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Rauner gets way ahead of himself on pension reform claim

Friday, Sep 30, 2016

* Jake Lewis, who’s the “campaign director” at the liberal, pro-union Illinois Working Together group, sent me a link yesterday to a page within Gov. Rauner’s campaign site and suggested I take a look at his boast on pension reform


    Forced entrenched politicians to agree to comprehensive pension reform. The proposed pension reforms could save taxpayers billions of dollars for years to come.

Um, OK.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Anonymous - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 10:04 am:

    Wannabe dreamer

  2. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 10:07 am:

    “Forced” - that’s a past tense verb.

    Maybe my Google is broken.

    Isn’t there a contingency thingy at play? I dunno I guess…

  3. - Langhorne - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 10:08 am:

    Facts are such elusive things

  4. - Name Withheld - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 10:11 am:

    Remember - in MadeUpVille, the future is now!

  5. - Anon - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 10:12 am:

    Hopefully after it’s pointed out here it’ll be fixed.

    It’s one thing to have a staffer write with delusions of grandeur and another thing to double down on it when it’s been noticed by others.

  6. - Politix - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 10:13 am:

    The “CARING FOR ILLINOISANS’ MOST VULNERABLE” claim also is questionable (not to mention grammar challenged).

  7. - Lucky Pierre - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 10:15 am:

    What about the statement is incorrect? The leaders agreed that pension reform must be addressed for CPS to get additional funding.

    That is the definition of a Quid Pro Quo.

    The fact that Rauner had to “force entrenched politicians to agree to comprehensive pension reform” is an indictment on them, not him.

    Senator Cullerton won’t even call his own bill and
    said last Spring it made not difference because the matter would be under litigation and not implemented right away.

    I can’t see why delaying the inevitable improves things but maybe he can expalin.

  8. - wordslinger - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 10:22 am:

    Gee, you’d think that such a momentous breakthrough would rate more than a couple of throwaway lines buried on a website.


    –The proposed pension reforms could save taxpayers billions of dollars for years to come.–

    “Could?” Let’s see it. Show your work.

  9. - Cubs in '16 - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 10:26 am:

    “The proposed pension reforms could save taxpayers billions of dollars for years to come.”–if only they were constitutional…

  10. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 10:26 am:

    ===The leaders agreed that pension reform must be addressed for CPS to get additional funding===


    “must be” - future tense?

    “forced” - past tense?


  11. - Honeybear - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 10:27 am:

    Perfidious Rex

  12. - Ducky LaMoore - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 10:28 am:

    It was called “Tier 2,” and the man that actually did it… you said he “failed.”

  13. - AC - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 10:29 am:

    That Rauner, he’s a dreamer

    Imagine there’s no pensions
    It isn’t hard to do
    Nothing to strike or sue for
    And no unions, too

  14. - Honeybear - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 10:32 am:

    Genius AC, love it.

  15. - Cubs in '16 - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 10:36 am:

    ===That Rauner, he’s a dreamer===

    But he’s not the only one…

  16. - Sir Reel - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 10:38 am:

    I must’ve been sleeping when it happened.

  17. - Ducky LaMoore - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 10:38 am:

    A little Friday fung…

  18. - The_Equalizer - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 10:41 am:

    Governor Trump tells the truth! Sad!

  19. - Team Sleep - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 10:43 am:

    Just a thought but perhaps he was referencing the proposed CPS pension reforms discussed at the end of June?! I seem to recall the House and Senate discussing that caveat during debates.

  20. - Peorgie Tirebiter - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 10:55 am:

    Has anybody checked the prisons in Colorado to make sure Blago is still in one?
    Did he escape, color his hair and become our current governor

  21. - wordslinger - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 10:56 am:

    LP, are you doing a bit?

    Please reveal the comprehensive pension reform that has been agreed to.

    What was the vote?

    And show-the-work on the billions of savings.

  22. - Henry Francis - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 10:57 am:

    Look at his two achievements when it comes to “creating jobs”. One is making unemployment benefits tougher to get. The other is creating Intersect, which has yet to do anything that wasn’t already being done by DCEO.

  23. - RNUG - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 11:00 am:

    == The leaders agreed that pension reform must be addressed for CPS to get additional funding. ==

    == Senator Cullerton won’t even call his own bill ==

    The leaders might agree the bill for pensions is huge. They definitely haven’t agreed on actually figuring out how to pay the bill since some of them are still trying to welch on the bill.

