* Editorial: Rauner to Illinois senators: ‘Please don’t give up’: For just a minute, Gov. Bruce Rauner veered off script during his annual State of the State address and tapped the gas pedal on a controversial budget compromise unfolding in the Senate. “We all know this is very, very difficult. There’s a lot of arrows,” he said. “Please don’t give up. Please keep working. Please keep trying. The people of Illinois need you to succeed.”
* Rauner and Democrats clash over State of the State: Against the backdrop of a sharply divided and dysfunctional state government, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered his midterm State of the State address Wednesday saying he and other politicians have a “moral obligation” to fix Illinois.
Wonderin’ if he learned that there is another way rather than M*F*in’ everyone? Or did the latest pollin’ say be nice, talk achievements, cause no one thinks you have done anythin’ but squabble and lose to Madigan?
Say what you will about Rauner, but he knows how to use the press. Based on these headlines you could easily conclude that the constitutional responsibilities for creating a budget belong to the legislature, not the governor. He wants to be bipartisan and he’s doing everything he can to encourage the senate not to give up (and do his job but why quibble). He’s “optimistic” which suggests that he’s trying his hardest and he acknowledges a “moral obligation” which suggests a deep level of empathy. Why he’s even “cheering on the effort”. Of course much of this flies in the face of the reality over the past two years, but it sure sounds good.
Gee I just can’t figure out why nothing ever seems to get better with the media reporting proven facts to ensure that the most truthful, thoughtful person with the best ideas gets elected and is able to work with diverse interests to achieve success in government…. NOT!
I learned (here–not in the local media) of the constitutional requirement for the governor to propose a budget. Any media outlet letting Rauner off this very large hook is definitely part of the problem.