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Brilliantly inspired lip service

Monday, Feb 22, 2016

* Gov. Bruce Rauner appeared today with Juan Salgado, the innovative President/CEO of Instituto Career Health Services Academy, to talk about the future of education. From the governor’s comments

“[As Salgado said a few minutes ago, he would] put more resources into the other support networks for our students. Psychological support, counseling support, health support, because the challenges students have to overcome every day in their lives to be able to get in the classroom and study and learn is pretty overwhelming.

“That’s one of the reasons that we just created the Governor’s Cabinet for Children and Youth. We have 15 state departments that touch our young people in different elements of their life. We need to coordinate that, better focus it, so when we interact with a student who needs support, healthcare, counseling, potentially unfortunately sometimes justice issues, corrections issues. When we have a government touching a student, we should be coordinating that effort so we can maximize the impact with the students.

“For example, right now we have a dozen different databases about students, and if a student touches one department another department doesn’t even know that that interaction is even going on, and they can’t impact and benefit each other by coordinating the services that that student needs to realize their full potential. We need more cooperation, we need less bureaucracy, more efficiency and more money in the classroom to support our students.

“If we do that, every student can realize their fullest potential and we can have great schools and students ready to step into great careers in every neighborhood.”

The governor absolutely nailed it. He really gets this.

Except for one thing.

Those much-needed support services he spoke of are being decimated by this impasse.

* From the Peoria Journal Star

As we were speaking with Gail Owen, the regional schools superintendent for Tazewell, Woodford and Mason counties, after the budget address, she made a point about another impact of the stalemate that hadn’t gotten much attention.

Of course many of us have heard — if not from the full-throated voice of our own local law enforcement — about how cutbacks in social services, many of them providing care for mental illness, affect the justice system.

But whether it’s violence prevention, post sexual assault counseling, even the lengthy fight over child care reimbursement, other support networks are seeing the effects on kids of cutbacks in programs that help either them or their parents and guardians. That includes teachers in the classroom.

Owen put it bluntly to us: “Without those support services, the schools are picking up the slack.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        

56 Comments
  1. - out of touch - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 3:59 pm:

    Awesome idea! Now all 15 of those agencies that provide services for kids can sit together in a room and preach to each others’ choirs about not having funding to provide services.


  2. - Huh? - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 4:01 pm:

    I will say this about 1.4%, he has the tone deaf lip service down pat.


  3. - Honeybear - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 4:02 pm:

    Honestly does he not understand how he looks to others? Maybe it’s me? Maybe I just see him wrong. Every time he says something like this I just want to scream! Again….attitudes and behaviors. All attitude, no behaviors.


  4. - Keyrock - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 4:03 pm:

    There was a nice picture of Diane Rauner at a charity event in the Tribune yesterday. I’m sure she’s doing something about the decimation of support services, too. Isn’t she?


  5. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 4:04 pm:

    If ever there was one clear example of Rauner completely misunderstanding his job as governor, and the disconnect if what he’s done this past year working against all the good Rauner, as a governor could do, this is arguably the most glaring.

    That’s why Rauner lacks.

    Rauner doesn’t know what the job entails, and given the choices and hostages, Rauner lacks the complete damage he has done to where he, Rauner, can own done really great things, things only a governor can own.

    Lacking. Only way to explain this disconnect.


  6. - Robert the Bruce - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 4:04 pm:

    The coordination Rauner describes is an ideal world scenario. HIPAA might preclude some sharing, however.

    More importantly, investing in a computer system that better coordinates service A with service B doesn’t help much when services A and B were both cut.


  7. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 4:08 pm:

    “Rauner lacks the complete understanding of the damage he has done to the point where he, Rauner, doesn’t understand he can own some really great things too, things only a governor can own.”


  8. - Corporate Thugs - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 4:11 pm:

    These things he’s speaking of - psychological, counseling and health support systems..these are things people who actually work in schools talk about ALL.THE.TIME. They’re called wrap-around services, governor. Your friends who work in education talk about the need for these types of services in all schools. Welcome to the party, Governor. And these services don’t just magically appear. Just because you create a database to track student needs doesn’t mean they’re gonna get the help they need. To actually do something you might have to fund it.


