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Thursday, Jul 9, 2015

* From one of the best-written Tribune stories I’ve read in a while

And so the Springfield stalemate continues. Rauner is using the budget to gain leverage for his pro-business, union-weakening “turnaround agenda,” but Madigan has refused to engage the governor’s push for what the speaker has called “nonbudget” items. […]

Rauner wants to amend state law to remove wages and hours as issues that can be bargained and explicitly prohibit bargaining on pensions, salaries, overtime compensation and several other items.

Unions were not amused.

Heh.

More

The Republican governor’s legislation also would require Chicago Public Schools to stop paying most of teachers’ required contribution to the pension fund — an idea the Chicago Teachers Union already has rejected — and only provide Emanuel with the pension relief he wants for the next two years.

“It’s a repackaging of lots of blatantly unconstitutional ideas, all of which are cuts,” CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey said. “Really, he’s saying ‘I’ll either hit you with a rock, or I’ll hit you with a stick.’”

Go read the whole thing. Lots of harsh, snarky quotes and crisp writing.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

16 Comments
  1. - DuPage - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 9:06 am:

    This must have slipped past the people in control at the Tribune.


  2. - Bulldog58 - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 9:11 am:

    Must have forgotten to consult with StateHouseChick prior to publishing this article.


  3. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 9:14 am:

    It is hard to keep ignoring the facts. Eventually, they become too obvious to not acknowledge.


  4. - @MisterJayEm - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 9:23 am:

    It is hard to keep ignoring the facts. Eventually, they become too obvious to not acknowledge.

    But you can rest assured that nothing produced by the paper’s Editorial Board will take into account the facts presented in that article.

    – MrJM


  5. - ahhhhh - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 9:27 am:

    I hope the Bruce doesn’t start an investigation into the reporters.


  6. - Joe M - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 9:30 am:

    If the Tribune keeps writing stories like that, the Governor may quit using op-eds in the Trib for his official government announcements - such as he did when vetoing the budget.


  7. - walker - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 9:47 am:

    The Trib reporters have been stellar for the past few weeks. No impact on the Editorial board.


  8. - Educated in the Suburbs - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 9:51 am:

    “Rauner wants to amend state law to remove wages and hours as issues that can be bargained and explicitly prohibit bargaining on pensions, salaries, overtime compensation and several other items.”

    Gotta love Republicans who object to freedom of contract and attempt to override it through government regulation.


  9. - Tournaround Agenda - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 9:59 am:

    If only the editorial board read their own paper.


  10. - Wensicia - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 10:03 am:

    Fact is to fiction as the Tribune reporters are to their editorial board.


  11. - Facts are stubborn things - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 10:04 am:

    And now for the other side of the story:

    While Madigan and the dems seek to continue their business-hostile, spend the State into bankruptcy course.


  12. - Jack Stephens - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 10:16 am:

    Yet the other side of the story:

    Rauner and the “republics” believe in such business hostile ideals as Government Regulation of wages, benefits and such.


  13. - cdog - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 12:02 pm:

    That’s a great addition to the dialogue!

    Headline– Rauner Agenda In Trouble Due To Medieval Expectations. /s


  14. - Wordslinger - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 12:58 pm:

    For a guy who doesn’t want to raise taxes, the governor talks an awful lot about how willing he is to raise taxes.

    Does that gag even fool the “some of the people all of the time” crowd?


  15. - Buzzie - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 1:45 pm:

    Does anyone believe the Mayor wants to butt heads again with the teachers union?


  16. - Emily Booth - Thursday, Jul 9, 15 @ 3:38 pm:

    Eric Zorn blasted Rauner on WGN a week or so ago which was refreshing to hear after all the Rauner kool-aid ladled out at GN & the Trib in the preceding weeks.


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