Sorry to hear this, Illinois college towns. But at least your municipal government might not have to pay prevailing wage for construction projects they’ll never have the revenue to fund now. So, there’s that.
This development is music to the Rauner administration’s ears. The crisis grows and with it the leverage they think they will have to force the Turnaround Agenda. The governor honestly believes that the “toll” unions take on the state is far worse than the massive pain, suffering, mental and financial anguish being caused to thousands of Illinoisans - growing by the day.
It’s an incredible display of callous, made all the more obscene by his daily Twitter posting of smiling just-folks pictures as if everything is A-OK.
BTW — stuff like this will obviously — obviously! — send lawmakers in feeding frenzy to pass the ‘Turnaround Agenda’. They’ll be climbing over the tables, rushing the doors to get to their green buttons and say, “Yes!”
“Yep. You’re right, Rauner. Let’s pass this thing!”
Don’t worry folks. GTCR has some for profit colleges available to buy any State University that fails. The ‘Winning’ proclamation kind of makes sense if you see it as a sales building opportunity. Private equity has destroyed so many private sector businesses that their only room for continuing their schemes is in the public sector.
Talked to a pretty influential Republican last night who of course is afraid to come out. But he said Rauner is the most sinister and vengeful person he has ever met. Gave me a situation that has occured that I promised not to repeat. Basically Rauner destroyed the lives of two people that crossed his path. This within the last three weeks.
“Remember Charleston… You do… You do, it use to be where that school was that Rauner shut down.. ‘Charleston!’… yeah, Eastern… that city… it’s not a city anymore, been through there?…”
Elections. Have. Consequences.
- Turnt Up Illinois - Friday, Feb 26, 16 @ 10:52 am:
Every casualty of the turnaround agenda shall henceforth be considered ‘turnt’. Yes, a variation on the word turned. Some call these casualties others call this the product of a sound agenda. The state is gettin turnt! So cool, #superstars.
Mr/Ms Triple Fat
Good call on the private college buyout , but most of them are on life support right
it is a good thing the $$tars are takin’ day off(’ccordin’ to Politico) so they don’t have to take questions about this bungle.
My husband and I have three kids. We have been paying College Illinois since 2001 and will be paying College Illinois until 2025, according to our contracts. When all three were enrolled, we were paying more for our kids’ college education than we were for our house payment. A few years ago, we had the scare that the fund would go belly up and our sacrifice would be for nothing. Now, our real concern is whether there will be universities left in Illinois for them to attend, and whether the system that remains will by one of quality.
What a lesson for us, and for our kids, about the value of planning ahead and saving for life’s big challenges.
This sure will help those unemployment numbers. I have a lot of respect for Anthony Young, I believe CSU was trying to make a turnaround and now they are being forced into failure when they should have been experiencing a rebirth.
“There’s a huge difference between Raunerite and Republican. Voters need to realize that Rauner owning the brand GOP, doesn’t mean it IS the GOP they think they know.”
You’ve said this a few times and I think you might want to take a second look. Jeanne Ives’ legislation - that’s Raunerite stuff? Radogno and “starve the beast”? Sandack’s attack dog style has always been the same and fits in perfectly with what comes out of the gov’s mouth and his pr shop. No. A lot of what IL Republicans are saying and doing right now are straight from the GOP Nat’l playbook. And funny how that they aren’t supporting Trump, another successful billionaire businessman. Now, one would think IL GOP would be thrilled to work with another one of those. What - is he too insulting? Is he too brash? Too INEXPERIENCED?
“Why can’t we just go back to pretending everything is fiscally fine?”
Exhibit A of the “Reality Converter Raunerite v2.26.2016″
Takes viewers on a fantasy ‘lookback’ to circa 1950-2014 view of Illinois when Universities, Museums and Social Services were routinely gutted through financial calamities foisted upon them by a series of callus Governors.
Give. Me. A. Break.
Illinois has been in trouble for years, that’s not in dispute. HOWEVER the last Gov had pushed through a much needed revenue boost that was resulting in a large reduction of unpaid bills, full funding of the pension payments and funding of valuable social and education needs of the citizens of the State.
Gov Clueless begged for the tax increase to sunset, then proceeded to savage the finances of the state by refusing to provide a balanced budget and insisting the courts by mandate force payments to ANYONE.
Rauner is willfully destroying the state, one agency and mandate at a time.
Take off your fantasy googles and take a look at reality.
How much farther does this have to go before Republicans from college towns say it’s time to break ranks.
Gutting unions is worth gutting the major economic engine in your districts? How is that good for anyone? Constituents head home, unpaid or uneducated. The service industries and partner organizations wither away.
But, hey, it’ll be worth it if we don’t have to pay prevailing wage to build that new fire station.
College town Republicans. This is a watershed moment. Are you going along with this or standing up for your district? Voters are watching.
Sad state of affairs, but hasn’t this university been an absolute mess financially for over a decade with misappropriations of funds throughout, without Rauner being invloved? A terrible way to go about it, for the employees that work so hard, but it desperately needs a flush and reboot in the right direction. Too bad you just can’t blow on it to get it to start the right way, like an old Nintendo.
No, he’s the Gov and the result of his poor decisions have directly resulted in the state museum closing (first time that has EVER happened in the state in it’s history), higher education institutions being near collapse, social services closing their doors.
Sorry Raunerite…this is all on your personal Hero Gov Bruce “Workin’ hard at Hardly Workin’” Rauner.
Even when the ILGOP had majorities in both chambers here, Jeanne Ives would have been “far right”, pointing out that a majority party ILGOP knew “Jeanne Ives” are part of the formula but not its complete compound.
As for your other points, I point to the “Yellow” votes by members and the NVs. Thise are my Davi b graces that out front and center that $20 million in holding a Caucus hostage worked in usurping the GOP GA.