  9. - Emily Miller - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 4:12 pm:

    The DHS budget briefing contained a fair amount of waxing poetic regarding the virtue of connecting our state services to make them run more efficiently. I’m all for efficiency- it’s been hard enough for the governor’s office to get a handle on what services are covered by what line items. Imagine how hard for working families to navigate our systems.

    There is a very strange disconnect between alleged priorities described in talking points and actual priorities proven through appropriation. The presentation by the agencies of their FY17 budgets made a few of us wonder aloud to each other whether agency directors had any real idea of what the situation on the ground is for families, communities and providers of these vital social services.

    The warning given by the agency rep at the beginning of the budget briefing that IL can only have the things directors were about to describe if the lawmakers accept the turnaround agenda was jarring and out of place as well.

    The message was that human services are vital and must be funded. Unless there’s no tort reform.


  10. - Beaner - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 4:16 pm:

    “That includes NON-UNION teachers in the classroom, who actively oppose collective bar’ainin’.”
    There, fixed it.


  11. - Interested - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 4:18 pm:

    I love that somehow - by magic - all of the state data systems are going to start sharing information with each other. Remember folks, these different data systems are based on systems/equipment/servers that have been completely unusable for the last 25 years. Dos and Cobalt based… This administration is the most incompetent ever. They really think that because he says it, it becomes truth. Frightening!


  12. - RNUG - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 4:22 pm:

    I think this sums it up best:

    Where’s the beef?


  13. - Signal and Noise - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 4:25 pm:

    “I’m destroying this because I want to save it” is not workin’


  14. - Linus - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 4:28 pm:

    Does the guy really have absolutely no conception of how enragingly insulting all this appears? not only to the providers of services that are being bled dry, but the families on the (non)receiving end of said services?


  15. - walker - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 4:29 pm:

    ==The warning given by the agency rep at the beginning of the budget briefing that IL can only have the things directors were about to describe if the lawmakers accept the turnaround agenda…==

    Just shaking my head.


  16. - Linus - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 4:29 pm:

    Channeling MrJM to answer my own question: He. Just. Doesn’t. Care.


  17. - Langhorne - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 4:31 pm:

    Words–nicey nice

    Actions–devestating

    Winning is great


  18. - Liberty - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 4:31 pm:

    Wouldn’t be easier to work with the current bureaucracy instead of trying to recreate the wheel?


  19. - AC - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 4:31 pm:

    If only self awareness were available for purchase the way the Illinois Republican Party was…


  20. - Jocko - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 4:36 pm:

    Others have said it better. If Bruce thinks that “more efficiency” and “less bureaucracy” is going to fund this venture, he’s dreaming.


  21. - burbanite - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 4:37 pm:

    =The warning given by the agency rep at the beginning of the budget briefing that IL can only have the things directors were about to describe if the lawmakers accept the turnaround agenda was jarring and out of place as well.=

    You know when you watch the Gov’s press conferences (and Radogno & Durkin) they never say what the reforms are that they must have. I would bet the majority of the population has no idea what these “reform” buzzwords truly mean.

    It is truly disconcerting. We are getting no where fast and I don’t think there is anything that will break this log jam.


  22. - Nick Name - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 4:38 pm:

    Why I can’t stand to listen to the guy any more. Everything he says — everything — is just empty words.


  23. - VanillaMan - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 4:38 pm:

    What his plan lacks is a real governor. Could someone be governor so Bruce can play saviour?


  24. - Earnest - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 4:43 pm:

    Brilliantly Inspired Lip Service
    Ingeniously Disingenuous
    Genuinely Hypocritical
    Hypnotically Disseminating

    Aptly Entitled.


