* You should really click here and watch all of Gov. Rauner’s interview at the Chicago Tribune editorial board. It’s very interesting.
With that in mind, the governor again said yesterday that he has zero involvement with the Illinois GOP’s attacks on Speaker Madigan. This passage is from the Tribune’s coverage, with emphasis added by me…
Asked whether the attacks on Madigan could undercut efforts to reach a compromise to end the stalemate, Rauner said, “I don’t think it matters one way or the other.”
“This is the life we’ve chosen. We all live in a world — I take incoming every day. … I couldn’t care less. Say what you want,” he said.
“That’s one of the best advices Rich Daley ever gave me: He said, ‘Don’t read any press about you and don’t watch any of the ads’ and I never have, I never have. And you know what? Life is good. Just spell my name right. I don’t really care. And anybody on the other side thinks, ‘Oh, I’m a politician but you can’t say anything mean about me otherwise I won’t negotiate?’ Oh come on. Grow up. I mean, we’re not in third grade,” he said.
* From another part of that Tribune interview when the governor was asked about his veto of the Chicago teacher pension subsidy and its impact on CPS employment as transcribed by me with emphasis added…
“Well, this is one of the ways I’ve been disappointed in you guys, but this is the media. Chicago has been responsible for its own teacher pension for a hundred years, OK? Allright, so let’s not think this is some, you know, a hundred years. And Chicago has received $250 million extra since at least the mid 90s, I’d have to go back and get you the exact year. $250 million in our school funding formula. A block grant that no other district gets. It’s above and beyond any of the standard stuff because they cover their own teachers pension. They have not been at a financial disadvantage. They claim that this is wrong, they’re abused, they’re treated different, and they are different because they fund teacher pensions and they get extra money because of that. There’s been a deal, there’s been an understanding. […]
“So, the headline is: ‘Bruce Rauner caused furlough days in CPS.’ No. No.”