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Rauner launches new digital ad featuring his wife

Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017

* A deliberate attempt at softening the image by Team Rauner…

Rauner Highlights Education Record in New Digital Series
Diana Rauner Talks Governor’s Record, Commitment to Education

As lawmakers return to Springfield to deal with Mike Madigan’s political games, the Rauner campaign today released new digital ads featuring Illinois First Lady Diana Rauner, highlighting Governor Bruce Rauner’s longtime to commitment to improving education.

As Governor, Bruce Rauner increased K-12 education funding by $700 million and brought state support for early childhood education to record levels.

Rauner has worked to do what no Governor has done in years – bring educators and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle together to finally fix Illinois’ broken school funding system.

Rauner is committed to being the education Governor. That’s why he favors bipartisan reform of the education funding formula that is fair to all schoolchildren and supports an evidence based funding model.

* The ad

* Script…

Bruce and I share a passion for education.
It’s motivated him his entire life.
It’s about ensuring that every child has the opportunity to be successful in life.
We know how lucky we are to have the opportunities to help other people.
And we treat it like a mission.
Bruce has increased education funding by $700 million dollars.
He increased early childhood education to its highest level ever.
It’s about doing what’s right, not what’s easy.
We’re doing this for our next generation.

Notice she’s careful to say education funding, not education spending. The state still owes K-12 a huge pile of money that it couldn’t pay out because of the impasse. At last check, it was about a billion dollars.

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  1. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 1:26 pm:

    ===Bruce has increased education funding by $700 million dollars. He increased early childhood education to its highest level ever.===

    How about higher education? How did Bruce do there, Mrs. Rauner?


  2. - Fax Machine - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 1:28 pm:

    Willy about to lower the boom in 3…2…1…

  3. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 1:29 pm:

    Rauner and Diana Democrat choose to put her out there. She’s subject to criticism.

    It’s easy to promise more education funding. It’s not right to be a deliberate deadbeat about actually coming through.

    She’s as big a liar as he is.

  4. - RNUG - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 1:31 pm:

    And how much of that was actual classroom money as opposed to increased payments to the pension fund?

    And did that increase makeup for the withholding of the various other school related payments?

    Does Diana Rauner have any credibility left on her husband’s agenda?

  5. - JS Mill - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 1:32 pm:

    @wordslinger x2.

  6. - northsider (the original) - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 1:32 pm:

    Is this a joke?

  7. - Fixer - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 1:34 pm:

    Actually, Bruce didn’t raise it a dime with this last budget. He vetoed all education funding for the next year, Diana.

  8. - ArchPundit - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 1:34 pm:

    How dare the Governor bring family into this.

    Sorry, OW, couldn’t wait for you

  9. - Give Me A Break - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 1:34 pm:

    Diana, you speak with forked tongue.

  10. - Free Set of Steak Knives - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 1:36 pm:

    Looks like someone has been taking some more heat at cocktail parties!

    Seriously, who cares what Diana Rauner thinks of Bruce Rauner anymore?

    No one is going to believe he has put schools on a better financial footing when the news has been dominated by spending impasse for two years.

    In fact, I am not sure bragging about how you have spent more money on X when the news is dominated with stories of how you can’t pay bills you have is a good idea.

    But hey, I heard at a cocktail party that Bruce is a heartless Grinch…so let’s do an ad.

  11. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 1:37 pm:

    If you believe Diana Rauner, that’s on you, and only you.

    Diana Rauner helped orchestrate the purge, and installed folks from a think tank whose budget cut everywhere, hurting everyone.

    Diana Rauner also told a whole state that she’s a Democrat and “Bruce has no social agenda.”

    HB40 will likely burst the fallacy of “no social agenda” for Bruce, but the millions donated in Diana’s own name to Republicans to target and defeat Democrats should put to rest Diana’s phony Democratic credentials.

    Diana Rauner is a Raunerite, worried about “messaging” and like Donald Trump, thinks she and she alone is the “best” messenger to the phony that is Raunerism.

    To the Ad,

    If you did t know better, Diana does a great job pushing the phony, parsing the words “spend” from “fund”. Diana knows. It’s about the parsing of words.

    Diana is great here.

    Diana needs to come to a reality that “Bruce vetoed that” will be something for months and months Diana and Bruce might hear, even from schools… with SB1’s AV looking to purposely hurt Chicago students.

    It’s about “funding”… but it’s not fun when the message is “Rauner vetoed that” for oh so many things this next year.


    It’s a solid “B+”

    This will be believed, as the “funding” truth will tell a story, just not the whole story, and that’s enough in these videoes


  12. - Arsenal - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 1:37 pm:

    Looks like they’re not too confident that people will buy their “But CHICAGO!” excuse for vetoing SB1.

