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Illinois Policy Institute’s Lucci, Scott Walker’s Patrick hired by Rauner

Tuesday, Jul 11, 2017

* I told subscribers about these developments earlier today. This evening, Mary Ann Ahern published the full memo sent out today by Gov. Rauner’s new chief of staff Kristina Rasmussen

Good morning, everyone!

Thank you for welcoming me to the team yesterday. I’m honored to join you as we position Illinois to become the most prosperous, compassionate, and free state in the nation.

As we discussed, there are four critical areas I’d like you to focus on in the coming month.

    1. Please share with me your best ideas for transforming Illinois through better public policy and improved operations by Friday at 3:00 p.m. I follow the approach of Completed Staff Work; this will give you guidance on how to present your ideas.
    2. We’re going to share incredible stories of the men, women, and children who deserve a revitalized Illinois. More information will follow, but here’s a good overview of where we are headed.
    3. I’m looking for your excellence. How can you approach an aspect of your work in a new and better way today?
    4. Mutual respect paired with radical candor will make this an even greater place to work.

I would like to announce two staff members joining us today:

    Michael Lucci as Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy (Chicago)
    Laurel Patrick, Director of Communications (Chicago)

Tomorrow we’ll welcome Jean Hutton as my Special Assistant.

My commitment to you is to share an updated organizational chart soon so you have clarity on where changes are happening.

Again, thank you for the warm welcome

~KR

* Lucci, of course, is the Vice President of Policy for the Illinois Policy Institute, and will now be Gov. Rauner’s policy director. Read more about Lucci by clicking here. He’s also an occasional commenter on this blog.

Laurel Patrick was Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s spokesperson before eventually moving to the economic-right Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity. Patrick replaced Brad Hahn, who was let go today. This is how Patrick describes herself on Linkedin

Dynamic strategic communications and public relations professional with expertise in crafting messaging for high-profile elected officials and state agencies for political, legislative, and policy purposes.

Serve as an articulate spokesperson with extensive experience in media relations, message development, crisis communications, and team management. Skilled at creating communication teams, strategic plans, and building successful coalitions and partnerships with stakeholders, donors, and media partners to an organization’s mission and goals.

And Jean Hutton, Rasmussen’s new “special assistant,” is the Illinois Policy Institute’s Director of Operations. Click here for her background.

* Staff also received these three links this morning via that e-mail…

* Radical Candor — The Surprising Secret to Being a Good Boss

* SCARF: a brain-based model for collaborating with and influencing others

* The Doctrine of Completed Staff Work

* The JB Pritzker campaign’s response…

“The extreme right is taking over the governor’s office and Bruce Rauner is building a team to pursue a scorched earth policy in Illinois,” said Jordan Abudayyeh. “Rauner’s new radical right wing hires will destroy social services, attack working families, and tank the Illinois economy until they either get their way or drive this state into the ground.”

…Adding… “Could.” Right…

* Tribune: Rauner staff changes could signal a sharper tone

- Posted by Rich Miller        

88 Comments »
  1. - Bruce Please - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 6:48 pm:

    A real PR pro would never have used an oxford comma. Just sayin’.


  2. - My New Handle - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 6:54 pm:

    Rauner shrugged and shrugs some more.


  3. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 6:55 pm:

    ===Good morning, everyone!===

    At least the “Two Bobs” weren’t gleeful about what they were doing with an exclamation mark…


  4. - dominionhinny - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 6:58 pm:

    I’m sure these additions will help Rauner pull 2 in 5 union votes next year. /s

    It’s beginning to look like the gov knows he has zero chance at being re-elected.


  5. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 6:58 pm:

    ===Mutual respect paired with radical candor will make this an even greater place to work.===

    “radical candor”

    Tell me…

    “I don’t want any $&@#% problems”

    isn’t already… radical candor.

    Yikes.


  6. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 6:59 pm:

    I don’t understand — Rauner’s top peeps work in Chicago?

    How does that work, when we know that the governor’s primary residence is at the state fairgrounds, not his Winnetka crib or Loop condos?

    Shouldn’t they work where the boss spends all his time?


  7. - Chicago Cynic - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 6:59 pm:

    As a private equity guy, Rauner was the outsourcer-in-chief. So now he’s outsourcing his entire administration to IPI.


  8. - Longsummer - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 7:00 pm:

    Lol sounds like a real fun gal to work for. And don’t even THINK of offering her half baked ideas, by that 3pm Friday deadline, Rauner staffers. Please see guide for Completed Staff Work. She is the chief. She doesn’t need to worry about details. Capiche!??


