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Rauner reacts positively to Madigan “embracing economic changes”

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017

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Governor Bruce Rauner today released the following statement on Democratic leaders embracing economic changes:

“After two years, both Democratic leaders finally agree that we must have a balanced budget with economic changes to increase our competitiveness to grow jobs. That’s an important positive step. Now let’s come together on a bipartisan basis to ensure all proposals truly take the state in a better direction.”

That’s a very good and measured response. The governor focused exclusively on the fact that Madigan has finally appeared to say he’s willing to do some economic reforms along with a real budget.

Madigan’s stopgap budget proposal the House passed this week is likely going nowhere in the Senate, which has its own grand plan. Madigan could pass his property tax freeze plan again and send that across the building along with a stopgap to try and force Rauner’s hand. But it’s highly doubtful that Senate President Cullerton and Senate GOP Leader Radogno would expose Chicago and other municipalities and school districts to a permanent property tax freeze just to get an inadequate 6-month budget. They have their own plan, and they’re sticking to it. Madigan is boxed for now. It’ll be interesting to see what comes next.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - illinoised - Wednesday, Jan 11, 17 @ 10:24 am:

    Happy to see these statements by Speaker Madigan and Governor Rauner.

  2. - Not Rich - Wednesday, Jan 11, 17 @ 10:26 am:

    baby steps

  3. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Jan 11, 17 @ 10:31 am:

    “boxed in”…LOL

  4. - Deft Wing - Wednesday, Jan 11, 17 @ 10:34 am:

    –”Madigan is boxed for now.”–

    Is this an OW quote because it makes little sense? Madigan can, and will, do whatever he wants without any hesitation.

  5. - Big Joe - Wednesday, Jan 11, 17 @ 10:35 am:

    At this point in time, any statement that doesn’t blame the other party is very refreshing.

  6. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jan 11, 17 @ 10:41 am:

    ”Madigan is boxed for now.”

    Madigan made a statement. Rauner measured a response making Madigan’s statement the marker, boxing Madigan in to his statement.

    Maybe if you can’t understand this and other things also go over your head, that may speak more about you than those making reference to things you admittedly don’t comprehend(?)

  7. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Jan 11, 17 @ 10:42 am:

    ===Madigan can, and will, do whatever he wants without any hesitation. ===

    You’ve posted a lot of clueless comments here, but that takes the cake.

    First of all, he doesn’t do anything “without hesitation.” The dude waited like 9 hours to make a statement about Blagojevich’s arrest, for crying out loud.

    Secondly, he has members he has to deal with, and many of those members are sick to death of this impasse and want a full budget.

  8. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Jan 11, 17 @ 10:46 am:

    =Madigan can, and will, do whatever he wants without any hesitation.=

    Possibly, but this is a far more effective approach than “boss Madigan”. If Rauner can somehow show that he’s been able to reach a palatable agreement with Cullerton it puts far more pressure on Madigan than the non-stop campaign efforts. If the goal is to isolate Madigan and paint him as an obstructionist than the boxed in approach works quite well.

  9. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Jan 11, 17 @ 10:59 am:

    Not even noon, and positive statements from both Rauner and Madigan. What’s not to like?

  10. - Earnest - Wednesday, Jan 11, 17 @ 11:04 am:

    Nice response by Governor Rauner. Pretty good week for him so far…Senate Democrats starting to put their name on specific details, a public offer from AFSCME, and Madigan talking about reforms. I continue to think Rauner’s a genius and hope he chooses to lock in some budgetary and regulatory accomplishments out of all this.

  11. - Rabid - Wednesday, Jan 11, 17 @ 11:15 am:

    Ensure all proposals. I’m all for economic proposals, not so much for rewriting general assembly rules, or election laws that have no value

  12. - Captain Illini - Wednesday, Jan 11, 17 @ 11:21 am:

    Earnest said - ” I continue to think Rauner’s a genius…”

    Well, you are close…I think Rauner is a genus, that being “Sycophantium” and his species is “carhardtium”

    To the Post:

    Yes, Madigan is sort of boxed in, but the ole’ stallion knows where the gate is and knows how to open it!

  13. - Earnest - Wednesday, Jan 11, 17 @ 11:32 am:

    >Well, you are close…I think Rauner is a genus

    I tried to think of a physics joke to reply, but all I’ve got is: nicely done.

  14. - RNUG - Wednesday, Jan 11, 17 @ 11:42 am:

    == Now let’s come together on a bipartisan basis to ensure *ALL PROPOSALS* truly take the state in a better direction.” == (emphasis added)

    He’ll take whatever Madigan will offer but Rauner hasn’t given up on what he wants.

  15. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Jan 11, 17 @ 11:48 am:

    –Yes, Madigan is sort of boxed in, but the ole’ stallion knows where the gate is and knows how to open it!–

    CI, I’d prefer the ole stallion keep it inside the gate and the gate closed. Going to work on getting rid of that mental image.

    Back in the day, the Giants had a tradition when they would take the bus from their hotel to games at Wrigley; they’d stop at the Gen. Sheridan-on-his-mount statue at Belmont and the Drive and tag with orange paint the most prominent feature of the rearing stallion.

    The next day, some poor schmuck from streets and san would have to, um, rub off the vandalism, as passing drivers honked and jeered.

  16. - Finally Out - Wednesday, Jan 11, 17 @ 11:59 am:

    The comment “we must have a balanced budget with economic changes” stumps me. I was expecting “with reforms” so maybe he’s changing the tone? Maybe?

  17. - Six Degrees of Separation - Wednesday, Jan 11, 17 @ 12:28 pm:

    Word 11:48 - the story as immortalized by Royko, the great Chicago journalist.

  18. - Captain Illini - Wednesday, Jan 11, 17 @ 12:57 pm:

    Earnest - many thanks for your props…

    Wordslinger - you’ve taken my alliteration to a place not intended, but I guess the good General’s horse now knows how Lincoln’s nose feels!

    Finally to the Post:
    When we get past today’s pomp and circumstance hopefully we’ll move toward resolution without poison pills or mandatory hokey-pokey inclusions…as it has been said - “git er’ done!”

  19. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Jan 11, 17 @ 1:03 pm:

    Thanks, Six, I thought that’s where I got it.

  20. - facts are stubborn things - Wednesday, Jan 11, 17 @ 2:52 pm:

    When the senate made their move, it forced the hand of MJM and Rauner. MJM has a lot of members who want a deal and to be for something. I think that is what the MJM speech was all about. The devil is always in the details, but Rauner’s response kept this pot full of stuff simmering. MJM held firm and that is why Rauner’s TA items have been way paired back and Rauner has held firm which is why MJM may accept a grand bargain including a few reforms. Still a long way to go, but we may be getting somewhere.

  21. - A guy - Wednesday, Jan 11, 17 @ 3:07 pm:

    The whisper in my mind is saying “Let’s all cross our fingers and shut up”.

    Spark of hope is a pleasant sight. Even just a spark.

  22. - Anony - Wednesday, Jan 11, 17 @ 3:29 pm:

    Perhaps the Senate removed the main stumbling block; that being whether Madigan or Rauner would blink first. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, maybe there’s a path to a deal. Then we can move on to carping about the inequities in the deal!

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