Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » The cowardly lions of Illinois
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
The cowardly lions of Illinois

Monday, Jun 19, 2017

* My Crain’s Chicago Business column

Illinois has waited almost two and a half years for Gov. Bruce Rauner to propose a “real” budget. He didn’t do it in 2015 (although he claims he did). He didn’t do it in 2016. And he didn’t do it again in 2017, preferring all the while to let somebody else tell the truth that everybody in Springfield knows: Solving this crisis is going to create real pain by way of higher taxes and/or deep spending cuts.

Finally, after nine credit downgrades that have put state government just one notch above junk bond status and hurled five public universities into actual junk bond status, after scores of social services providers have closed or drastically reduced vital services to the most vulnerable among us, after doing real and lasting harm to small businesses that deal with the state, after doing perhaps irreparable damage to the state’s already horrid reputation and after Senate Democrats took matters into their own hands and passed a budget with the cuts and the revenues to mostly balance it, the governor got behind a budget plan on June 14—a mere 884 days after he was inaugurated.

Hooray! Give him a cookie.

The exclamation point was added by my editors, by the way.

* Back to the column

Rauner didn’t announce the new budget plan himself, of course. That would be too politically risky. Instead, he dispatched some Republican legislators to lay out the new plan and take questions from reporters. The next day, Rauner appeared in a video supporting the proposal with no pesky reporters around to ask questions.

It’s not like Rauner has been alone in his cowardice. House Speaker Michael Madigan refused to prevent the 2011 income tax hike from automatically reducing itself from 5 percent to 3.75 percent at the end of 2014, and the Democrat has refused to pass a balanced budget with new revenues ever since. Madigan didn’t want to place his more politically vulnerable members at risk, and he wanted Rauner to wear the tax-hike jacket instead.

Go read the rest before commenting, please.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

21 Comments »
  1. - RNUG - Monday, Jun 19, 17 @ 9:35 am:

    That is the situation in a nutshell.


  2. - Nearly Normal - Monday, Jun 19, 17 @ 9:38 am:

    Well said Rich!


  3. - lake county democrat - Monday, Jun 19, 17 @ 9:40 am:

    Yep, cowardice all around. I’d add one more: the Democrats are too cowardly to push progressive taxation. Think about it: one way to avoid or minimize wearing the collar for tax increases is to play the tax fairness card. Bill Clinton based much of his 1992 campaign on this principle. But Illinois doesn’t have a traditional Dem party, at least not at the state level.


  4. - Anon414 - Monday, Jun 19, 17 @ 9:41 am:

    At least the Senate Dems (and Radogno until Rauner took out her legs,) have displayed some responsibility and guts.


  5. - Anonymous - Monday, Jun 19, 17 @ 9:43 am:

    Bing, bam, boom. What more do you need to know?


  6. - Ducky LaMoore - Monday, Jun 19, 17 @ 9:57 am:

    I love the comments on Crain’s website. I didn’t realize people who could barely think would go to a professional business news source! Great column, Rich, “you old drunken, biased bum with a pro-union website.”


  7. - @MisterJayEm - Monday, Jun 19, 17 @ 9:59 am:

    House Speaker Michael Madigan refused to prevent the 2011 income tax hike from automatically reducing itself from 5 percent to 3.75 percent at the end of 2014

    “What more do you need to know?”

    That governor-elect Bruce Rauner urged the General Assembly to allow the 2011 temporary tax rates increase to sunset as scheduled, and that Rauner also pledged to veto an extension if passed by the legislature.

    – MrJM


  8. - HL Mencken - Monday, Jun 19, 17 @ 10:00 am:

    You should not leave out the third branch of government in your cowardly citations. Had the judicial branch stepped up on day one and simply announced that no one gets paid without a budget there would have been a far greater likelihood that we never would have travelled this far.


  9. - Rich Miller - Monday, Jun 19, 17 @ 10:01 am:

    ===Rauner also pledged to veto an extension===

    Yeah, but Quinn pledged to sign it.


  10. - cdog - Monday, Jun 19, 17 @ 10:08 am:

    I was glad to see this over the weekend. They are both cowards, and that’s one of the nicer character traits one could label them with.

