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*** UPDATED x1 - Biss responds *** Rauner says HB 40 is “divisive” and “we need to focus” on fixing other problems

Friday, Apr 21, 2017

* Back in 2014, gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner wrote this on his Personal PAC questionnaire

“I fundamentally believe that abortion should be a woman’s private decision, hopefully in consultation with her loved ones and her faith community, and that decision should not be impeded by government,” Rauner wrote in reply to Personal PAC’s questionnaire.

“This principle should apply to all women, regardless of income level or location of residency. As governor, I will work to ensure equal access to contraception and abortion services. It is my hope that by increasing access to reproductive health services we can reduce the incidence of abortions in Illinois, while ensuring that women who do make this decision receive services in a timely manner,” he wrote.

Rauner added: “My highest priority in this area will be to ensure effective administration of the laws regarding access to contraception and provide that access regardless of income. I dislike the Illinois law that restricts abortion coverage under the state Medicaid plan and state employees’ health insurance because I believe it unfairly restricts access based on income. I would support a legislative effort to reverse that law.”

Additionally, Rauner checked “yes” boxes on questions about whether he would sign bills repealing the so-called trigger law as well as legislation about lifting Medicaid and state-employee insurance restrictions. [Emphasis added.]

As you already know, Gov. Rauner recently made it known that he will veto HB 40, which would repeal the trigger law and expand Medicaid and state employee health insurance coverage of abortion.

* The governor was asked about his flip-flop today

Expanding taxpayer funding, expanding taxpayer funding is a very divisive issue. It’s a very controversial issue. What we need to do is focus in Illinois. We need to protect existing Illinois law, but we need to focus on jobs. We need to focus on reducing property taxes. We need to focus on education funding. We need to focus on getting term limits on elected officials. These are difficult issues. We need to focus on, this has everything, we need to focus.

It has everything to do with focus. What we should not do is take on controversial, divisive issues right now, when we don’t have a balanced budget, when we do not have proper school funding, when we do not have economic growth and job creation. We should not take on divisive, controversial issues and expanding taxpayer funding is a controversial, divisive issue.

We should protect existing law, protect women’s reproductive rights in the state of Illinois. That is not controversial, at least for the majority of folks. Changing and expanding taxpayer funding, very controversial, very divisive and we need to focus. We need to focus on jobs, we need to focus on relief for property taxpayers, we need to focus on proper school funding and we need to focus on fixing our political culture by putting term limits on elected officials.

* He was then asked: “Did you not know in 2014 that this was a divisive issue, and what changed between then and now?”

The governor’s response

We need, we need to focus. What we don’t have is a balanced budget in Illinois. What we don’t have is structural change to grow jobs, to protect our property taxpayers and bring down our property taxes. What we don’t have is proper school funding in the state of Illinois, and we still don’t have term limits, even though the people of Illinois overwhelmingly want term limits to fix our political culture. We have got to, we have got to focus. We have got to focus, we’ve gotta get this done. Thank you.

…Adding… From a friend…

As a woman, it sounds like all other state problems are more important.

* Just for clarity, the governor’s budget office filed a fiscal impact note two years ago on a bill with the exact same Medicaid and group health insurance language as HB 40

Balanced Budget Note (Office of Management and Budget)

This bill is anticipated to have minimal savings to the State.

* This is GOMB’s current fiscal note on HB 40

Balanced Budget Note (Office of Management and Budget)

An accurate cost assessment for this bill cannot be completed at this time because it does not mandate the State to fund these services. However, by removing these prohibitions it opens the State up for significant cost liabilities to incur. It is unknown how often these services would be utilized by Medicaid enrollees or State employees, the exact cost to health insurance plans, or how many new grant requests the Department of Human Services would receive as a response to this, and future related legislation.

*** UPDATE ***  From Sen. Daniel Biss…

“There is no more fundamental issue than what you can do with your own body. Only an arrogant billionaire who thinks he’s accountable to no one would say the liberty of half the people of our state is a distraction.”

He also had this to say on Twitter…


- Posted by Rich Miller        

70 Comments
  1. - Anonymous - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 11:24 am:

    The absolute dumbest sentiment I encounter in my job is “why is legislator X doing _____ when they should be focusing on the budget?!”

    The entire job of a legislator is to multitask. And pretending that we would have a budget if only everyone dropped all their other bills and sat meditated on it really really hard is asinine.

    It’s pretty funny to hear it from a governor rather than an angry citizen.


  2. - Archiesmom - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 11:26 am:

    I predict that Rauner will not find it as easy to slide away and redirect the focus of these questions. This is a hot button issue. It really matters to women. You can’t threaten to take away existing rights with a reference to balancing the budget and getting reforms. Truly apples and oranges.


  3. - Honeybear - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 11:27 am:

    No needs but corporate needs.

    All else must wait till the corporate coup is irreversible.

    Diana and I just used the pro-choice perfidy to get elected. We don’t need to use that now. Fake Gov Rauner


  4. - Archiesmom - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 11:28 am:

    How to balance the Illinois budget is the ultimate divisive and controversial issue right now.


  5. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 11:31 am:

    I dunno how Suburban women targeted for mailings a fcduch by Cosgrove and Personal PAC will see it, but actually running in 2014, filling out s questionnaire that addresses the issue and trotting out Diana Rauner to say “Bruce has no social agenda”…

    … saying we need to focus on other things won’t alleviate the hypocrisy dripping off veto stamp Rauner is prepared to use.

    “Bruce has no social agenda”

    Another falsehood orchestrated by the Rauner Crew


  6. - Earnest - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 11:32 am:

    What was that phrase from the other week, “well-worn talking points”?


  7. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 11:32 am:

    “…targeted for mailings on Rauner’s flip-flop by Cosgrove… ”

    Apologies


  8. - Cubs in '16 - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 11:34 am:

    Sounds like the Governor is advocating Focalin for everyone. He said “focus” 16 times in those two brief statements if I counted correctly. sheesh


  9. - Under Influenced - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 11:37 am:

    “What we should not do is take on controversial, divisive issues right now…”

    Ya see, union bustin’ ain’t controversial…if we just focus on it. Focus real hard. Neither is term limits…just gotta focus. Not divisive. Focus, focus, focus…..don’t forget to focus.

    Oh, have you seen my new campaign ads…focus on those.


  10. - Meh - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 11:39 am:

    Surely the state’s legislature can focus on more than one thing, in fact that’s why there’s committees. I assume an appropriations committee would work on a budget? The governor can’t be serious though. Otherwise he would stop campaigning and also work on a budget. He’s just annoyed by the negative publicity he’s getting.

    Anyway, abortion may not be Rauner’s priority. It may not ever be a priority for the Rauner family. But there are countless women where this is extremely important.


  11. - Cubs in '16 - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 11:41 am:

    “We need, we need to focus. What we don’t have is a balanced budget in Illinois. What we don’t have is structural change to grow jobs, to protect our property taxpayers and bring down our property taxes. What we don’t have is proper school funding in the state of Illinois, and we still don’t have term limits, even though the people of Illinois overwhelmingly want term limits to fix our political culture. We have got to, we have got to focus. We have got to focus, we’ve gotta get this done. Thank you.”

    This is Rauner’s non-answer to every question that calls out his flip-flopping.


  12. - Gruntled University Employee - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 11:45 am:

    The comedian Frank Caliendo does a skit where he impersonates John Madden and in the answer to every question that’s posed to him he works in a reference to Brett Favre (Madden’s man crush). Rauner seems to have the same gift only this is real life, not a comedy skit.


  13. - Skeptic - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 11:46 am:

    Cubs: More like “This is Rauner’s non-answer to every question.” You can hear the calculation in his head… “Must stay on message…Must stay on message…”


  14. - Michelle Flaherty - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 11:47 am:

    Who is the governor talking to?
    And is he listening?


  15. - wordslinger - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 11:49 am:

    Embarrassing gibberish from a grown man.

    Which should we focus on first? Walking or chewing gum? Obviously, we can’t do both.


  16. - Rogue Roni - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 11:54 am:

    Sorry bruce. That’s not how this works. It’s time to pick a side.


  17. - Henry Francis - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 12:07 pm:

    That is most unhinged I think he has ever sounded. Attempting to avoid the question asked, he says we need to focus, on non controversial issues - and then he proceeds to throw out in a most unfocused way all sorts of controversial issues we should focus on.

    There really is no integrity with the Guv when he has to speak extemporaneously.


