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Pritzker “fact checks” new Rauner ad

Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017

* Pritzker campaign…

Yesterday, Bruce Rauner released a new ad featuring his wife Diana, highlighting the couple’s “passion for education.” But lately Rauner’s only passion is causing crises and distorting his own record. The reality is that Bruce Rauner continues to intentionally cut programs that help children and families build better lives.

Let’s take a look at Bruce Rauner’s real record on education:

Due to Rauner’s 736-day budget crisis, Illinois is over $1 billion behind in paying school districts money they were promised.

Hundreds of public university employees were laid off and dozens of programs were cut after Rauner failed to pass a budget for two years.

Rauner proposed a 20% cut to higher education and a 31.5% cut to universities in his 2015 budget proposal.

The ad claims Rauner “increased early childhood education to its highest level ever,” but in reality he proposed a $338.5 million cut to the Childcare Assistance Program in 2016 and decimated the program with his 2015 Emergency Rule, cutting off 90% of previously eligible families.

This month, Bruce Rauner vetoed the entire FY18 Illinois State Board of Education budget worth $11.9 billion, including:

    $443.7 million for the Early Childhood Block grant.
    $29 million in additional funding for bilingual education.
    $387.6 million for disabled student transportation.
    $135.2 million for disabled student tuition.
    $262.9 million in transportation reimbursement.
    $15 million for afterschool programs.
    $1.4 million for the parent mentoring program.
    $2.4 million in technology for success.
    $846,000 for blind and dyslexic services.
    $3.1 million for district consolidation costs and supplemental payments for school districts.
    $100,000 for autism training and technical assistance.
    $9 million in reimbursement for free breakfast and lunch programs.
    $1.4 million for the visually impaired and educational materials coordinating unit.
    $38 million for career and technical education.
    $11.5 million for truant alternative and optional education program.
    $6.3 million for alternative education and regional safe schools.
    $5 million for agriculture education program.
    $2.4 million for Afterschool Matters.
    $500,000 for advanced placement classes.
    $1 million for the lowest performing schools.

“Fresh off vetoing the entire education budget, this governor is ready to allow schools not to open next month. There is nothing ‘right’ about what Bruce Rauner is doing to Illinois schoolchildren,” said Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh. “No amount of messaging, distortion, and validation is going to change the fact that this governor is failing in his basic obligation to ensure Illinois children receive a quality education.”

The childcare program and early childhood education are separate beings, but wrapping that veto around him isn’t a bad play.

* Related…

* Mark Brown: Downstate knows more about its schools than first lady does

* Diana Rauner appears in new ad praising governor’s support for education

- Posted by Rich Miller        

32 Comments
  1. - Seats - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 10:13 am:

    I keep seeing “schools not open next month” but i’ve yet to find a single school say that they wouldn’t be able to open for at least the start of the year.

    Can anyone provide a list or name any schools that won’t open in August if a school budget plan isn’t passed?


  2. - Ducky LaMoore - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 10:14 am:

    Quality work.

    ===$5 million for agriculture education program.===

    And Pritzker could really use this downstate. Especially the fact that the governor proposed eliminating Ag education two years in a row. These guys are getting really good. But they could be better. They really need to hammer Rauner in the small towns.


  3. - Fixer - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 10:16 am:

    Good response. Hits the “Rauner vetoed this” chord well.


  4. - John Rawlss - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 10:19 am:

    Fact check - 40% of JB’s ads are about food


  5. - Retired Educator - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 10:20 am:

    Most if not all will open, but how long they can function is the real question. Some schools will have problem making payroll for very long. This is a severe economic hit for the communities they serve. The snowball will start rolling down the hill, and impact everything in it”s path. The opening may not be a problem but staying open is.


  6. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 10:20 am:

    ===This month, Bruce Rauner vetoed the entire FY18 Illinois State Board of Education budget worth $11.9 billion, including:===

    All day. Every day until June… 2018.

    “Rauner vetoed that”

    Lots and lots and lots…

    Even the Democrat Diana Rauner, who lauded JB Pritzker and the family foundations can easily understand…

    “Rauner vetoed that”

    I thank the GA members who prevented Rauner from successfully refusing Illinois a budget, including the 16 Republicans that put that budget into play, and the 11 Republicans that denied the Diana and Bruce destruction.

    Yep. “Rauner vetoed that”.

    Rauner can’t claim what an override allowed.


  7. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 10:24 am:

    Another week of North Shore cocktail party vapid chit-chat, ruined.

    About time some Dems got specific about the Rauner lies and destruction. The GA Dems should have been doing it for two years.


  8. - Anon0091 - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 10:35 am:

    Excellent. Excellent. Excellent. The second I saw the ad, I was hoping they would do this. Diana better be careful. She’s increasingly looking less like a 1st lady and more like a political combatant.


  9. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 10:40 am:

    ===She’s increasingly looking less like a 1st lady and more like a political combatant.===

    Diana Rauner is not a “civilian”

    Diana Rauner has been in Ads, paid political ads trading off her phony Democratic credentials, while putting her name to millions to defeat Democratic state legislators.

    Nope. The days of Diana Rauner’s “civilian” status are long, long, LONG gone.

    How exciting it must’ve been for appointed Rauner agency heads… having the GA fund their agencies… agencies that Rauner vetoed the funding for so… dismissively.

    “Rauner vetoed that” - appointed agency heads. Rauner vetoed your funding. That’s fun.


  10. - Bee - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 10:58 am:

    Oswego Willy, what’s the obsession with Diana Rauner that continually appears in your posts? She’s not governor and her influence is limited. Besides, she can’t help Rauner’s doomed re-election bid.


  11. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 11:01 am:

    ===what’s the obsession with Diana Rauner that continually appears in your posts===

    “What’s the obsession with Diana Rauner that continually appears in the newspapers columns and reports, ads, fundraising…”

    You should ask Diana. She’s not a civilian.


  12. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 11:16 am:

    ==She’s not governor and her influence is limited.==

    They just put her in an ad! They could’ve used any number of people involved in education at any level to vouch for him*, but they chose her. Couple that with the fact that all reporting indicates she’s been a big part of the recent staff changes and none of this holds any water.

    *- Or maybe they COULDN’T get anyone else involved in education to vouch for him, which is it’s own problem.


  13. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 11:19 am:

    I agree w don Willy. Diana is a Capa in the regime. She’s in the game, ergo she is fair game for criticism. Don’t say one thing for the camera and do another at the sit down. My guess is it just may be getting to the Governor - or not. Lol


  14. - Political Animal - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 11:55 am:

    I’m betting this message hasn’t been poll tested.

    People aren’t dumb. Vetoing the entire budget does not mean Rauner opposed the education funding specifically and the Pritzker camp is going to have a hard time convincing voters that it does.


  15. - X-prof - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 12:11 pm:

    Time for regime change at Ounce of Prevention? It’s like Putin’s hand in the White House.


  16. - hisgirlfriday - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 12:18 pm:

    I asked this last night on the Diana ad post but it was late.

    I get why her B-roll footage had the schools where Sen. Rooney teaches but why Peoria H.S. when their superintendent supports SB1?


  17. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 12:22 pm:

    ===Vetoing the entire budget does not mean Rauner opposed the education funding specifically===

    lol

    Go with that.


  18. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 12:27 pm:

    ===Vetoing the entire budget does not mean Rauner opposed the education funding specifically and the Pritzker camp is going to have a hard time convincing voters that it does.===

    A veto stopped the funding. That’s how vetoes work.

    It took an override to get the funding back.

    Capiche?


  19. - ste_with_a_v_en - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 1:49 pm:

    “A veto stopped the funding. That’s how vetoes work.

    It took an override to get the funding back.’

    So he didn’t stop the funding.


  20. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 1:50 pm:

    ===So he didn’t stop the funding===

    And Rauner did t sign the funding either.

    What else ya got?


  21. - ste_with_a_v_en - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 1:52 pm:

    “And Rauner did t sign the funding either.”

    Okay, but schools are still getting funding. And Rauner gets to say he vetoed a tax hike. Who do you think is going to win that messaging battle?


  22. - ste_with_a_v_en - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 1:54 pm:

    “And Rauner did t sign the funding either.”

    But they still got the funding, and Rauner gets to say he vetoed a tax hike. Who’s message is going to resonate?


  23. - ste_with_a_v_en - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 1:57 pm:

    Sorry for the double post


  24. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 1:58 pm:

    ===But they still got the funding===

    By overriding Rauner.

    Rauner did nothing to fund the state.

    ===Rauner gets to say he vetoed a tax hike.===

    … and vetoed all of Higher education, social services, state agencies, road improvements.

    “Rauner vetoed that”

    That’s a huge failure, no budget or agency, or higher education or state education, or social services.

    Vetoes. They haunt.

    Thank goodness for the overrides.

    If you don’t think it’ll resonate, LOL


  25. - ste_with_a_v_en - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 2:07 pm:

    “If you don’t think it’ll resonate, LOL”

    I’m sure it will resonate as much as “Bruce Rauner supports Donald Trump for President of the United States.”


  26. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 2:12 pm:

    ===…it will resonate as much as “Bruce Rauner supports Donald Trump for President of the United States.”

    Meh, Rauber has yet to denounce Trump as President.

    Rauner is no John Kasich.

    I’m sure Rauner will say he doesn’t support Trump.

    Don’t you hold your breath, lol


  27. - don the legend - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 3:54 pm:

    to - ste_with_a_v_en -

    How do you say (without snark) that Rauner can effectively claim vetoing a tax hike will resonate but at the same time allege that his vetoing all the things JB lists is something that won’t resonate?


  28. - Demoralized - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 4:59 pm:

    ==Vetoing the entire budget does not mean Rauner opposed the education funding specifically ==

    He didn’t have to veto those funds then. If you issue a total veto then your throwing the baby out with the bathwater. When you have the power to accept some of the budget and then don’t you can’t argue that you really liked part of it.


  29. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 5:03 pm:

    ==Vetoing the entire budget does not mean Rauner opposed the education funding specifically ==

    The Judge Smails argument.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA2NDf9LdDE


  30. - Slalom - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 5:17 pm:

    Rauner: “I vetoed the budget because it raised your taxes by 32%.”

    Pritzker: “Bruce Rauner hates children and vetoed the budget because he wanted to stop school funding.”

    Which of these is more credible? Which message will resonate with voters?

    It’s an obvious answer.


  31. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 5:23 pm:

    ===It’s an obvious answer.===

    Yep.

    Every single time Rauner gors to a State University

    “Rauner vetoed that”

    Gors to a road dedication

    “Rauner vetoed that”

    Visits a shelter for thanksgiving…

    Think on that. Rauner when he visits a shelter for this thanksgiving…

    “Rauner vetoed that”

    Lots and lot and lots… Every single day… Every single thing funded, including his owned agencies…

    “Rauner vetoed that”

    Pretty easy.

    And I can NOT wait for the enbarrassment of Diana and Bruce, come thanksgiving…giving out turkeys… at a place that receives state funding… that Rauner vetoed.

    Can not wait, lol


  32. - walker - Wednesday, Jul 26, 17 @ 7:16 pm:

    I’ll take the simple-minded approach: voters hate people who raise their taxes. As long as K-12 schools open on time, the rest is just noise.


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