    Both sides are unworthy of the offices they hold. Keep up the pressure and keep educating the public.


  11. - Annonin' - Monday, Jun 19, 17 @ 10:10 am:

    Capt Fax’s refusal to look critically at DopeyDuct alone is totally inxplcable. Tryin’ to link Madigna to every Dopey display of incompetence is only harms his credibility. DopeyDuct sez he supports the Durkie “compromise” and then unleashes the stooge & goon squads with paid mailers, tv, radio station rants again anyone support tax increase.
    Action on the temporary tax was opposed by Dopey.
    This linkage doesn’t work


  12. - Free Set of Steak Knives - Monday, Jun 19, 17 @ 10:35 am:

    === he wanted Rauner to wear the tax-hike jacket instead. ===

    I’d say he didn’t want Democrats to be the only ones blamed for the tax increase. I don’t think Democrats mind sharing the blame.


  13. - Rich Miller - Monday, Jun 19, 17 @ 10:40 am:

    ===Capt Fax’s refusal to look critically at DopeyDuct alone is totally inxplcable===

    Your logic is as sound as your typing skills.


  14. - The Lowly LA - Monday, Jun 19, 17 @ 10:54 am:

    Aye, Captain; he’s got ye there…


  15. - lake county democrat - Monday, Jun 19, 17 @ 10:57 am:

    HL Mencken is on to something, but not the court’s ruling on legislator pay.

    Where is Lisa Madigan? Or somebody to sue the governor to present a balanced budget? After all constant bleating here about how it’s Rauner’s “constitutional duty” to go first, where was the willingness to test that in court? Maybe the people making it were more interested in something else?

    Rich is 100% right: at this point this is primarily about avoiding “the collar.” Rauner has shown he doesn’t value the political reforms much, and they’re all on board with balancing the budget primarily on the backs of the middle class. All that remains of this worst-of-both-worlds compromise is some tweaking on the edges.


  16. - lake county democrat - Monday, Jun 19, 17 @ 11:02 am:

    PS - I’m not going to blame Madigan or the Dems for not making the hike permanent before Rauner. Regardless of their motives or how gutsy it might have been, it would have been terribly undemocratic. We just had an election whose biggest issue was that very tax increase (remember the “it’s gonna happen, probably in November” ads?) and Rauner won it. And that was the only non-gerrmandered outlet for the voters.


  17. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jun 19, 17 @ 11:26 am:

    The best governing way Rauner had, and arguably continues to have, is to allow Radogno and Durkin to assist in the governing to give cover where needed, and work out compromises where Rauner’s love of a passive tone works in his continued battle to campaign against himself.

    Durkin IS the most powerful legislator in both chambers. “Period”. Durkin could work, autonomously, to get Rauner significant wins and limit damage to all Republicans, including Rauner himself.

    Two things are critical, for me, in the spot-on embracing of what Rich wrote;

    Rauner blowing up both Senate Grand Bargains.

    Durkin rolling out Rauner’s budget compromise WITHOUT the Raunerite tax bill, sponsored and guaranteed support by Rauner and the Raunerites.

    “Why is this important?”

    It’s about the cowardly way to se engaged, without blame, and without the fortitude to see a budget thru.

    Durkin could, indeed, take over where the blowing up of the Senate Deal ended.

    But, only an honest actor would include the Rauner Tax bill to pay for the compromise, and it works have HGOP sponsors.

    “Why won’t it?”

    Cowards.

    Madigan not running the SenDems budget, right or wrong, is the other side of the Raunerite coin. The only difference is Durkin and Radogno isn’t facing $50 million aimed at slamming them for compromise. Durkin and Radogno are more worried about IPI and Proft, but I digress….

    All sides need to see Durkin holds the key to compromise.

    Ads will not get any compromise done.


  18. - walker - Monday, Jun 19, 17 @ 1:40 pm:

    “Who’s going to wear the collar” for the obviously required tax increases and expense cuts, has been the budget issue from day one.

    The 800-day impasse is on the Turnaround Agenda; the budget was secondary until now.


  19. - Boone's is back - Monday, Jun 19, 17 @ 3:54 pm:

    Great piece Rich


  20. - ejhickey - Tuesday, Jun 20, 17 @ 12:36 am:

    At this point , no one is going to ‘wear the collar” just for a tax increase that everybody knows is coming. the side that wears the collar is the side that doesn’t raise taxes enough to fix our finances and reverse our the slide in our credit rating. think about having to come back a year from now and having to debate raising taxes again.


  21. - ktown - Tuesday, Jun 20, 17 @ 5:37 am:

    When we say the Democrats don’t want to endanger their majority, I think of what it would be like if the Republicans had the majority instead. What effects would that have on Chicago, especially schools and health care? Illinois is a tough place to live for minorities as it is. Would it become tougher?


TrackBack URI

Post your comment... And please take a half second to come up with a nickname. It makes following the posts easier for everyone... Thanks

In other words, do your best to be civilized and smart.


* Illinois "getting to a point where there's a tangible body count. Of children"
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today's edition
* Mrs. Rauner won't talk about her husband's happiness
* Talks break down, Medicaid providers want half a billion more a month
* *** LIVE *** Special session coverage
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............
<


Loading


* Madigan Warns Of Tough Tax Hike Vote - WIBQ..
* Madigan: Democrats draft budget with 4 days lef.....
* Illinois House Republican Leader Focused On Bud.....
* As Negotiations Continue, Both Sides Ask: Will .....
* The Banana Republic of Illinois - Patriot Post..


* Police: 2 dead in Chicago crash, including off-duty officer
* Police: Boy dies after being shot in yard of Chicago home
* EXCHANGE: Community garden sows the seeds of peace in Peoria
* Police: Boy dies after being shot in yard of Chicago home
* House Democrats plan to roll out property-tax freeze plan
* Comment period ends soon on plan to anchor underwater pipes
* Iowan who shouted 'arrest me' to Illinois officer sentenced
* Navy Pier officials offer tips for July 4 fireworks show
* Social service groups warn of dire outcomes without budget
* Illinois' first fracking permit reignites controversy

* House Democrats close on spending plan, property tax relief
* First permit application revives 'fracking' debate in Illinois
* New timeline proposed to bring Illinois students up to par
* Madigan: Democrats draft budget with 4 days left in session
* Illinois House GOP narrows focus on non-budget issues
* Speaker Madigan lays out non-budget demands
* Madigan lays out non-budget demands
* Activists push to save rare wetland on school property
* Illinois House looks at school funding, but not budget
* Illinois could be 1st state with 'junk' credit due to budget

* Lurie, U of C, Advocate named to top children's hospitals list
* Your lunchtime savior is one of Chicago's fastest-growing companies
* Springfield's latest casualty: High-profile nonprofit decimated
* Citadel's Griffin says Trump's 15% tax rate isn't realistic
* Illinois Chamber backs a big tax hike


* Man charged with DUI after cop and woman struck by vehicle
* EU issues record fine — $2.72 billion — to Google in antitrust case
* Man shot in South Shore
* Police: Man fatally run over with car after argument in Austin
* Police: Woman found dead after garage fire in Back of the Yards
* Police: 2 killed in West Side crash
* 13-year-old boy among 5 killed, 9 wounded in Monday shootings
* Russell Westbrook wins NBA MVP; Rockets, Bucks take 2 awards
* Georgia Nicols horoscopes for June 27, 2017
* Dear Abby: Mourning muddles a promising romance


* Boy, 13, shot dead in backyard near Far South Side home: 'I couldn't even make it in time to see him'
* How many people will die from the Republicans' Obamacare repeal bills? Tens of thousands per year
* Ingredient in popular weed killer going on list as cancerous
* Off-duty Chicago cop, woman killed in West Side collision
* ‘Click for Kyle:’ An All-Star campaign to help Kyle Schwarber
* After crazy win, Cubs' next obstacle is Max Scherzer
* Lost dog tossed from moving SUV reunited with Round Lake Park family
* An open letter to Leonard Floyd, and every other NFL player
* Madigan to outline budget plan Tuesday, urges Rauner to be 'reasonable'
* Deaf sexual assault survivor graduates with help from Cook County detectives


