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Rauner briefly meets with protesters

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016

* Demonstrators raised quite a ruckus outside while Gov. Rauner spoke to a South Side church over the weekend. Afterward, Rauner met with a small handful of the protesters

Activist Lamon Reccord, 17, who moments earlier lead anti-Rauner chants and blasted a siren from a megaphone, was part of the group who met privately with Rauner and his wife.

The meeting lasted about 10 minutes. Rauner spoke briefly about the sitdown outside the church.

“What we’ve agreed we’re going to do is every week or so we’re going to meet with members of the community and leaders in the community and talk about the issues,” Rauner said. […]

“I brought to the governor’s attention the pain that this budget impasse is having on the black community,” [activist Eric Russell] said.

“And I told him how it appears he is balancing his budget on the backs of the poor and he basically said ‘I just got here and I’m trying to fix this mess.’ And we took exception to that because there is no level of compassion in regards to him balancing the budget,” Russell said.

* Video

- Posted by Rich Miller        

34 Comments
  1. - Dread Pirate Roberts - Tuesday, Jun 14, 16 @ 12:15 pm:

    ‘I just got here and I’m trying to fix this mess.’

    That argument doesn’t work anymore. You’ve been governin’ long enough. You’re creating you’re own mess.


  2. - Henry Francis - Tuesday, Jun 14, 16 @ 12:17 pm:

    “I didn’t inherit any money, but I’ve worked hard. . . . Got a good education, done well. I’m proud of that. My grandparents were dairy farmers,”

    That schtick never gets old. Did he drive down there in his trash can Van? Wearing his $10 watch? Does he drop his “g”s with this audience?

    And by the way, who is that standing right next to him as he speaks to this audience?


  3. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jun 14, 16 @ 12:17 pm:

    These are my thoughts, and still my thoughts from May 31st, and what the budget really means to Rauner and why those protesting just don’t matter to Bruce Rauner…

    ===- Oswego Willy - Tuesday, May 31, 16 @ 5:37 pm

    ===”…every Democrat in the General Assembly will own that credit downgrade.”===

    Wasn’t it Rauner himself, and his campaign that blamed Quinn for ALL downgrades?

    This fluidity of what Rauner and his Crew think works for them and works against them is very telling.

    It’s a Crew in denial.

    Governors own. “Pat Quinn failed… “. Fine, the Denocrats will own this, then the Sandack Tweet should make Rauner sleep well…

    … oh, that’s right, Durkin and Radogno, moments ago, made clear…

    @RonSandack: I’m frustrated 2, but taking steps towards reforming IL more important than short term budget stalemate. - Ron Sandack, 9/28/15

    This is baloney now…

    A short term budget is more important then long term reforms.

    Period.

    Hysterical.===

    It’s not that a budget is needed, not needed, people hurt, don’t hurt, or even if the state is “ok”

    Protesters need to realize… their well-being is the bug.

    The feature is manipulating any situation to get to an acceptable Rauner end game.

    The fact Democratic messaging can’t make the case this way is on them, not Rauner.

    Icing on the cake?

    “Hang in there, protesters!” - Fake Todd Maisch.

    That… that is the ball game. Sadly.


  4. - LibertyvilleNick - Tuesday, Jun 14, 16 @ 12:18 pm:

    Force the Legislature to override your veto. This will show the state the true face of this mess.


  5. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jun 14, 16 @ 12:19 pm:

    –he basically said ‘I just got here and I’m trying to fix this mess.’–

    No, you got here in January 2015. It’s now mid June, 2016.

    Cleaning up the deliberate mess of FY 2016 and not creating another deliberate mess for FY 2017 would be swell.


  6. - Wensicia - Tuesday, Jun 14, 16 @ 12:19 pm:

    ==I just got here and I’m trying to fix this mess.==

    I’ll bet he’ll be repeating this all the way ’til the 2018 elections. He still won’t own the damage he’s done to this state since he took office.


  7. - Keyrock - Tuesday, Jun 14, 16 @ 12:21 pm:

    Dr. Rauner was at her husband’s side, trying to increase his credibility in the community. She continues to make herself a public figure, and continues to support the Governor in his public role.

    Any reasoned criticism she receives for that is entirely fair.


  8. - @MisterJayEm - Tuesday, Jun 14, 16 @ 12:23 pm:

    Why didn’t the First Lady just reassure the protesters that she’s a Democrat and that Bruce doesn’t have a social agenda?

    – MrJM


  9. - Formerly Known As... - Tuesday, Jun 14, 16 @ 12:27 pm:

    ==Lamon Reccord==

    Also known as =staring guy= during coverage of the BLM protests in Chicago. He was quoted often during the protests on Thanksgiving and last summer.


  10. - pundent - Tuesday, Jun 14, 16 @ 12:34 pm:

    I’m sure the governor was mistaken or possibly misquoted. You can’t purposely create a crisis under the guise that “crisis creates leverage” and then be a victim of that same crisis.


  11. - Honeybear - Tuesday, Jun 14, 16 @ 12:38 pm:

    Oh, and there’s Mrs. Rauner, not being a civilian. Vouching by presence.


  12. - Huh? - Tuesday, Jun 14, 16 @ 12:44 pm:

    “What we’ve agreed we’re going to do is every week or so we’re going to meet with members of the community and leaders in the community and talk about the issues,”

    2 questions:
    1. When is he going to find the time to meet with these people when his calender is full with his non-stop blame campaign?
    2. Why isn’t he in Springfield meeting with the legislative leaders on a weekly basis?

    I guess now that school is out for the summer, 1.4% needs a new batch of captives to blather at.


  13. - blue dog dem - Tuesday, Jun 14, 16 @ 1:10 pm:

    Old Blue has now seen it all. First a 17 yr old activist. Second, protesting outside a church. And you wonder were Rauner gets his credibility.


