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“First step toward compromise”

Monday, Apr 25, 2016

* The governor has signed the stopgap higher education funding bill…

Governor Bruce Rauner signed SB 2059 today and issued the following statement:

“This legislation doesn’t solve our budget crisis or help our economy grow, but it does represent a first step toward compromise between Democrats and Republicans. Now is the time to build on this bipartisan momentum and focus on enacting a truly balanced budget for Fiscal Years 2016-2017 alongside meaningful reforms that create jobs and free up resources for education, social services and infrastructure.”


- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 10:39 am:

    ===meaningful reforms===

    Exclude Labor Decimation… then you have my attention and it WILL put Democrats in a more severe and harsh light than they have been previously.

    Be Kasich, Gov. Rauner. Learn and your successes will follow.


  2. - wordslinger - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 10:42 am:

    The words “bipartisan compromise” are positive.

    The rest of the old boilerplate is as meaningless as always.

  3. - Allen D - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 10:42 am:

    Unions need to be knocked down a rung or two on the ladder of self righteousness… I am entitled because I am in the Union should never fly…

  4. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 10:45 am:

    ===Unions need to be knocked down a rung or two on the ladder of self righteousness… I am entitled because I am in the Union should never fly…===

    … and THAT… is why Rauner is failing.

    You and Rauner, you both can’t count to 60 AND 30?

    Notice when poison pills aren’t involved the things that can get done?

    I do.

  5. - JS Mill - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 10:45 am:

    ” alongside meaningful reforms that create jobs and free up resources for education, social services and infrastructure.”

    Someday maybe the Governor and his team could provide some verifiable evidence that his statements are …factual.

  6. - illini - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 10:50 am:

    Worth repeating —-

    Wordslinger - “The rest of the old boilerplate is as meaningless as always.”

    Willy - “Notice when poison pills aren’t involved the things that can get done?”

    Well stated.

  7. - Anonymous - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 10:52 am:

    Side note : decimate literally means ‘1 in 10′. Roman legions , as a harsh discipline , would have 1 in 10 soldiers killed randomly. Gov may not settle for 1 in 10

  8. - The Equalizer - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 10:52 am:

    Promising start, typical ending.

  9. - Blue Bayou - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 10:53 am:

    Shorter Rauner: I let a hostage go, but I’m still in charge of this robbery.

  10. - forwhatitsworth - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 10:55 am:


  11. - Anonymous - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 11:10 am:

    This doesn’t help our economy grow? Newsflash Governor, you need a healthy higher ed system to help the economy grow.

  12. - AC - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 11:12 am:

    Great, then leverage this to start addressing the bill backlog. Call Madigan’s bluff on a balanced approach to cuts and revenues, along with redistricting reform. Use Rich Miller’s suggestions on workers comp reform and agree to roll it back to where it was pre-Blago. Agree on a timeline for reducing the bill backlog down to zero, and exclude anything from that calculation that will likely lead to a Supreme Court challenge. Develop a realistic long term plan for the state’s debt. Democrats should share ownership of the cuts and Republicans should share ownership of the tax increase that mathematics requires. Make peace with AFSCME, they’ll accept the worst contact in their history if it doesn’t decimate their contact rights or their health insurance, the Teamsters pro tech contact shows this is doable, and there’ll be no need to Veto HB580. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one, and all these things are doable.

  13. - Wensicia - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 11:12 am:

    He should have stopped right before he got to “alongside”.

  14. - Norseman - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 11:14 am:

    illini @ 10:50 am +1

    Well said Word and Willy!

  15. - Doc Anonymous - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 11:27 am:

    It is perverse to say that this compromise doesn’t help our economy. Apparently Rauner is so blind to the possibility that public spending can help the economy that he believes we’d be better off with the $600 million left in the education fund, with CSU, EIU, WIU, and SIU laying off hundreds if not closing.

    Rauner also appears uninterested in a stop-gap bill for social services, something that is desperately needed. If Madigan tried to hold out for social service funding by pulling the higher ed bill overnight, then perhaps he had something of a point.

