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*** UPDATED x1 - Governor vows “all legal options” in e-mail to employees *** Rauner: “Let’s not block our progress by creating a crisis”

Friday, Jan 27, 2017

* While speaking at an event, Gov. Rauner gave a statement to reporters today about AG Madigan’s motion to stop paying state workers without a valid appropriation…

I am deeply disappointed, very upset about this court filing that Attorney General Madigan has made in St. Clair County seeking to block state employee pay.

I hope this is not a direct attempt to cause a crisis, to force a shutdown of the government to force another stopgap spending plan, short-term, unbalanced, incomplete, as a step to force a tax hike without any changes to our broken system.

I hope that’s not what this is. I hope the attorney general will reconsider. This is gonna hurt workin’ families, the good hard-workin’ employees of Illinois, who deserve to be paid, deserve to stay workin’.

The people of our state need our state employees to continue workin’. I hope the attorney general will reconsider this move.

And let’s not block the great work that the Senate is doing to come up with a compromise and a truly balanced budget, which is what we need, along with changes to the system so we can grow the economy and create more jobs.

Please do not take steps to disrupt the Senate’s work. And please respect the fact that we are making progress.

I want to thank, again, the House that did pass the property tax freeze and has said that we need economic reforms to grow jobs.

Let’s not block our progress by creating a crisis.

Um, OK, but this crisis started when he vetoed the budget in 2015.

* Raw audio…

*** UPDATE ***  The governor just sent an e-mail to all state workers…

Dear Employees:

By now you’ve heard the shocking news that Attorney General Lisa Madigan went into court late yesterday to petition a judge to halt state employee pay.

It’s disappointing to see any move to stop employee pay and disrupt government services, especially now as the Senate is on the verge of a bipartisan agreement to enact a balanced budget with changes to create jobs and lower property taxes. The Attorney General’s court filing seeks to directly harm thousands of employee families and even more who rely on your hard work every day.

Our Administration will use all available legal options to continue employee pay and avoid any disruption to government services. I am hopeful Comptroller Mendoza will stand with state employees - just as Comptroller Munger did previously - and support our legal arguments to continue employee pay.

No matter what, we will work tirelessly on your behalf to stop this attempt to undermine good-faith bipartisan negotiations in the Senate - ensuring employee pay continues, government services remain intact and the General Assembly enacts a bipartisan balanced budget with changes to our broken system.

Sincerely,

Governor Bruce Rauner​

- Posted by Rich Miller        

87 Comments
  1. - Arsenal - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:21 am:

    Ahhhhh ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Wish someone had said this to him in ‘15.


  2. - Nieva - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:24 am:

    Five Gs dropped in a couple of sentences. That could be a record or maybe a new Verizon Network!


  3. - Bobby Catalpa - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:25 am:

    I get the sense that Rauner truly — truly — doesn’t think he has anything to do with this ongoing crisis.

    I mean, my assumption was that he knew what he was doing by … ahem, creating a crisis several years ago. I assumed that was the inner-circle strategy.

    But now — especially after reading this — I’m thinking that Rauner must live in a bubble. That he’s truly not aware of the damage he’s done. That he truly, truly thinks he’s the simple innocent in all this.


  4. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:26 am:

    ===Please do not take steps to disrupt the Senate’s work. And please respect the fact that we are making progress===

    Translation; The AG has a case, and I lose my own leverage.

    ===Let’s not block our progress by creating a crisis===

    Crisis creates leverage, Governor Rauner. You told me so. You made your entire term about… Crisis creating leverage.

    Governor, you took in Ken Dunkin so… Crisis could create leverage.

    You had the GA Raunerites veto “Red” everything, and yet you signed K-12 finding. Why? Too much crisis.

    Governor, you are not a passenger. The mere fact you, as THE Executive, are allowing the Legislative to dictate to YOU the budget of your own government agencies… that is a crisis of gross negligence.

    ===Let’s not block our progress by creating a crisis===

    Crisis creates leverage, Governor Rauner.

    You told me so.


  5. - Anonymous - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:26 am:

    The way the Gov continues to talk out of both sides of his mouth is unbelievable


  6. - Anon - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:27 am:

    General Madigan is just following the law.

    Bruce Rauner doesn’t believe in laws.


  7. - Bobby Catalpa - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:27 am:

    And this just made the Huffington Post:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/illinois-budget-impasse-state-workers-pay_us_588b24fde4b0cef5cf8747fd?


  8. - PJ - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:27 am:

    He was happy to side with her against the human services. She’s using the exact same argument, but now he’s against it because … well, his leverage.

    What an enormous hypocrite.


  9. - No Longer A Lurker - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:28 am:

    Bruce if you take a look into a mirror you will see the person responsible for the current crisis in this state.


  10. - Deft Wing - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:30 am:

    The crisis started long before Rauner came to town. That said, he has played a direct and prominent role in exacerbating the crisis … as has Madigan.

    They both want a government shut-down, Rauner from his first day & Madigan since it became clear that Rauner wanted Madigan run out of office.

    Soon they both might just get that shut-down. And then the war is really on.


  11. - Big Muddy - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:30 am:

    =Um, OK, but this crisis started when he vetoed the budget in 2015.=

    Um, NO. This crisis started years ago when balancing expenses with revenue was thrown out the window.


  12. - Honeybear - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:31 am:

    Rauner wants to see us paid only to take it away from Afscme’s himself by forcing us out on strike.

    This is Perfidy


  13. - Huh? - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:31 am:

    “Let’s not block our progress of dismantling the State by creating a crisis that would force me to sign a budget to fund the State government.”


  14. - Ractin - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:31 am:

    So, this has to go through court again, and maybe, reheard as a continuing appropriations, like last year?


  15. - RNUG - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:32 am:

    Man, can this guy spin things …


  16. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:32 am:

    ===Um, NO. This crisis started years ago..,===

    Nope.

    The litigation the AG is putting forth is the lack of a budget… today.

    Please, do keep up, won’t you?


  17. - Ducky LaMoore - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:34 am:

    ===Um, NO. This crisis started years ago when balancing expenses with revenue was thrown out the window.===

    So then, what steps has the governor taken to fix this? I do believe the “collectivist” Crain’s Chicago “Bidness” said that Illinois was worse off in almost every way since Rauner took office.


  18. - Lucky Pierre - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:34 am:

    The crisis started long before the Governor’s inauguration.

    The Madigans do not look to be interested in playing any role in stopping this crisis and this escalation right after real progress in negotiations is disgraceful.


  19. - WSJ Paywall - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:34 am:

    I feel bad for any state worker who seriously believes Rauner and/or his administration cares for their well-being in any way.


  20. - MSIX - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:35 am:

    =…good hard-workin’ employees of Illinois…=

    Except for those AFSCAM-Y bums, right Gov?


  21. - Nick Name - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:35 am:

    “This is gonna hurt workin’ families, the good hard-workin’ employees of Illinois, who deserve to be paid, deserve to stay workin’.

    Full on dropped g mode.


  22. - Arsenal - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:36 am:

    ==Um, NO. This crisis started years ago when balancing expenses with revenue was thrown out the window.==

    No. We had budget problems when Rauner took office. Big ones. But no one was saying “You can’t solve them until I get to whack at my political rivals.” That’s new. That’s on Rauner. That’s why we haven’t had a budget for 2 years.


  23. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:37 am:

    ===The crisis started long before the Governor’s inauguration.===

    And yet, the litigation pertains to the budget not passed… today.

    “Governor Rauner does not look to be interested in playing any role in stopping this crisis and this play by the AG, right after real progress in negotiations is being fought is real leverage to force a budget to finally see an end. Rauner should feel ashamed it came to this.”

    Better.