  14. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jun 14, 16 @ 1:17 pm:

    All I’m going to say about the video is this…

    Bruce Rauner is a Dartmouth and Harvard graduate.

    I can’t think of a single technical reason Bruce Rauner can’t stand alone at a podium to speak.


  15. - blue dog dem - Tuesday, Jun 14, 16 @ 1:22 pm:

    OW, I know you have heard him speak.kinda makes ya question what an Ivy league education is worth.


  16. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jun 14, 16 @ 1:36 pm:

    - blue dog dem -

    This explains my thoughts…

    “As you know, l’m quite keen on comic books. Especially the ones about superheroes. I find the whole mythology surrounding superheroes fascinating. Take my favorite superhero, Bruce Rauner, common man. Not a great comic book. Not particularly well-drawn. But the mythology… The mythology is not only great, it’s unique.

    Now, a staple of the superhero mythology is, there’s the superhero and there’s the alter ego. Batman is actually Bruce Wayne, Spider-Man is actually Peter Parker. When that character wakes up in the morning, he’s Peter Parker. He has to put on a costume to become Spider-Man. And it is in that characteristic Bruce Rauner, common man, stands alone.

    Bruce Rauner, Ivy Leaguer didn’t become Bruce Rauner, Ivy Leaguer. Ivy Leaguer was always in that circle. When the Ivy Leaguer wakes up in the morning, he’s the Ivy Leaguer. His alter ego is Bruce Rauner, common man. His outfit with the Carhartt Coat that’s the phony security blanket he wraps himself in when the Rauner Crew introduced him. Those are his phony clothes, the flannel shirts the vests, costumes.

    What Bruce Rauner, common man, wears - the Carhartt, the vest - that’s the costume. That’s the costume Ivy Leaguer wears to blend in with us. Bruce Rauner, common man is how the Ivy Leaguer views us. And what are the characteristics of Bruce Rauner, common man. He’s weak on using his ‘Gs’… he’s quick to make himself a simpleton… he’s a a rube.

    Bruce Rauner, common man is Ivy Leaguer’s critique on the people of Illinois.”

    That’s my take, - blue dog dem -


  17. - Ahoy! - Tuesday, Jun 14, 16 @ 1:42 pm:

    –“And I told him how it appears he is balancing his budget on the backs of the poor and he basically said ‘I just got here and I’m trying to fix this mess.’ And we took exception to that because there is no level of compassion in regards to him balancing the budget,” Russell said.–

    There is no budget to balance.


  18. - Honeybear - Tuesday, Jun 14, 16 @ 1:53 pm:

    Look there, in the van! It’s COMMON MAN!!!!!


  19. - Georg Sande - Tuesday, Jun 14, 16 @ 2:03 pm:

    The Gov. handled that well.

    You don’t see sympathetic protesters seeking to drown out a church service. Only rude & unsympathetic ones.


  20. - blue dog dem - Tuesday, Jun 14, 16 @ 2:17 pm:

    OW, that was quite a comparison. I have too have an obsession. A sweettooth. Rumor has it from the governors kitchen staff that the RAUN Man has a pantry full of Oreos. That should tell the whole story.


  21. - blue dog dem - Tuesday, Jun 14, 16 @ 2:18 pm:

    …I too, have…


  22. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jun 14, 16 @ 2:20 pm:

    - blue dog dem -

    It’s an Easter Egg. I’m borrowing. I’m borrowing but I find it a fun borrow.


  23. - AC - Tuesday, Jun 14, 16 @ 2:21 pm:

    ==You don’t see sympathetic protesters seeking to drown out a church service. Only rude & unsympathetic ones.==

    They were sympathetic, just not sympathetic to the Governor’s message.

    “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:40


  24. - Mama - Tuesday, Jun 14, 16 @ 2:29 pm:

    ==What we’ve agreed we’re going to do is every week or so we’re going to meet with members of the community and leaders in the community and talk about the issues,” Rauner said. […]==

    When did Rauner start talking about issues?


  25. - @MisterJayEm - Tuesday, Jun 14, 16 @ 2:50 pm:

    OW,

    “With great irresponsibility comes great power.”

    – MrJM


  26. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jun 14, 16 @ 3:11 pm:

    (A shared knowing nod to - @MisterJayEm -)


  27. - Kasich Walker, Jr. - Tuesday, Jun 14, 16 @ 3:23 pm:

    Rauner said he made his money in the investment community.

    Believe him.

    The state bondholder won’t get whacked. They’ll get higher rates and discounts.


  28. - Southern Illinois Hoopdee - Tuesday, Jun 14, 16 @ 3:48 pm:

    Oswego Willy:

    I had to fight back hysterical laughter after reading that. Job well done.


  29. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jun 14, 16 @ 4:04 pm:

    - Southern Illinois Hoopdee -

    Easter Eggs. Thanks.


  30. - Delbert Grady - Tuesday, Jun 14, 16 @ 4:18 pm:

    @OW:

    THAT is a fantastic analogy. Nice work!


  31. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jun 14, 16 @ 4:21 pm:

    - Delbert Grady -,

    Thanks, but it’s “Bill’s”


  32. - justacitizen - Tuesday, Jun 14, 16 @ 8:44 pm:

    ===I can’t think of a single technical reason Bruce Rauner can’t stand alone at a podium to speak.===

    I can. This is church service. Standing with your spouse whether she speaks or not is appropriate.


  33. - Winnin' - Wednesday, Jun 15, 16 @ 1:01 am:

    “Do you see the light?”


  34. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jun 15, 16 @ 5:29 am:

    - justacitizen -

    That makes no sense. If anything it’s a choice, not a reason, and again, that’s not a technical reason, just an excuse.


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