's office
* New exhibit at Lincoln museum honors four U.S. presidents with ties to Illinois

* AbbVie stock tanks after setback for lung cancer drug
* Democrats coalesce around health care for 2020
* Federal, Illinois regulators OK Advocate-Aurora merger
* Ferro's investment partners mum in wake of #MeToo allegations

* Armed robberies reported in South Shore area
* Horoscope for March 23, 2018
* White Sox’ Gonzalez wraps up spring with another good start
* Police: 1 person dead in officer-involved shooting in Aurora
* Loyola, down 20-8, saves its season with grind-it-out first-half turnaround
* Bank robbery reported in Wheaton
* Woman killed in Elgin crash
* Columbus Drive bridge over River closes Friday for a month of repairs
* Bolton may herald rightward shift in Trump’s foreign policy
* Chicago Tribune cartoonist Scott Stantis apologizes for fake Twitter following

* Stocks dive on trade war fears after China sanctions
* Talk of the Townes; big shot by junior guard lifts Loyola past Nevada into Elite 8
* Former Playboy model apologizes to first lady, says Trump tried to pay her after sex
* Sacramento police shot at a man 20 times in his own yard, thinking his iPhone was a gun
* Blackhawks hit new low with 5-2 loss to last-place Canucks
* Blackhawks announcer Ed Olczyk says he is cancer-free
* Ryan Maher brings 'bigger and stronger' approach to the plate for Brother Rice in win over Sandburg
* After Trump orders tariffs, China threatens its own tariffs in response
* Streaking Michigan routs Texas A&M 99-72 in West semifinals
* Loyola beats Nevada 69-68 in another thriller, heads to its first Elite 8 since 1963

» March 22, 2018 - Full Show
» Rauner To GOP Voters: 'I Have Heard You'
» To Rent Control Or Not To Rent Control In Illinois?
» Illinois Men Charged With Bombing Mosque; Spring Gardening; Chicago Tribune Layoffs
» Is Illinois Ready For A Retail Shift?
» March 21, 2018 - Full Show
» Morning Shift's Post-Primary Election Special
» Kaegi Unseats Berrios In Race For Cook County Assessor
» Takeaways From Illinois Primary: Big Money, Party Splits
» The Illinois Primary: Gubernatorial, Attorney General and U.S. House Results

* Thumbs down to apathy on Election Day
* $18 million gift to benefit LLCC agriculture program
* Counterpoint: Kudlow's fossilized beliefs could lead Trump further astray
* Point: Kudlow's skills will keep US economy rolling in fast lane
* Eugene Robinson: We should not reward the authors of torture
* Illinois Supreme Court won't take up Rauner's appeal of step pay case
* Former campaign worker sues Madigan fund in sexual harassment case
* Rauner says he has yet to speak to Ives after primary win
* LLCC gets $18 million donation to benefit agriculture program
* Fact check: Rauner cites own remarks as proof of outside support for Election Night claim

* Macon County population's has dropped 4,976 since '10. But business leaders say data doesn't tell the whole story.
* Edwardsville man pleads guilty to two bank robberies
* Rollover accident on Carlyle Avenue in Belleville
* Rollover accident leaves car upside down on Carlyle Avenue in Belleville
* Clinton High School student killed in crash near Wapella
* HS Softball: Tuscola vs. GCMS
* Here's how downtown Belleville businesses are faring
* Police say victim in fatal Johnson County crash is 24-year-old from Buncombe
* Defense questions credibility of state's witnesses in Day 4 of murder trial in 2016 fatal Carbondale shooting
* GIRLS TRACK & FIELD: Dragons head outdoors after solid indoor meets

* Another project for Mount Prospect's downtown triangle?
* Sinking Blackhawks drop fifth straight, 5-2 to Vancouver
* Loyola squeaks past Nevada into Elite 8
* 1 person killed, 1 officer shot in Aurora
* What Elgin police video shows: Woman with knife shot after negotiations

* In the aftermath of Russian interference, ...
* ELECTIONS US Congress 5th Dist. Progressiv...
* Dem Rep. Mike Quigley: Paul Ryan Is "Enabl...
* Incumbents and Big Spenders Win Illinois P...
* Leader not ready to claim victory in tight...
* Incumbents and Big Spenders Win Illinois P...
* After sex harassment allegation, Silverste...
* Douglas Bennett claims narrow victory and ...
* The Latest: Pritzker wins Illinois governo...
* The Latest: Pritzker Wins Illinois Governo...

* Durbin Wrong on 'Trump Democrats'...
* 'Dreamers' fix blocked in Senate...
* A war on children...
* Lawmakers call on Facebook to testify on C......
* Judge who scolded Trump: 'I do not follow ......

* Christina Hagan is running against a forme......
* Senator Duckworth meets with members of Qu......
* Critics of FHLB membership rule aren't thr......
* Skadden's Michael Scudder, Nominated for P......
* Judge who presided over Trump case and sco......

* Marathon Pundit: The 14 worst leaders from Illinois
* Shane Douglas "shoots" on Dixie Carter of Impact Wrestling
* Using Data to Expose Industry Needs — and Design Degree Programs Accordingly
* What is the future of for-profit higher ed?
* Student Demographics in Higher Education
* 7 Reasons to Use Microlearning in Higher Education
* One UMass affordability option is to offer more online courses
* Using artificial intelligence to help students with learning disabilities
* The primary result you may have missed: gadfly George Blakemore will be on the ballot for Cook County Board
* The future is now in Duncan Jones's Mute

* February Flooding Information
* IEMA Urges People to Prepare for Severe Weather
* Governor issues state disaster proclamation for flooding in Iroquois, Kankakee, Vermilion Counties
* Winter Storm Warnings for Areas Along and North of I-80
* IEMA Encourages People to Prepare for Earthquakes

* 3 reasons augmented reality will grow in 2018
* Australian government forms 'fintech bridge' agreement with UK
* ​Australian Taxation Office happy to go it alone with cybersecurity
* Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 might adopt a fingerprint sensor under the screen
* Samsung Pay continues to expand, this time to Italy
* Apple is fixing Siri bug allowing hidden notifications to be read
* Amazon Web Services training – Your future is in the cloud

* Engel wins center field job for Sox
* Hot prospect Robert sent to Minor League camp
* Help Tim Anderson pick a new walk-up song
* White Sox Top 10 Prospects for 2018: Part One
* Duarte dedicates double to late sister
* Duarte dedicates double to late sister
* Padres beat White Sox, 4-3; Lopez’s command still not there

Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0

Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller