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*** UPDATED x1 *** Legislators want Rauner to declare emergency and call out National Guard

Friday, Jul 14, 2017

* At least he’s finally going, but, man, this was all so avoidable…


* AP

Forecasters say flooding in north-suburban Chicago could worsen over the weekend as water flows down rivers into the state from Wisconsin.

The National Weather Service says the Des Plaines River and Fox River could crest on Saturday even though the area isn’t getting fresh rainfall. The flooding prompted Lake County to issue a disaster declaration.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, state Emergency Management Agency Director James Joseph and Lake County officials plan to survey flood damage Friday in Gurnee.

* I was told this about Lawlor as well yesterday

Rauner is slotted to visit the county today for a 10 a.m. briefing according to Lake County Chairman Aaron Lawlor. Lawlor said the call from Rauner’s office didn’t come until nearly 6 p.m. on Thursday. […]

Rauner was getting trounced in the local media for failing to visit, fly over, make a statement or even send a Tweet, after an unprecedented amount of rainfall in northern Illinois caused flash flooding, leaving subdivisions under water, shutting down a major amusement park, flooding a community college and even prompting the evacuation of a local hospital. Just over the border, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is showing him up. Rauner won’t even see Illinois’ damage until today, Walker already declared a state of emergency in Kenosha, Racine and Walworth counties and deployed 100 members of the National Guard to assist with resident checks and other flooding-related complications.

* And from a press release…

Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) and Representative Sam Yingling (D-Round Lake Beach) issued a joint statement in response to the governor’s visit to Lake County to tour flood sites:

“Lake County residents have been working to pick up the pieces after major flash floods hit the area. The governor has not declared a state of emergency for Lake County, so residents with devastating property damage and no flood insurance have been unable to get access to low-interest loans that help people rebuild.

“Today, the governor will be in Lake County touring flood sites. The devastation experienced by our constituents over the last few days needs to be seen to be understood. Clean up from this historic flooding is going to take all of us working together.

“With more flooding expected to occur this weekend, we urge Governor Rauner to do what Governor Walker has already done, declare a state of emergency and call in the National Guard to provide much-needed relief to flood victims. Lake County residents need this help immediately.”

…Adding… The governor is not scheduled to view any areas of Rep. Yingling’s district and neither Bush nor Yingling have yet been contacted by the governor’s office. Very, very bad form.

…Adding More… A phone message left for Rep. Yingling by a Rauner staffer at 10:50 this morning, a half an hour or so after I posted that first “Adding”…

Hi Representative. This is [name] calling from the Governor’s office. I just wanted to let you know that he is going to be in Lake County this morning. He will be stopping in Gurnee at Warren Township High School to survey the flood damage and he’ll also be in North Chicago at the Strawberry Condominiums from 11:30 to noon. I apologize for the last-minute notice. I’m sure you saw we had some staff changes, so things are fluid right now. Hope you are staying dry. And let me know if you would like more details for this morning’s events. Otherwise just want to let you know he’s around your area. Have a nice weekend, thanks, bye.

*** UPDATE ***  I really hope this isn’t true…


- Posted by Rich Miller        

93 Comments »
  1. - Cubs in '16 - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 10:11 am:

    Will this man ever do any independent governing?


  2. - Anonymous - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 10:11 am:

    Maybe Rauner’s memory on how to deal with an unprecedented floods needs a boost from 2016?

    https://tinyurl.com/y9zygmbz


  3. - Norseman - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 10:12 am:

    Call out the National Guard? Do you want me to interrupt their preparedness training to replace striking state workers? Faux Rauner


  4. - 360 Degree Turnaround - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 10:13 am:

    Thumbs up to Bush and Yingling. Rauner’s actions speak for themselves.


  5. - Northsider - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 10:14 am:

    There was no flooding in Winnetka, so what’s the big deal? /s


  6. - Anonymous - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 10:16 am:

    Hey Folks: I have been busy looking for Super Duper Stars. We need to prioritize to get things done. Get in line I will get to you eventually. Sincerely-Bruce Rauner


  7. - Blue Bayou - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 10:17 am:

    1. Run for Governor to dismantle state institutions and eliminate state workers.

    2. Refuse to govern or work on state business.

    3. Campaign constantly.

    4. Become outraged when not everything goes your way.

    5. Pout while people lives are destroyed.


  8. - Anonymous - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 10:18 am:

    Has the national guard not been deployed? You don’t even need to get out of bed to make that phone call. I just figured the national guard was already deployed anytime the local news is encouraging everyone to fill sand bags


  9. - 360 Degree Turnaround - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 10:18 am:

    The IPI can’t defend him, nobody left. Pun intended, get it, nobody left … bahaha.


