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

Monday, Sep 28, 2015

* Remember last week’s Illinois Times story?

Illinois Times [yesterday] sued Gov. Bruce Rauner after Attorney General Lisa Madigan ruled that the governor must turn over his appointment calendar in response to the paper’s request made under the state Freedom of Information Act.

The newspaper asked for Rauner’s appointment calendar last spring after the governor walked out of a Holocaust remembrance ceremony. The newspaper’s request came after the governor’s press office ignored an emailed query asking where the governor had gone while a Holocaust survivor spoke at the annual ceremony held at the Old State Capitol.

* Bernie followed up…

LYNDSEY WALTERS, a Rauner spokeswoman, told me this week: “Gov. Rauner left the Holocaust Memorial Service early to hold a four-leaders meeting at a time in which all were available. Since May, the governor has invited the four leaders to meet as a group, and members of the majority party have declined. Despite their unwillingness to meet as a group, the governor has held individual meetings with the leaders whenever and wherever they’ve agreed to meet.”

RIKEESHA PHELON, spokeswoman for Senate President JOHN CULLERTON, D-Chicago, said there was an hourlong meeting with the governor and leaders starting at 11:30 a.m. April 16, and Cullerton attended.

Phelon also said there have been no such meetings with all four leaders and the governor since May, and she denied that Cullerton has turned down any meetings since the last one took place.

“At this point, we’re ready to work with the governor to resolve the budget issues in whatever forum that works,” Phelon said.


- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Roadiepig - Monday, Sep 28, 15 @ 1:15 pm:

    It’s Madigan’s fault that the governor had to leave . Now it all makes sense.

  2. - DuPage - Monday, Sep 28, 15 @ 1:15 pm:

    Why the secrecy on Rauner’s part?

  3. - siriusly - Monday, Sep 28, 15 @ 1:15 pm:

    I am very appreciative of the Illinois Times taking the step of suing to get access to what should be public information.

    The Governor’s official duties and schedule should be public information.

  4. - Tournaround Agenda - Monday, Sep 28, 15 @ 1:17 pm:

    This would have been a non-story had the governor’s office been as “open and transparent” as they claimed they would be on the campaign trail.

  5. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Sep 28, 15 @ 1:18 pm:

    ===LYNDSEY WALTERS, a Rauner spokeswoman, told me this week: “Gov. Rauner left the Holocaust Memorial Service early to hold a four-leaders meeting at a time in which all were available.===

    No one leader came out to say this before Rauner released the details.

    So revealing on so many levels…

    One level? So glad the GOP Caucus leaders had Rauner’s back… The Dem leaders? “The Illinois Times asked Rauner, why help him out”(?)


  6. - 47th Ward - Monday, Sep 28, 15 @ 1:24 pm:

    Wow, they made the Illinois Times go through the FOIA process because they didn’t want to admit Governor Rauner was doing his job?

    Seems like they had a pretty good answer to give the reporter, yet instead they stuck their thumb in his eye. Nice work. Is Kevin Artl advising Team Rauner?

  7. - Anonymous - Monday, Sep 28, 15 @ 1:25 pm:

    Why does the Rauner office keep fudging the truth? First no explanation, then one that claims it was to meet with the 4 leaders when it clearly was not. It may have been an important meeting, but it was not what they said. He must think that the press is stupid and voters more stupid….

  8. - Give Me A Break - Monday, Sep 28, 15 @ 1:28 pm:

    Darn, I was really hoping the FOIA would have shown the Gov. was meeting with members of Trilateral Commission, Bilderberg Group and Skull & Bones members to go over the schedule at the Bohemian Grove.

  9. - Corporate Thug - Monday, Sep 28, 15 @ 1:29 pm:

    Yawn. Same stuff, different day. The Governor needs people to believe that he actually wants a budget..but in reality, he doesn’t. He needs to string that budget out a long as it takes to get what he wants. He’s not telling the truth. Go figure.

  10. - Way South of I-80 - Monday, Sep 28, 15 @ 1:30 pm:

    ===LYNDSEY WALTERS said “Since May, the governor has invited the four leaders to meet as a group, and members of the majority party have declined. Despite their unwillingness to meet as a group, the governor has held individual meetings with the leaders whenever and wherever they’ve agreed to meet.”===

    Rich - have your asked the “majority party leaders” if this is true? I have a hard time believing they have declined meetings.

  11. - illinoised - Monday, Sep 28, 15 @ 1:30 pm:

    Goofy. No wonder we are stalemated.

  12. - Demoralized - Monday, Sep 28, 15 @ 1:38 pm:

    The Governor’s office is weird like this. They are secrecy nuts, even when the secrecy is asinine like in this instance. You went through all of this to avoid telling somebody the Governor was meeting with the leaders? Seriously? These guys need to worry more about governing and less about acting like a secret club.

  13. - anon - Monday, Sep 28, 15 @ 1:40 pm:

    Seems like the IL Times is carrying the water for Bernie and the boys. The SJR has quoted the IT a few times lately. WTG SJR, aggressive journalism.

  14. - Anon - Monday, Sep 28, 15 @ 1:40 pm:

    I don’t understand why neither side is playing the PR game? Why doesn’t the governor or the a leader on either side walk into the opposing sides office every morning for a week, sit there for 10 minutes waiting for a meeting, take a picture, tweet that you waited for a meeting and will be back tomorrow at the same time, and then leave?