  24. - A Jack - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:37 am:

    Bruce, the Senate is offering you a small carrot. The AG is offering you a giant stick if you don’t take the carrot. It is a necessary tactic given your previous record.


  25. - Arsenal - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:37 am:

    ==I feel bad for any state worker who seriously believes Rauner and/or his administration cares for their well-being in any way.==

    My anecdotal assessment is that vanishingly few of them do. They may not think either Madigan is looking out for them, either, but they sure don’t think they have a friend in the Governor’s office.


  26. - zatoichi - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:38 am:

    ‘Let’s not block OUR progress by creating a crisis.’

    Exactly what part of ‘our’ progress has Rauner been directly involved with?


  27. - Ducky LaMoore - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:38 am:

    ===The crisis started long before the Governor’s inauguration.===

    You are right if long before his inauguration is a month before his inauguration when he asked the legislature not to keep the tax rate at 5%. They passed a budget that was $4b out of whack. Instead of working with the legislature to balance either through cuts or tax hikes, he vetoed it and said he would not fund his own government until his downturn agenda is passed.


  28. - Henry Francis - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:39 am:

    When will he start rolling out the “corrupt” judges excuse?

    Governor dropped G, the only honest, genuine person in Springfield.


  29. - Conn Smythe - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:40 am:

    I honestly don’t get the 2nd Floor messaging strategy here. You’ve spent the last sixty days telling anyone who’d listen you’re ready for a budget, quietly hugged the Senate deal as something to build on, but a lawsuit that would force some action could cause the whole thing to come crashing down? Hopefully some savvy media coverage unravels this a little.


  30. - RNUG - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:45 am:

    == I honestly don’t get the 2nd Floor messaging strategy here. ==

    Rauner wants a crisis, but only on HIS terms and timing.


  31. - Lucky Pierre - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:45 am:

    OW what has the Governor said to indicate he does not want a budget passed? He has offered to support tax increases as long as reforms are passed.

    The Speaker and Senate President have been clear they want a budget passed. Only the Speaker is pushing for another “successful” stop gap. He does not want any reforms and only now is seriously examining the proposals.

    He is forcing another crisis with the threat of no authority to pay state workers as another pressure point


  32. - JT's bag man - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:48 am:

    I am surprised my director of propaganda The Most Supreme and Dignified John Teranova hasn’t had a harassment piece sent out yet


  33. - HFS BIA Sucks - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:50 am:

    Rauner today: “How dare they try to stop state employees pay!”

    Rauner next week: “How dare state employees demand fair pay!”


  34. - AlfondoGonz - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:50 am:

    The pass a budget, boys and girls. Simple.


  35. - c'mon, man - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:52 am:

    In his panic response, the Governor has repeatedly touted the senate deal as “on the verge”. Will someone please ask him directly whether or not he supports it? He’s using words like “our” when referring to the progress, but claims to have nothing to do with it.


  36. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:52 am:

    ===OW what has the Governor said to indicate he does not want a budget passed?===

    To the effect…

    “I will support a tax increase only…”

    A revenue increase is required, not optional, required, for any budget to work.

    The preconditions, like term limits, prevailing wage and collective bargaining eliminations are required for Rauner to sign on. Turnaround Agenda silliness has made it clear…

    No TA, no budget.

    ===OW what has the Governor said to indicate he does not want a budget passed===

    I have now stated how and what. Read. Don’t wait 30 minutes from now and write “what has…”

    It’s here.

    ===He is forcing another crisis with the threat of no authority to pay state workers as another pressure point===

    Is this legal maneuver without merit?

    You should, and the governor too, should be cheering. This will force a budget.

    Not the way Rauner wants a budget, but I digress, lol


  37. - El Conquistador - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:53 am:

    What a piece of work. This guy is so two faced. Apparently he doesn’t like being cornered. Do your job.


  38. - A Jack - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:54 am:

    You know, Bruce, if you were to restart negotiations with AFSCME, maybe you could convince employees to work past February 28th, if it comes down to that. Someone who truly cares about the people of Illinois would certainly look at that option.


  39. - Anon221 - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:54 am:

    Reminds me of this scene-

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdEgijZeht8


  40. - Sue - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:54 am:

    Example why Illinois and for that matter the Country is so messed up. Politics drives policy and not the reverse. We know who decided this one and it’s not Minnie Mouse


  41. - Archiesmom - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:55 am:

    Couldn’t just issue something that says that we are all going to try and get a deal done by the end of February. No, he has to continue the blame game. I am so darn sick and tired of this both at the state and national level. I wish people would put the same energy into doing their jobs that they do trying to get elected to them.


  42. - Henry Francis - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:55 am:

    “Our Administration will use all available legal options to continue employee pay and avoid any disruption to government services.”

    Because we sure as heck won’t use our options as chief executive of the State, like, I don’t know, propose a budget that provides for them to be paid. How’s that for a “common sense” proposal?


  43. - Anonymous - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:57 am:

    Does “all legal options” include enacting a budget?


  44. - Sense of a Goose - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:57 am:

    Seems to me this puts just as much, if not more, pressure on the House. The Senate is halfway there, having spent its time getting input and negotiating what’s doable. The House is far behind in that regard. The Governor isn’t even in the game except through Radogno. I don’t see this as helping the Speaker. Lisa Madigan has done the right thing to pressure everyone.


  45. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 10:57 am:

    To the Rauner email,

    If you’re a state employee, union or not, and you actually believe, honestly believe, Rauner is workin’ for you or cares about you, or is driven by making you whole…

    That’s just too sad for words.

    “Af-Scammy”?, for example…

    If you think it’s only union state employees, that might be even more saddening.


  46. - Moe Berg - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 11:00 am:

    Gov has always had two ways to “win.” Gets everything he wants via the Orwellian-named “Turnaround Agenda” or slowly strangles state government and loads it up with so much debt it has to savagely cut and close institutions.

    Decrying that this will disrupt the Senate efforts, which are genuine and to be applauded, is just crocodile tears from the governor and his spokespersons. They’ve been doing everything they can behind the scenes to sabotage it. He doesn’t want a budget except 100% on his terms.


  47. - Mason born - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 11:00 am:

    Now seems like a very bad time for the Gov to blast a short term or temporary budget solution. Might need that in 4 weeks or so.

    Also maybe bringing up “Good Faith Negotiations” is also a bit foolish.


  48. - A Jack - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 11:01 am:

    He will work tirelessly on our behalf except when it comes to negotiating a fair contract.


  49. - Pelonski - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 11:01 am:

    Lucky,

    If the governor was really committed to a balanced budget he would have actually submitted one for consideration by the General Assembly.


  50. - Nick Name - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 11:07 am:

    Gov. Gaslight, tellin’ state workers how much he loves them, how much he really, really loves them.


  51. - Annonin' - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 11:12 am:

    BigBrain is P* he does get to screw the workers. …now he need to do a contract before the grand shabam


  52. - Whatever - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 11:12 am:

    ==I am deeply disappointed, very upset about this court filing that Attorney General Madigan has made in St. Clair County seeking to block state employee pay.==

    I truly believe that. If the state workers all stay home, the citizens are going to learn how much they will miss them without the governor being able to blame it on AFSCME going on strike. The fact that this will mean employees not part of the Governor’s AFSCME employees will also be gone makes it even worse. SOS people won’t be there so you can renew your license or plates and Comptroller people won’t be cutting checks.


  53. - Ready or Not - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 11:13 am:

    AFSCME has responded on their website regarding AG’s move.


  54. - PublicServant - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 11:13 am:

    As long as it was only the “hard workin’” private sector social service providers, their clients, and the “hard workin’” Map Grant college students who weren’t receiving any money, then the Gov’nor was fine with it. But now that he doesn’t get to pick his select group of hostages, NOW, he’s outraged that people won’t get paid. Now that he can’t string out the lack of a budget for as long as he wants, NOW, he outraged. Give me a break.

