“If I have one major disappointment in the last 18 months, it’s with the mayor. And that’s not — people say oh, it’s personal and you guys hate each other. We’re friends. We’re always going to be friends. You can separate friendship from what’s good public policy,” Rauner said. “The mayor has stayed behind the speaker and supported the speaker’s position when the mayor should be fighting.”
The governor then listed elements of his much-disputed legislative agenda, including pro-employer changes to the state’s worker compensation system, scaling back collective bargaining rights in local government contract negotiations and a state worker pension proposal.
“(Emanuel) is not fighting, advocating for it with the working groups. It’s my single major disappointment. And it’s not personal, and it’s not personal attacks. It’s just where we are. We’ve got to stand up.”
“Last week, I said his rhetoric of division and divisiveness, of targeting one community against another or one group of people against another, was Trump-like,” Emanuel said. “Now it sounds like he’s auditioning to be Donald Trump’s running mate. And I would just say to him that this is not about right-wing ideology, it’s about results.”
Ald. Pat O’Connor (40th), the mayor’s City Council floor leader, was loaded for bear when told that Rauner had characterized Emanuel as his “biggest disappointment.”
“His calculator is a little busted . . . If you haven’t had a budget in two years, that would be my biggest disappointment if my sole job as governor was to pass a budget and have the state of Illinois run appropriately,” O’Connor said.
“If the idea is it’s the mayor of Chicago [who is Rauner’s biggest disappointment], I’m not quite sure he understands his role in government.” […]
“Right now, the concern that he has is that, if he does compromise, he’s lost. That’s not how life works. If you compromise at your house, I don’t think you’ve lost. You and your spouse have worked something out. If it’s win at all costs, that’s not what government is all about. It might be what business can be about. It’s definitely not what government’s about,” the alderman said.
…Adding… Ald. Howard Brookins…
Words matter, and the offensive way that Governor Rauner speaks about Chicago families is just getting uglier and uglier.
First, he accused Chicago families of not contributing taxes and not being hardworking. Today, he’s taking his racist rhetoric even further – saying that Chicago’s schools are ‘crumbling prisons.’
Unlike our Governor, I visit Chicago schools all the time, and I can tell you that our students are hardworking, that they’re making tremendous academic gains and without the progress Chicago students are making, the state’s schools would be on the decline. If the Governor wanted to respect our students, teachers, and principals, he would start funding all our schools equitably instead of punishing poor students throughout the state of Illinois.
It’s time for Governor Rauner to apologize for his inflammatory rhetoric that insults our children and degrades their achievements.
*** UPDATE *** CPS CEO Forrest Claypool and Chief Education Officer Janice K. Jackson…
“Frankly, the Governor’s comments comparing Chicago schools to ‘crumbling prisons’ are disrespectful and beneath his office. In Chicago, our students’ remarkable achievements – in their graduation rate, in their ACT scores, in their college enrollment, in elementary reading and math – have come because of their hard work, and they deserve our support. Instead, their own governor is bad-mouthing them, de-funding them and demeaning everything that they have accomplished.
“We call on the Governor to apologize for his hurtful, divisive and inflammatory rhetoric – and just as importantly, to stop being an obstacle to badly needed education funding reform.”
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