  18. - Muscular - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 12:09 pm:

    Bruce Rauner has finally discovered what it means to be a real Republican rather than a RINO. Willie, do you actually believe this was an intentional deception? Could it be that Rauner is a fiscal conservative and wanted to be governor to bring financial and administrative reform to the state. He personally was a social moderate and ran on that posture. Now with a Republican President and a more conservative Congress, Republicans are expecting more from elected officials. If he wants to win reelection, he has discovered that he needs to make social conservatives happy. Is this deceit or a political awakening?


  19. - Rich Miller - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 12:12 pm:

    ===Is this deceit or a political awakening?===

    A statesman can be defined as someone who flip-flops your preferred direction.


  20. - @misterjayem - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 12:12 pm:

    “What we don’t have is a balanced budget in Illinois.”

    It’s too bad the Illinois Constitution doesn’t make someone explicitly responsible for submitting such a thing, rite Governor?

    – MrJM


  21. - Union proud - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 12:12 pm:

    Remember how he likes to brag about how stubborn he is? Well this is something he said he would support. So why now isn’t he stubborn about it? It’s divisive? What is he? A delicate snowflake? Holding social programs hostage to bust unions is divisive but he can certainly be stubborn about that…


  22. - Saluki - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 12:16 pm:

    I’m wondering if this veto is more about keeping a house Republican caucus revolt at bay….


  23. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 12:19 pm:

    ===Willie, do you actually believe this was an intentional deception?===

    The deception was Rauner trotting out Diana Rauner to say Bruve has no social agenda.

    The deception continues with the answers on the questionnaire.

    The hypocrisy isn’t being “enlightened”, the hypocrisy reeks when Rauner deflects ownership of the flip-flop, and the deception of asking people to “look at other things”

    That’s textbook hypocrisy, and using deception to change the subject.

    It’ll come down to Suburban women and Cosgrove and Personal PAC inserting themselves to educate this suburban women to the RaunerS hypocrisy and deception.

    ===If he wants to win reelection, he has discovered that he needs to make social conservatives happy.===

    … and yet, to get to his winning margin, against Quinn, Rauner needed to run to the center, not to the Right. Hmm. Your math might not factor in why the RaunerS deceived suburban women.

    ===Is this deceit or a political awakening?===

    Wrong question.

    Is this move malpractice to the politics or a blunder wrapped around hoping the deception won’t be “called” by actual legislation…


  24. - ste_with_a_v_en - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 12:20 pm:

    Just based on the last few days
    -SIU and WIU join EIU, NEIU and GSU in junk bond territory
    -Illinois is heading for junk bond status
    -The continuing budget crisis in Illinois will make that kind of treatment harder to come by as the state’s network of providers is strained. As a result, people seeking addiction treatment face longer wait times
    -Illinois’ unfunded pension liability is 10 percent of the entire nation’s total
    -Illinois is so horrible that it’s dragging down national higher ed averages
    But I mean, we could focus on a bill to repeal a trigger law that will never go into effect because Roe v. Wade will likely not be overturned.


  25. - Freeze Frame - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 12:21 pm:

    *sigh*….another hostage!


  26. - Winnin' - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 12:21 pm:

    Governor Hustle says: Quit focusin’ on me. Focus on my turnaround agenda. I never really expected to focus on the budget or anything like that. On this lack of focus, I am laser-focused.


  27. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 12:25 pm:

    ===Just based on the last few days===

    … and yet, action on HB40 is before the Governor, - ste_with_a_v_en -, and Suburban Women will be reminded by Personal PAC and Cosgrove.

    The Diana Rauner “no social agenda” ads weren’t an accident. Neither will the fallout on the veto… that won’t be an accident either.


  28. - Anonymous - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 12:27 pm:

    -action on HB40 is before the Governor-
    It hasn’t even passed the house yet.


  29. - Rich Miller - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 12:28 pm:

    ===But I mean, we could focus on a bill to repeal a trigger law===

    Please. It’d take an hour in each chamber and 30 seconds to sign it. They spend more time than that on death resolutions and non-campaign campaign events.


  30. - Lucky Pierre - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 12:31 pm:

    The state’s finances are melting down and Democrats are pushing for taxpayer funded abortion on demand.

    They said they were for cuts but I did not think they meant unborn babies.


  31. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 12:31 pm:

    ===…-action on HB40 is before the Governor…===

    My bad, in reference to Rauner’s own words and quotes that indicate the actions Rauner will take… before the governor was wrong, but referring to Rauner laying out an intention. Now.


  32. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 12:33 pm:

    ===… are pushing for taxpayer funded abortion on demand===

    Rauner’s own abusers on the questionnaire indicate… well, the answers speak for themselves.


  33. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 12:34 pm:

    “answers”


  34. - Rabid - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 12:38 pm:

    Caution: turnaround agenda can cause blindness


  35. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 12:39 pm:

    To the Biss update,

    That’s the framing(s) that Rauner should fear.

    Suburban women… they understand what Biss is saying, and what Rauner is trying to deflect.


  36. - A guy - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 12:41 pm:

    There’s a sensible legislative solution that does not in the least provide a panacea to Pro-Lifers.

    The Medicaid angle of this bill was meant to be politically strategic. They underestimated the chamber, the people and the Governor.

    Fix the bill. As Rich says, the “trigger” i.e. the exterior Trojan Horse of this bill would pass both chambers in a heartbeat. Expanding the public coverage of this procedure has never enjoyed popular support. Fix the bill and it passes. Don’t fix it and you don’t get what the bill was supposed to accomplish in the first place. You think that might come back to haunt?


  37. - Anonymous - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 12:42 pm:

    This is only the latest variation on Rauner’s standard answer to most every question. Nobody gets nothing until he gets what he wants. All of you and your distractions, get in line. And if you can’t wait, then tell your legislators to cave now, because nobody gets nothing until he gets what he wants.


  38. - Joe Bidenopolous - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 12:43 pm:

    I honestly don’t give a rat’s patootie if a politician flip flops on a position, even if it’s away from my personal position, as long as that flip flop represents a true change of heart and/or education about an issue.

    He did neither. This is intentional deception and obfuscation. What are we honestly supposed to believe from that last answer? That the TA is now more important than not only basic women’s health care, but also more important than any substantive legislative discussion on anything?


  39. - A guy - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 12:44 pm:

    To the update from Sen. Biss.

    Fundamentally…pay for it yourself. The cost is not prohibitive. In the vast majority of cases it’s elective. Getting a skin tag removed is more expensive. There aren’t clinics for that.

    Btw, among the “half” the population (which one assumes he’s referring to women) Are 100% of women for tax payer funded abortion services?


  40. - Lucky Pierre - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 12:45 pm:

    Senator Biss thinks taxpayer funded abortion on demand is a right.

    This extreme legislation is somehow equated with the liberty of half the people in this state?

    Only 4 states provide voluntarily and the Federal Government does not allow.

    Are the 46 states that don’t voluntary pay for aborton on demand (some of whom are totally controlled by democrats like California) disgusting as well?

    Rauner’s position outlaws abortion?


  41. - ste_with_av_en - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 12:47 pm:

    I do have a question about this. Not snark or anything, just from that fiscal part. The estimated annual cost for abortion services resulting from House Bill 40 is approximately $1.8 million, which would be 100% GRF funded.
    Say for whatever reason signs it and shocks everyone again. Would the lack of a budget affect this?


  42. - Arsenal - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 12:49 pm:

    ==That’s the framing(s) that Rauner should fear.==

    I don’t actually think it’s so great, but the fact that Rauner has to fight any message on abortion is more meaningful than the specific message.


  43. - Rabid - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 12:52 pm:

    Will the GOP show the crowd if there all holding up coat hangers?


  44. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 12:54 pm:

    - Lucky Pierre -

    This…

    ===Rauner added: “My highest priority in this area will be to ensure effective administration of the laws regarding access to contraception and provide that access regardless of income. I dislike the Illinois law that restricts abortion coverage under the state Medicaid plan and state employees’ health insurance because I believe it unfairly restricts access based on income. I would support a legislative effort to reverse that law.”===

    So, you may want to ask the governor what he stands for now, and how suburban women will trust him from now on, even if Diana vouches for him… again.


  45. - Langhorne - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 12:56 pm:

    He sounds like an old vinyl record that is skipping–focus, reform. Reform and focus. Focus,


  46. - Flynn's mom - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 12:58 pm:

    Can’t he just let ck answer for him. He sounds so foolish. And, I might add, I find him terribly unfocused.


  47. - don the legend - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 12:58 pm:

    Bruce is running out of friends. At lease he and Diana can walk around the fairgrounds telling each other how righteous they are and how wrong everyone else is.


  48. - Amalia - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 1:05 pm:

    tired of self proclaimed pro choice pols deciding that they can bargain away women’s agency when they find it politically convenient. Rauner, Bernie……


  49. - Suburban Hillbilly - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 1:12 pm:

    I don’t want to minimize the importance of women’s health so don’t take this the wrong way but why didn’t those in favor of this bill pass it when the Democrats had the Governors mansion? I realize the talking points are that there is a new president that would change the balance of the SCOTUS should another death occur. But, those same talking points say this is such a critical issue. Why take chances the last decade plus that there was complete democrat control of the legislative process? To my eyes is doesn’t seem like it was a high priority or maybe it is fairly political now.


  50. - A guy - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 1:15 pm:

    ==Will the GOP show the crowd if there all holding up coat hangers?==

    Desperately stupid remark. There have been discoveries of different methods since 1930. I abhor abortion. Even with that feeling, there’s no legislation I wouldn’t support that makes any procedure safer. These kinds of comments about coat hangers are just idiotic.


  51. - Arock - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 1:18 pm:

    Hey Bliss real healthcare for a pregnant woman is called prenatal(relating to pregnant women and their unborn babies) healthcare, abortion is an unnecessary medical procedure in 99% of the case for any medical reason. Abortion just ends an unborn human’s life.


  52. - Anon - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 1:23 pm:

    Rauner gets to choose which flank he’s hit on. It’s not like he needs Republican donors, but he does need Republican lackeys to continue to destroy the State.


  53. - LTSW - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 1:47 pm:

    Suburban Hillbilly, no one except extremists on both sides are expecting any SCOTUS action on Roe v Wade. HB 40 was crafted to put Rauner in a corner based on his answers to the 2014 Personal OAC questionnaire. There is not likely enough votes to pass the bill. All they needed was for Rauner to take a position on the bill and he obliged.


  54. - Anonymous - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 1:52 pm:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/zorn/ct-rauner-abortion-funding-medicaid-perspec-0421-jm-20170420-column.html
    “Nothing I’ve seen from Rauner in his 27 months in office suggests that he’s a closet social conservative or that he’s particularly animated either way by the “values” issues that tend to excite the GOP base”
    “an October 2016 nationwide poll sponsored by Politico and Harvard University found 58 percent of likely voters, and 77 percent of self-identified Republican voters, oppose the use of taxpayer funds for abortion procedures”

    Zorn in normally harsh on Rauner, but he seems to understand where he coming from.


  55. - Ok - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 1:57 pm:

    LTSW

    It was republican politicians that forced Rauner to take a position.


  56. - Wow - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 2:01 pm:

    As a woman, I’m glad that Gov. Rauner said he would veto HB40, but I disagree with him saying this isn’t the time to deal with controversial issues. If you’re not up for the job, then what are you doing there? And while I think Sen. Biss is a thoughtful guy, I don’t appreciate the line about the “liberty of half the people of our state”…just because I’m a woman does not mean I’m pro-choice. I’m pro-life and I’m tired of individuals and organizations making statements, having rallies, etc. conveying that they speak for and represent all women. They don’t.


  57. - Cubs in '16 - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 2:10 pm:

    Wow@ 2:01,

    Bravo!


  58. - Downstate Illinois - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 2:13 pm:

    I agree with Bliss, except he’s missing the point. A fetus is a separate human being. It’s not a part of a woman’s body. Inside it, yes. A part of it, no. Separate DNA and often even a different blood type.

    Bliss’ position in regards to abortion is morally reprehensible.


  59. - 37B - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 2:14 pm:

    Hocus focus.

    He’s like a bad magician trying to draw our attention away from the repeal of the trigger law and expansion of Medicaid and state employee health insurance coverage of abortion and recast the “very divisive” and “very controversial” issue as being the “expanding [of] taxpayer funding.”

    Pay no attention to the man behind the Carhartt.


  60. - HangingOn - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 2:21 pm:

    Sadly, a lot of people I hear complain about this are also the ones who think their tax money shouldn’t be going to feed these kids because “those women should have never had them in the first place”. So it’s ok for them to die after they’re born? smh


  61. - Sillies - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 2:22 pm:

    “There is no more fundamental issue than what you can do with your own body.”

