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Thursday, Jun 29, 2017

* From the twitters…


- Posted by Rich Miller        

192 Comments
  1. - Lt Guv - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:03 pm:

    What? Me Worry?


  2. - Blue dog dem - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:03 pm:

    ‘Lincolnesque’


  3. - Hamlet's Ghost - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:04 pm:

    #winnin’


  4. - red raider - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:04 pm:

    ” Look like your Governin’ Look like your Governin’”


  5. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:04 pm:

    Thought he was in Chicago?


  6. - Saluki - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:04 pm:

    Can we get some overhead lighting in here?


  7. - Mike - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:04 pm:

    governor, try talking to a mirror.


  8. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:04 pm:

    Governor Rauner seen here pretending to work, with two lamps on each side to wash out the white papers so no one can read them from the photo.


  9. - P. - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:05 pm:

    This solar calculator should be powered up by now.


  10. - props - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:05 pm:

    Speaking of “props”

    Wow.

    As far as staging a photo goes, I give this an A-

    I really like the worn out leather portfolio as a symbol of all his hard governin’ work. But the lighting is a little too hot. Good composition, nice balance of empty space and paperwork. Don’t want too much clutter. Well done, good staging.


  11. - Perrid - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:05 pm:

    Anonymous, there was an update, he was in the meeting in Chicago via video conference. He’s in SPringfield


  12. - Ratso Rizzo - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:05 pm:

    I, too, have a signed autographed photo of myself near my desk.


  13. - @MisterJayEm - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:07 pm:

    “Time is running out,” he said, pointing to the ticking bomb that his millions bought and paid for.

    – MrJM


  14. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:07 pm:

    Wait. Is that Betsy on his desk? https://www.pressreader.com/usa/chicago-sun-times/20131224/281543698751320


  15. - props - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:07 pm:

    “Come on Evelyn! Use spellcheck for once”


  16. - Conn Smythe - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:07 pm:

    Local man waits for either iPhone to ring.


  17. - thomaaas - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:08 pm:

    “Pay to the order of Mrs. Wilbur Stark…One Dollar and NINE CENTS!”


  18. - Nick Name - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:08 pm:

    “I told them I wanted the biker vest.”


  19. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:09 pm:

    When the Rauner Word Jumble needs more word combinations


  20. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:09 pm:

    Hmmm. 3 across…. a 7 letter word for nemesis that begins with ‘m’


  21. - Ratso Rizzo - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:09 pm:

    One phone for governin’, the other for anti-governin’


  22. - Chicago Cynic - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:10 pm:

    This whole thing is clearly not written by the gov. Shouldn’t it be:

    “At my desk, preparin’ for a balanced budget to arrive. Lawmakers need to come together & ​get this done for Illinois. Time is runnin’ out.”


  23. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:10 pm:

    “Wait! Take the price tags off the phony pictures”


  24. - Blue Bayou - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:10 pm:

    Two lamps.

    Still in the dark.


  25. - Huh? - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:10 pm:

    Ok, how many for Illinois bonds can I buy? I’m sure they are double exempt, so a 9% return on investment is pretty good. How do I get Moody’s to reduce the bond rating to junk?


  26. - AnonymousOne - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:10 pm:

    Isn’t this the desk that the leader of this state sits at?


  27. - Archiesmom - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:10 pm:

    I shall write no less than 1000 times: Because… Madigan.

    Honestly, I’m having flashbacks to the movie The Shining, where Jack Nicholson just type the same thing time and time again with his sturdy manual typewriter. This will not end well


  28. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:10 pm:

    “Now, one with the Carhartt…”


  29. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:11 pm:

    “… now one with the biker vest… “


  30. - Thoughts Matter - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:11 pm:

    So he is just twiddling his thumbs waiting for the bill to arrive? Why not meander upstairs and help move the process along.

    This is just a photo op.


  31. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:11 pm:

    “… now one with the cowboy hat… “


  32. - South of Sherman - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:12 pm:

    Profiles In Courage 2017: Fixin’ The Budget By Sittin’, Waitin’, And Hopin’


  33. - Jocko - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:12 pm:

    The Penske file looks pretty worn since Costanza used it.

    (outside of frame) plaque reading “The buck stops at Madigan.”