  9. - Daniel Plainview - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 7:01 pm:

    KR’s memo reads like someone who has truly never had to accomplish anything tangible. I can’t tell if it’s a complete lack of self awareness or a total willingness to do anything for easy $. Probably both.


  10. - My New Handle - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 7:02 pm:

    The hypocrisy of IPI staff taking state jobs and concomitant salaries is palpable. Taxpayers need to fund their salaries but not Medicaid recipients, or social service clients, or higher education students and institutions, have I got that correct?


  11. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 7:03 pm:

    Those free-market, private sector, small gubmint types sure are in a hurry to join the stiflin’ bureaucracy.

    Grifters gotta grift.

    But Rauner’s the boss.


  12. - Real - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 7:05 pm:

    The hypocrisy of IPI staff taking state jobs and concomitant salaries is palpable. Taxpayers need to fund their salaries but not Medicaid recipients, or social service clients, or higher education students and institutions, have I got that correct?
    …..m

    Exactly! They condemn others taking government salaries, but I can gurantee they aren’t given up theres.


  13. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 7:08 pm:

    Yikes, she does not seem like a person who would be pleasent to work under…”come up with ideas to fix everything, have it on my desk by Friday”


  14. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 7:10 pm:

    Delores Umbridge wrote friendlier memos…

    #MinistryOfMagicalPolicy


  15. - ILGOV2018 - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 7:21 pm:

    The hiring of these IPI individuals cements their takeover of the Executive Branch of Illinois Government.


  16. - Radical Candor - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 7:23 pm:

    Good morning, everyone!

    Thank you for welcoming me to the team yesterday. I’m honored to join you as we position Illinois to become the most prosperous, compassionate, and free state in the nation.

    Now, will the following people please pack up your personal belongings and go with this security escort to the closest exit You may say goodbye to your former colleagues on your own time. The following members of the team are those who have failed Illinois, and disappointed our Governor the most…

    Again, thank you for the warm welcome. it is because I trust and value your contributions that I am replacing the entire team. You have ten minutes to collect your personal items and turn in your IDs.

    P.S.: Have a nice day!


  17. - Anoniphone - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 7:23 pm:

    The ‘free state’ thing is weird — and a bit awkward.

    I didn’t realize we had that issue. We didn’t have it in 1860 either — but I guess there’s some new stuff for Rauner to stand up for.


  18. - Henry Francis - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 7:24 pm:

    Ideas! Stories! Excellence!

    3 of the 4 “critical areas” that she wants them to “focus” on.

    The thinking is gonna get deep in the Guv’s office.


  19. - LouLecture - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 7:24 pm:

    The top three words being used to describe Rauner and his new Chief of Staff: (1) OY (2) OBEY and (3) DISASTER.


  20. - Seen It All Before - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 7:25 pm:

    If she is serious about it, seeing how Ms. Rasmussen’s “Doctrine of Completed Staff Work” approach - which is a tried and true concept - plays among the numerous neurotic, know-it-all, micromanaging, political tools who are presently serving as department and agency secretaries and directors. It will clash greatly with the “when I want your opinion I’ll give it to you” philosophy which currently prevails in many cases. My bet is she gets ignored.


  21. - cdog - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 7:26 pm:

    I welcome the fresh approach.

    The “radical candor” reads as a very solid management style.
    Will read the “SCARF” and “CPW doctrine, after a walk.

    Good stuff.


  22. - Michelle Flaherty - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 7:29 pm:

    Is 15 still the minimum for flair?


  23. - Quiet Sage - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 7:31 pm:

    Illinois World War II has begun. The inter-war period lasted maybe a day.


  24. - Ole' Nelson - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 7:33 pm:

    “I’m sure these additions will help Rauner pull 2 in 5 union votes next year. /s”

    Any union members that cast a vote for Rauner a second time deserve what they have coming! Fool me once…


  25. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 7:38 pm:

    Does someone who is 32 have the life experience for such an important job?


  26. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 7:39 pm:

    The ideological grandkids of Phllyis Schalfly and Jack Roeser. Yuck. This is not going to be pretty.


  27. - DuPage Saint - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 7:39 pm:

    Ok: all ideas on how to fix Illinois on my desk by Friday afternoon; and here I thought Rich might get the weekend off. Glad to see more women in government take that Democrats
    God save us from the true believers


  28. - Peter Drucker - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 7:40 pm:

    She doesn’t mention OODA loops as a necessary management approach.