  10. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 10:19 am:

    Rauner was waiting until Kristen McQueary was satisfied that enough damage to properties and people’s families occurred.

    @FakeStatehouseChick - I asked for a hurricane, not record-setting flooding. People still read that column wrong #WishingBlameOnTheReaders

    To the Post,

    A boiler-plate release, a boiler-plate declaration, and a helicopter ride from Lurie’s Children’s to Lake County, with a photog in the helicopter and a statement saying all that has been done… and… the visit today…

    … that’s the easy-peasy minimum, and it coulda been done with 3 phone calls and a photographer in a helicopter

    Pathetic response “New” Rauner Crew.


  11. - wordslinger - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 10:23 am:

    The governor’s office didn’t even check in with Lake County til 6 p.m. Thursday?

    What the heck about the phrases “unprecedented flooding” and “state of emergency” do they not understand?

    What else were they doing Wednesday and Thursday that was so important? Could they not find the TV remote to see what was going on? Pick up a phone?

    For the new team, that’s a Matt Sanchez tukkus fumble on the first play from scrimmage. Inexplicable.


  12. - Flippy - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 10:23 am:

    I get that the IL National Guard takes their orders from the Governor, but doesn’t the ILNG state commander have any discretion to act and provide any assistance on his own without needing orders from BVG?


  13. - Cheryl44 - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 10:24 am:

    I don’t think Lurie has a helipad, Willie. Maybe UC Children’s, but I agree with the rest.


  14. - Blue Bayou - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 10:25 am:

    word, didn’t you hear?

    They were writing IPI-style memos about management strategies and firing people while the northern part of the state was under water.


  15. - ArchPundit - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 10:25 am:

    I cannot say this enough. Even if you dislike a current Governor, the Gov is the head of state and his job is leadership in a time like this. The Gov is a reassuring presence or should be at times like this. I get not going right away, but making it clear the state is responding and will be there for people is critical.

    And for goodness sake, contact the lege members who may have information that will be helpful and who can communicate back to their constituents that the Gov is on the case.

    This isn’t the partisan sniping, it’s about doing the job.


  16. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 10:27 am:

    - Cheryl44 -

    There’s always Meigs…


  17. - Lt Guv - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 10:27 am:

    Lurie has a helipad, it’s on top of the building.


  18. - Whoelse - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 10:29 am:

    This guy is done.


  19. - Wensicia - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 10:30 am:

    Candidate Rauner doesn’t have time for flooded districts represented by Democrats. You would think he’d at least visit Lincolnshire, as they tried to enforce a right-to-work law.


  20. - Cubs in '16 - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 10:33 am:

    @Wordslinger

    It was Mark Sanchez, not Matt. But a tukkus fumble nonetheless.


  21. - Loop Lady - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 10:33 am:

    Lake County is a mess, and the Fox and DesPlaines River haven’t crested yet…Bruce may be too busy licking his wounds..he lacks empathy for anyone but himself and his cronies…


  22. - Anonymous - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 10:33 am:

    I get not touring the flooding. Residents are not helped by a fly over. When a tornado went through Springfield a while back Mayor Davlin came by to shake hands. Nobody needed a handshake, they needed a tarp over their roof. People need help filling sandbags. The Governor can provide that.


  23. - Porgy Tirebiter - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 10:34 am:

    Nothing will be done until the superstars 2.0 figure out a way to blame this on the tax increase.


  24. - Nick Name - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 10:35 am:

    You know what else is unprecedented? The cold indifference — no contempt — with which he regards the people and the state he purports to govern. Simply unbelievable.


  25. - Responsa - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 10:39 am:

    As someone who is actually affected by the flood I am surprised and disappointed by all the relevant politicians’ lack of responses and actions–not just the governor. That said, most of us are not sitting around hand wringing looking for a “reassuring presence” or waiting to be “comforted”. Perhaps many of those commenting here do not understand how their extreme snark and politicizing of the situation diminishes them and grates rather than helps.