If they all agreed with Raunerites, there would be no need to make sure members didn’t go off the reservation, the Raunerite reservation.
‘Tween us, if March 15th is does anything, it may remind the Raunerite members that … elections have consequences… especially when they, on the floor, vote against their better selves.
There are Republicans here in Illinois, Rauner just hijacked the brand.. and the switches in the GA for now. We’ll see how 2016 goes, be it March and November.
No, Raunerites don’t define the ILGOP, Raunerites just hijacked the good the ILGOP once had to justify the ruin Raunerites now require.
SarahA29 I forgot about my college illinois semesters, ugh another problem. But as I recall you can use it on out of state or private schools, you just get the equivalent of I think U of I’s semester tuition. So that money will be leaving the state…
If you were the governor — by far, the most powerful elected position in the state, by design — and these things were happening, and you didn’t want them to happen, wouldn’t you do something about it?
The most generous explanation you can give to the governor’s actions to date is that he truly believes that if his One True Way is not adopted immediately then the End is Nigh, and higher education and social services in Illinois are not worth the bother. Just prepare for The Rapture.
But I don’t buy it. The governor might be a zealot, but he’s not a lunatic. He must know that the insistence on The One True Way, to the exclusion of everything else, is simply not possible in a representative democracy. And the state will continue as a going concern, regardless.
I believe in the “squeeze the beast” strategy. Go full-Darwin on higher ed and social services, then do business later at a much reduced level with those that survive.
That’s the goal. It’s incredibly diabolical to disguise pre-meditated hits as hostage situations.
OW, Raunerites like Madigan’s primary opponent are doing a pretty decent job of hiding their links to Rauner, at least from the average voters. People are going to vote for them without realizing who they’re voting for. Once they get elected, it will be too late and Rauner will point to their election as another example of his mandate.
The GOP, the REAL GOP, should have shut this down long ago. I just hope it’s not too late for them to do anything about it. They need a real leader, but McCann isn’t it and nobody seems to be listening to Edgar. How bad will this get before someone with “gravitas” AND huevos steps up?
-There’s a huge difference between Raunerite and Republican. Voters need to realize that Rauner owning the brand GOP, doesn’t mean it IS the GOP they think they know.-
Just as you have no sympathy for Labor when 4 in 10 union households voted for Rauner, I respectfully have little sympathy for Republicans after the total Raunerite takeover of the ILGOP. How ironic that both sides of this have lost partial or total control of their brands. Our prayers to a Loving God for both Labor and for a reasonable and compassionate ILGOP. What strange times OW, what strange times. As you have said to me many times about Labor, I say back to you about the ILGOP, I don’t hold you personally responsible, If anything I have always found you to be the “voice that crieth out in the wilderness”.
===I respectfully have little sympathy for Republicans after the total Raunerite takeover of the ILGOP.===
With respect, the Raunerite takeover of the ILGOP and GOP GA is hurting AFSCME more than it’s hurting me. That’s harsh, but it’s true. Hopefully March 15th helps.
The 8 “GOP” Cowards that turned their backs on you, that’s what happened to Labor when Raunerites took over, and that should be your battle too, as Labor now sees McCann as a huge race to bring back the ILGOP, and I know that Labor needs Republicans too.
I have zero sympathy for me too. I’ve “eaten” it, I’ve “owned” it.
It’s on me. It’s on me and I have no sympathy that “I” and those like-minded didn’t do enough, and I own that too.
It’s up to Republicans to heed to call of Edgar. I am. But leaders need to emerge, and I’m not one of them.
I appreciate your kind words and the harsh truth of your comment, but understand, Labor needs Republicans too, if anything to defeat Raunerites and irradiate them from the guise of legitimacy.
You keep plugging - Honeybear -, we’te all in the same boat.
Divestment of public higher education is widespread. Many states are heading for zero funding. It is the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) at work. Rauner and his kind in the Republican Party want higher ed privatized and not as accessible. The pharaohs want a less educated herd. Not all Republicans share ALEC’s agenda, though it’s certainly bad when virtually all Republican members are in lockstep with Rauner. I hope Republican members and voters listen to Jim Edgar.
OW, you’re on top of things. Maybe you could pen an “Open Letter” to the ILGOP. Something that would spell out where they came from, where they’re going, and the potential consequences of being accomplices to the destruction of education and social services in Illinois.
What I know is I’m not a leader in Illinois Republican politics. That’s the absolute truth. It’s Republicans, like me, who are looking for a much heavier weighted voice to emerge and say “enough”, so I can find my place.
It would be one thing to be in a position that someone could be a voice and refuse to do so, but I don’t find myself with that dilemma. I’m not a Lead, or a Supporting Actor. I’m in the chorus, and my solos only support what’s going on in the play, I’m not in the plot of the play.
My hope is after March 15th I can hear voices calling me to rally.
Your very kind words are flattering, but I know my maximum is here, discussing the issues and trying sometimes to be thoughtful enough that what I say can make some sense. That’s not false humility, that’s knowing who I am, and how I fit, and that’s still pretty cool for me.
2) I’d like to think thoughtful candidates running in the Primary are making their cases, and Labor, Republicans, and Social Service advocates and benefactors understand who is with them, and who is not.
They all are burning daylight.
- thechampaignlife - Friday, Feb 26, 16 @ 2:07 pm:
To paraphrase the New Yorker:
“Yes, Illinois got destroyed. But for a beautiful moment in time we created a lot of value for shareholders.”
How Ironic, fair enough. We all make mistakes. The problem is that there are a lot of things in statute not being funded. This was an issue even before there was an impasse. The fair is a political choice being excused by a red herring argument.