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*** UPDATED x1 - “What the Governor said is true” *** Madigan spokesman denies a one-on-one invite was extended by Rauner

Friday, Mar 25, 2016

* News-Gazette

Rauner also said he hopes to meet soon with Madigan to start working on a series of budget and government reform compromises.

“I was told the speaker would be up for maybe working out compromises after the primary, that he was waiting for the primary election,” he said. “My office reached out to the speaker’s office last week after the primary and said, ‘OK, the election’s over; can you and I meet, Mister Speaker, and try to work out some reforms and to try to get a budget and get some compromises? We’re still waiting for the speaker’s office to give us any dates.”

* But Madigan’s spokesman said that’s not the way he heard it

“Somebody from his staff wanted to have a dinner meeting with somebody from our staff, not last week or this week but next week. And then there was talk that part of the topic of that dinner would be a meeting,” he said. “So that’s where we are.”

*** UPDATE ***  From the governor’s office…

​Hi, Rich -

Reaching out because of the below post.

What the Governor said is true.


- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Macbeth - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 8:53 am:

    Implicit in all of these stories about Rauner wanting a one-on-one with Madigan is that idea that Madigan — not Rauner — “would be up for compromises.”

    Rauner — whose ideological demands were clearly repudiated last week — still assume — bizarrely — that it’s Madigan who must compromise.

    It’s one of the weirdest, most mystifying things I’ve seen. A loser — for the most part based on the high-profile losses — expects the *winner* to agree to specific demands.

    Rauner’s world is a strange one.

  2. - Henry Francis - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 8:56 am:

    When people lie so easily about stupid little stuff it certainly says somethin

  3. - Anonymous - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 8:59 am:

    “Rauner said … I’m a moderately intelligent person …”

    A moderately intelligent person would have had the mental capacity to determine that a course of actions weren’t working and change positions to something else.

  4. - Morningstar - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 8:59 am:

    Oh, for pity’s sake. Stop slipping hairs and do your jobs.

  5. - Abe the Babe - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 9:01 am:

    “tonight I placed two very important phone calls”


  6. - Whatever - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 9:01 am:

    Why are they asking staffers for verification? The Governor clearly said it was his office contacting the Speaker’s office. Since both have multiple offices, it may take some digging to find out which offices were involved. Also, you will need to find someone who speaks “office” to communicate with them. But no one ever said investigative journalism was easy.

  7. - Anonymous - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 9:01 am:

    And what shall be the shape of this so called “dinner” table?

  8. - Anonymous - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 9:03 am:

    “Rauner said … I’m a moderately intelligent person …”

    Then why isn’t he using his intelligence to realize that he has a futile agenda and drop it.

  9. - Huh? - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 9:04 am:

    9:03 was me.

  10. - Anonymous - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 9:08 am:

    Yes it does Henry Francis—but you are referring to the wrong person.

  11. - Trolling Troll - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 9:08 am:

    You ever feel like the entire state is on an episode of “Pranked”?

  12. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 9:10 am:

    If you trust Bruce Rauner at his word, then your own foolishness continues…

    Hey, “Cracker Jack” Rauner Press Shop…

    Unless you have the date, time, the phone records, “who” you talked to, and the discussion topic(s)…

    Don’t. Say. Boo.

    Seriously, I’ve never run across such blatent “fabricators” I’m a statewide office, and I’m including Rod Blahojevich.

    I’m done thinking “oh, that’s Bruce, his Crew knows better…”

    You don’t.

    Heck, I’d do MOUs with you, the Press Shop too, let alone Bruce.

    Hows about ya snarky tweet somethin-somethin about “Speaker Madigan and the blatant lies we tell he controls… ”

    If y’all emailed me, today it was Friday… I’d have to check.

    Truth eludes the whole Rauner Operation.


  13. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 9:12 am:

    ===You ever feel like the entire state is on an episode of “Pranked”?===


    “Dad’s Home State”? Yes…

    BTW, I think Mr. Mapes was busy, but then again, when has Rauner been gracious?

  14. - Suburbanon - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 9:13 am:

    The actions, inactions and misactions of Rauner and his staff are unbelievable. They can’t possibly be this incompetent. How could they not know who to call in MJM’s office to arrange a meeting? They remind me of the Keystone cops.

  15. - Frankie Baby - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 9:15 am:

    “I’m a moderately intelligent person”. Yikes! Is he saying the job he was elected to do is too hard for him and the superstars?

    Also, I know moderately intelligent people. Moderately intelligent people are friends of mine.

    And I can tell you with a fairly accurate degree of certainty that they don’t go around stating publicly that they are “moderately intelligent people.”

    I become more and more unimpressed with billionaires every time Rauner opens his mouth.

  16. - Chucktownian - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 9:17 am:

    I fully expect Rauner will join our other governors in the Federal penitentiary at the end of his term. He’s actually worse at the governing part than Blago.

  17. - Anonymous - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 9:22 am:

    And what is the Madigan staff’s response to that meeting? Progress has to start somewhere.

  18. - Anonymous - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 9:24 am:

    The Speaker just gave the entire House one month off. Is he even available for a meeting at the moment if they both wanted to sit down?

  19. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 9:28 am:

    If you can’t take 5 seconds to come up with a name, you’re not worth engaging…


    To Mr. Brown’s remarks, Lance wants me to refer you to a tweet… where he pretends to be climbing a building.


  20. - GOP Extremist - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 9:29 am:

    Another simple conversation dreamed up by a fool.

  21. - HangingOn - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 9:34 am:

    ==The Speaker just gave the entire House one month off==

    It was my understanding this was planned and on the schedule last year. He probably thought something would be accomplished by now.

  22. - cdog - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 9:35 am:

    In the real world if you have loose lips, poor filters, personal grudges which cloud clear thinking, and an inability to process reality, you would be unemployed.

  23. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 9:39 am:

    Two points…

    What, the HGOP wants to continue to vote against EIU, Western, all college towns?

    Madigan is doing the HGOP a solid, lol.

    Every time the deflection is to ignore Rauner telling untruths, the more I know Raunerites realize Rsuner tells untruths too.

  24. - Markus - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 9:44 am:

    ===What the Governor said is true. ===

    The voices in his head don’t lie. /s

  25. - Atsuishin - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 9:44 am:

    This spat is trite. With yesterdays historic population drop in chicagoland, shouldn’t we be focusing on the substantive issues?

  26. - cdog - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 9:45 am:

    please be advise that dates, times, and other actual details which are verifiable, will be needed for anyone to believe you or your boss.
    that’s how your boss wants it, that’s how he gets it.

  27. - JS Mill - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 9:45 am:

    To the update-

    @CK- Oh, well then…that settles it. Because we know how trustworthy the governor is. I mean if he said so…/ total snark.

  28. - A guy - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 9:46 am:

    This whole line of conversation is utterly ridiculous. Let’s take every single party at face value here for the sake of this discussion. Every one of these “players” is either monitoring CF or having it monitored- it doesn’t matter.

    The topic of meeting one on one is out front. One guy is saying he made the offer, one guy is saying his very elaborate, if not frustrating, line of communication is unaware. Well it’s pretty damn clear here that a meeting is desired. Can we get past the cat and mouse junk and set up a meeting? Whoever is in charge of meetings for both sides. Yikes man.

  29. - Norseman - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 9:48 am:

    === What the Governor said is true. ===

    Oh, gee. That clears it up. LOL.

    CK, we need evidence from you truth-challenged administration.

  30. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 9:48 am:

    To the Update…


    “Hi ck-

    Dates? Times? Number called? Who was person?

    You guys can give ridiculous vote updates for Madeupville supporting the Turnaround Agenda but you issue one line saying something is true?

    Is it as true as Election Night?

    Asking… for a friend…

    One line from ‘that’ Press Shop isn’t going to cut it.


  31. - hisgirlfriday - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 9:50 am:

    We are nevet having a budget until one of these men leave office, are we?