  34. - Archiesmom - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:12 pm:

    Because…Madigan
    Because…Madigan
    Because…Madigan
    Because…Madigan
    Because…Madigan


  35. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:13 pm:

    “”Lemme see here…..I’m makin’ million dollars a day doin’ nuthin’…once this state is worthless I’ll buy it for a dollar, then actually start makin’ some REAL money! God I’m happy 😊!


  36. - Archiesmom - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:14 pm:

    Sorry for being duplicative. My first post didn’t make it for a while, and I thought I might’ve triggered the filter.


  37. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:14 pm:

    We tell him, every episode, “you can suggest ideas for ‘Dad’s Home State’ but you being you is really what the show is all about”… and here he sits trying to rewrite another script.


  38. - highspeed - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:14 pm:

    Which one do i veto first!


  39. - Flynn's mom - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:15 pm:

    Ridiculous!!


  40. - UIC Guy - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:15 pm:

    I read the state constitution, and I’m pretty sure that ‘waiting for it to arrive’ is not the sum total of the Gov.’s responsibilities in regard to the budget. Perhaps he should read the constitution too….


  41. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:16 pm:

    Not a worded caption but a visual image of what this picture says to me:

    https://giphy.com/gifs/season-14-the-simpsons-14×9-3orieRWMDkkbD9Gzug


  42. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:17 pm:

    “Have Diana co-sign this check and put this $9 million in Durkin’s account, would ya?”


  43. - Lt Guv - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:17 pm:

    Blue Bayou for the win.


  44. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:18 pm:

    Only when the papers on his desk began to glow did Rauner realize Madigan had played the old exploding bill joke.


  45. - @MisterJayEm - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:19 pm:

    All work and no play because… Madigan. All work and no play because… Madigan. All work and no play because… Madigan. All work and no play because… Madigan. All work and no play because… Madigan. All work and no play because… Madigan. All work and no play because… Madigan. All work and no play because… Madigan. All work and no play because… Madigan. All work and no play because… Madigan. All work and no play because… Madigan. All work and no play because… Madigan. All work and no play because… Madigan. All work and no play because… Madigan. All work and no play because… Madigan. All work and no play because… Madigan. All work and no play because… Madigan. All work and no play because… Madigan. All work and no play…

    Archiesmom nailed it.

    – MrJM


  46. - Gruntled University Employee - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:20 pm:

    And I’m veto’n this 911 bill cause I’ve got 2 phones and that’s double taxation.


  47. - sadstateofaffairs - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:20 pm:

    Governor Rauner, thinking that little rolled up bill cartoon is a real live actual thing, awaits the pitter patter of those little bill feet. (In reality unfortunately bills never pass themselves so he will be waiting right into Junk Governor status)


  48. - Tweed Jacket - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:21 pm:

    Whys’ the calculator faced away from him? afraid of the numbers?


  49. - Franklin Delano Bluth - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:21 pm:

    “People of Illinois, in these times of fiscal darkness I have installed not one but TWO lamps on my desk. I can hardly see anything. It makes my eyes burn. But anything for a good photo op.”


  50. - Bruce (No, not him) - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:21 pm:

    You know, if I get rid of one of these lamps, maybe we could balance the budget. Nah, Madigan won’t let me.


  51. - hot chocolate - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:22 pm:

    Easy to see he isn’t serious. He doesn’t even have all the little pens lined up for the signing ceremony.


  52. - Franklin Delano Bluth - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:22 pm:

    “Remember the good old days when the only reason to review spreadsheets was to figure out which companies to outsource and which nursing homes to close? Simpler times my friend, simpler times.”


  53. - Emailed - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:22 pm:

    Just answering some email!


  54. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:23 pm:

    “When do we turn out the lights and I then stand in the corner, swaying and lurking?”


  55. - SAD! - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:23 pm:

    Looks like an up day!


  56. - Huh? - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:23 pm:

    So summer vacation is going to be at the ranch. I think 3 weeks ought to be enough to relax and recharge for the next fight with Madigan.

    Let’s see, fall vacation could be in the South of France. What about an other safari?

    Don’t forget to make skiing reservations to stay over Christmas and New Years. Where to go, hmm? Swiss alps?

    Time to renew the wine of the month club membership. Wonder if they have anything exceptionally rare this year.

    Have to send the Harley to the shop for an oil change. Maybe CK could ride it over and wait. No, better one of those trooper guys.

    So many things to do many think about. This supposed governin’ thing is getting in the way of my fun.


  57. - U-Turn Agenda Victim - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:23 pm:

    “Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffin’ glue.”


  58. - Anonish - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:24 pm:

    Finally has enough light to read Article VIII Section 2 of the Illinois Constitution.


  59. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:24 pm:

    Why does this photo look familiar? I think I’ve seen this before, or I’m having a weird deja vu experience.


  60. - JoeMaddon - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:26 pm:

    LEADERSHIP: Sitting around waiting for everyone else to do the work.


  61. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:27 pm:

    Rauner: Wrong, sir! Wrong! Under section 37B of the contract signed by Durkin, it states quite clearly that all offers shall become null and void if - and you can read it for yourself in this photostatic copy:

    [grabs a magnifying glass and reads]

    Rauner: “I, the undersigned, shall forfeit all rights, privileges, and licenses herein and herein contained, et cetera, et cetera… Fax mentis incendium gloria cultum, et cetera, et cetera… Memo bis punitor delicatum!”

    [slams the contract copy and the magnifying glass down, continues shouting]

    Rauner: It’s all there, black and white, clear as crystal! Durkin must move the goalposts! Jim misspoke to you members of the Press and now those quotes need to be washed and sterilized with new mailers and ads to blow everything up, so the state gets no budget! You lose! Good day, sir!

    [turns back to his work]

    Reporter 4: [shocked] You’re a kook. You’re a phony and a sham! That’s what you are!

    [angrily]

    Reporter 7: How could you do something like this, build up a state’s hopes and then smash all the dreams to pieces? You’re an inhuman monster!

    Rauner: [shouts even louder] I said good day!


  62. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:27 pm:

    The most unlikeable person, and happiest, in Illinois


  63. - Annonin' - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:29 pm:

    What happened to “very important ” Chi meetin’ CaptFax was frontin’ this mornin’?


  64. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:29 pm:

    By far, the best stock photo model Illinois has ever had as governor.

    What’s with the superstars these days? All images are laughably staged and phony.

    I mean, what “preparation” does it take to sit at your desk awaiting for a budget to arrive? The concept is hackneyed and trite beyond goofy.


  65. - titan - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:31 pm:

    At my desk reading Article VIII, Section 2(a) of the State Constitution … I think I may have figured out why no one has sent me a balanced budget!


  66. - Ginhouse Tommy - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:31 pm:

    Why does he need two lamps? Just curious.


  67. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:33 pm:

    “Governor, you’re right handed, put the pen in your right hand… That’s it… “


  68. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:34 pm:

    Not a caption…but does the Governor know that the General Assembly doesn’t send him the budget right away. They have 30 days after passage to send to him. How long will he be at that desk?


  69. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:35 pm:

    “Roll em, roll em, roll em
    Keep my profits rollin
    Keep those vetoes goin
    All right!

    Radogno and minion Durkin
    We’re swayin and we’re lurkin
    Keeps Our state a-jerkin
    All right!

    Vote up, vote it down
    Cut it up, make a frown
    Wreckage from Cairo
    to Chicago-town
    Never gettin thing done
    Keeps up the lie that we won
    Gee governin’s sure fun!
    All right!


  70. - Annonin' - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:35 pm:

    The must be the world’s longest selfie stick for him to take his own pix and tweat.
    Good job not droppin’ the G GovJunk


  71. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:36 pm:

    “Hey Grassbowl, what else does a Governor do?”


  72. - Southside Markie - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:37 pm:

    “The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.” —Sir Winston Churchill


  73. - Scamp640 - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:38 pm:

    Darn it. He’s holding his veto pen.


  74. - Aldyth - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:38 pm:

    Squints and looks down at the sheet torn out of the adult coloring book.

    “I really need that green for the leaves. Madigan must have taken it out of the box - that dirty ratfink.”


  75. - Windyplayer - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:38 pm:

    Turning to the left really hurts my neck.


  76. - Southside Markie - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:38 pm:

    “When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out.” —Napoleon Bonaparte


  77. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:38 pm:

    “Great, now with Lingle gone I have to organize the state fair parade… “


  78. - Triple fat - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:39 pm:

    Got my calendar out figurin out my campaignin stops where I’ll be bashin democrats for sendin me a balanced budget… cause of revenue and such


  79. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:40 pm:

    Blue Bayou wins the Internet today. Thank you all for participating.


  80. - Casual observer - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:40 pm:

    I don’t directly work with the PACs, I just review the mailers before they got out. Hey, what else do I have to do?


  81. - The Real Just Me - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:41 pm:

    I knew if I poured over these spreadsheets long enough I’d figure it out. We need a tax increase.


  82. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:41 pm:

    “Chicago market… $1 million… Peoria market, $250,000… St. Louis market… $600,000… Rockford market… $150,000… “


  83. - Now What? - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:42 pm:

    “Six letter word for a financial plan? CK! Stop sending me NY Times crossword puzzles! Tribune only from now on!”


  84. - Adamsdem - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:42 pm:

    Sorry folks, It took me 8 days and $320,000 of your money, but I finally remembered where the desk for my part time job was!


  85. - the wonderboy - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:42 pm:

    #tbt…2015 was such a great year!


  86. - Joe M - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:43 pm:

    And I’m not going to lift a finger to make a budget happen because, well that is work for others to do - but I’ll take the credit for it - and highlight in all my campaign ads that I produced a budget!


  87. - Arsenal - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:45 pm:

    I can’t tell if my favorite dead give-away that this is staged is the upside-down calculator or the two lamps pulled into the middle of the desk from opposite sides of the desk.


  88. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:46 pm:

    “And a check to Dartmouth… gotta keep them running… “


  89. - Bothanspy - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:46 pm:

    All that’s missing in this photo is a stack of manila folders with blank pages and no stickers.


  90. - Crispycritter - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:47 pm:

    Where is my VETO pen?


  91. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:47 pm:

    “Dear JB,

    Thanks for bailing out The Ounce for Diana with that $5 million.

    Bruce.”


  92. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:48 pm:

    “Fax this… to the Caymans for me… and move another $30 million for me as income… “


  93. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:48 pm:

    You should have done this in 2015 without your political agenda. Trying to make people work for 5.00 an hour


  94. - Tier 1 gal - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:49 pm:

    I don’t use a computer…strictly paper for me.


  95. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:50 pm:

    What do you pay your nursing home staff


  96. - Sdwdv - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:52 pm:

    What is this blue pen doing here??? I use only red pens on stuff sent to my by the legislature.


  97. - Commonsense in Illinois - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:52 pm:

    Come on, Goldberg, snap the damn picture. The Bachelorette is on!


  98. - Ryan - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:57 pm:

    At my desk, pretendin’ to be workin’.


  99. - ILGOV2018 - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 12:59 pm:

    Let’s see, I carry the 1 and…wow!… I will make millions more when we hit junk bond status.


  100. - Johnnie F. - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 1:00 pm:

    All work and no play makes Bruce a dull boy…….. All work and no play makes Bruce a dull boy…….. All work snd no play…..


  101. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 1:00 pm:

    Blue Bayou - it’s yours today!


  102. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 1:00 pm:

    “Let’s start with… Eastern… Southern… Chicago State… close them… If we can get Western, SIU Edwardsville… NEIU all unaccredited… we can have the fall to see if the other schools can stay open… “


  103. - no fool - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 1:00 pm:

    I thought Rauner was left handed?


  104. - Curious - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 1:03 pm:

    I don’t know about everyone else, but I have a hard time using a calculator when it’s upside down.


  105. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 1:04 pm:

    “What church is going to give me a standing ovation THIS week… “


  106. - Spliff - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 1:05 pm:

    Carhart … check
    Cowboy hat … check
    blame Madigan … check
    Fake work photos … check
    dinner plans? … Alamo or Obed?


  107. - zatoichi - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 1:08 pm:

    This Sudoku in the TV Guide has got me stumped.


  108. - Slippin' Jimmy - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 1:09 pm:

    This cheap Chinese calculator can’t be right….either that or Oswego Willy nailed it….Wow, I need 71 and 36! (Banned Word!)


  109. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 1:11 pm:

    I think we may have set a record on this post. 103 comments in under an hour.


  110. - Stuff Happens - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 1:18 pm:

    @no fool
    “I thought Rauner was left handed?”

    That’s only at swearing-in ceremonies.


  111. - Emily Miller - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 1:19 pm:

    “That calculator sure would have come in handy back when I couldn’t figure out the math to propose a balanced budget.”


  112. - Phenomynous - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 1:20 pm:

    …and please understand that your sacrifice is for the betterment of Illinois.

    Sincerely,

    Bruce Rauner
    GOVERNOR


  113. - jimk849 - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 1:21 pm:

    The billion-buck stops here.


  114. - A Parent - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 1:21 pm:

    Governor Rauner hard at work on his next African American Church speech.


  115. - Joe M - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 1:24 pm:

    I gotta get this paperwork done, or I’ll be late for church down at the African American churches I go to every week! (where they always give me a standing ovation)


  116. - tmfbitu - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 1:24 pm:

    And by “preparing” I mean, “adding to my list of excuses to veto”


  117. - Leatherneck - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 1:25 pm:

    “Are there churches in town which have Thursday services?”


  118. - illinoised - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 1:26 pm:

    Alfed E. Newmanesque


  119. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 1:28 pm:

    The governor is SO casual…

    … he won’t wear a tie to work…

    … but WILL sit at a desk with a sportcoat on.

    (Face Palm)


  120. - BigLou - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 1:30 pm:

    I have two cell phones, go ahead and try and FOIA ‘em.

    If I don’t acknowledge me nameplate I don’t have to act like a Governor.


  121. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 1:34 pm:

    “The shorts are fine, Governor, just sit behind the desk and out in the sportcoat your wardrobe person for this shoot… “


  122. - Montrose - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 1:34 pm:

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..”


  123. - JS Mill - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 1:35 pm:

    “I need to find a snappy new font for “Because…Madigan!”. I really like this verdana jobby.”


  124. - no fool - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 1:37 pm:

    Eastern is where Edgar graduated


  125. - Anon221 - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 1:37 pm:

    In a tip of the hat to Archiesmom, this is only good for an hour unless someone else wants to post it: https://imgflip.com/i/1rq7sj

    https://imgflip.com/memegenerator/60777140/Bart-Simpson—chalkboard


  126. - GOP Extremist - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 1:41 pm:

    “I’m good enough, I smart enough, and doggone it, people like me”


  127. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 1:48 pm:

    All these comments, so swift in nature… I’d say this;

    When the message you tweet… can’t deflect from the disapproval… a staged photo frames. People only see hypocrisy.

    Messaging failure, baked in to a highly emotional time.

    The tweet is a phony caricature of someone who has said, many times, he’s backing off the work being done.

    Which am I suppose to believe?

    The picture and tweet…

    … or the “let them work” in front of cameras and mics.

    You tell me, Rauner Crew.


  128. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 1:48 pm:

    It’s been found that one doesn’t need so much light after cataract surgery. Perhaps the budget has been actually perfect from day one.


  129. - Franklin Delano Bluth - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 1:50 pm:

    “Remember what your wife told you Brucey, just draw those little smiley faces and pretend like Madigan doesn’t even exist”


  130. - Henry Francis - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 1:53 pm:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xMOWYGrtY9c

    Work work work


  131. - Really - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 1:57 pm:

    This was released too soon. This was his picture for July 1 without a budget. ” as you can see folks I am still workin hard for you even though the state has collapsed, the Feds may have confiscated the Illinois flag and theseblights are being run by generators, its madigan’s fault


  132. - So tired of political hacks - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 1:59 pm:

    A perfect photo for the history books, only Governor to ever reach JUNK BOND STATUS!!!


  133. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 2:00 pm:

    Gov. Rauner already looks forward to blaming Democrats for failing to send him a budget after he will have instructed his fellow Republicans to prevent the bill from passing with the required number of votes.


  134. - Oops - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 2:04 pm:

    Now where did put the balanced budget I was going to submit in 2015. With all my “non politic’n”, time got away from me, is it 2017 already?

    And where did the Illinois flag go


  135. - Adam Eaton - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 2:06 pm:

    Like his hero, he is working on his ABC’s

    https://twitter.com/TrumpDraws/status/830115871657910272


  136. - Streator Curmudgeon - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 2:08 pm:

    To avoid backache, the Governor always puts his wallet on the corner of the desk.


  137. - Blue dog dem - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 2:09 pm:

    ‘My wallet, ever so big, worn and tattered . Matches my generosity’


  138. - Streator Curmudgeon - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 2:10 pm:

    (Savin’ money with the high-efficiency bulbs. By golly, I’m governatin’ now!)


  139. - Streator Curmudgeon - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 2:12 pm:

    “ck! More sunscreen!”


  140. - backdeckjeff - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 2:12 pm:

    Smithers! My pen is out of ink!


  141. - Streator Curmudgeon - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 2:13 pm:

    (Ya know, that Dagwood is a pretty swanky dresser. Wonder where I could get a shirt with one big button?)


  142. - Streator Curmudgeon - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 2:15 pm:

    “Huh! It says here in ‘Governatin’ for Dummies’ that a balanced budget is desirable. I’ll be danged.”


  143. - Streator Curmudgeon - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 2:17 pm:

    “Z, make sure you cut the Illinois flag out of the picture, then I can use this in my 2020 presidential brochure.”


  144. - Streator Curmudgeon - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 2:18 pm:

    “Man, that surgeon didn’t have THIS much light when he took my carbuncle out.”


  145. - Streator Curmudgeon - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 2:20 pm:

    “Wow! X-ray glasses! I’m gonna order a pair of those!”


  146. - 80%IsAGoodDeal - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 2:22 pm:

    The corporate raider at work raiding Illinois.


  147. - Streator Curmudgeon - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 2:24 pm:

    “One more book of green stamps and I can get that raccoon tail for my motorcycle.”


  148. - Ed Higher - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 2:29 pm:

    “If you turn the lights way up, you can’t tell the pages are blank…”


  149. - Streator Curmudgeon - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 2:29 pm:

    “It says in this oppo dump that Pritzker buys his blazers at the Big ‘n Tall Governator’s Shop too.”


  150. - Streator Curmudgeon - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 2:32 pm:

    “I’ll bet that Hedley LaMarr never had a desk this cool.”


  151. - dude - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 2:43 pm:

    ‘Wow, look at this spreadsheet here!. My buddies are making a lot of $$$ on this crisis.”


  152. - Robert J. Hironimus-Wendt - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 2:47 pm:

    Just preparin’ my quarterly tax exemption paperwork while waitin’ to veto the budget if it ever comes. Nothin’ else happenin’ here (notice the tidy desk).


  153. - Three-Finger Brown - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 2:49 pm:

    I’m speakin’ at churches every Sunday mornin’, and I judge myself by how brightly my papers are glowin’.

    Verdict? Pretty darn luminescent.


  154. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 2:52 pm:

    Gentlemen, this bill will be a giant step forward in the treatment of the insane gambler.


  155. - Ward Heeler - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 2:54 pm:

    Damn these new energy efficient, long lasting fluorescent light bulbs! The curlicue design may last longer, but you cannot beat incandescent bulbs for illumination.


  156. - A guy - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 2:57 pm:

    Sure can get a lot of work done now that we got rid of the phone on this desk.


  157. - Scrooged - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 2:58 pm:

    Man’s welfare is not my business. It’s enough for a man to understand his own business, and not to interfere with other people’s. Mine occupies me constantly.


  158. - 13thone - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 3:00 pm:

    It appears that the Governor is unfamiliar with his surroundings. He couldn’t find the light switch, so he had extra desk lamps brought in for this photo shoot.


  159. - Cook County Commoner - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 3:11 pm:

    “Drear President Trump, I regret writing this letter, which should have been written ten years ago. Regarding amendment of the Bankruptcy Code to include states, …”


  160. - Union Man - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 3:13 pm:

    Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way!!


  161. - Guess again - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 3:20 pm:

    Portrait of a fool.


  162. - Anon - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 3:35 pm:

    I cant find Waldo.