    Thanks Lisa for not allowing the most vulnerable among us to continue to suffer and die from Rauner’s TA fallout. Now, the pain comes home to everyone if Rauner doesn’t stop fiddling while Illinois burns.


  55. - Anonymous - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 11:13 am:

    Suddenly there is progress?

    Lisa Madigan is state employee’s best friend. If there is no budget and payroll ceases, state employees don’t have to show up for work.

    Additionally they would be eligible for unemployment.

    As to Rauner’s use of volunteers, sure I can see dozens of volunteers coming to the work in the state prisons, and a couple of pedophiles doing child abuse, and a couple of meth addicts handing out meds with a two for me… none for you philosophy.

    I bet as soon as Rauner has to clean the executive toilet, he call cut a deal.


  56. - Anonymous - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 11:15 am:

    == Let’s not block our progress by creating a crisis. ==

    !!!!! And this is EXACTLY what raunner has done since his coronation. Block all IL progress by creating crisis after crisis. Hoe pool w does he say this stuff without doing a LOL?

    “Our Administration will use all available legal options….”

    Well, howz about ‘Our Administration will use all available legal options to continue…’ to get me to fulfill my legal mandates in the IL Constitution, State laws and my Oath of Office.


  57. - Former hillrod - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 11:15 am:

    The gov is having a hissy fit because the AG took the union smashin’ crowbar out of his hands.


  58. - A guy - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 11:16 am:

    It’s all predictable reactionary noise right now.

    The reality of this will settle in at some point and it’s effect on people.

    The best that could come out of this would be an agreement on a budget. It’s high stakes now, but all those being affected are not equally equipped to deal with the repercussions of this.

    This mess is terrible.


  59. - Anonymous - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 11:18 am:

    And, AP’s headline multiply reported: Raunner-’Don’t blame me’ !!!!!

    How does he get away with this stuff? Picking up the ‘alternative facts’ bit now? Or just comfortable lying?


  60. - A Jack - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 11:19 am:

    George Washington paid his troops out of his own pocket when money was delayed. Do you love Illinois that much Bruce? Didn’t think so.


  61. - JS Mill - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 11:19 am:

    =OW what has the Governor said to indicate he does not want a budget passed?=

    It is not so much about what he says most of the time. It is about what he does or is doing.

    If someone that didn’t know the full story read his statement they might see him as compassionate. But what he has done (or really not done in some cases) belies his words.

    What he is saying s nonsense.

    With respect.


  62. - Michelle Flaherty - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 11:19 am:

    Would “all legal options” include putting pen to paper and signing a budget?

    Let’s not forget why we are where we are.


  63. - Telly - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 11:20 am:

    Bruce Rauner in 2015:

    “Crisis creates opportunity. Crisis creates leverage to change … and we’ve got to use that leverage of the crisis to force structural change.”

    Bruce Rauner in 2017:

    “Let’s not block our progress by creating a crisis.”


  64. - Jocko - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 11:28 am:

    ==Let’s not block OUR progress==

    Do you mean the senators you’ve bought and paid for?…or the IPI/ILGOP/Tronc propaganda machinery you’re ready to activate in a moment’s notice?


  65. - fed up - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 11:48 am:

    Check or check mate?


  66. - Norseman - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 11:52 am:

    All AFSCME workers are feeling the love from Rauner.


  67. - Anonymous - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 12:08 pm:

    Bruce, if you’ve been “working tirelessly” on our behalf, then PLEASE STOP!


  68. - One to the Dome - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 12:11 pm:

    Crises creates opportunity.. then term Limits to the rescue! Time for the Superstars to step up.


  69. - wordslinger - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 12:16 pm:

    LP, you and your boss appear to have a problem with the courts being asked to weigh in on a simple and basic Constitutional question.

