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Cullerton again calls on Rauner to hold leaders’ meetings before veto

Monday, Jul 24, 2017 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Press release…

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton renewed his request that Governor Rauner put down his veto pen and instead meet with the legislative leaders to make sure he understands what is in the historic school funding overhaul before it arrives on his desk. Here is the full statement from Senate President John Cullerton.

    “Last week, the governor didn’t know where he’s getting the education numbers he’s been using. He lashes out over what he calls a ‘Chicago bailout,’ but the same provision appears in his ‘plan.’ He calls Senate Bill 1 ‘historic’ and then says he will veto it immediately.

    I’d like to have a conversation with Governor Rauner in hopes of getting some clarity as to exactly what is going on. We slowed down the process in the Senate in order to let everyone blow off some steam, politically speaking.

    Six weeks later, the governor’s temper continues to flare. I don’t want him making statewide classroom funding decisions out of a position of anger.

    I’d like the opportunity to make sure he knows what is in the proposal from the people who wrote it so he can make a rational decision.”

* The governor had an answer for Cullerton earlier today at the Daily Herald…


       

31 Comments
  1. - Michelle Flaherty - Monday, Jul 24, 17 @ 10:31 am:

    The governor seems awfully angry. Someone should give him a Snickers.


  2. - Langhorne - Monday, Jul 24, 17 @ 10:32 am:

    Gov, its not a sham. Its an attempt to open the door to governing. But you would rather fight than win


  3. - Been There - Monday, Jul 24, 17 @ 10:36 am:

    ===Rauner says Cullerton’s calls for leaders meetings a “sham” a “diversion” an “excuse not to send me SB1.”===

    The governor is slipping. He forgot to blame Madigan


  4. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jul 24, 17 @ 10:36 am:

    It should be troubling to citizens of a state that a governor, who in a 2 1/2 year term, has made the “Veto” and not “The Signature” a rallying cry of an entire term and administration.

    Budgets, SB1, all about “Veto”, not about anything that has signature surrounding the governing.

    HB40? Oh, well, that to is about “Veto” or framing the lone action of “Veto” to frame a Rauner social agenda.

    This obsession by Rauner, “send me to veto”….

    It seems the most important governing that needs to be done in Rauner’s governing is to get things to “Veto”, not to “Signature”


  5. - Santa - Monday, Jul 24, 17 @ 10:39 am:

    Perhaps Cullerton could send SB1 to the Governor and then discuss how to negotiate or handle any changes as well as a veto. Quit holding it hostage and blaming the Governor for what he might do.


  6. - Precinct Captain - Monday, Jul 24, 17 @ 10:42 am:

    Sounding like Blago more and more by the hour.


  7. - Cubs in '16 - Monday, Jul 24, 17 @ 10:43 am:

    ===so he can make a rational decision.===

    Therein lies the failure in Cullerton’s logic.


  8. - Shemp - Monday, Jul 24, 17 @ 10:44 am:

    “Six weeks later, the governor’s temper continues to flare. I don’t want him making statewide classroom funding decisions out of a position of anger.

    I’d like the opportunity to make sure he knows what is in the proposal from the people who wrote it so he can make a rational decision.”

    …Like that’s not going to tick him off more???


  9. - Fax Machine - Monday, Jul 24, 17 @ 10:48 am:

    He’s got to call the special session whether they send him the bill or not right? Either to work out a new one or address his amendatory veto.


  10. - Real - Monday, Jul 24, 17 @ 10:49 am:

    Cullerton still thinks Raner is a real governor.


  11. - Lucky Pierre - Monday, Jul 24, 17 @ 10:50 am:

    What is the point of a meeting when the Leaders don’t keep their word?

    One year ago, the Leaders promised to pass statewide pension reform so CPS could get the extra money for their pension payment.

    One year later they are exactly where they started. Expecting the Governor to sign off on more money for CPS pensions without the promised pension reform.


  12. - Ahoy! - Monday, Jul 24, 17 @ 10:52 am:

    I’m no fan of how Rauner handles things, but I get this, what’s the point of a leaders meeting? Anybody think Madigan is in a negotiating mood?.. ever?


  13. - Roman - Monday, Jul 24, 17 @ 10:57 am:

    If the governor was interested in “governing” instead of “messaging” he would be negotiating with Cullerton instead of hold a press conference.

    Maybe it’s time for a constitutional amendment to change the title of Illinois’ chief executive from Governor to Messenger.


  14. - Moe Berg - Monday, Jul 24, 17 @ 10:58 am:

    Rauner, like Trump, evidences a real loss of emotional control. Both wealthy, privileged men who are used to getting what they want, when they want it, neither can handle anything that does not comport with slavish deference to their immediate desires and gratifications.

    Both are choosing to surround themselves with people who cater to and affirm that they are the center of the universe and pushing out any that attempt to help them understand the broader context and the considerations of others.