  13. - Retired Educator - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 1:39 pm:

    Once again, a blatant attempt to humanizeuner. He cares, he wants each child to have success, education is most important issue. Mr. Rauner cares about nothing but the next election. He has thrown all education under the bus. Higher Education was almost destroyed, and he and his wife have the arrogance to say he cares deeply. How can anyone with half a brain take these people seriously?

  14. - Amalia - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 1:39 pm:

    Wordslinger X 10 Spot on.

  15. - illini - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 1:41 pm:

    We have learned the have learned the hard way that our Governor has no credibility.

    We have suspected this about Diana as well.

    This latest ploy only confirms our suspicions about how far the two of them will go to spread their own version of history and their own perverse agendas.

  16. - Blue Bayou - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 1:42 pm:

    Billionaires have no shame. Being rich means never having to say you’re sorry.

    I hope people in this state are learning not to trust anyone with the last name Rauner.

    I don’t trust Madigan either, but he never fooled anyone by pretending to be someone he’s not.

  17. - A Jack - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 1:44 pm:

    And yet, Rauner has said he will AV the bill knowing full well that the bill will die if his recommendations are not accepted.

    Rauner is going to look pretty silly when schools start shutting down.

    A smart statesman would have called a special session on property taxes. He could have said, now that school funding reform is finished, let us tackle the property tax issue and I will sign both bills at once. Perhaps, he just isn’t cut out for this type of employment.

  18. - Blue Bayou - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 1:49 pm:

    Bruce & Diana: tfw you created crisis but were sadly unable to profit from the misery.

  19. - DuPage Saint - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 1:49 pm:

    I have to double check with OW but it seems to me the Rauners helped fund Walter Peyton Prep

  20. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 1:50 pm:

    ===How about higher education? How did Bruce do there, Mrs. Rauner?===

    “Rauner vetoed that”

    Rauner vetoed lots.

    Lots and lots.

  21. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 1:53 pm:

    ===I have to double check with OW but it seems to me the Rauners helped fund Walter Peyton Prep===

    Google the timing on that… helping… of Payton Prep.

    I can’t think of a single social service president that had a governor that vetoed an entire budget (let’s see how SB1 goes on this whole funding thing) and then would want to do an ad for that same governor, touting that governor as an advocate for… anything…

    “Rauner vetoed that”

  22. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 1:54 pm:

    A little ditty ’bout Bruce and Diana
    Two American kids doin’ the best they can-a.

  23. - Anon221 - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 1:55 pm:

    Dr. Rauner-” We’re doing this for our next generation.”

    Yours or the State of Illinois’ next generation? Seems like she has pretty much stood by the bonfire instead of helping extinguish the “no social agenda” flames. Her words and actions live in the silo of early childhood education- and only the format of education The Ounce prescribes. Destructing a state to create a new state order destroys young lives and families. She seems to think the collateral damage is worth it.

  24. - Jocko - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 2:00 pm:

    ==It’s about ensuring that every child has the opportunity to be successful in life.==

    Unless they’re applying to Walter Payton, then they’re going to have to accept being bumped. Diana also forgets that she (by way of Ounce) had to sue to get paid.

  25. - Rogue Roni - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 2:04 pm:

    This ad will be a big, fat zero if kids don’t go to school in the fall

  26. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 2:05 pm:

    ==A little ditty ’bout Bruce and Diana
    Two American kids doin’ the best they can-a.==

    Oh yeah, the crisis goes on
    Long after the thrill of governin’ is gone

  27. - northsider (the original) - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 2:06 pm:

    With apologies to F.S. Fitzgerald:

    “They were careless people, Bruce and Diana – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together and let other people clean up the mess they had made”.

  28. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 2:08 pm:

    Dear CPS parents, teachers, students…

    Remember this. Let this… let this sink in so you don’t forget it.

    ===It’s about ensuring that every child has the opportunity to be successful in life.===

    … and yet, when no one was watching, Diana and Bruce clouted their denied, Winnetka-living daughter… denying a “child” that opportunity to go to Payton Prep…

    “It’s about ensuring that every child has the opportunity to be successful in life.”…

    … unless… well, you all know what happened. Not “every child” that time… did Bruce and Diana ensure an opportunity. They clouted an opportunity for themselves.

  29. - Wensicia - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 2:12 pm:

    This should be followed up with an ad documenting her own organization begging for help during the two year budget impasse.

  30. - Annonin' - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 2:18 pm:

    What hoot GovJunk boasts about signin’ a bill for ed fundin’ after it was passed by that awful GA includin’ you know who.

