Cullerton: What a relief. I can tell already that he is going to be butting heads with Michael, and not going after me. I predict he might even start running TV ads against Michael later this year. Hee hee hee, while I sit back and let Michael take the heat.
I understand that you have made a good living. The courts protect you’re shady business practices. You didn’t need a friend like me. But, now you come to me and say - Michael Madigan give me justice. But, you didn’t ask with respect. You didn’t offer friendship. You don’t even think to call me Speaker. Instead you come into my house and you ask me to cut the throats of working people across Illinois.
Okay, the semi-trailer full of cash from Fahner and Wirtz we will split three ways. And when it comes time to talk turkey about new revenue, we will screw the W2 wage slave like usual. It is agreed, let’s shake, no taxes or regulation for the highly subsidized Casino and Alcohol industry which consumes 15% of every State tax dollar or more than $6 billion a year. This working for “free” thing is working out great!
No Governor, I am not the Bleepin’ Banned Word and Johnny here, he is not the Bleepin’ Banned Word but, and I’m sorry to say it Governor, and with all due respect Sir….You Sir are a Bleepin’ Banned Word(which hardly ever crosses my lips)
Now he’s got the Speaker as a partner. Any problems, he goes to the Speaker. Trouble with a bill, he goes to the Speaker. Trouble with approps, human services, Cullerton? He can go to the Speaker. But now he has to pay the Speaker every week no matter what. “Business bad? Tough luck, pay me. Oh, had a fire? Tough luck, pay me. The place got hit by lightning? Tough luck, pay me.”
Also, the Speaker could do anything. Especially run up bills on the state’s credit. And why not? Nobody’s gonna pay for it anyway. And as soon as the deliveries are made in the front door, you move the stuff out the back and sell it at a discount. You take a two hundred dollar million prison and you sell it for a hundred million. It doesn’t matter. It’s all profit. And then finally, when there’s nothing left, when you can’t borrow another buck from Wall Street or buy another case of booze, you bust the joint out. You light a match.
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (left) takes on a serious look as he welcomes Gov. Bruce Rauner to the House floor. Senate President John Cullterton (right) later said, “I started to laugh ’cause Mike had just banned the Legislative Liasons and told me the governor needs to get his ass down here.”