    Right, Senator. And at one time - before you were a senator - you were a fetus.


  62. - NeverPoliticallyCorrect - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 2:34 pm:

    “Reproductive Freedom” is the phrase that pays. I would think that this means I, as a human, have the right to choose to copulate to create a new human. I don’t think that means I have the right to kill someone just because I don’t want that person around. That’s “Life Termination Freedom”. We might as well be honest about what it is that we want.


  63. - Skeptic - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 2:44 pm:

    “Bliss’ [sic] position in regards to abortion is morally reprehensible.” I think you guys are missing the point. The point isn’t abortion (right or wrong), it’s is women’s health more important than term limits and redistricting?


  64. - wordslinger - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 3:48 pm:

    -SIU and WIU join EIU, NEIU and GSU in junk bond territory
    -Illinois is heading for junk bond status
    -The continuing budget crisis in Illinois will make that kind of treatment harder to come by as the state’s network of providers is strained. As a result, people seeking addiction treatment face longer wait times
    -Illinois’ unfunded pension liability is 10 percent of the entire nation’s total
    -Illinois is so horrible that it’s dragging down national higher ed averages
    But I mean, we could focus on a bill to repeal a trigger law that will never go into effect because Roe v. Wade will likely not be overturned–

    All those nasty things you listed are part of the squeeze the beast plan that the governor has engineered. They are not “problems” they are the plan in action.

    And grownups can’t “focus” on more than one issue at a time? Is he concussed or something?

    Rauner puts out all these ridiculous rationales and some of you, all of the time, buy it hook, line and sinker.


  65. - Arsenal - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 3:50 pm:

    NeverPoliticallyCorrect feels triggered by your terminology and wants you to use his preferred terms, please.


  66. - Arsenal - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 3:53 pm:

    == I’m tired of individuals and organizations making statements, having rallies, etc. conveying that they speak for and represent all women.==

    Biss never claimed to. “Liberty” means the liberty to *not* have an abortion, too.


  67. - Anonymous - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 3:56 pm:

    Wow @ 2:01…I’m a woman too and I happen to believe in a womans’ choice.

    “…just because I’m a woman does not mean I’m pro-choice. I’m pro-life and I’m tired of individuals and organizations making statements, having rallies, etc. conveying that they speak for and represent all women. They don’t.”

    The same could be said about pro-life rallies and statements. These are individual beliefs and no one speaks for you except you!


  68. - Meh - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 4:11 pm:

    Waiting for Dr Diana Rauner to speak up on behalf of low-income women….


  69. - Wow - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 4:34 pm:

    Arsenal…you and I will disagree. The comments from Sen. Biss reflect his pro-choice position. I’m saying that when he notes that half of the state’s “liberty” is at stake…mine isn’t just because I’m a woman. I believe in the rights of the unborn. But, I’m not going to get into a debate re: abortion, I just don’t want to be placed into a particular category because of my gender.


  70. - Arsenal - Friday, Apr 21, 17 @ 5:04 pm:

    ==mine isn’t just because I’m a woman==

    Of course it is. I don’t want to own a gun, but if I legally *couldn’t* own a gun, my freedom would still be curtailed.

    ==I just don’t want to be placed into a particular category because of my gender.==

    You weren’t. Biss didn’t say you were pro-choice.


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* Prosecutors: Prof killed boyfriend as part of sexual fantasy
* Fallen forensics: What a 2016 report has to say about them
* 2nd phase of O'Hare cargo development under way
* Illinois scientists hope eclipse sheds light on weather
* Fallen forensics: Judges routinely allow disavowed science
* EXCHANGE: Fire engine lifts spirits of Sycamore 7-year-old
* EXCHANGE: In Pana, there is a search for hope amid adversity
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* Case dismissed against man in beating of Chicago officer
* Buddhist temple in Minnesota inaugurates new reflection pond

* Rauner signs law to eliminate township collector in Sangamon County
* Rauner signs bill creating agency to govern ALPLM
* New pharmacy rules in Illinois aim to improve patient safety
* Rauner vetoes plan requiring overdue bill reporting
* Rauner pays for private helicopter to public event in northern Illinois
* Rauner pays for private helicopter to public event in Aurora
* Sara Wojcicki Jimenez won't run for re-election to Illinois House
* Illinois governor says immigration bill 'very reasonable'
* Bloomberg puts $2 million into pro-soda tax ads
* Illinois Policy Institute cartoon sparks racial clash