    Rich has already demonstrated that Rauner’s Turnaround Agenda would “free up” only a piddling amount of funding for government through higher growth.

  16. - Another prof - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 11:35 am:

    The amount of money that the UIUC campus is getting is still a significant cut. (Better than nothing, but….) Here’s what the UI president says about what was passed. “The U. of I. may be forced to make additional significant reductions in faculty, staff, academic offerings, student programs, economic development initiatives and public service if it does not receive more than the 27.8 percent of last year’s appropriation that is provided in the stopgap bill,” president Tim Killeen says.

  17. - Ducky LaMoore - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 11:41 am:

    The man is just unbelievably unreasonable. He could have declared a victory. He could have looked darn good. But he continues to dump on the state while pretending he is not the one in charge of it. I have never seen anyone emasculated by their own rhetoric like this ever. Quit crying and start governing.

  18. - Rich Miller - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 11:43 am:

    Ducky, your talking points are about a week old.

  19. - DuPage - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 12:09 pm:

    Better then nothing, but too little, too late.

  20. - Ghost - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 12:10 pm:

    where is the govs floor leaders with the bills on these “meaningful recorms” lead gov dont just talk talk talk

  21. - Ducky LaMoore - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 12:37 pm:

    A week old? I’ve been saying that for at least a year. And will continue to say it until the governor starts governing.

  22. - Foormerly Known As... - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 12:40 pm:

    Cannoli for nearly everyone. The GA stepped up and helped lead, the Governor consistently said he would sign this bill and did so without any last minute games, and the bi-partisan cooperation is refreshing.

    Everyone gets cannoli except the ==mastermind== of the botched 11th-hour power play that risked scuttling the deal and hurt efforts to build trust.

  23. - burbanite - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 12:44 pm:

    While at this point I get how desperate everyone is for funding anything. This is hardly a pat on the back moment. Woefully insufficient to fix the crisis in higher ed, this is a loose band aid that will fall off very soon.

  24. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 12:45 pm:

    - Ducky LaMoore -

    With respect,

    Movement is governing.

    Trust and governing starts with one chance to prove to the other that all are willing to find some common ground.

    This is a critical win… for all of us looking for all groups to find a governing path.

    They are beginning.

  25. - wordslinger - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 12:49 pm:

    –Cannoli for nearly everyone. The GA stepped up and helped lead, the Governor consistently said he would sign this bill and did so without any last minute games, and the bi-partisan cooperation is refreshing.–

    LOL, let’s not break our arms patting the governor on the back for taking baby steps on fixing part of the mess he created to advance his political agenda.

    Lot more work to do clean up that willful FUBAR.

  26. - Ducky LaMoore - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 1:03 pm:

    OW, with respect, movement is not governing. Because the movement came from the GA. Trust is finite, and long gone. To think that the the gov is truly beginning to tackle this mess, is to deny everything that happened before this moment.

  27. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 1:11 pm:

    - Ducky LaMoore -

    ===…movement is not governing.===

    Tell that to CSU… or EIU… or those needing MAP.

    This situation, brought on by Bruce Rauner and Hooted by Ron Sandack… that Reforning Illinois is more important than a budget stalemate… is now getting both sides to talk.

    Nothing is perfect, governing isn’t perfect, but to ignore the GOP GA and Democratic legislators cobbling a stopgap, proving the elimination of poison pills leads to compromise isn’t governing, lots of grouos right now are now hoping for similar “non-governing” moves.

    Are you saying you want your principles and boarded up EIU and CSU buildings?

  28. - Ducky LaMoore - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 1:17 pm:

    ===Are you saying you want your principles and boarded up EIU and CSU buildings?===

    Absolutely not. But let’s not have a ticker tape parade just because a hostage taker released a hostage. The governor still knows when he has to release one. But don’t confuse the governor’s necessity moves with governing.

  29. - Filmmaker Professor - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 1:34 pm:

    Anonymous 11:10am +1

  30. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 1:48 pm:

    ===But don’t confuse the governor’s necessity moves with governing.===

    Signing passed legislation is governing.

