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Monday, Mar 6, 2017

* From a freshly minted Chicago Tribune editorial on last Wednesday’s grand bargain collapse

What will Rauner and the GOP members of the Senate propose that will hit the sweet spot of satisfying recalcitrant Republicans and bringing Democrats back to the table? Because try as some in the GOP might, they cannot solve the budget impasse, or any of the state’s severe problems, without Democratic support.

Republicans derailed the package last week. This is theirs to fix.

A recap: The fragile budget compromise in the Senate, which includes a dozen bills strung together and an income tax hike, collapsed when Republican senators backed away. They abandoned their leader, Sen. Christine Radogno, who had negotiated the compromise with Senate President John Cullerton.

Rauner, along with the right-leaning Illinois Policy Institute and its allies who want more pro-business, pro-growth reforms in the deal, began pressing to stall it. Senate Republicans who supported the compromise were threatened with potential primary opponents in 2018, a strong-arm tactic not unlike those employed by House Speaker Michael Madigan. Republicans routinely accuse Madigan of using his clout and war chest to leverage cooperation from incumbents. Cross him and there’s a price to pay.

It’s the circular dysfunction of a small-D democratic government in Illinois: The self-serving calculus of re-election always seems to eclipse attempts at problem-solving. This time, it was Republicans playing on clout, threats and leverage.

A bit harsh, which is even weirder considering the source.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Honeybear - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 4:29 pm:

    Kinda freaking out about this. Not sure what kind of deception this is. Trib saying this? Nah

  2. - Chicago Cynic - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 4:30 pm:

    Is Kristen on vacation?

  3. - Sox Fan - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 4:32 pm:

    Tribune is starting to jump ship. they see the 2018 bloodbath coming…

  4. - Chicago Cynic - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 4:33 pm:

    The Tribune finally learned how to do basic arithmetic!! Wow. I feel like we’re living in a parallel universe.

  5. - Anonymous - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 4:33 pm:

    tronc ??? !!!

    Just fine.

    Maybe even they are tired of Do Nothing Gov. Maybe Chance gave them cover. Whatever.

    Far past time for them to figure out the level of raunners destruction.

  6. - wordslinger - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 4:35 pm:

    Somebody got benched.

  7. - 47th Ward - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 4:35 pm:

    Finally, up is up, down is down. Maybe I’m not the crazy one afterall.

  8. - Precinct Captain - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 4:37 pm:

    Is there an “/s” or “psych” at the end of this?

  9. - Earnest - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 4:37 pm:

    I would like to think that respect for the efforts of the two senate leaders are providing inspiration here. I’ll take my hope anywhere I can get it.

  10. - 47th Ward - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 4:38 pm:

    Shorter Tribune: “Governor, do your job.”

  11. - Stand Tall - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 4:43 pm:

    As is the case of all politicians they care more about their own re-elections than what is right for their constituents, and we wonder why these things never get fixed and the messes keep getting worse. The grand bargain isn’t truly about fixing the problem it is about doing just enough to get yourself re-elected.

  12. - My New Handle - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 4:45 pm:

    This is what Madigan’s, or the Dems’, apparent lack of messaging is about. Rauner has gotten entangled in his own messaging, and eventually the inconsistencies between his words and actions are becoming way too apparent to ignore.

  13. - My New Handle - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 4:48 pm:

    In other words, the Dems gave him lots of rope, so he can either tie things together or hang himself. Let’s see which option Rauner chooses.

  14. - Anonymous - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 4:52 pm:

    Madigan and the tronc he controls

  15. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 4:54 pm:

    Looks like the Edit Board is following the time honored traditions of polling…

    You need at least one outlier to prove the trend?

    Or something like that or… 3 wrongs make 2 left feet….

    If the trend continues, Proft will have to buy the Tribune… thru Uihlein and Rauner of course.

  16. - btowntruth from forgottonia - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 4:54 pm:

    Katrina had nothing to do with this one did she?

  17. - @MisterJayEm - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 4:55 pm:

    Republicans derailed the package last week. This is theirs to fix.

    Well, I’ll be tronc’d…

    – MrJM

  18. - GA Watcher - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 4:56 pm:

    But according to Senators Brady, Barickman and McConnaughay at their presser last week, the Governor there were no threats from the Governor. This has to be fake news then.

  19. - PublicServant - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 4:57 pm:

    The Tribune Editorial board is about to have a @&$#*@ problem.