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* Coming soon to a strip mall near you: An MRI provider
* The biggest wallet in Chicago tech
* Peoples Gas pipes may not be exploding, but replacement budget is


* 20-year-old man shot in Austin
* Police: 1 dead, 2 wounded in Lawndale shooting
* From FG return TDs to onside returns, how Bears specialists benefited
* Miguel Montero on being called out by Anthony Rizzo, booed at Wrigley
* Man, 20, shot in Austin
* 49-year-old man shot, critically wounded on Far South Side
* Bears’ brand-new secondary will determine how good the defense is
* Man seriously injured while jet skiing near Calumet Beach
* In grand-scale ‘Gypsy,’ the fury of a woman with dreams denied
* NU grad Trevor Siemian appears to have won Broncos’ QB job again


* Review: Michael Mina lands in Chicago with a ritzy take on 1920s Paris
* Suspects' 'sex fantasies' led to fatal high-rise stabbing, prosecutors say
* 170 rape kits, no investigations until Cook County stepped in to seek justice
* White Sox shut down Rangers for 8 innings, hold on for 3-2 victory
* Balmoral wraps up summer season with $200,000 horse jumping grand prix
* Notre Dame's Daelin Hayes works to carry big spring into fall
* Spanish town struggles to reconcile locals as extremist cell
* Five shot as violent weekend wears on
* Man gunned down outside church was witness to fatal shooting last year
* Barns burn in two-alarm fire


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» How Chicago Homicides In 2017 Stack Up Against Years Past
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* Statehouse Insider: Rauner tells reporters to not question wife's role in the administration
* Our View: General Assembly needs to override veto of Debt Transparency Act
* Bernard Schoenburg: Kennedy gets poetic at Democrat Day brunch
* Scott Reeder: Hate with a haircut
* United Way: Community health centers provide quality, affordable care
* Regie Dale: My testimony is my resume
* Rauner signs law to eliminate township collector in Sangamon County
* Rauner signs bill creating agency to govern ALPLM
* Thumbs Up: To statehouse action that should lead to a better Illinois
* New pharmacy rules in Illinois aim to improve patient safety


* Multiple-vehicle crash reported on I-57 near Curtis Road
* Illinois Sen. Daniel Biss brings gubernatorial campaign to Moline
* Q-C airport to hold emergency drill
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* NWS: Clouds might hinder view of eclipse in B-N area
* Man injured in shooting in downtown Champaign
* Man injured following shots fired in downtown Champaign
* Thousands gather at eighth annual Edwardsville Rotary Criterium Festival
* Blaze destroys hay bales at Wilton, Iowa farm
* UI Soccer vs DePaul


* Cloudy forecast could threaten eclipse experience in the suburbs
* High speed thrills at Winfield Criterium
* Downtown Mount Prospect plan sparks parking, traffic concerns
* Lake Zurich Police honored
* Volleyball players dig in the dirt at Elburn Days

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* Illinois Awarded Funds to Offer Advanced Training on Detecting Impaired Driving
* Illinois EPA Announces Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
* IEMA Highlights Emergency Preparedness for People with Access and Functional Needs in May - Ready Illinois website offers preparedness tips for people, caregivers
* First Lady Launches Illinois Family Connects
* Governor and Lt. Governor Unveil 2016 Journal of Local Government Shared Service Best Practices

  
* Big deals for Google Wifi and Google Home at Google Store, Amazon, Target
* Register for first OnePlus Open Ears Forum in London by August 27
* Nova Launcher dev chucks Android Oreo name out the window for Orelletes
* Google needs to pay Apple a small fortune to remain the default search engine on iOS
* Let’s review some of tech’s big second quarter financial stories
* LG G6 After The Buzz: Still one of our favorites?
* Is Google’s mistake our gain? Android Oreo hinted at in teaser video filename

* Gonzalez beats the heat for scoreless outing
* Rodon faces Twins in twin bill opener
* Gonzalez paces White Sox in finale victory
* Gonzalez paces White Sox in finale victory
* Renteria hopes White Sox embarce spoiler role
* Renteria hopes White Sox embrace spoiler role
* Getz enjoying role helping develop prospects


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