    Specifically to the Cullerton “consideration” bill, if it doesn’t offer “keep what you have” with no strings attached, it will be found unconstitutional also.

    Specifically to CPS, about all the “reform” it looks they can legally do is claw back the CPS pickup of the employee contribution. While the CTU will fight it, Rahm could probably accomplish that if they phased in the claw-back coupled with a matching raise (and that was the only raise in the contract). Not what CPS or CTU seems to want, but it would would be somewhere in the middle.

  24. - Anonymous - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 11:01 am:

    Politix @ 10:13

    Depends on who you perceive to be the most vulnerable. In his mind, that would be the threats against the 1%—-those in the 99% looking at their tax burden (or lack of). That makes people like him vulnerable.

  25. - RNUG - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 11:02 am:

    Rauner has created plenty of jobs … in the political media industry.

  26. - sal-says - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 11:05 am:

    Is this another BrainFreeze like tronc’s presidential endorsement? Maybe it’s contagious.

  27. - Jocko - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 11:10 am:

    The heading says “Accomplishments”, but I think it left off “Santa please bring me these…”

  28. - Demoralized - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 11:14 am:

    Pension reform was already done once. It was called Tier 2.

    And I highly doubt that “billions” would be saved with any pension “reform” proposed now because they can’t seem to understand the Supreme Court’s decisions that have said that pensions for current employees cannot be changed.

    So, like others, I’d like to see the calculations of these “billions” in savings because I’m betting the assumptions being made for those “billions” include changes that are unconstitutional.

  29. - pension intact - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 11:16 am:

    Now that the pension issue has been resolved, perhaps he should just declare victory and go home.

  30. - Anon. - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 11:20 am:

    Rauner’s political and messaging teams are incompetent. Mostly second rate hacks from Kirk’s office. This is an example. Either he will figure that out soon and replace them or he’ll go down in flames.

  31. - VanillaMan - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 11:23 am:

    Rauner is like the dog tick who believes he is Lassie.

  32. - Politix - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 11:26 am:

    Anonymous !!:01 - Funny! That very thought crossed my mind as I was posting!

  33. - Earnest - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 11:27 am:

    >Forced entrenched politicians to agree to comprehensive pension reform. The proposed pension reforms could save taxpayers billions of dollars for years to come.

    Is this what passes for an accomplishment these days?

  34. - Trapped in the 'burbs - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 11:37 am:

    I remember when this happened. Rauner was riding a flying unicorn as rainbows filled the sky.

  35. - IllinoisBoi - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 11:46 am:

    Well, since Rauner has tallied up so many amazing accomplishments, he can limit himself to one term. He has no further worlds to conquer.

  36. - @MisterJayEm - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 11:49 am:

    Now, all Rauner’s campaign site needs a post showing Bruce celebrating the Cubs’ victory in the 2016 World Series.

    – MrJM

  37. - Ron - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 12:22 pm:

    Just lay off public workers if they don’t individually accept reduced pensions.

  38. - Nobody Sent - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 12:23 pm:

    He should add “Brought government back to Springfield,” “Ended political hiring,” and “Restored faith in government” to his fantasy list of accomplishments.

  39. - Sense of a Goose - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 12:28 pm:

    Ducky, it is called Tier 2. It passed about 5 years before Rauner took office. You’re crediting Quinn, right?

  40. - Rabid - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 12:42 pm:

    Lacking in comprehensive knowledge if the proposed pension reform could save taxpayers? You don’t know?

  41. - Pelonski - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 1:00 pm:

    His other accomplishments:

    - invented the internet

    - first man on the moon

    - Illinois’ first female governor

    - Illinois’ first Asian governor

    - Illinois’ first black governor

    - Illinois first latino governor

    - leapt the Willis Tower in a single bound

  42. - walker - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 1:14 pm:

    “Proof? It’s all in his balanced 2016 budget, that he proposed last year. Not his fault the corrupt Madigan-controlled legislature and Illinois Supreme Court didn’t pass it.”

    See. Easy to sell to the wanna-believers. /s

  43. - Jocko - Friday, Sep 30, 16 @ 2:02 pm:

    Ron @ 12:22

    Should Bruce call Luca Brasi to “help” public sector employees sign their new contracts?

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