Mayor Rahm Emanuel mocked Gov. Bruce Rauner in a lengthy rant Thursday, saying he would donate $1,000 to charity if a reporter could provide evidence the governor has presented a full state budget plan while in office.
“I’ve asked the Police Department to get the hound dogs out to go find it. I’m giving you a thousand dollars to the charity of your choice. Find me the governor’s budget,” Emanuel said after a reporter asked him to comment on Rauner’s spending plan. “Produce it, line by line, like every chief executive has to do.
“I’ll stand here, with bathroom breaks, until you produce it,” Emanuel said during a five-minute dissection of what he said were Rauner’s shortcomings as a chief executive. “No. Because you’re asking me to comment on something that doesn’t exist.”
* If you watch the video in that story above, the mayor also says this…
There is no budget line-by-line. He hasn’t produced one in three years. Three budget presentations. It does not exist.
He’s right that the governor hasn’t yet put his FY 18 proposal into bill form. But Rauner has had appropriations bills introduced in the past. Click here for the FY 17 bills and click here for the FY 16 bills.
Those are full state appropriations plans. Line-by-line. They’re not balanced, but they’re full.
* The mayor should make his $1000 check payable to Lutheran Social Services of Illinois.
Now, how about everyone get back to work?
*** UPDATE *** The FY18 appropriations package has been introduced. Click here.