  25. - Wensicia - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 4:47 pm:

    Students services should be coordinated within their school districts. Who better to recommend needed services than the teachers, councelors, health service providers, psychologists, social workers and parents within these schools. Records of needed services should follow these students if they move, like I.E.P. data for special ed students. The state’s responsibility should be to provide outside services recommended for these students.

    OOPS! Epic Fail on the governor’s part so far.


  26. - Buzzie - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 4:49 pm:

    How many people can really not see the disconnect between what he says and what he does?


  27. - Lakefront Liberal - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 4:50 pm:

    == ==The warning given by the agency rep at the beginning of the budget briefing that IL can only have the things directors were about to describe if the lawmakers accept the turnaround agenda was jarring and out of place as well.==

    You know when you watch the Gov’s press conferences (and Radogno & Durkin) they never say what the reforms are that they must have. I would bet the majority of the population has no idea what these “reform” buzzwords truly mean.====

    This speaks to my post earlier because yes, it is true, the majority of the population has no idea what the “Turnaround Agenda” or “reforms” actually mean, so as a result they have no idea why Dems are resisting it. Whose responsibiity is it to let the public know, plainly and clearly, what is at stake here? You can bet Rauner isn’t going to do it. The media? Forget it. Unions? They are good at talking to their members, but not the general population. Messaging like this is where the state Dem party could shine, but they aren’t. They can’t. And I really can’t figure out why except that it’s not Madigan’s “style” and even if it was he’s never bothered to build the infrastructure that would deliver such a message to the general population. So the information vacuum remains and the public is left wondering “why can’t they just get along?”


  28. - crazybleedingheart - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 4:52 pm:

    “Kids don’t need services, they need their personal information shared among 15 state agencies. What could go wrong?”


  29. - Imasse - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 5:11 pm:

    Also there’s the 40,000 union member households that have not made major purchases in the last 7 months during contract negotiations. That’s 40000 people not participating in Illinois’ economy. Tick tock…tick tock…


  30. - cdog - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 5:19 pm:

    We are supposed to trust him to get this right?

    As Ms. Miller gives us a glimpse, it seems to be the same old tired TA ruse, just another day, just another distraction from the BASICS of governing.

    This guy Rauner reminds me of the kid for whom you can’t buy nice Christmas presents. Don’t give him anything, please!
    Don’t even let him play with your children’s toys, because he is prone to tantrums and breaks his toys and other’s toys if he doesn’t get his way.


  31. - The Countdown - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 5:19 pm:

    Forget the budget…time to countdown to Illinois’ next Governor who will fulfill the Constitutional duties of the Office - 2 years, 10 months, 23 days…(January 14, 2019).


  32. - Anonymous - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 5:20 pm:

    if only there were someone in a position to put the Governor’s clarity of framing the issue into meaningful action


  33. - RNUG - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 5:24 pm:

    == Forget the budget…time to countdown to Illinois’ next Governor who will fulfill the Constitutional duties of the Office - 2 years, 10 months, 23 days…(January 14, 2019). ==

    If this continues, maybe Rich could add a Rauner countdown clock to the home page.


  34. - cdog - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 5:24 pm:

    @The Countdown.
    Maybe we could get Obama to appoint him to some special diplomatic mission? Like Russia? Cuba? China? He can go spread the merits of 1%ism to those budding capitalistic economies. /s

    We would miss him, wouldn’t we? Ha!


  35. - Annonin' - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 5:53 pm:

    Ok it has been more a year and it looks like the $uper$tars dont understand. If they took those remarks to the kiddy cabinet tomorrow peope would be shocked and say all this stuff was wrecked in’15. Wrecked.


  36. - Independent retiree/lawyer/journalist - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 5:56 pm:

    —right now we have a dozen different databases about students, and if a student touches one department another department doesn’t even know that that interaction is even going on, and they can’t impact and benefit each other by coordinating the services that that student needs to realize their full potential. We need more cooperation, we need less bureaucracy,—
    Uh, sometimes there is a very good reason why information isn’t shared by agencies whose functions relate to children, especially in the Justice area. It ain’t that simple, governor…


  37. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 6:00 pm:

    - cdog -

    Ole Slip and Sue is waitin’ in the wings, and I don’t know how that’s an upgrade.


