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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

* We discussed this a bit yesterday is a new website from the creators of Pritzker’s Democratic team for governor, featuring a “count-up” clock tracking the length of Illinois’ historic budget impasse.

While the website’s opening day on Monday was pretty spartan, Pritzker’s camp said there will be new information posted every day as part of a “multimedia campaign” to “highlight the budget crisis of Bruce Rauner’s own making and the families, schools, and social service agencies that continue to pay the price.”

For example, the Pritzker campaign said it will use the site to promote what it calls a link between President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget and the state’s failure to enact a comprehensive full-year budget under Rauner. They say Illinois has been a “testing ground” for “Trump-Rauner” budget policies.

“When Donald Trump proposes gutting funding for the programs that provide opportunity for working families, allow low-income students to go to college, and support survivors of domestic violence, Illinoisans know how this plays out. Bruce Rauner did it all first,” Pritzker spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh said.

* The site’s Twitter feed is pretty heavy-handed. An example…

* As far as anti-Rauner tweets go, I much prefer the Illinois Working Together account…

Informative, snarky and biting. Those folks get Twitter.

* On the other side, the ILGOP does Twitter pretty well…


…Adding… This is more like it…

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Annonin' - Tuesday, May 23, 17 @ 11:39 am:

    Oh please don’t be “heavy handed” on DopeyDuct. he is tryin’ so hard but all the Madigan meanies just let him enact one of his DopeyDuct ideas. Capt Fax must forget that Dopeygot to enact his school reform plan a few years back and it produced zip zero nada

  2. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, May 23, 17 @ 11:41 am:

    ===don’t be “heavy handed” on DopeyDuct===

    You sure love jumping to conclusions.

  3. - The Captain - Tuesday, May 23, 17 @ 11:57 am:

    The Illinois Working Together account has been the Dems best messaging, I’ve been very impressed by them.

  4. - OpenYourEyes - Tuesday, May 23, 17 @ 11:58 am:

    Fun with numbers and charts!

    When our great Gov Rauner was first running for Govenor he requested that leaders allow the temporary tax hike to expire because it was doing no good. An obvious PR stunt to make tax payers believe he had their best interests at heart.

    The IPI bashed the tax hike less than 1 year after it began stating that it wasn’t helping. They then released a projection of the additional income from the tax hike as follows:

    2011 - 2.45B
    2012 - 7.56B
    2013 - 7.99B
    2014 - 7.67B

    Now we finally get figures that show the tax hike was in fact having a positive affect on the backlog of bills. Backlog reported as follows:

    2011 - 7.4B
    2012 - 7.2B * IPI bashes it isn’t working
    2013 - 6.2B
    2014 - 4.6B

    It clearly was working but nobody wants to discuss this with the taxpayers. I am fine with a tax increase that is working to help the state and to help pay vendors that are owed money.

    Why do all of our politicians believe that everything must be solved in one budget? It drives me crazy. It appears we had been on the right track with paying down debt. That is until Gov Rauner took office.

  5. - Anonymous - Tuesday, May 23, 17 @ 12:01 pm:

    Taxpayers paid down the backlog of bills with the 67% tax increase that pulled in approximately $30 billion in 4 years and sucked a lot of buying power out of the economy.

  6. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, May 23, 17 @ 12:08 pm:

    Illinois Working Together is the best Anti-Rauner messaging on Twitter.

    They understand the medium, they can be very biting, but not so over the top it turns you off from following or reading their tweets in a timeline.

    The ILGOP Twitter is what you’d expect; 140 characters mashed together with little regard to… anything. If they were a spoof of themselves, that might be funnier or more biting.

    The new Pritzker “tweeter”… They could turn it down to 8 1/2 and be more impactful towards me wanting to read more, but they are rolling out as the mirror to the ILGOP, and I’m not sold that that’s the best social media answer.

    But. Illinois Working Together, agree with them or not, read their tweeter thingy, it’s really good at being “enough” without you saying “enough!”.

  7. - Real - Tuesday, May 23, 17 @ 12:08 pm:

    I think its a little too early to be comparing the day or 2 old crisiscreatinrauner twiiter to the almost 2 years running Illinois working together twitter.

  8. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, May 23, 17 @ 12:12 pm:

    ===I think its a little too early===


    ===Starting today, Democratic candidate for governor, billionaire J.B. Pritzker, is unleashing a new level of fury against Gov. Bruce Rauner. It’s part of a campaign to push back on the negative firestorm that the Illinois GOP - mostly funded by Rauner - opened up on Democrats for the last several years… Democrats have complained to Madigan about the lack of pushback against Rauner as well as a lack of centralized set of legislative goals that Democrats want to advance in the General Assembly. The state party, with Madigan as chairman, has long been disjointed. When it comes to technology, it’s in the stone age. Madigan is viewed as being chiefly concerned about preserving his own majority in the Illinois House.===

    They’re the ones who set a high bar right off the bat.

  9. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, May 23, 17 @ 12:14 pm:

    ===They’re the ones who set a high bar right off the bat.===

    Yep, 100%.

    If you’re Crew wants to set up a Twitter and website, with a press release touting “this or that”, then the critique is based on how they want thise mediums to be seen and taken.

    That’s the most fair to them, good or base criticism notwithstanding.

  10. - Real - Tuesday, May 23, 17 @ 12:20 pm:

    I look forward to them growing in this. After all, Jb isn’t a career politician or hell bent on getting in by any means necessary like the other side is. Jb is not as aggressive as Rauner we can see, but Rauner is in it for his own selfish reasons which is why he is by so far much more aggressive.

  11. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, May 23, 17 @ 12:24 pm:

    I also like Illinois Working Together, and the unions’ messaging–Governor, do your job, don’t dictate, negotiate, etc. These messages are spot-on.

  12. - Henry Francis - Tuesday, May 23, 17 @ 12:28 pm:

    JB needs to own his Dr. Evil stint. Put that picture up next to a picture of the Guv playing cowboy, a picture of the Guv playing biker, a picture of the Guv playing farmer, and a picture of the Guv playing handyman. Add a caption explaining that these pictures portray a man dressing up in a costume as a joke, but in only one of the pictures does the man know it.

  13. - City Zen - Tuesday, May 23, 17 @ 12:29 pm:

    CrisisCreatin’Rauner? I hear they’re touring again but without the Fogerty brothers.

  14. - Real - Tuesday, May 23, 17 @ 12:30 pm:

    And this is what sets Rauner apart from other candidates and why he is much more aggressive than they are. While they are in this for making the state better hevis only in this for his own selfish reasons. When people are usually involved in things for there own interest they usually are more aggressive than those who are in it for the whole. This also why Rauner spends so much of his own money in his campaign and hires 24/7 messaging crews. And speaking on inherited agendas I think Rauner was confused with his own inherited Koch brothers agenda.

    This is all my opinion based on the facts that I have seen.

  15. - City Zen - Tuesday, May 23, 17 @ 12:43 pm:

    Do the unions sell programs for their PACs? You’ve got Illinois Working Together getting money from IFT and AFSCME31 and Working Illinois with IEA and AFSCME31 money. Hard to tell whose working in Illinois and with whom.

  16. - Moe Berg - Tuesday, May 23, 17 @ 12:48 pm:

    If the last two years have taught us nothing, it’s that heavy handed is the way to go. Clinton was all kinds of clever and thoughtful. National Democrats, too. And, all they’ve accomplished is losing to Republicans in great numbers.

    All Rauner could say in his Facebook Live today was “property taxes.” Was that being too heavy handed? Think he gets it?

  17. - Real - Tuesday, May 23, 17 @ 1:04 pm:


    Clinton won the popular vote while Trump won because of a man made system.

    In local races Julliana Stratton who was light handed defeated the heavy handed Rauner backed aggressive incumbent Ken Dunkin.

  18. - Moe Berg - Tuesday, May 23, 17 @ 1:30 pm:

    @Real - Every human system is man made, by definition; it’s not a state of nature. For the popular vote winner to be president would also be a man made system.

    Clinton lost Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania, and thus the presidency. That’s how our system works; she and her team were well aware and chose to take those states for granted. Had Clinton been more heavy handed and less clever, it might not have even been close in terms of the popular vote or the electoral college.

    I wanted Clinton to win. But, without a doubt Democrats have a massive problem with messaging and no on could say what HRC’s message was. We all knew Trump’s.

    Sorry Dems, we can’t snark and cat-picture our way to greatness. I enjoy it, too, but it doesn’t connect with the masses.

  19. - Anonymous - Tuesday, May 23, 17 @ 1:43 pm:

    Moe, Clinton was clever and thoughtful??? LOL

    She was so clever she didn’t bother visiting Wisconsin and so clever she was stacking classified info on servers at her house. And, sharing the stuff with Huma and the Weiner man.

  20. - Real - Tuesday, May 23, 17 @ 1:44 pm:


    I notice you skipped over heavy handed Ken Dunkin losing to a light handed Stratton.

    And to the Clinton/Trump point you touched on irregardless of if its of nature or not more people voted for Clinton nationwide over a heavy handed Trump. Point being is the point you tried to make earlier is null and void seeing as more people still voted for Clinton across the nation. No need to break it down into segments or states to try and prove your point.

  21. - Moe Berg - Tuesday, May 23, 17 @ 1:55 pm:

    @ Anonymous 1:43 p.m.: completely missed the point of my comment which was about messaging; not surprised you are unable or unwilling to come up with a handle. But, thanks for the Fox “News” talking points drive-by.

    @ Real: Big fan of Stratton. She’s a smart and sophisticated person and Dunkin was not. The idea that she wasn’t heavy handed on Dunkin in her mail, TV and radio messaging is just wrong. For Pete’s sake: President Obama helped her swing the 2×4 against Dunkin’s head!

  22. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, May 23, 17 @ 1:57 pm:

    Moe, only Donald Trump could win a Trump-style campaign in a tight race.

  23. - Chicago Barb - Tuesday, May 23, 17 @ 2:34 pm:

    Anonymous at 12:01, so the 67% tax increase was allowed to expire. How’s that working out for you?

  24. - Mama - Tuesday, May 23, 17 @ 4:21 pm:

    ‘Illinois Bill Backlog’ is the best post the Dems can use against Rauner. It is quickly understood where the problem lies, and who is the blame.

  25. - wordslinger - Tuesday, May 23, 17 @ 4:26 pm:

    What’s freaky-weird about Rauner is that his rhetoric is consistently in opposition to his own actions.

    Gov. Rauner thinks that stuff Gov. Rauner is doing is bad.

    He’s Blago, but with a lot more money.

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