  29. - My New Handle - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 7:42 pm:

    The Blagojevich years were similar in approach. Tow even a broken line.


  30. - Been There - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 7:45 pm:

    I met her twice when she first started with IPI. She was actually very pleasant but hard core on her beliefs. She didn’t even want to hear any talk of working toward a middle ground. All or nothing. Since I am a middle ground Dem she had absolutely no use for someone like me after that.


  31. - Just Me - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 7:47 pm:

    Can tomorrow’s QOTD be, “Please share your best ideas for transforming Illinois through better public policy and improved operations.”


  32. - Keyrock - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 7:49 pm:

    Does Laurel get the key to the Word Jumble? Was ck marched out under guard, corporate style, to make sure it wouldn’t be damaged by an unfairly fired employee?


  33. - Andy Nymous - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 7:53 pm:

    Sad to lose all those superstars. You’ve tried the best, now try the rest.


  34. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 7:53 pm:

    I presume the IPI folks will all decline their pensions…


  35. - Union Dues - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 7:55 pm:

    What a load of, I learned the little I know about management in my MBA classes, BS.


  36. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 8:08 pm:

    In the interests of “radical candor,” Rasmussen could let us know how many personal staff members Rauner has stashed around Illinois agencies.

    For example, we know that Beth Purvis, the imaginary “secretary of education” is actually a contract employee at DHS.

    But did you know that Leslie Munger is not actually deputy governor, but senior operations director at Healthcare and Family Services?

    http://accountability.illinois.gov/Employees/Employee/EmployeeDetails.aspx?Year=2017&Agency=0&ID=c13ed4be-cc65-e711-b581-009c029850bc

    That’s curious, because back when Rauner hired Munger as “deputy governor,” it was sold as she was taking the governor’s staff slot vacated when COO Lingle was bid aloha.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-bruce-rauner-leslie-munger-deputy-governor-0204-20170203-story.html

    Thing is, though, Trey Childress has the COO title.

    http://accountability.illinois.gov/Employees/Agency/EmployeeDetails.aspx?Year=2017&Agency=310&ID=ad1bb3bc-cc65-e711-b581-009c029850bc

    It’s tres spooky, these ghosts.


  37. - illini - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 8:11 pm:

    So how long will it be before we have a meeting where all the staff and the “Superstars” are asked to give glowing comments on their fearless leader?


  38. - AC - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 8:11 pm:

    ==The ‘free state’ thing is weird — and a bit awkward.==

    Not among that crowd. They believe taxation is theft and regulation goes against every principle that the country was founded on. Looking at it through that lens, the comment makes perfect sense. In their mind, they’re fighting the equivalent of the Soviet Union.


  39. - anonymous - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 8:13 pm:

    Nothing ideological about IPI. At the end of the day, it’s about the money.


  40. - anonymous - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 8:13 pm:

    And power.


  41. - Blue Bayou - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 8:16 pm:

    Ideology at IPI not about money and power?

    Do you have a newsletter I could subscribe to?


  42. - Daniel Plainview - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 8:28 pm:

    - The “radical candor” reads as a very solid management style. -

    It reads as a ten thousand word essay where “Be up front with employees.” would suffice. Where do you people work that see this as some sort of new idea?


  43. - Working for Mel Brooks - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 8:36 pm:

    And next FRIDAY is Hawaiian shirt day.


  44. - Nick Name - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 8:54 pm:

    “Mutual respect paired with radical candor”

    Just how do you tell someone to shove it where the sun don’t shine in a respectful manner?


  45. - Jibba - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 8:57 pm:

    1. Please share with me your best ideas for transforming Illinois through better public policy and improved operations by Friday at 3:00 p.m. I follow the approach of Completed Staff Work; this will give you guidance on how to present your ideas.

    “Prove your worth by the end of the week.”

    2. We’re going to share incredible stories of the men, women, and children who deserve a revitalized Illinois. More information will follow, but here’s a good overview of where we are headed.

    “You will soon be told your beliefs.”

    3. I’m looking for your excellence. How can you approach an aspect of your work in a new and better way today?

    “Get better today or get out.”

    4. Mutual respect paired with radical candor will make this an even greater place to work

    “Get with the program or I will get candor on your *ss.”

    And the Oxford comma rules!


  46. - cdog - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 8:58 pm:

    After skimming the articles, this is good stuff.

    Anyone that is for smaller government, getting ahead of the public pension problem, and generally moving Illinois towards the right, has to hope Rauner can do better. Hopefully the new team appreciates incrementalism; it’s good for office morale, too.

    To date, he’s been surrounded by the “manipulative empathy,” and “obnoxious aggression” types. (from first article link)

    If he continues to run around for 18 more months complaining about other people, submitting phony budgets, telling whoppers, it isn’t going to get him re-elected.

    Rauner needs an accomplishment soon. May I suggest a negotiated property tax freeze tied to something Chicago Democrats want like CPS money, or a progressive income tax swap on 2018 ballot?


  47. - The Dude Abides - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 9:02 pm:

    Up until January 2019 they will use the power of the Governor’s office to starve the state as much as they can. They will then place the blame on those who oppose their “reforms”. They will then hope that being disciplined and sticking to a few talking points will enable to brainwash enough people into giving them a 2nd term. There are no plans to actually accomplish some worthwhile objectives so that the Governor can actually run on his record.


  48. - Jibba - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 9:03 pm:

    We don’t have a lot of time left, so get with the program and work like scared rabbits.


  49. - Andy Nymous - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 9:05 pm:

    Someone should give her the Labour Manifesto in response to request 1.


  50. - justacitizen - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 9:07 pm:

    Was the memo sent to state agencies or just the governor’s office staff? This memo probably scared the poo out of the staff, but the governors office is really small compared to all agencies under the governor


  51. - Rather Be Golfing - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 9:21 pm:

    - Been There - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 7:45 pm:

    I met her twice when she first started with IPI. She was actually very pleasant but hard core on her beliefs. She didn’t even want to hear any talk of working toward a middle ground. All or nothing.

    What these types seem to forget is that they are the minority party in Illinois. They are not entitled to “all” or “100 percent” on all issues.


  52. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 9:37 pm:

    CK marched out by a staffer


  53. - ArchPundit - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 9:39 pm:

    Much more efficient to have everyone in the same building.


  54. - City Zen - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 9:45 pm:

    == Rauner’s new radical right wing hires will destroy social services, attack working families, and tank the Illinois economy until they either get their way or drive this state into the ground.==

    I see your Republican tank and raise you $70 billion in pension debt accrued entirely under 12 years of Democrat rule.


  55. - Amalia - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 9:45 pm:

    SCARF, simply reminds me of the demise of Isadora Duncan, and Gertrude Stein’s comment that affections can be dangerous.


  56. - Amalia - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 9:50 pm:

    let the photo posting begin… how much scarf is too much scarf?

    http://hmag.com/dangers-overscarfing-much-scarf-much-scarf/


  57. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 9:51 pm:

    - City Zen -

    I’ll just put you down as a supporter of the IPI budget Jeanne Ives rolled out…

    ===Democrat rule===

    You aren’t better than “Democrat” rule?

    That’s disappointing


  58. - Joe Bidenopolous - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 10:16 pm:

    I haven’t had the chance to read all of the comments on the various posts so I’m sure someone has elucidated this better than I will. But if there was ever any doubt about Governor Gaslight’a intentions to destroy government as we know it, as something that can actually help people, that doubt should be entirely removed now, Diana Rauner’s contentions of no social agenda notwithstanding.

    Rauner stands for nothing more than the destruction of the entire social safety net. I have no printable words to continue speaking of it.


  59. - Winnin' - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 10:27 pm:

    State government? We don’t need no stinkin’ government.


  60. - Well then - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 10:31 pm:

    OMG Why is completed staff work capitalized? This is nauseating. I have the utmost sympathy for the front line workers. What happened to KISS?


  61. - Winnin' - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 10:45 pm:

    Radogno was smart. She smelled the meat a cookin’ and busted out. Can’t imagine the new Rauner machine is gonna be too easy on Careerfella Brady.


  62. - Arock - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 10:56 pm:

    Pritzker - “attack working families, and tank the Illinois economy” - sorry the Democrats beat him to it with their latest tax increase on working families and their handling of the State has Illinois near the bottom in the economic recovery.


  63. - walker - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 11:02 pm:

    Beginning to wonder if this is really Koch Bros et al taking control of Rauner’s administration.


  64. - Joe Bidenopolous - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 11:12 pm:

    Makes me wonder if Brucie isn’t just a pawn of some richer pals. Makes more sense since he seems to lack so much power despite being governor. Griffin, Uihlein, maybe the Kochs pulling strings? They’re all way richer than he is, and you know you gotta try to keep up with the Joneses. I think Rauner is an insecure punk under the thumb of even richer dudes.


  65. - CharlieKratos - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 11:13 pm:

    Do the “Republicans” in the legislature not realize that Rauner has absolutely no loyalty to them? Why would any of them tow his line when he can and will turn on them at the drop of a hat?


  66. - Morty - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 11:41 pm:

    Wow, I actually almost feel bad for the people who survived the transition.

    Yikes

    Why didn’t the governor skip the middle-man and just make IPI a part of state government?


  67. - Living it daily - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 11:50 pm:

    the new “Superstars” were hired after the budget passed, did not the budget contain a Tier III? I wonder if BVR is paying them out of the funds he “accidentally” paid his new Deputy Governor Ms. M. Or is he paying them out of the DHS budget, HFS, EPA, CMS. Will it come out that he has to pay them Tier I cause they are worth it? as in my staff needs Tier I, but AFSCME doesn’t, cause it is too Platinum.


  68. - Flapdoodle - Tuesday, Jul 11, 17 @ 11:57 pm:

    When Rasmussen announces her first Five Year Plan, then we’ll really have something to talk about. True Believers are some of the most dangerous people you can meet, but also some of the most entertaining.


  69. - Been There - Wednesday, Jul 12, 17 @ 12:33 am:

    ===Makes me wonder if Brucie isn’t just a pawn of some richer pals. Makes more sense since he seems to lack so much power despite being governor. Griffin, Uihlein, maybe the Kochs pulling strings? They’re all way richer than he is, and you know you gotta try to keep up with the Joneses. I think Rauner is an insecure punk under the thumb of even richer dudes. ===
    Interesting point. I never really had my tin foil hat on how he made his millions. Maybe Rauner may have had some godfathers on his way to being such a successful “businessman”. Might also explain how why the Rahm friendship went south. Maybe they thought he would capitulate and be a true believer but never came around. Interesting.


  70. - PublicServant - Wednesday, Jul 12, 17 @ 3:07 am:

    ===Beginning to wonder if this is really Koch Bros et al taking control of Rauner’s administration.===

    Wonder? Beginning? … LOL


  71. - Rabid - Wednesday, Jul 12, 17 @ 3:08 am:

    The frat boys have been replaced with the sorority girls. We are going to be a free state, are we going to succeed? Inexperience cannot be overcome with a chart and handouts. That warm welcome was your bosses perpetual pants on fire


  72. - dbk - Wednesday, Jul 12, 17 @ 3:32 am:

    Walker & Joe B: Yes, this is how I see it. A battle for the soul of Illinois has been openly proclaimed between the IPI and the Democrats, with the governor now merely a stand-in. Things will get very ugly over SB1 (not sure what IPI’s talking points against equitable school funding might be, but I’m sure they have plenty).

    Illinois is the state to watch over the next couple of years, it’s going to be Ground Zero in this struggle. If the IPI wins in the legislature this round, we should anticipate a flood of money from outside the state in the gubernatorial race.

    Watching a 32-year-old go up against the man who’s probably the sharpest political strategist and tactician in the U.S. currently is going to make for some fascinating–and horrifying–drama.

    Good times–not.


  73. - PublicServant - Wednesday, Jul 12, 17 @ 6:49 am:

    Rauner to Illinois: No more Mr. NiceGuy! Say hello to my little friends.


  74. - RNUG - Wednesday, Jul 12, 17 @ 7:15 am:

    == I presume the IPI folks will all decline their pensions… ==

    I have 2 takes on it. (1) they may get special pension sweeteners like some of the superstars did and (2) one of the small pension changes makes it more lucrative (for short timers that will never earn a pension anyway) to pull your money out of the pension fund than it used to be.


  75. - Honeybear - Wednesday, Jul 12, 17 @ 8:04 am:

    One thing this signals to me is the pulling back of the business community from Rauner.

    These are hardened ideologues. These are inflexible, un-self-differentiated people.

    Business needed attention and they didn’t get it from Rauner. He gutted DCEO and illegal Intersect Illinois was feckless.

    This signals to me an Alamo maneuver. Get the zealots inside the wall for the last stand.

    Rauner failed the business community.

    The damage that Rauner did is incontrovertible.


