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Cullerton says he hasn’t released SB 1 “because of the mental state of the governor”

Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017

* Senate President John Cullerton said this to reporters today about Gov. Rauner’s threats to issue an amendatory veto on SB 1

I’m afraid he’s acting out of anger. You know he has had a bad month. I mean, we’ve overridden him I think four times in a row, half his staff was either fired or quit. And I just wanted to have a meeting with him so we could talk rationally about what’s in the bill.

* When asked later why he hadn’t yet sent SB 1 to the governor’s desk, Cullerton told reporters this…

It’s because of the mental state of the governor. It’s been the fact, as I said, he’s really had a bad month.

Whew, man. I haven’t heard talk like that since the Blagojevich days.

…Adding… As a couple of commenters have rightly pointed out, Cullerton has been holding SB 1 for almost two months, so he did have an opportunity to release the bill during a “good” month for the governor.

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40 Comments
  1. - RNUG - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 1:48 pm:

    When Cullerton starts talking like this, you KNOW things are in the dumpster.


  2. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 1:48 pm:

    Oof


  3. - Keyrock - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 1:49 pm:

    Wow. I guess we have gone Full Blago.


  4. - Piece of Work - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 1:49 pm:

    Maybe the guv has had a bad month. SB1 has been ready to go to the guv for almost 2 months.

    Oops, that rhetoric didn’t pan out.


  5. - Deadbeat Conservative - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 1:52 pm:

    =It’s been the fact, as I said, he’s really had a bad month.=

    While he couldn’t have been happier visiting a couple really bad years on Illinois.


  6. - Curl of the Burl - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 1:52 pm:

    Well then…perhaps Mr. Cullerton should have worked with a member of his leadership team to have SB 1 released when the Governor was having a better month. Hmm…


  7. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 1:54 pm:

    ===Maybe the guv has had a bad month. SB1 has been ready to go to the guv for almost 2 months.

    Oops, that rhetoric didn’t pan out.===

    LOL…

    Since SB1 was part of that whole vetoed budget Rauner has nothing to tout from, I’m sure holding it so Rauner’s personal sanity could be dealt with, and a measure of his emotions was taken.

    Rauner himself said he vetoed something emotionally, lol


  8. - Jocko - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 1:54 pm:

    What John meant to say was “With no measurement, no thinking about it, no metrics, no nothing. It’s just incredibly irresponsible.”


  9. - So_Ill - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 1:55 pm:

    He’s not wrong…


  10. - Blue Bayou - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 1:56 pm:

    SB1 is not a secret. The Governor could easily make it clear what he’s going to do, then perhaps a solution can be found.

    If his Education Sec is correct and he agrees with 90%, shouldn’t a compromise be easy to accomplish?

    Isn’t that governing?


  11. - Michelle Flaherty - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 1:56 pm:

    Does anyone think the governor knows what an amendatory veto actually does?


  12. - RNUG - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 1:57 pm:

    == It’s because of the mental state of the governor. ==

    Stage dressing for an “unfit to perform duties” vote? /s


  13. - morningstar - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 1:58 pm:

    Gotta get my vision checked… I read Cullerton’s quote twice and each time misread it as saying the governor has “a bad mouth.”


  14. - btowntruthfromforgottonia - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 1:59 pm:

    Savage Level:Randy.
    Cullerton drops the mic.


  15. - Deft Wing - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 1:59 pm:

    Maybe Cullerton should have been a comedian because he’s a lousy policymaker.

    Rauner might be having a bad month, but Cullerton’s had about 30 bad years given the State’s financial condition. Cullerton’s voted for nearly every tax increase, spending increase, borrowing, pension sweetener & pension holiday that has put IL in the financial gutter. What an awesome financial planning guru that little man is!

    But he is funny.


  16. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 2:00 pm:

    ===Does anyone think the governor knows what an amendatory veto actually does?===

    I don’t.

    I think he thinks he AVs the bill and unless they override…

    Those new superstars, lol


  17. - hexagon - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 2:06 pm:

    Holding the bill until right before school and, now, mocking the governor in a condescending manner is pretty brutal. But, he’s earned it and then some by trying to hurt kids in cps in order to damage the ctu and make racist anti chicago appeals to some voters.


  18. - Facts are stubborn things - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 2:10 pm:

    Governor Queeg? Strawberries anyone?


  19. - Anon221 - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 2:10 pm:

    I laughed… But truthfully, these aren’t the buttons that need to be pushed. I’m not sure this “emotional understanding” is really going to improve the situation. Rauner’s not a “Hallmark” kinda guy.


  20. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 2:20 pm:

    Morningstar: me too. Either way is true though - lots of bad mouthing in a bad month.


  21. - Juvenal - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 2:26 pm:

    === As a couple of commenters have rightly pointed out, Cullerton has been holding SB 1 for almost two months, so he did have an opportunity to release the bill during a “good” month for the governor. ===

    Begging your pardons, but it made zero sense to send Rauner SB 1 before there was a budget. Last minute changes to the budget could have demanded radical changes to the bill.


  22. - Snucka - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 2:26 pm:

    When is the last time the Governor had a good month?


  23. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 2:29 pm:

    Given past experience, it would have been crazy to send Rauner school funding before the rest of the budget was done.


  24. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 2:31 pm:

    === Last minute changes to the budget could have demanded radical changes to the bill. ===

    How? The Senate couldn’t change anything in the bill by then.


  25. - My New Handle - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 2:32 pm:

    Seems like Rauner is being served the same kind of insults that he has been dishing out for quite a while to legislators. Not sure it will move school funding forward, but it implies a lot for how his rhetoric is being received.


  26. - A guy - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 2:38 pm:

    Regardless of whether the Governor has had a “bad month”, that’s Pres. Cullerton having an exceptionally “bad moment”.

    It doesn’t help. Don’t know him well, but know him a little. He may already regret expressing it that way.


  27. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 2:40 pm:

    ===Don’t know him well, but know him a little. He may already regret expressing it that way.===

    Rauner calling Madigan and Cullerton corrupt, continually, you think Rauner regrets that?


  28. - Norseman - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 2:43 pm:

    What we have here is a serious case of the guy who never loses having a hissy fit.


  29. - C Ball - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 2:56 pm:

    It seems from Cullerton’s press conference that he will _not_ hold a vote on Rauner’s recommended changes to SB1 if the veto over-ride fails. He argues that an excessively changed SB1 would violate the IL Constitution as interpreted by case law. Presumably the bill with the recommended changes would be ruled out of order by the Committee on Assignments and therefore would not be brought to the Senate floor for approval.


  30. - A guy - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 3:14 pm:

    ==Rauner calling Madigan and Cullerton corrupt, continually, you think Rauner regrets that?==

    No. I wish he did.

    John’s not as intemperate. But he was in that moment. It’s just my hunch he’s a guy who reflected on it. You know. His own standard.


  31. - Arock - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 3:22 pm:

    Then pass a bill the Governor will sign, pretty simple concept, take out the funding he disagrees with and visit that part on a new day. Playing games and making it a crisis like you did with the budget is reprehensible. Where are Madigans or Cullertons reforms that are needed to truly turn things around, just more lip service from the Democratic Machine that has buried Illinois in a mess. These two had a supermajority and close to a decade with Democratic Governors and fixed nothing.


  32. - Anon - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 3:24 pm:

    I’ve heard of politial punches but this is a political kick in the you know where to the govenor.

    Rauner really needs to reflect on what he has done because right now the only people surrounding him just want the nice salary or they are IPI wack jobs.


  33. - Curl of the Burl - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 3:40 pm:

    Arock - that is a great point that needs to be brought up when things like school funding reform and minimum wage hikes come up. Manar muscled the initial school funding reform bill (the old SB 16) through the Senate in 2014 and then it DIED in the House. The next version (the old SB 231) also went to the House to die.
    Madigan would not even call it for a vote either time. What is the difference now? Oh…yeah…Rauner.


  34. - Curl of the Burl - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 3:48 pm:

    And - to be clear - I know that Rauner was governor during the last general assembly. But the House Republicans now have a few more members and can make things more stressful for Madigan.

    This should have been done years ago. Per usual nothing like waiting until the last minute.


  35. - Really - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 3:52 pm:

    Why should Rauner regret calling Mad Mike and John ” I do what Mad Mike tells me” corrupt. They are today and have been for over 30 years. Truth hurts sometimes.


  36. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 3:58 pm:

    – He may already regret expressing it that way.–

    He may have had a liver horseshoe for breakfast. He may have binge-watched “Alf” last weekend.

    The world of baseless speculation is limitless — and pointless.


  37. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 3:59 pm:

    ===Why should Rauner regret calling … corrupt.===

    Is that the best way to get compromise?

    ===They are today===

    Based on what? What you think?

    ===and have been for over 30 years.===

    Really? - Really -, really?

    Your drive-by lacks fact.

    ===Truth hurts sometimes.===

    That you lack? I think you can live with it.

    ===No. I wish he did.===

    Cullerton is a better man than Rauner. Or you think he is(?)


  38. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 5:12 pm:

    Could be the new state slogan.

    Illinois: The Mental State


  39. - Generic Drone - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 5:21 pm:

    In my mind I see Cullerton standing around a corner holding a chain marked Rauner. Cullerton is snickering, about to yank it. Again Rauner looks peeved.


  40. - A guy - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 5:43 pm:

    ==He may have binge-watched “Alf” last weekend.===

    You may have just revealed something about you with this. Hmmm.

    In Illinois the Mental State, this actually makes some sense. lol


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