    I know I’m not throwing a parade for Rauner, I think you know that I don’t reiterate the Sandack tweet because I think Rauner is a passive hostage-taker. Rauner’s plan was to see how far he could destroy things and get the “un-passable” parts passed by “leverage”.

    However, governing needs to begin.

    This is part and parcel of compromise governing.

    It just is. It’s ugly, but it’s governing.

  31. - Ducky LaMoore - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 2:18 pm:

    By that measure of “signing passed legislation is governing,” then he has been governing all along. He has signed how many bills during his tenure? Criminal justice reform took a front-seat last year. He did sign those bills, did he not?

  32. - pundent - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 2:41 pm:

    =By that measure of “signing passed legislation is governing,” then he has been governing all along.=

    Your comments suggest that the only thing you’re willing to accept is complete capitulation. As long as both sides hold true to that nothing will ever get resolved.

    The events of the last week are positive steps and have been recognized by those that realize that actual governing will require a number of small steps like this.

    You can’t get momentum without seeing movement first.

  33. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 2:45 pm:

    - Ducky LaMoore -


    The budget is arguably the most important document and governing aspect a Governor needs to do.

    We have no budget. Again, do you want EIU or CSU to close?

    I don’t understand why “applauding” this stopgap and being upset about no budget.. can’t both be done?

  34. - A guy - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 3:40 pm:

    Ducky, it’s time to sextuple down I think. Maybe 7. I lost count. /s

  35. - 4 those who love Bruce Rauner - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 3:46 pm:

    Mr. Rauner has caused more harm to the Illinois Republican party than anyone can imagine.

    He’s realized come November, the current Republicans who have Democratic candidates running against them, very may loose their seats come November, in effect a group wide orchidectomy.

    The balance of this man’s political career is going to be living hell.

  36. - Ducky LaMoore - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 3:48 pm:

    pundent, capitulation? I want the man do serve the people of Illinois without malice. We are on different pages because you think the governor is willing to govern and I don’t.
    OW, why is there a need for a stopgap? Shouldn’t the basic function of government be having a budget? Who (hoo hoo) put pre-conditions on doing his job? I am very happy that the hostage taker hasn’t killed all the hostages. But why should I give him credit for continuing a crisis that he created? How does that get the ball rolling on doing his job? This released pressure on the governor to do his job. It in no way is a sign of things to come. Just lancing a boil to preserve the chaos.

  37. - Ducky LaMoore - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 3:49 pm:

    A guy, you’re one to talk. LOL

  38. - Mama - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 3:51 pm:

    Oh please… How does forcing the unions to strike create ‘meaningful reforms that create jobs’?

  39. - Dandy Edward - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 3:52 pm:

    Before we get any budget we need reform of state government and reduce the power of the unions. Look what the Chicago Teachers union (Karen Lewis) is doing. She just rejected a pact that an independent arbitrator ruled in favor of the the school board. This is not meant to squash the unions, but give the governor a little more power to control costs. The state and city are flat broke and a tax increase by itself will not fix it. The state of Illinois needs more help in controlling costs. The unions are part of the solution.

  40. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Apr 25, 16 @ 4:20 pm:

    - Dandy Edward -


    ===Before we get any budget we need reform of state government===

    Ron Sandack, is that you.

    Unless you got 60 and 30, please learn. Nothing happens that can’t get passed and signed.

    Holding a state hostage, as you require, isn’t going to get 60 and 30.


    - Ducky -

    === But why should I give him credit for continuing a crisis that he created? How does that get the ball rolling on doing his job?===

    Gotta start somewhere. You just do. Saving EIU and CSU for the time being IS but a start.

    ===This released pressure on the governor to do his job.===

    It also empowered the GOP GA and Dems in the GA to “find another way”. That’s a good thing.

    ===It in no way is a sign of things to come. Just lancing a boil to preserve the chaos.===

    I hope you’re wrong(?)

    With respect as always.

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