  15. - Wordslinger - Monday, Sep 28, 15 @ 1:42 pm:

    So Madigan and Cullerton made the governor they comtrol leave early?

    They are all-powerful.

  16. - Anonymous - Monday, Sep 28, 15 @ 1:43 pm:

    Anon - it doesn’t matter if there is a meeting, the outcome would be nearly the same. Dems would refuse to discuss Turnaround Agenda so Rauner would refuse to discuss budget - end of meeting.

  17. - Conn Smythe - Monday, Sep 28, 15 @ 1:44 pm:

    Lede buried in the Bernie piece. MJM and gov met on Monday.

  18. - AC - Monday, Sep 28, 15 @ 1:49 pm:

    Wordslinger, I count this as an admission that Rauner is one of the politicians Madigan controls.

  19. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Sep 28, 15 @ 1:53 pm:

    “When Speaker Madigan says ‘Jump!’, I say ‘How high, Chief’…” - Gov. Rauner (snark… ?)

  20. - Robert the Bruce - Monday, Sep 28, 15 @ 1:54 pm:

    ==MJM and gov met on Monday.==
    Woohoo! No snark. Happy they are at least talking now.

  21. - Norseman - Monday, Sep 28, 15 @ 1:57 pm:

    “(S)ecrecy nuts” is an understatement. To Rauner, transparency is only something that applies to his opposition. Yes this is the same ole politics that Rauner falsely promised he’d change. Reminds me of another former governor, cough Blago.

  22. - DuPage Bard - Monday, Sep 28, 15 @ 2:17 pm:

    Mountains out of molehills.

  23. - ABC123 - Monday, Sep 28, 15 @ 2:20 pm:

    The Illinois Times still needs copies of the official, un-redacted calendar. I’m glad they provided a press release, but the point is that the calendar is public information and may reveal other important information. Are they releasing a statement about the date in question in hopes the Illinois Times decides not to continue the fight for the remaining information ?

  24. - walker - Monday, Sep 28, 15 @ 2:28 pm:

    There’s a way to read this as an attempt by the Rauner crew to cover for Madigan’s refusal to meet, possible then, or certainly later. Otherwise why keep this one secret?

  25. - Jocko - Monday, Sep 28, 15 @ 2:30 pm:

    I’m surprised Lance Trover didn’t come out blaming “Speaker Madigan and the schedulers he controls!”

  26. - crazybleedingheart - Monday, Sep 28, 15 @ 2:51 pm:

    ABC123 - yep.

    Secrecy on steroids.

    Almost makes one nostalgic for Rauner’s OMA-resistant shadow government “working groups.” At least there was reason to be cagey and reason to believe work might be done.

  27. - A guy - Monday, Sep 28, 15 @ 3:18 pm:

    I guess the Illinois Times folks were too respectful to leave the museum and just follow him to where he and four pretty public folks were meeting. Some story.

  28. - Dale Cooper - Monday, Sep 28, 15 @ 3:50 pm:

    I bet the Governor has two sets of appointment books.

  29. - 47th Ward - Monday, Sep 28, 15 @ 3:54 pm:

    ===Some story.===

    Indeed. But how do you explain Team Rauner’s reaction? From the Illinois Times story:

    “The newspaper’s request came after the governor’s press office ignored an emailed query asking where the governor had gone while a Holocaust survivor spoke at the annual ceremony held at the Old State Capitol.

    Rauner gave the newspaper a redacted version of his appointment calendar showing that he had attended a meeting in the governor’s office while the ceremony continued. The governor redacted the names of the person, or people, with whom he met. The newspaper subsequently appealed to the attorney general, who ruled that Rauner must disclose the names of the people who attend meetings memorialized in his appointment calendar, which is prepared by public employees on public time using public equipment.”


  30. - Union Man - Monday, Sep 28, 15 @ 4:07 pm:

    If you think this is ONLY about this day on his calendar, you miss the point. Even the POTUS, publicizes his calendar and everyone he meets is logged for the record (At the White House anyway)

  31. - sal-says - Monday, Sep 28, 15 @ 4:13 pm:

    ‘Mystery solved’ but not the access to the calendar.

  32. - Anonin' - Monday, Sep 28, 15 @ 4:25 pm:

    We thought the poster was saying Madigan and the politicians he controls created the Holocaust, forced IL to have a Memorial and made BVR the governor and mandated he would have to go…..
    Not it really makes sense.

  33. - Bemused - Monday, Sep 28, 15 @ 4:35 pm:

    Anonymous @ 1:25
    After watching how things have went from the start of his run for office. You believe Rauner and his crew are wrong in what they think because?

  34. - Chicago 20 - Monday, Sep 28, 15 @ 9:31 pm:

    If you have something to hide, hide everything. It keeps those seeking answers busy with the mundane.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* ILGOP pledges to "continue to oppose taxpayer funding of abortion"
* The Madigan PR campaign continues
* Climate change denier warns of mob violence if renewable energy is expanded
* Pritzker, Frerichs announce loan program for furloughed federal workers
* Today's quotable
* A twofer for Preckwinkle
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Update to this morning's edition
* Question of the day
* First Class all the way
* Manteno Veterans' Home tests show "low levels of Legionellosis"
* Pritzker signs EO committing Illinois to Paris Climate Agreement
* The Dome is leaking
* It's Time To Put Our Progressive Values Into Action
* More on Pritzker's HB40 EO
* Yeah, that'll work well
* Report: Ald. Solis recorded conversations with Ald. Burke
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's stories

Visit our advertisers...








Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
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