  76. - Rabid - Wednesday, Jul 12, 17 @ 8:08 am:

    IPI feeding at the taxpayers troff with alternative facts


  77. - Perrid - Wednesday, Jul 12, 17 @ 8:27 am:

    Now this may be naive or impractical or inefficient, but I always thought supervisors were supposed to, you know, supervise. Not just sit on their rear while their underlings do literally all the work and spoon feed them, so that they only have to say yes or no. This might be quicker and thus more efficient, but there is basically no reason for the “Commander” - as the doctrine describes the decision maker - to exist in this scenario. And saying that only people who don’t know how to do their job ask their boss for help? Inaccurate, damaging, and insulting. There has to be a balancing of the two I think. In my opinion, Completed Staff Work was written by someone who didn’t want to do any work.


  78. - Team Warwick - Wednesday, Jul 12, 17 @ 8:27 am:

    Sometimes the best way to deal with critical unbelievers, the ideological ones that refuse to believe the difficult realities of real government, is to invite them in.
    So here they are.
    They get to find out first hand.
    It seemed “so easy” being armchair quarterbacks. Lol.


  79. - cdog - Wednesday, Jul 12, 17 @ 8:48 am:

    I hope the best for GOP and Dems, after this latest battle. Maybe these new people will be more helpful solving Illinois’ problems.

    Illinoisans need smart people making tough decisions in order to get ahead of this public pension situation, weak school’s and their funding, and middle class burdens like property taxes.

    Watched War Room, the other night. With that mindset, there are definitely opportunities for folks to be patient, cooperative, and hopeful in order to accomplish something good.


  80. - Highland Il - Wednesday, Jul 12, 17 @ 8:49 am:

    ==== Yes, this is how I see it. A battle for the soul of Illinois has been openly proclaimed between the IPI and the Democrats, with the governor now merely a stand-in. ===

    Or is it the ILGOP? Let’s see how the elected officials react to this change. They actually get to vote.


  81. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Jul 12, 17 @ 8:55 am:

    I take a lot of joy in watching this purge. But I get none from seeing CK depart in this fashion.


  82. - Nick Name - Wednesday, Jul 12, 17 @ 8:56 am:

    “1. Please share with me your best ideas for transforming Illinois through better public policy and improved operations by Friday at 3:00 p.m. I follow the approach of Completed Staff Work; this will give you guidance on how to present your ideas.”

    The only reason for this is to see who’s on the ideological reservation — and who is not. And showing the latter the door.


  83. - Highland IL - Wednesday, Jul 12, 17 @ 8:57 am:

    Radical Candor, SCARF, Doctrine of Completed Staff Work, etc. - Is she COS or a self help guru?


  84. - Nick Name - Wednesday, Jul 12, 17 @ 9:06 am:

    “In my opinion, Completed Staff Work was written by someone who didn’t want to do any work.”

    The website says it comes from the military, but I never once heard of it when I was in the Marines. It sounds exactly like what you say: an excuse for lazy senior officers to avoid as much work as possible. And what kind of snowflake senior officer needs to be “protected from half-baked ideas, voluminous memoranda, and immature oral presentations”? So much for real leadership.


  85. - Not a Superstar - Wednesday, Jul 12, 17 @ 9:13 am:

    KR seems to follow the Donald Rumsfeld principle:

    “We need more coercive diplomacy with respect to Syria and Libya, and we need it fast. If they mess up Iraq, it will delay bringing our troops home.

    We also need to solve the Pakistan problem.

    And Korea doesn’t seem to be going well.

    Are you coming up with proposals for me to send around?

    Thanks.”


  86. - @MisterJayEm - Wednesday, Jul 12, 17 @ 9:24 am:

    “I’m honored to join you as we position Illinois to become the m̶o̶s̶t̶ ̶p̶r̶o̶s̶p̶e̶r̶o̶u̶s̶,̶ ̶c̶o̶m̶p̶a̶s̶s̶i̶o̶n̶a̶t̶e̶,̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶f̶r̶e̶e̶ kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful state in the nation.”

    – MrJM


  87. - Calhoun county peaches - Wednesday, Jul 12, 17 @ 9:37 am:

    “A man with nothing got nothing to loose”
    Dude is bloodied but still in ring throwing and taking punches, appears to be taking it the 15 rounds, got stamina, whether you like him or not
    he’s proven he is not afraid to mix it up wif folks.


  88. - TinyDancer(FKASue) - Wednesday, Jul 12, 17 @ 10:07 am:

    ==Your view should be placed before him in finished form so that he can make them his views by simply signing his name.==

    Your new improved governor:

    Robo-Rauner


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