  32. - Anon - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 9:50 am:

    ===I was told the speaker would be===


    ===What the Governor said is true.===

    Governor Rauner must be a pro at giving depositions. The only fact that Governor Rauner has actually confirmed is that he was told those things. Everything after the statement “I was told” is literally hearsay.

    Governor Rauner’s public statements remind me of how my schizophrenic mother answers yes or no questions.

  33. - Lucky Pierre - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 9:50 am:

    In a normal situation the house would be in season in the middle of a budget crisis and the Speaker would be in his office answering questions from the press. Both R’s and D’s would have all hands on deck.

    In Illinois we have mindless debates about who called who. I think the Speaker knows the Governor would like a one on one meeting with him by now and he should respond yes on no.

    The headline in the Tribune today says it all.

  34. - Fusion - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 9:51 am:

    ==We are nevet having a budget until one of these men leave office, are we?==

    We’ve always had budgets before when MJM was speaker.

  35. - Trolling Troll - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 9:53 am:

    To the update- LOL!!

  36. - Peets - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 9:53 am:

    They can’t agree on whether they even want to meet to discuss a meeting. Yeah, I have a good feeling the budget will get resolved soon…

  37. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 9:55 am:

    - Lucky Pierre -

    Rauner has had 14 months to get a budget if he wanted one.

    Rauner doesn’t wavy a budget.

    But, I appreciate you pretending to be “engaged” lol.

  38. - LizPhairTax - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 9:59 am:


    you and your boss have no credibility. sorry you’re stuck with this obed and isaac’s gift card no democrat wants to help you use. isn’t a lack of capitalization from a person who is a professional annoying? i hope that you are better at whatever job you do next than you are at this one. same for your boss and his boss and so on.



  39. - Earnest - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 10:03 am:

    Whew, this trivia almost took my mind of the intentional destruction of our human service and higher educational system.

  40. - Abe the Babe - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 10:05 am:

    @ Lucky P

    Please replace everything in your post after “In a normal situation” with:

    “a governor of the fifth largest state in the nation would simply call the speaker’s phone and ask for a meeting. Governors call meetings. They should also present balanced budgets, not call their legislative counterparts corrupt and refrain from divulging private conversations to the press. That is normal.”

    Fixed it for you. Youre welcome:)

  41. - Morningstar - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 10:05 am:

    LizPhairTax: THANK you!

  42. - Get a Job!! - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 10:06 am:

    “Reaching out because of the below post. What the Governor said is true.”

    Thanks for the thoughtful & insightful email, ck.

  43. - Austin Blvd - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 10:06 am:

    The Call:
    Gov Staffer: We can have lunch and talk about policies and numbers and future meetin’s between our bosses.

    Speaker Staffer: That seems to be a rather perfunctory exercise, does it not? I mean, unless you’ve got something new to share, I can enjoy a plate of pasta at Saputo’s anytime, and in an in agonizing way.

    Rauner staffer: No, no, you’re not gettin’ it. I want to set the table for a meetin’ between my boss and your boss. Get it?

    Speaker staffer: Just have Rauner call the Speaker if he’s got something new to say.

    Rauner staffer: Come on, throw my boss a bone. If we have a lunch meetin’ he can say we’re making progress.

    Madigan staffer: Just tell him to say whatever he wants. That’s what he’s going to do anyway.

  44. - Cubs in '16 - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 10:08 am:

    “Oh, and Rich? That stuff the Governor said about the TA agenda and being sad about the victims and calling the D leaders on election night…that’s all true too.


  45. - Downstate GOP Faithless - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 10:08 am:

    Thanks for clearing that up CK.

  46. - Niblets - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 10:09 am:

    It’s gotta be true then????

  47. - Honeybear - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 10:10 am:

    Maybe this is a function of not wanting a paper trail or time/date stamp on anything. People with a lot to hide tend to shy away from any system of accountability. That goes for both sides. I get keeping stuff out of emails and letters, one does have to make the sausage. However we’ve got a problem when we can’t even get meetings set up. Seeing this why shouldn’t we just give up on the hope of functioning government? I mean really. You know before now I really was never able to conceive of anarchy. I couldn’t figure out even what anarchists of the early 20th century were shooting for. Well, now I get it. This is it, functional anarchy. There’s nobody at the helm an we are broadside on to waves with no helm or propulsion.