  20. - Lucky PIerre - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 4:57 pm:

    Another indication why term limits are supported by bipartisan majorities

  21. - A guy - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 4:59 pm:

    They got it exactly right. Applaud good behavior.

  22. - RIJ - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 4:59 pm:

    Hmm… I hope whoever snuck that one in doesn’t get fired.

    Public Servant - literally LOL.

  23. - A guy - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 5:00 pm:

    ==Finally, up is up, down is down. Maybe I’m not the crazy one afterall.==

    Nah, 47, you are.

  24. - Arsenal - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 5:04 pm:

    But look, 40 years ago some other politician did something bad with the budget, so we really should be APPLAUDING Rauner. /s

  25. - 47th Ward - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 5:04 pm:

    ===Applaud good behavior.===

    Just don’t practice it. Lol.

  26. - Leslie K. - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 5:42 pm:

    Well, the reference to IPI as “right-leaning” was an understatement to be expected of tronc, but the rest…wow. Even the Trib is starting to admit what Rauner is doing?

  27. - Norseman - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 5:52 pm:

    It’s got to be a diversionary tactic to steer the focus away from Trump. /s

  28. - Yeah - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 6:00 pm:

    Probably a Russian hack./a

  29. - Roman - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 6:18 pm:

    Wow. Is this like the moment Walter Cronkite came out against the war in Vietnam?

  30. - Keyrock - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 6:22 pm:

    No, Roman. Walter Cronkite was a respected journalist.

  31. - Tom - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 6:28 pm:

    Miller you must be going soft in your old age…nothing harsh about it.

  32. - Winnin' - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 6:31 pm:

    Perhaps the Tronclodytes finally looked in the mirror, and did not like what they saw.
    They saw how the Trump phenomenon is helping them regain circulation and they see a similar profit pattern for themselves by ending fake editorial facts.

  33. - Odysseus - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 6:44 pm:

    @Lucky Pierre: “Another indication why term limits are supported by bipartisan majorities”

    Term limits are terrible policy. And in this case, they are the exact wrong fix, as they devolve power from the legislature onto the governor.

  34. - Roman - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 6:47 pm:


    Good point.

  35. - Lucky Pierre - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 7:05 pm:

    So legislators won’t vote on legislation that would be good for the state because they are more concerned about getting reelected but term limits are terrible policy

  36. - Huh? - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 7:27 pm:

    I wonder if the cognitive dissonance has gotten too bad the ignore?

  37. - Anonymous - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 7:36 pm:

    Is this an Eric Zorn coup?

  38. - oldman - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 7:52 pm:

    I’ve been a trib subscriber for 40 years. and all I can say is, wow! Never thought I’d see the day.

  39. - Skirmisher - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 7:55 pm:

    A bit harsh?? Not half so harsh as deserved.

  40. - IrishPirate - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 8:27 pm:

    I checked out the Hurricane’s twitter account and as always she touts the company line:

    “Consistent w/all we have commented on re: this package.”

  41. - Just Fred - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 8:43 pm:

    Sounds like the ship is going down and their jumping off. A little CYA

  42. - Keyrock - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 9:21 pm:

    Et tu, Katrina?

  43. - Anonymous - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 9:39 pm:

    Yup, term limits will solve everything!

  44. - Mama - Monday, Mar 6, 17 @ 10:38 pm:

    Government dysfunction is all on Rauner. Any Republicans who will not stand up against Rauner and do the right thing by voting for the budget should not run for office again.

  45. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Mar 7, 17 @ 8:18 am:

    ==but term limits are terrible policy==

    Yeah, they are. We’ve already got term limits. They’re called elections.

    Plus, term limits have zero, zip, nada to do with solving the budget problem. We shouldn’t be wasting time on that topic right now.

  46. - SAP - Tuesday, Mar 7, 17 @ 8:44 am:

    We are in Bizzarro-World.

  47. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Mar 7, 17 @ 8:49 am:

    ===We shouldn’t be wasting time on that topic right now.===

    As far as Bruce is concerned, as long as we’re wasting time on something, and he’s able to prolong the preferred hostage situation without any blowback, no problem!

  48. - facts are stubborn things - Tuesday, Mar 7, 17 @ 8:50 am:

    I hope people are starting to see how tough it has been for AFSCME to negotiate with Gov. Rauner.

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