    You Frat Boys enjoy your fun and all, but there is a fundamental question here that needs to be settled that goes beyond your personal love of hijinks. You’ve had plenty of time for that now.


  70. - Anonymous - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 12:22 pm:

    “Shocking.” What a pearl clutcher. And as for his crack legal team, just remember it’s led by a Russian (another Trump similarity) who worships Clarence Thomas.


  71. - Johnny Tractor - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 12:25 pm:

    When I skimmed the lede, I honestly thought the Governor’s quote was: “Let’s not block our progress to creating a crisis.” Neck still hurts from the double-take …


  72. - Grandson of Man - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 12:32 pm:

    What, can’t the governor be shocked at the crisis he deliberately welcomes and lets happen?

    This one’s on him. He wouldn’t drop those collective bargaining and prevailing wage demands.

    The other night the IPI was on “Chicago Tonight.” Laurence Msall and Ralph Martire, who were also on the panel, seem to me to want the Senate bipartisan budget deal and want to be optimistic it passes. Not the IPI. It doesn’t want the deal and wants the state to crumble completely unless it gets its way.


  73. - Ratso Rizzo - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 12:38 pm:

    This is how this will all work out: The Senate will have their plan. The House will come up with their own seperate and different plan. Both houses will come together in a water down compromise incorporating elements of both budgets, and this will not please Rauner because some of his TA items will disappear or be minimized. He will have to accept this version or be responsible for the eminent State shutdown on Feb 28th. That’s how this power play works out.


  74. - CCP Hostage - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 12:41 pm:

    It is telling that he doesn’t even consider a full, balanced budget, just a short term stopgap measure. He wants us to remain hostage. Please, please, for the love of all that is decent, let’s use this opportunity for a real budget that includes higher ed and human services.


  75. - Ratso Rizzo - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 12:44 pm:

    …Or it’s possible this will provide the impetus for more stopgap budgets. I think that at this point in the game Madigan believes any passed full budget will be considered a victory for Rauner. Lisa’s move could be seen as a gesture of bravery and independence before the 2018 Governor election…?


  76. - Stones - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 1:01 pm:

    Any employee that believes this Governor has his / her best interests in mind here is …… well I can’t say it here.


  77. - 61571 - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 1:13 pm:

    Laughing hysterically at the hypocritical gov.


  78. - wondering - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 1:36 pm:

    All legal options? Who has standing other than the A.G.? Rauner’s statement comes under the heading of “I will huff, and I will puff, and I will blowwww your house down”, my usual m.o……worked in business.


  79. - wondering - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 1:37 pm:

    cya in court, Brucey!


  80. - Pundent - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 1:45 pm:

    I think there’s a bit of a word jumble here. I believe the quote should be “lets not block our crisis by creating progress”.


  81. - cdog - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 2:10 pm:

    Lisa Madigan is doing us all a favor by calling Rauner’s hand. He would just continue to bluff as long as he could get away with it. He’s been doing this for 24 mos now.

    I find his weird accent, his weird way of dressing down, his weird ooda-loopy governance, to be extremely unacceptable and disturbing.

    This guy is toast in 2018. Burnt toast.


  82. - RNUG - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 2:19 pm:

    == Any employee that believes this Governor has his / her best interests in mind here is …… well I can’t say it here. ==

    Probably the same term my father-in-law used to describe his crazy sister …


  83. - Harvest76 - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 3:04 pm:

    Gaslighter in chief.


  84. - Scott - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 3:26 pm:

    In the past it was Munger who used her legal staff to fight if AG Madigan; I doubt Mendoza will do the Governor’s bidding. He is toast and should start realizing he needs to have a budget.


  85. - Anonymous - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 3:31 pm:

    ==I feel bad for any state worker who seriously believes Rauner and/or his administration cares for their well-being in any way.==

    But JT cares about us! He says so in his emails /snark


  86. - QCLib - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 3:39 pm:

    Is he trying to be ironic here? Creating a crisis lol.


  87. - Chucktownian - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 4:31 pm:

    You have a month, Rauner. They’ve sent you several budgets and you’ve vetoed most of them instead of using your line item veto. You’re the problem. Get it done now. It’s on you.


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* McCann to run for governor as Conservative Party candidate
* Duckworth, daughter make Senate history
* Report: Raoul hired ex-state worker convicted in fraud case
* Central Illinois couple suing DCFS over handgun ban at home day cares
* Meet the Springfield Fire Department's first female division chief

* Chicago's largest privately held companies
* Yes, we need the United Way
* Techie Neal Sales-Griffin takes aim at Emanuel
* Corrections
* The 0.3%: Million-dollar earners in Illinois


* Shots fired in Edgewater store attempted robbery
* Man killed in Northwest Side shooting: police
* 1 killed, 1 wounded in West Chesterfield shooting: police
* Man shot in East Garfield Park
* Dear Abby: Mother-in-law stretches the truth when bragging about me
* Man critically injured in East Garfield Park shooting
* Man shot in back and chest in South Austin
* Cubs catcher: Yu Darvish ‘too comfortable’ with 2 outs, unravels again in loss
* Yoan Moncada hurt, Lucas Giolito awful in White Sox’ latest ugly loss
* Horoscope for April 22, 2018


* Woman killed while putting toddler in car among 11 shot, 3 fatally, in city gun attacks
* Midway, O'Hare start offering free, unlimited Wi-Fi: city
* Journalist among over 2 dozen killed in Nicaragua unrest
* Cubs' David Bote treasures major league debut with family, teammates
* Yu Darvish’s fifth-inning struggles continue in Cubs’ 5-2 loss to Rockies
* A tough day gets worse for White Sox in another blowout loss to Astros
* Man killed in random knife attack at California steakhouse
* Last known person born in the 19th century dies in Japan at age of 117
* Sean Manaea throws no-hitter in Athletics' 3-0 victory over Red Sox
* Mitt Romney must compete in Utah primary for Senate nomination


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* Guest View: A nation at risk
* Ed Rogers: Anyone who wants to connect with people could learn a lot from Barbara Bush
* Thumbs Up: To women who break down barriers
* Bill: Put therapists, not armed security, in Illinois schools
* Report: Improvements to veterans home could cost $265M


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* The Columbia University student revolt. 1968.
* IEA RA delegate writes their disappointment in vote on NRA.
* TenMarks to shut down operations after 2018-19 school year
* University of Akron to lift the curtain on new esports program at forum in April
* Trump says he ‘doesn’t know what a community college means’
* Report: Instructional Design Support Helps Increase Student-to-Student Interaction in Online Courses
* Universities must expand reach to stay competitive
* Class Central Learner Survey (2017): MOOC Users Highly Educated, Have Experienced Career Benefits
* "Meeting House Tavern" Coming Soon To Clark & Winnemac
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* IEMA Highlights Role of Volunteers in Disasters
* Governor Rauner activates State Emergency Operations Center in Springfield
* February Flooding Information
* IEMA Urges People to Prepare for Severe Weather
* Governor issues state disaster proclamation for flooding in Iroquois, Kankakee, Vermilion Counties

  
* Selling products on Amazon severs the ties with your customers
* Weekly poll results: for gaming phones to succeed, they need hardware controls
* How to proactively secure your business apps
* Political scrutiny on Google continues to grow in Europe
* Huawei’s upcoming AI assistant is a Black Mirror episode in real life
* eSim collusion: AT&T, Verizon being investigated by US
* Apple is replacing some 13-inch MacBook Pro batteries

* White Sox can't find rhythm with heavy hearts
* White Sox Minor League Update: April 21, 2018
* Moncada pulled early with tight hamstring
* White Sox can't find rhythm with heavy hearts
* White Sox can't find rhythm with heavy hearts
* Farquhar looms over White Sox in 10-1 loss
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