* The Tribune quotes Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Gov. Rauner’s abrupt shift in tone this week…
“I welcome a more congenial tone of cooperation, because the state has lost a year based on name-calling,” Emanuel said at a Near North Side event to promote an education program. “And we can see by the results, I don’t think name-calling is a way to get people to cooperate and work together.
“Calling people from the Supreme Court to others names has led to the most unproductive first year of any governor in recent memory,” the mayor said.
“And so I welcome the tone of openness. I welcome the tone of trying to hit the restart button, given the last year. Illinois students, schools, teachers, people providing basic social services, investments in our future, have been put on hold in an acrimonious environment because of name-calling,” he added.
I agree that the governor’s tonal shift is welcomed news, as long as it lasts longer than a few days.
But the real problems are the numerous stark, gargantuan policy differences. The name-calling (on both sides) has only made those policy positions more intransigent.
So, we need more than just a more measured rhetorical approach, which, again, is nonetheless encouraging to me. We need a far more moderate policy approach - by both sides.
More on that another time.