  163. - SoILL - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 3:37 pm:

    On my right, Sudoku So Easy A Gov Can Do It

    On my left, Solutions to Sudoku So Easy A Gov Can Do It


  164. - Anon - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 3:42 pm:

    Let me see who do I call for an Emergency, since I shut off 9-1-1.


  165. - Anon - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 3:46 pm:

    Public Safety

    Ok, I can scratch that one off the list of organizations to get rid of.


  166. - Christopher - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 3:52 pm:

    (Rauner:) “… Must hold pen like I’m doing something …”

    (Me:) Evidently they already used the fake “holding the phone to his ear as if he’s talking to someone” photo op?


  167. - El Hombre - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 4:08 pm:

    “Carry the one, divide by two…their, made another two million on carried interest!


  168. - Alton Giant - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 4:08 pm:

    See? At least I can look like I’m doing my job.


  169. - VLR - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 4:10 pm:

    Very Trumpian (or Trumpous) of him.


  170. - Anon - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 4:15 pm:

    Gee, what year is that, 1980.
    I have had a computer/laptop/tablet on my desk for the past 30 years.


  171. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 5:15 pm:

    I wonder what Governor Rauner is thinking about as he’s sitting at his desk?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1IqRpw9hG4


  172. - Rabid - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 6:20 pm:

    You know what goldberg, Quinn’s budget plans he left behind, ain’t so bad


  173. - Way Way Down Here - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 6:22 pm:

    Blue Bayou with a “swish’. Very funny.


  174. - Rabid - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 6:27 pm:

    I need more pauses in my sermon for standing ovations


  175. - Sour Kraut - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 7:19 pm:

    “55378008 upside down is ………”


  176. - retired guy - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 8:36 pm:

    Just as I have pictured him…in the dark. His childish PR campaign makes him look as inept as he is. This is not leadership ~ of his party, of his agenda and most important of his state. Just turn the darn lights off and go away.


  177. - Rabid - Friday, Jun 30, 17 @ 4:54 am:

    Executive tanning spa


  178. - Rabid - Friday, Jun 30, 17 @ 4:59 am:

    Dear Chris,
    Do what I say or else,
    Yours truly


  179. - Rabid - Friday, Jun 30, 17 @ 5:04 am:

    goldberg, how many hostage notes do I have to write, before they get it


  180. - Rabid - Friday, Jun 30, 17 @ 5:17 am:

    Grand compromise, grand bargain, budget compromise, gibberish goals


  181. - Rabid - Friday, Jun 30, 17 @ 5:25 am:

    Bruce,
    This is the happiest I’ve seen you in 20 years
    Wife


  182. - Rabid - Friday, Jun 30, 17 @ 5:28 am:

    Highlighting major accomplishments


  183. - Rabid - Friday, Jun 30, 17 @ 5:31 am:

    Prince of snarkness’s boss, prince of darkness


  184. - Rabid - Friday, Jun 30, 17 @ 5:42 am:

    Planning my next junket


  185. - Rabid - Friday, Jun 30, 17 @ 7:12 am:

    I said I wanted a special session , not Jeff session


  186. - Rabid - Friday, Jun 30, 17 @ 7:29 am:

    Man, now I heve to delete Chris’s ringtone, cheep trick, surrender


  187. - Rabid - Friday, Jun 30, 17 @ 7:43 am:

    I’ll leave a light on for you


  188. - Rabid - Friday, Jun 30, 17 @ 7:47 am:

    goldberg, does the bossmadigan clock go in reverse at midnight


  189. - Rabid - Friday, Jun 30, 17 @ 8:01 am:

    goldberg, I said I wanted a lite, not a light


  190. - Rabid - Friday, Jun 30, 17 @ 8:13 am:

    At last, finished with my revenue bill in ultraviolet ink, here mike


  191. - Rabid - Friday, Jun 30, 17 @ 8:46 am:

    goldberg, did you read this constitution, it says here I’m supposed to submit a balanced budget


  192. - rivvedup - Friday, Jun 30, 17 @ 2:58 pm:

    (Singing): “Gov’nor, my eeyyyesss
    Can you turn off one light?
    My retina’s ffrrriieed,
    ‘Cause we stared at the pper so long…”


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