  48. - Tommydanger - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 10:12 am:

    If the Governor is looking for cheap points, why not take a press crew and walk on down to the Speaker’s office and ask to meet with Madigan.

    Maybe an opportunity will present itself for dialogue. But then again, you would have to seriously want to have a dialogue to begin with.

  49. - What the What? - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 10:12 am:

    OMG - from the linked article

    “But what I’ve said is that if it takes longer than August to get it done, then let’s not hold up the rest of the budget and let’s not hold up school funding. What we can’t do is hold our kids and our teachers hostage in K-12 schools. That would be wrong.”

    The man is so detached from any sort of intellectual consistency.

  50. - Lucky Pierre - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 10:12 am:

    Democrats could have acknowledged there was a Republican governor elected to try to improve our dismal economy but they declined to find any common ground and compromise

    Apparently they believe our business climate and population decline is fine as is and does not need any reform

  51. - Lucky Pierre - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 10:14 am:

    Abe the babe the last meeting the Governor called the speaker did not show up. I can’t figure out why everyone defends the guy

  52. - Wensicia - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 10:17 am:

    In regards to the post and update: does anyone here, whom I assume to be intelligent, believe the truth would emerge from a private one-on-one between the Governor and Madigan?

    “My people will contact your people and your people should get back to my people so my people can arrange a meeting for us with your people.”

    Even if true can anything be more ridiculous?

  53. - Cubs in '16 - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 10:19 am:

    “But what I’ve said is that if it takes longer than August to get it done, then let’s not hold up the rest of the budget and let’s not hold up school funding. What we can’t do is hold our kids and our teachers hostage in K-12 schools. That would be wrong.”

    But holding college students and professors/instructors isn’t. Got it!

  54. - Samgo12 - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 10:21 am:


    How about your boss meeting personally with the Speaker instead of sending assistants? Doing so shows credibility. Also please have Rauner come to the legislative hearings to explain staff salaries instead of sending him sending his lapdog Goldberg, that shows leadership instead of using a mouthpiece.


  55. - 47th Ward - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 10:21 am:

    I’m not a Superstar or anything, but in the past, when I’ve wanted to meet with the Speaker, Mapes told me to call Joanne. So, Governor, why don’t you simply call Joanne?

    I mean really, if scheduling a meeting is proving to be this difficult, how can we expect him to govern an entire state?

  56. - Samgo1 - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 10:23 am:



    How about your boss meeting personally with the Speaker instead of sending assistants? Doing so shows credibility. Also please have Rauner come to the legislative hearings to explain staff salaries instead of him sending his lapdog Goldberg. Doing so shows bi-partisanship instead of using mouthpieces.


  57. - RNUG - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 10:26 am:

    Somebody was supposed to tell someone I wanted to meet somewhere sometime …

  58. - ILTPR - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 10:30 am:

    The Governor has been nothing short of a trainwreck for this state.

  59. - Michelle Flaherty - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 10:31 am:

    Could someone please FOIA the gov’s phone records and sort this out.

  60. - Mama - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 10:31 am:

    “What we can’t do is hold our kids and our teachers hostage in K-12 schools. That would be wrong.”

    What the What? @ 10:12am, Does this mean you think it is ok to hold post-high school kids and Higher Ed staff hostage?

  61. - Mama - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 10:34 am:

    ==- RNUG - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 10:26 am:
    Somebody was supposed to tell someone I wanted to meet somewhere sometime … ==

    I would add …but don’t tell anybody.

  62. - VanillaMan - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 10:35 am:

    ….would be up for maybe…

    I have little kids.

    If any of them started telling me something that included the phrase above - I would instantly know that what they were telling me would be a huge lie.

    A governor? A governor uses this phrase? He expects a mature adult to believe him?

    …would be up for maybe… is a red flag in any statement, signaling that the rest of the statement is pure unadulterated LIE.

  63. - Stones - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 10:41 am:

    Perhaps the most inept administration in the history of Illinois.

  64. - Politix - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 10:45 am:

    “Could someone please FOIA the gov’s phone records and sort this out”


  65. - Austin Blvd - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 10:47 am:

    Michelle Flaherty–
    Maybe you could pitch in and do the FOIAing and get back to Rich.

  66. - CharlieKratos - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 10:50 am:

    Stones, I disagree with your use of the word “Perhaps”.

  67. - Dr X - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 10:56 am:

    Ya know - if the governor had email, he could email Madigan and the show everyone the email he sent. That would be proof.

  68. - Anonymous - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 11:00 am:

    Passing mental health evaluations should be required for elected officials…

  69. - Decaf Coffee Party - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 11:01 am:

    That was me at 11:00…and I need an evaluation too

  70. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 11:01 am:

    @FakeLTrover - here’s a picture of the phone used to call someone about something. There! #ItsAllWeGot

  71. - Topcat - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 11:02 am:

    There will be no budget until one of these men are gone from politics.

    No way, no how.

  72. - Annonin' - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 11:11 am:

    BTW the CNG story also contains some BigBrain nonsense about Madigan not being interested in an overhaul of the school aid formula. It is noted that the house formed a bipartisan to do just that several months ago.

  73. - The Dude Abides - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 11:13 am:

    What’s going on with higher education is what the Governor wanted. I recently heard Radogno approvingly mention “squeezing the beast” in reference to higher education in the state. Rauner vetoed higher education funding last year, remember? Now he claims that he wants to work out a grand bargain with the Speaker. If you live in any of the University towns in this state please start paying attention to how your local representatives are voting.

  74. - Anonymous - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 11:16 am:

    The need to have a meeting to talk about meetings that will then set up a meeting.

    This really is ridiculous. We deserve better than this nonsense. Get it together, guys. If you were in the private sector you would have been fired long ago.

  75. - Michelle Flaherty - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 11:26 am:

    Annonin’, and don’t forget that it was Speaker Madigan who paired with Republican Gov. Edgar to push a school funding overhaul in the 1990s that Edgar’s own party leaders derailed.

  76. - Paul - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 11:27 am:

    What the Gov says is true….
    What the Speaker says is false….
    The speaker says what the Gov says is true…..
    The Gov agrees with the speaker


  77. - Juvenal - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 11:27 am:

    Let me interrupt this thoughtful probing of the governor’s candor and credibility to with you all:

    Happy “Good Friday Massacre” Anniversary

    In other words, this debate was resolved a year ago.

  78. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 11:31 am:

    ===There will be no budget until one of these men are gone from politics.

    No way, no how.===


    Yeah, because all the HDems are itching to support Bruce Rauner.

  79. - Anonymous - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 11:35 am:

    Wait, seeing how this is the first time that CK has provided such an update, should we take it that everything said prior wasn’t true since a similar update was never provided previously?

  80. - There is power in a union... - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 11:42 am:

    Orignally posted at 9:59,

    To the update:


    So your whole defense of the governor hinges on his belief that he was told that maybe the speaker was reached out to in a round-a-bout fashion by proxy?

    Yes that seems to be technically true. But your principle has a bad habit of expressing these things as concrete facts. Basically using the bully pulpit to put an equal partner, that he don’t see as equal, on the spot by making it seem that he is refusing to meet. When he probably only found out by watching the governor’s press conference.

  81. - Chimmy - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 11:47 am:

    Anyone like to give an over-under for K-12 to open this fall?

  82. - Earnest - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 11:47 am:

    >What the Governor said is true.

    However, as always, the details of what specifically were true will come later. /snark and mad at myself for letting this distract me from the intentional destruction Rauner and Radogno are wreaking on social services.

  83. - state worker - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 11:49 am:

    This is like a very perverse game of telephone.

  84. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 11:53 am:

    Hi ck-

    You ‘nember this Post?

    Your Press Shop was able to catalog every call, when they were made, who Rauner talked to, and what was the subject.


    Welp, your Office’s one line email today… compared to the detailed response in that Post to prove “activity” (no achievement, but I digress… ) really calls into question the truthfulness of the Rauner Administration.

    Food for thought.


  85. - Decaf Coffee Party - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 12:00 pm:

    =Anyone like to give an over-under for K-12 to open this fall?=

    If no education budget by August, Stark & Henry County officials say schools will have to be closed…

  86. - burbanite - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 12:18 pm:

    Hey, I got an idea, PICK UP THE PHONE call the speaker’s office, since the Gov is the one to set up mtgs. Whether what he says was true or not (and I am inclined to think not), who cares? Pick up the phone, call again, that is what a normal person would do. Schedule a dinner to discuss scheduling a mtg.? Bet the loser tax payers would be picking up the tab for the dinner too. Just schedule the actual mtg. $uper$tar!

  87. - Dale Cooper - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 12:27 pm:

    So I guess the real only way to ALWAYS WIN is to never acknowledge a loss.

  88. - DPGumby - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 12:37 pm:

    Just to make clear, the Governor sent an email from his cell phone to the Speaker’s cell phone.

  89. - Anonymous - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 12:50 pm:

    If people remember correctly, neither the Governor nor the Speaker turned out to be entirely accurate in their statements regarding the election night phone call kerfuffle.

    Let’s try to be fair and accurate ourselves when commenting, for we know the gov and the speaker will not be.

  90. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 12:55 pm:

    … or pic a name instead of being ” - Anonymous - ”

    Being lectured by someone who can’t pick a name is humorous.

  91. - Anonymous - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 1:02 pm:

    No “lecturing” intended. Just a point of clarification for some foggy, or perhaps disingenuous, memories.

  92. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 1:23 pm:

    It’s disingenuous to contrinue to think not picking a name is fine and you should be taken seriously.

    I fed you. I’m done.

  93. - wordslinger - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 1:34 pm:

    These oompa-loompa tactics serve to distract from the real damage that is being done as part of the governor’s strategy.

    Make it all about silly “personality conflicts,” and maybe people won’t notice the billions in new debt and the willful sabotage being done to higher ed and social services.

  94. - kimocat - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 1:44 pm:

    At this stage of the game, why would anyone believe anything that spews out of Rauner’s mouth? If there is any truth involved in a statement by him, I’m sure it is an accident.

  95. - Annonin' - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 2:30 pm:

    On election nite BigBrain stood up and announced what he told Madigan and Cullerton in phone calls. The calls were never received….never.
    Now we get 4 days of BooHooBruce claiming no one got back to him on his $uper$tar idea of leavin’ Cullerton out of a conversation… Yup a lot o’ difference. Guessin’ no one on TeamBigBrain told the Madigan staff “hey the governor wants to announce this one on one meetin’ Monday, Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday to counter all the S* he is catching from the Trump endorsement, losin’ Dunkin, F* higher ed, lettin’ the fairs fall apart, etc. etc.
    If they had just spelled it out for those Madigan dopes.

  96. - Anonymous - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 3:04 pm:

    The name is irrelevant. The content is what matters, unless there is nothing to rebut the content with but pointless attacks on the messenger.

  97. - burbanite - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 3:08 pm:

    Wonder if she signs everything “ck” because she doesn’t want her name associated with it. At least she didn’t start this one with, attribute this to….

  98. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 25, 16 @ 3:21 pm:

    Then pick ANY name. You are wasting our time trying to follow you.

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* Trump says he will call for DOJ to probe whether FBI surveilled his campaign for 'political purposes'
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* Cubs' Anthony Rizzo on slow start to season: 'It's a marathon'
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* Lisa Madigan: Illinois must continue to invest in vital legal aid organizations

* Decatur-area girls invited to be inspired at Girls World Expo
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* 'God does all the hard work, I just finish it,' Art on the Square's top winner says
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* Rend Lake Conservancy District lifts water conservation request
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