  38. - Chicago 20 - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 6:09 pm:

    Men are measured by what they accomplish.

    By that standard, Rauner is a complete and total failure.


  39. - wordslinger - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 6:38 pm:

    –The governor absolutely nailed it. He really gets this.–

    I doubt it. Just words in a script.

    But if you’re correct, that he “get’s this,” yet continues with his consistent course of action to date, his cynicism is astounding.

    “I have long since come to believe that people never mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions.”
    ― Dorothy Day


  40. - Joe Biden Was Here - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 6:46 pm:

    Same baloney they’ve been throwing around since the Bonniwell report. If we just tinker with the details these problems will solve themselves!!


  41. - Joe Biden Was Here - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 6:57 pm:

    Rainer is a complete and total disappointment.


  42. - Anonymous - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 7:03 pm:

    IBHE was tasked with creating a database of post secondary students in 2009 and after spending over a million dollars in state and federal funds they still don’t have it up and running.


  43. - Pink E. Kent - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 7:58 pm:

    Anyone remember this? http://www.bbc.com/news/education-10887082


  44. - Anonymous - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 8:00 pm:

    He continues displaying more compassion, understanding and awareness than his partner in creating this impasse.

    It would be nice to hear Madigan say, even once, what his vision is for the future of the state while he continues resisting any sort of compromise or reform.


  45. - Anonymous - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 8:09 pm:

    While not to take anything from the needs of our youth, I hope they understand our college students have these same needs. In higher ed these are considered “administrative” costs but they’re very important to our students across the state. Health services fully staffed with physicians and nurses, counseling professionals, education resource centers, disability assistance centers, exercise/recreation facilities, veterans services and, more recently, food pantries are among the many necessities on campuses to assist students in earning their degrees. Something to consider when criticizing universities for high overhead since almost all of these things are considered must-haves by students and families selecting a university.


  46. - Mama - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 8:36 pm:

    - burbanite @ 4:37 pm: “would bet the majority of the population has no idea what these “reform” buzzwords truly mean.”

    You are right! Rauner’s team wants to keep it a secret. They are afraid if people knew what the buzzwords mean, they won’t like it.


  47. - Mama - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 8:45 pm:

    I don’t feel there needs to be a whole new agency to accomplish this. ISBE does a good job with most of the services mentioned. There just needs to be a coordinator to coordinate the services between agencies. Nothing can not be done until the computer systems coordinate with each other.


  48. - Mama - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 8:46 pm:

    The above should state:
    Nothing can be done until the computer systems are able to coordinate with each other.


  49. - Captain Illini - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 9:06 pm:

    To tag onto what Mama said…since there are Union IT personnel programming the computers, they by design are controlled by Madigan, thus Because Madigan!


  50. - kadijah - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 9:14 pm:

    It’s actually Institute Health Sciences Career Academy,not services.


  51. - kadijah - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 9:15 pm:

    Instituto Health sciences career academy, sorry typo.


  52. - 13th - Monday, Feb 22, 16 @ 9:47 pm:

    the governor needs to go back to school, he surely missed some things :)


  53. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 23, 16 @ 8:34 am:

    A compromise between Rauner and Madigan could end this any time they want.


  54. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Feb 23, 16 @ 8:37 am:

    Rauner drops the poison pills aimed at decimating unions things would be moving…

    The poison pills are the actual wants, Rauner isn’t foolin’ anyone.


  55. - illinoised - Tuesday, Feb 23, 16 @ 8:41 am:

    Rauner is training his legislators to send the same obfuscated message. A republican legislator in central Illinois provided essentially the same message to her local newspaper, but failed to mention the negative implications of budget impasse created by her boss. Obfuscation 101 might be a good political science class.


  56. - illinoised - Tuesday, Feb 23, 16 @ 8:42 am:

    P.S. I meant “western” not “central” Illinois.


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