  26. - illini - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 10:39 am:

    “… figure out a way to blame this on the tax increase.” Lets not forget about Mike Madigan.


  27. - Nick Name - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 10:40 am:

    And as with his non-approach to Trump, Gov. Gaslight’s silence is just disturbing. It’s not normal. Not even so much as a Tweet.

    Could this really be sulking and revenge for last week? If so, he needs to be removed from office, pronto.


  28. - Joe M - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 10:40 am:

    He’s getting burned on this one. Maybe he’s late because Carhart doesn’t make boots and hip waders. But at the rate he’s getting burned on everything he may need to invest in some Carhart flame resistant clothing.
    http://www.carhartt.com/category/carhartt-flame-resistant


  29. - @MisterJayEm - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 10:41 am:

    A stark reminder that Mary Ann Ahern is good at her job — and that Bruce Rauner is not.

    – MrJM


  30. - Henry Francis - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 10:47 am:

    He. Does. Not. Care.

    This is just the latest and most obvious example of it.


  31. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 10:47 am:

    ===…Adding… The governor is not scheduled to view any areas of Rep. Yingling’s district and neither Bush nor Yingling have yet been contacted by the governor’s office. Very, very bad form.===

    When a governor decides to politicize his visit(s) to an emergency situation, that is bad form.

    You’re governor of the whole state, not just governor of places with Raunerite representation.

    Amateur hour.


  32. - RNUG - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 10:56 am:

    == Very, very bad form. ==

    It’s almost like, since he “lost” the TA / Budget battle, the Governor has decided … not to govern.


  33. - NC guy - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 10:58 am:

    –communicate back to their constituents that the Gov is on the case.–

    Unless, of course, he’s not.


  34. - Arsenal - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 10:59 am:

    At least dissing the Dem districts has an explanation- he’s throwing a temper tantrum. Can’t at all figure out why he dawdled for so long on this, though.


  35. - Johnnie F. - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 11:02 am:

    Expect lots more of this Darwinian governance now that the IPI natural selection policy wonks are in charge. The Governor can’t be compassionate unless IL is competitive.


  36. - plutocrat03 - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 11:03 am:

    Blago choppered in to my former community during a previous flood event.

    It was a distraction for the first responders who were interrupted from useful work to cater to the bigwigs and hangers on (including the media). NO Federal or State aid ever came due to the way FEMA calculates things and guess what? The State was out of money.

    There is this thing called TV, the governor can see the damage and should in due time declare a State disaster area. Controls should be in place to be sure the aid and low cost loans go only to those who are actually affected.

    Stop the caterwauling about spending money for a photo op.


  37. - Generic Drone - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 11:05 am:

    Did it only flood in democratic districts?


  38. - Anon221 - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 11:06 am:

    Responsa- The bottom line is Rauner and his Team should have been on top of this. You and the others affected should not have to be doing this alone. One man lost part of a finger working with a Bobcat to stem what floodwaters he and his neighbors could. Children are working right along adults sandbagging. I agree a politician, even one who is a volunteer, can easily get in the way at times like these. But by doing nothing for at nearly two days and Tweeting about at least three public events during that time, Rauner had failed as a leader of any kind. It is in his powers as Govenor to start the recovery process.


  39. - Lt Guv - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 11:08 am:

    Press briefing live in Gurnee right now. BVR very low energy.


  40. - wordslinger - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 11:09 am:

    Responsa, you’re aware that the governor is the chief executive of the state, and he commands IEMA, ISP, the Illinois National Guard, etc.?

    He’s in charge here.

    The other ones are Congresscritters. In the emergency, they can bring no response to bear.


  41. - Lt Guv - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 11:10 am:

    His defense is that “the only thing that’s been asked for is 100,000 sandbags.” Great answer.


  42. - Lt Guv - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 11:12 am:

    Lawlor is running circles around Rauner. Primary?


  43. - Grandson of Man - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 11:12 am:

    Ahern said in one of her tweets that she and others noticed the governor is wearing makeup and asked if he’s also filming ads.

    Nice of the governor to take a few minutes off of campaignin’.


  44. - Arsenal - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 11:13 am:

    ==There is this thing called TV, the governor can see the damage and should in due time declare a State disaster area.==

    This is my thing. I’m not sure him showing up in person was ever necessary, and may create more problems. But his office could at least respond *somehow*.


  45. - LTSW - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 11:15 am:

    While I’m not a fan of Walker’s politics, one difference to note is he was a County executive with some operational government experience.


  46. - @MisterJayEm - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 11:17 am:

    Re: Update

    Heck of a job, Brucie.

    – MrJM


  47. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 11:19 am:

    To the Update,

    Is hate to think aloud that Rauner was waiting for the availability of his own camera crew for ads to visit the floods.

    Is it me, but Rauner wearing makeup or this being maybe about ads… does that make the fluffing a “setting” and the victims of this flooding “props”

    (Bunch of banned words)


  48. - don the legend - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 11:23 am:

    Chris Christie walked arm in arm with President Obama to tour the shoreline after Hurricane Sandy. He took grief from the talk radio blowhards. He stared them down and said it was best for New Jersey.

    Rauner can’t even find the decency to talk to the Democratic reps. Sheeesh.


  49. - Deadbeat Conservative - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 11:24 am:

    =What else were they doing Wednesday and Thursday that was so important? =
    Busy assembling Gov’s battle staff for his war against the state. Humanitarian missions are secondary during wartime.


  50. - OurMagician - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 11:26 am:

    Never trust a man named Bruce, it helps much more than it hurts.


  51. - John-on-the-spot - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 11:32 am:

    Governor Makeup to the rescue


  52. - the Patriot - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 11:34 am:

    FYI there is a mile long hole in the levee on the Mississippi River in Alexander County and the flooding will be worst than this every spring forever.

    The state has decided they are out of the flood business.

    Republicans have refused to help the farmers and Democrats won’t move for the poor people or minorities affected.

    But flood some rich folks in the suburbs and we demand action. This state.


  53. - Texas Red - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 11:41 am:

    Rauner’s presser in Gurnee was well done. As he said the State is ready/willing to offer any help that is requested by first responders/local Emergency personnel; to date they have delivered 100K sand bags. What the heck to you want the National Guard to do ? bail out the Fox and Des Plains Rivers. He did the right thing by not mucking up the response yesterday by grand standing and getting in the way. Let Bush and Yingling make political hay.


  54. - Rich Miller - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 11:44 am:

    ===What the heck to you want the National Guard to do ?===

    Perhaps help find generators for that evacuated hospital?


  55. - Anon221 - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 11:45 am:

    ” Hope you are staying dry.” [name] really doesn’t understand what “fluid” means does he/she… (S and S and S)


  56. - 47th Ward - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 11:50 am:

    Makeup? He’s not filming campaign ads in the middle of this flood, is he?


  57. - Anon221 - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 11:51 am:

    100,000 sandbags or not, Rauner, like Walker, has the power. This time he waits to use it? He vetoes faster than that.
    (20 ILCS 3305/6) (from Ch. 127, par. 1056)
    Sec. 6. Emergency Management Powers of the Governor.
    (a) The Governor shall have general direction and control of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and shall be responsible for the carrying out of the provisions of this Act.
    (b) In performing duties under this Act, the Governor is authorized to cooperate with the federal government and with other states in all matters pertaining to emergency management.


  58. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 11:58 am:

    Maybe what we are seeing is Rauner done with the pretense and phony skirting around being “this or that”…

    Rauner is wearing makeup. This could very well be used in ads for re-elect. Deal with it.

    Many, including me, asked that Rauner stop the phony.

    The makeup is… in our face… this is happening… new Bruce Rauner.


  59. - Responsa - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 12:01 pm:

    ==Perhaps help find generators for that evacuated hospital?==

    The power was restored to Lake Forest Hospital on Wed. night following that afternoon’s evacuation. But administrators have chosen to remain closed due to standing water and ongoing road closures in the area.


  60. - wordslinger - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 12:01 pm:

    –What the heck do you want the National Guard to do.–

    What they’re doing a few miles north in Wisconsin?


  61. - Rich Miller - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 12:02 pm:

    ===The power was restored to Lake Forest Hospital on Wed. night===

    I’m aware. That help could’ve come on Wednesday


  62. - ArchPundit - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 12:02 pm:

    ==This is my thing. I’m not sure him showing up in person was ever necessary, and may create more problems. But his office could at least respond *somehow*.

    Absolutely. I’m fine with not visiting, but there needs to be some sense of a being in touch and responding. Saying there was only a request for sandbags means he’s only responding to requests not actively managing the response.


  63. - G'Kar - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 12:03 pm:

    To the Update. I can picture the campaign ad now:
    “When unprecedented floodin’ wrecked Lake County, I waited three days before I responded.”


  64. - ArchPundit - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 12:04 pm:

    ===What the heck to you want the National Guard to do ?

    Rescue operations, sand bagging, transportation, logistics, security. The National Guard is trained to handle natural disasters.


  65. - don the legend - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 12:11 pm:

    Texas Red, even LP is staying away from Rauner on this one.


  66. - Rich Miller - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 12:12 pm:

    === I’m not sure him showing up in person was ever necessary===

    If you recall, my initial question to the administration, which it still hasn’t answered, is if they’d activated the State Emergency Operations Center and what else he was doing.

    When you don’t respond, you have zero input on the narrative.


  67. - Anon221 - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 12:16 pm:

    What the Guard can do- if activated…

    https://tinyurl.com/y8jc2hkh


  68. - jw - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 12:19 pm:

    has been very little news or none at all about the flood in southern illinois just who does control the news could it be ipi


  69. - allknowingmasterofracoondom - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 12:22 pm:

    OW - ===…Adding… The governor is not scheduled to view any areas of Rep. Yingling’s district and neither Bush nor Yingling have yet been contacted by the governor’s office. Very, very bad form.===

    When a governor decides to politicize his visit(s) to an emergency situation, that is bad form.

    You’re governor of the whole state, not just governor of places with Raunerite representation.

    Amateur hour.

    I live there, Bush/Yingling districts. He is touring in Bush’s district, and just barely bordering Yinglings. Don’t know where this info comes from.


  70. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 12:29 pm:

    - allknowingmasterofracoondom -

    1) Did you see Rich’s update after? The phone call after?

    2) One of the very first things done is contact legislators in a disaster area and coordinate, no matter the party.

    3) While it appears Rauner’s new Crew and their growing pains in a crisis are understandable, there are protocols in steps that when a change in Staff and Crew occur, the steps involved in these situations don’t. That’s amateur hour.

    “Questions”


  71. - Not It - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 12:30 pm:

    Let’s not forget that President Bush was critized for not flying to New Orleans after Katrina. The reason is because his security needs would have taken services away from those that needed them, but nobody cared. They wanted to see Bush standing knee deep in water.


  72. - ILPundit - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 12:31 pm:

    Makeup? Words fail

    B-team decides to shoot B-roll


  73. - In a Minute - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 12:31 pm:

    All this flood visit talk seems overwrought and driven by Rauner’s critics having a seething dislike for the new staff members.
    What people in some other states wouldn’t do to have a pro-choice, moderate Republican Governor that could actually read a balance sheet. Sheesh.


  74. - Anon221 - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 12:31 pm:

    Audio is up on the CMS site of the presser:

    https://tinyurl.com/jslkdck


  75. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 12:33 pm:

    - In a Minute -

    Compare, in a timeline, and in governmental moves… Gov. Walker… Gov. Rauner…

    Tell me who was the better responder as a Governor.

    “No, no, I’ll wait”


  76. - 47th Ward - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 12:33 pm:

    ===Sheesh===

    Get back to work Kristina. You’re no longer in the private sector. Posting on CapFax while on state time used to be frowned upon.


  77. - SAP - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 12:33 pm:

    If only the Governor had some sort of State Agency in charge of Emergency Management.


  78. - SAP - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 12:37 pm:

    This flooding was so bad that term limits wouldn’t have been enough to hold it back.


  79. - G'Kar - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 12:39 pm:

    “What people in Illinois wouldn’t do to have a pro-choice, moderate Republican Governor that could actually read a balance sheet. Sheesh.”

    There, I fixed it for you.


  80. - Flynn's mom - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 12:41 pm:

    Does he have a makeup artist on staff? Is it applied differently based on the daily costume?/s


  81. - In a Minute - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 12:42 pm:

    Floods happen. They are called acts of God for a reason. He is there now, right? Causing the big media distraction you wanted instead of people spending time filling sandbags or hauling away water soaked belongings.
    On the other hand, unfunded pension liabilities, unpaid state vendors, a state economy falling dismally behind its neighboring states, and residents fleeing the state in droves are the result of acts of me and women you support and the policies they enacted in Illinois. Those are the real problems Rauner is trying to respond to.
    You like that status quo so much you spend all dang darn day defending it.


  82. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 12:44 pm:

    Yeah… um… Yeah.. - In a Minute -

    Compare, in a timeline, and in governmental moves… Gov. Walker… Gov. Rauner…

    Tell me who was the better responder as a Governor.

    “No, no, I’ll wait”

    Start there for me, dispense with the “status quo” ridiculousness.

    K? K.


  83. - Pawn - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 12:45 pm:

    I am reminder that this is not the first time the Governor has referred either directly or by implication to people in need as props.


  84. - Keyrock - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 12:47 pm:

    The IPI folks believe that a good foundation can cover many blemishes–including an inability to do basic math.


  85. - don the legend - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 12:48 pm:

    In a minute: …Those are the real problems Rauner is trying to respond to…

    He’s way past trying. He has completely failed.


  86. - Steward As Well.... - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 12:48 pm:

    Stickman, should the occasion arise, ever go to a disaster area that still has high winds would just blow away. I think this job has and will continue to take it’s toll. I can’t imagine what he will look like if he manages to garner another four years in a second term.


  87. - Wensicia - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 12:48 pm:

    Candidate Rauner, not the governor, makes an appearance.


  88. - Baloneymous - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 12:55 pm:

    In a Minute = Floods happen…=

    Yes floods do happen. But the governor showed up 2 days late and in makeup. Did either need to “happen”?


  89. - No Longer a Lurker - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 1:12 pm:

    Could this be Rauner’s Michael Bilandic moment. However I don’t recall Bilandic wearing makeup during the blizzard of 1979.


  90. - SAP - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 2:46 pm:

    “Floods Happen” That is one of the many reasons the Governor has a telephone and the contact information for IEMA and the National Guard.


  91. - Chicago 20 - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 2:57 pm:

    Where are the props Governor?

    No Carhartt, no motorcycle vest, no plaid shirt, no duct tape, no idea of what to do now that he finally showed up.


  92. - Rabid - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 4:06 pm:

    Superstar is dated, he has a new rockstar look to go with his staff


  93. - Wensicia - Friday, Jul 14, 17 @ 4:39 pm:

    Still waiting for Rauner to declare a State of Emergency for Lake County.


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* Dog sculptures downtown Chicago honor police canine unit
* Gunman who shot Chicago police officer still at large
* Jury awards $150M in punitive damages in testosterone case
* Credit rating improves for 7 Illinois universities.
* Supporters, foes clash over underwater oil pipeline's future
* Illinois employees under investigation for derogatory emails
* Central Illinois struggles to find solution for bed bugs
* Thunderstorms exacerbate flooding in northern Illinois
* Illinois governor calls another special session on education
* The Latest: Gov. Rauner calls school-funding special session

* Rauner: Special sessions start Wednesday for school funding
* State employee under investigation for derogatory emails
* Thunderstorms exacerbate flooding in northern Illinois
* Rauner says special sessions start Wednesday for school funding
* Rauner makes another demand to get school funding bill
* Cullerton discourages school-funding veto; seeks discussion
* John Curran to replace Christine Radogno in Illinois Senate
* Schools caught in middle while waiting for state funding
* Rauner U of I trustee pick a generous GOP donor
* Rauner sets deadline for SB 1, says he'll call special session

* Aldermen blast city, McCormick Place officials over Navy Pier TIF plan
* Trump calls on GOP to repeal Obamacare amid doubt on vote
* Morningstar buys stake in responsible-investing research firm
* Morningstar buys stake in responsible investing firm
* AbbVie ordered to pay $150 million damages in 'Low-T' trial


* Credit rating improves for 7 Illinois universities
* 2 charged with shooting at home in Aurora
* AP sources: Trump speaks to advisers about firing Sessions
* Police: Man attempts to burglarize Mount Prospect home
* SWEET: Rep. Mike Quigley’s questions for Jared Kushner
* John McCain to return to Senate for Tuesday’s health care vote
* Victory over Cubs felt like playoffs for win-starved White Sox
* Three Chicagoans charged with robberies, carjackings in Hammond
* Police: 1 killed, 7 injured in Lake Shore Drive crash
* Cubs’ Willson Contreras is so good, he’s well worth the occasional bad


* Paula Hess honored posthumously as IHSA dance official of the year
* New penalties in place for youth caught vaping in Park Ridge
* 1 dead, 7 hurt in Lake Shore Drive crash in Uptown
* John McCain's return to Senate injects momentum into GOP health care battle
* With 'Better Deal,' Democrats (temporarily) calm a restive left
* Man carjacked on I-80 ramp in New Lenox, police say
* Cubs' stretched bullpen could benefit from reinforcements
* Ex-Bull Derrick Rose agrees to one-year deal with Cavaliers
* Trump administration weighs options to replace Jeff Sessions
* Cubs come up empty in clutch situations vs. White Sox


» Rauner Calls School-Funding Special Session
» Cullerton Discourages School-Funding Veto; Seeks Discussion
» A Closer Look At The Group That Could Inform Rauner's Agenda
» Illinois Finally Compensating Unjustly Imprisoned
» Chicago Festival To Mark Pokemon Go Anniversary Goes Awry
» A Closer Look At The Group That Could Inform Rauner’s Agenda
» Restraining Order On Cook County Soda Tax Extended A Week
» Illinois Steel Company Proposes To Move Plant To Indiana
» State Week: Despite Budget Veto, Rauner Presses For School Money
» Special Session Slated If Rauner Doesn't Get School Bill


* Rauner: Special sessions start Wednesday for school funding
* Our View: Now is your time to weigh in on Y-block
* State employee under investigation for derogatory emails
* Thunderstorms exacerbate flooding in northern Illinois
* Bernard Schoenburg: Klickna looks back on 44 years in education
* Rauner says special sessions start Wednesday for school funding
* Rauner makes another demand to get school funding bill
* Cullerton discourages school-funding veto; seeks discussion
* John Curran to replace Christine Radogno in Illinois Senate
* Schools caught in middle while waiting for state funding


* Collinsville man hit in face with handgun, suspect flees, police say
* Hannah Caraway talks about her goals and what drives her
* Water treatment project nears completion
* Greene, Scott counties police news, July 24
* Alton panel favors 1 percent rise in hotel tax, raising electricity tax
* Here’s how to see the International Space Station in the sky this week
* Stunning Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis from space in ultra-high def
* Experts, community members discuss mental health in African-American community
* What will animals do during the eclipse? Scientists aren't entirely sure.
* Driver in fatal crash from Moline


* Images: White Sox top Cubs in opener of Crosstown Series, 3-1
* Here's what happens if governor vetoes just part of school funding bill
* Son cut mom's throat in Round Lake Park, police say
* Angry about flood, Mundelein residents pack board meeting
* Mount Prospect police seek suspect in residential burglary

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* Hultgren seeking applicants for STEM Schol...
* Construction of Massive Neutrino Experimen...
* Editorial: We need answers on Trump and Ru...
* Rep. Randy Hultgren fields questions at Le...
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* Sen. Duckworth, Illinois attorney general,......

* Armed & fabulous: In Chicago, women worried about violence join gun club.
* The Life Of Land After Frac Sand
* The White Sox Report: Times Change
* TrackNotes: Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Dog Days
* The Weekend In Chicago Rock
* Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me! in Millennium Park, and more things to do in Chicago this week
* “The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective
* Governor Rauner calls General Assembly back into special session for school funding
* Bossy Chicago leads the way for woman-owned businesses
* Thorner/O'Neil: Immigration: An Issue of Importance to all Americans (Part 2)


* 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

  
* Google Pixel 2 Snapdragon 836, Apple’s Siri + The Rock & more – Pocketnow Daily
* What is it with blue? New blue color clued for Galaxy Note 8
* In this iPhone 8 CAD leak, the display is on
* T-Mobile brings scam call tools to MetroPCS from July 25
* iRobot Wants to Sell Mapping Data Collected by Roomba Vacuums to a Tech Company Like Apple
* Qualcomm Says Tech Group Supporting Apple is 'Misdirecting' ITC With 'Coordinated Effort'
* Gazelle putting on extra discounts for its secondhand iPhones and more

* Young trio enjoys 1st taste of rivalry with Cubs
* Swarzak notches long-awaited 1st career save
* Sox ride Gonzalez, HRs to down Chi-Town rivals
* Rodon, Lackey set as Chi-Town rivals duel
* Rodon eyes rebound as he faces crosstown foes
* Sox ride Gonzalez, HRs to down Chi-Town rivals
* Prospect Burdi to have Tommy John surgery


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