  31. - Sideline watcher - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 2:26 pm:

    First he decimated early childhood education/childcare starving and closing centers around the state. He didn’t lift a finger to help the 40,000 kids who still lost their access to childcare while the budget impasse dragged on another year after the partial restoration. Then he vetoed the whole damn budget which adds more money to early childhood ed.

    Diana’s organization sued him and urged override.

    Diana’s commercial should be downright excoriated point for point.

  32. - Rabid - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 2:27 pm:

    If I didn’t know better, you’d think that 700 million didn’t come from taxpayers. The doctor is in

  33. - Albany Park Patriot - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 2:29 pm:

    If anyone thinks his wife moderates his extreme and morally repugnant positions, you have been willfully blind the last 3 years.

  34. - debbs - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 2:36 pm:

    Trotting out the wife 18 months before an election, reeks of desperation by down in the polls unpopular Libertarian Governor focused on destroying higher public education in Illinois.

  35. - FSF - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 2:48 pm:

    Tom and Daisy, I mean Bruce and Diana, want to be POTUS and First Lady. She is all in. Rich and bored, they bought a governorship. After Trump, why not a presidency?

  36. - Trapped in the 'burbs - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 2:49 pm:

    ZERO Credibility. ZERO.

  37. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 2:53 pm:

    ===I thought this would bring out the “ugly.” You guys didn’t disappoint…===

    Really? How so?

    Use your words. You make a case, then let’s see if it holds up.

    Drive-bys don’t count.

  38. - Disgusted Downstate - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 2:57 pm:

    With all that increased funding, does this mean I’ll get my April, May, and June preschool payments soon? How about transportation payments? Special ed? Yeah, that’s what I thought. So excited to see state aid become “leverage” too. /s

  39. - Notorious RBG - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 3:28 pm:

    I’m surprised they didn’t include Walter Payton Prep in the montage. /s

  40. - Huh? - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 3:36 pm:

    ” We’re doing this for our next generation.” I don’t think your children have anything to worry about financially. So spare us the two faced pandering.

  41. - Dance Band on the Titanic - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 3:41 pm:

    “Tom and Daisy, I mean Bruce and Diana, want to be POTUS and First Lady.”

    Diana Rauner is no Claire Underwood.

  42. - Rabid - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 4:25 pm:

    Was the doctor lying about no social agenda then or is she lying about a social agenda now

  43. - blue dog dem - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 4:41 pm:

    Change the way we educate in K-12 and maybe we can cut spending. Same old same old = same old results.

  44. - Arsenal - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 4:44 pm:

    It’s also striking that they couldn’t get a school superintendent or principal or teacher to make this pitch. The only one they could find was the Governor’s wife.

  45. - Here we go again - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 4:57 pm:

    Can someone remind Dr. Rauner that the increase to early childhood funding was a result of a federal matching grant? If the state did not increase the funding, it would have lost the federal match.

  46. - Here we go again - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 5:07 pm:

    Also, maybe it’s time for JB to stop funding the Ounce. There’s plenty of other great early childhood organizations out here doing great work. And their leaders are legitimate.

  47. - Anon221 - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 5:10 pm:

    Just a reminder, both The Ounce and the Noble Network of which Rauner College Prep is a member, are listed as supporters of SB1-

    Is it a 90% only level of support???

  48. - Amalia - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 5:13 pm:

    hey all my north shore girlfriends, what the what? you said this guy would be fiscally responsible, that his wife would temper him especially on issues of reproductive choices, but things are not what you promised. can you please call YOUR pal Diana and tell her to change things? cause she looks like she has not a clue what she is doing.

  49. - northsider (the original) - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 5:41 pm:

    Daisy/Diana has effortlessly lied to voters on behalf of her husband since 2014. Why should we believe her now?

  50. - Wilderness Girl - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 6:46 pm:

    Well thank god. I’m relieved to know that the privileged woman from the north shore, who is equally as out of touch as her husband, is here to save our education system. Just don’t ask the Rauners to pay their fair share to fund our schools.

  51. - hisgirlfriday - Tuesday, Jul 25, 17 @ 9:49 pm:

    From the link above from Anon221, the Peoria school superintendent supports SB1.

    So why does Diana’s ad show B-roll footage of Peoria High School?

    I get the B-roll footage from the schools where Sen. Rooney teaches though.

  52. - Rabid - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 7:07 am:

    The doctor validates lying Bruce’s thought process, he hasn’t been this happy in twenty years, standing ovations during his sermon.”We treat it like a mission”

  53. - Flynn's mom - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 7:57 am:

    Bruce please…..

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