    Business, especially as both men practiced it, was very poor preparation for governing in a complex, multicultural democracy.


  15. - A guy - Monday, Jul 24, 17 @ 11:02 am:

    Cullerton’s request is not unreasonable. For some additional reassurance, perhaps he could show up at the meeting with the bill.

    Wouldn’t that address everyone’s concerns?


  16. - Bee - Monday, Jul 24, 17 @ 11:03 am:

    Rauner is a lame duck governor. Implementing anti-union measures was a fantasy. Unfortunately, reforming our State Government also is a fantasy.


  17. - Way South of I-80 - Monday, Jul 24, 17 @ 11:05 am:

    ===Quit holding it hostage and blaming the Governor for what he might do.===
    Might do?
    There is too much at stake to not try to talk to the Governor before he makes good on his AV threat. Any reasonable person would schedule the leaders meeting as requested - and therein lies the problem.


  18. - Sue - Monday, Jul 24, 17 @ 11:10 am:

    What is wrong with excising the CPS pension piece? The money goes to the classrooms as opposed to the CPS bailout


  19. - Henry - Monday, Jul 24, 17 @ 11:22 am:

    If you needed a clearer reason why Radogno left, now you have it.


  20. - Rod - Monday, Jul 24, 17 @ 11:30 am:

    I am confused completely as to the real reason why President Cullerton did not send SB 1 to the Governor. The line item veto will either be overridden or not as the case may be. This special session is a waste of taxpayer money. The whole idea about how angry the Governor is seems irrelevant to the larger issue at hand of funding k-12 education in the State of Illinois.


  21. - forwhatitsworth - Monday, Jul 24, 17 @ 11:41 am:

    So happy to see that our governor’s rational thinking, his ability to communicate and his desire to work cooperatively are once again behind his public comments.


  22. - Nick Name - Monday, Jul 24, 17 @ 11:51 am:

    Ten minutes. Tick tock…


  23. - Generic Drone - Monday, Jul 24, 17 @ 12:06 pm:

    Irony=Rauner/ rational


  24. - don the legend - Monday, Jul 24, 17 @ 12:42 pm:

    …Six weeks later, the governor’s temper continues to flare. I don’t want him making statewide classroom funding decisions out of a position of anger.

    I’d like the opportunity to make sure he knows what is in the proposal from the people who wrote it so he can make a rational decision.”

    As many have previously stated on this site about other outstanding quotes;
    Restaurant quality, Senator Cullerton.


  25. - Captain Ed Smith - Monday, Jul 24, 17 @ 12:45 pm:

    Cullerton should just send him the bill and let him veto it. As every past Governor (except Blago) has commented over the past 2 1/2 years at the end of the day the Governor is responsible for the state.


  26. - Whatever - Monday, Jul 24, 17 @ 1:08 pm:

    ==What is wrong with excising the CPS pension piece? The money goes to the classrooms as opposed to the CPS bailout ==

    That’s the same thing as asking how about we don’t give the teachers their final paycheck for the school year so we can spend it on the classrooms instead? The pension fund is just deferred payment of compensation, so to the extent it is for teachers, it is for the classroom just as much as current salaries.


  27. - Sue - Monday, Jul 24, 17 @ 2:29 pm:

    Whatever- please let me know where in the Illinois Pension a code does Madigan have authority to fund the CPS pension as required by SB 1. If you read my post you would see that Rauner wants to send the 250 million to other districts all of whom are more deserving then CPS which squandered it’s filled funded pension program under Daley


  28. - facts are stubborn things - Monday, Jul 24, 17 @ 2:54 pm:

    Rauner is a modern day Captain Queeg.


  29. - Whatever - Monday, Jul 24, 17 @ 3:44 pm:

    Sue - I was taking exception to your “distinction” between paying compensation owed to teachers for past services and sending the money to the classrooms. From your follow-up, your distinction is between sending the money to Chicago classrooms and downstate classrooms. I live downstate, dislike Chicago, and want as little to do with it as possible, but don’t see how kids in downstate schools are “more deserving” of state aid than kids in Chicago schools.


  30. - Mama - Monday, Jul 24, 17 @ 3:57 pm:

    = Way South of I-80 - Monday, Jul 24, 17 @ 11:05 am: == “There is too much at stake to not try to talk to the Governor before he makes good on his AV threat. Any reasonable person would schedule the leaders meeting as requested - and therein lies the problem.”

    Way South of I-80, you are right. The other problem is, Rauner is not a reasonable person. He does not negotiate - he dictates. It is always Rauners way or nothing.


  31. - Really - Monday, Jul 24, 17 @ 7:59 pm:

    Send him the bill so he can veto it. Then the Dems can try and override it. His stance, which is correct by the way, won’t change no matter how long the Dems hold it. We have to stop rewarding bad behavior in this state which is what we’d be doing if we give CPS another big pile of money just because they can’t do math or properly negotiate labor contracts.


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