» As Negotiations Continue, Both Sides Ask: Will It Be Enough?
» Mystery Of Missing Chinese Scholar Shakes Up Illinois School
» Chicago Police Recruits Visit African American Museum
» After Long Opposing Rauner's 'Non-Budget' Demands, Madigan Has Three Of His Own
» Photos: Chicago LGBT Pride Parade Parade 2017
» Photos: Chicago LGBT Pride Parade 2017
» State Week: Special Session Begins
» When Will Illinois *Really* Run Out Of Money? Could Be August
» Prosecutors Seek To Uphold 'Making A Murderer' Confession
» Budget Impasse Makes Future Of Sojourn Shelter Unclear


* Marc A. Thiessen: America is on its way to divorce court
* House Democrats close on spending plan, property tax relief
* First permit application revives 'fracking' debate in Illinois
* New timeline proposed to bring Illinois students up to par
* Madigan: Democrats draft budget with 4 days left in session
* Illinois House GOP narrows focus on non-budget issues
* Mark Grant: Small Businesses — Special session an opportunity to fix Illinois' budget problems
* George Will: Baseball's pace of play needs some juice
* Speaker Madigan lays out non-budget demands
* Madigan lays out non-budget demands


* PODCAST: State Senator Scott Bennett 06/27/17
* Man in custody following St. Louis quadruple shooting; girl making progress
* Highs and lows: Macon County weather data 2001-2016
* All Area Boys Tennis 2017
* SIUE student wins rare grant to study medications’ environmental impact
* CCHS alum dies in Colorado crash
* Sun, sun and more sun — metro-east in for clear, warm day
* MJs Minute: Mark Jones and Tim Singer
* Fireworks shows affected when area company denied license
* Miss Illinois pageant brings competitors and their fans — and their money — to Marion each year


* Reports: child saved from drowning in Antioch pool
* Elgin-born dancer follows dream to Cirque du Soleil, 'World of Dance'
* 911 tapes reveal frantic scene of Arlington Heights chain saw attack
* Dawn Patrol: Mundelein trustee resigns; families assess travel ban fallout
* U-46 says no to Elgin charter school after heated debate

* Rep. Randy Hultgren fields questions at Le...
* Hultgren backs Trump; suburban Democrats d...
* US Rep. Randy Hultgren accepting internshi...
* Fundraiser, protest set for Illinois GOP r...
* Rep. Randy Hultgren on Trump's Foreign and...
* Veterans seek answers at forum with US Rep...
* Randy Hultgren: US should remain on UN cou...
* Rep. Randy Hultgren constituents decry sec...
* Hultgren pushes measure to protect veteran...
* Hultgren backs Trump; suburban Democrats d...

* Durbin: Health insurance debate will start......
* Price: Trump administration talking to GOP......

* Senator Duckworth & IL Advocates Outline H......

* Union-bashing charter operator wants equitable school funding? C’mon.
* Morris Kight was the first Gay activist I ever knew.
* Madigan’s wish list of demands required for budget deal with Rauner, and other Chicago news
* Keeping busy in, and out of, the Capitol on everything except a state budget
* Elwood nixes 2-year old fire sprinkler mandate
* Legal Minutes: Recording and Surveillance Technology
* Video uses personalities to attract REALTORS® to Chicago
* REALTORS® target point of sale inspection policy in Beach park
* Illinois REALTORS® mourns loss of Danville board’s Borgwald
* Goldberg to succeed Stinton as NAR CEO


* 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

  
* T-Mobile successfully tests new LTE tech, rolls out LTE-U to customers
* Uber now lets you request a ride for someone else
* New Apple Patent Describes Sleep Tracking System With Bedtime Ritual Sensing and Power Nap Function
* NBC App Now Supports Apple's Single Sign-on Feature on iPhone and iPad
* Honor 9 released in Europe with Honor Band 3
* European Commission finally rules on Google Shopping shenanigans, imposing €2.4 billion fine
* Honor 9 European launch: Watch the live stream here…

* White Sox Minor League Update: June 26, 2017
* Adolfo continues power parade in June
* Ninth-inning comeback vs. Yanks falls short
* Giolito featured in prospect duel of the day
* Late rally type of play Renteria expects to see
* Yankees 6, White Sox 5: Late rally can’t erase mistakes
* Quintana out to continue solid June vs. Yanks


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller