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*** UPDATED x2 - Barickman walks it back, blames the coverage *** Barickman claims Rauner will negotiate when he gets SB 1, cautions on outcome

Thursday, Jul 27, 2017

* Sen. Jason Barickman, the lead school funding reform negotiator for the Senate Republicans, told reporters this afternoon that he spoke to the governor about negotiating with the Democrats on SB 1

I asked the governor, ‘When the bill is transmitted to you, will you hold the bill so that we can have a negotiation?’

He said, ‘Yes.’ He said ‘That’s a very reasonable thing to do. But I need the bill first.’ […]

I will tell you I am concerned that those negotiations will play out like prior ones, where the Democrats walked away from the table, introduced legislation that had no public scrutiny and advanced it through the legislative process that they control.

After a follow-up question, Barickman confirmed what he said. “There will first be negotiations, yes.” He also said there are no “hard lines in the sand.”

So, if Barickman is right, the governor seems to have reversed himself on that whole “Don’t you see how outrageous that is?” schtick.

*** UPDATE ***  Press release…

The best way to help schoolchildren is for Gov. Rauner to agree to sign a landmark overhaul of how Illinois funds public education, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said Thursday.

Cullerton renewed his request for Rauner to indicate his support for Senate Bill 1 and cautioned him against using his veto powers to rewrite the plan, which would jeopardize its future. Cullerton noted that an amendatory veto does not automatically become law and instead sets up a showdown with lawmakers on an override vote.

Here is the full statement from Senate President John Cullerton:

    “All the governor needs to do is tell us he will sign his name. The fastest way to help the children is to sign this historic education reform into law.

    An unconstitutional amendatory veto threatens all the work that has gone into this reform proposal. I again urge the governor to show us any changes he wants and to sit down for rational discussions now.

    We’ve done our homework. We passed an overhaul of the worst public school funding system in the nation. All the governor has to do is sign his name to get credit.”

*** UPDATE 2 ***  Well that didn’t take long. And look how he’s blaming the coverage of his exact words…


- Posted by Rich Miller        

59 Comments
  1. - Demoralized - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 4:13 pm:

    Did the Senator talk to the Governor about those negotiations? Because nothing the Governor has done or said seems to indicate that there will be any negotiations on SB1. He’s waiting in his dark room under his light with his veto stamp.


  2. - Chicago Cynic - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 4:15 pm:

    I. Don’t. Believe. You.


  3. - RNUG - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 4:17 pm:

    Once SB-1 is released and sent, it’s too late to change it.

    Be better to talk first.


  4. - Mugsy - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 4:17 pm:

    These guys can’t keep their stories straight! Maybe time for Rasmussen to start cracking some skulls?


  5. - Gruntled University Employee - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 4:18 pm:

    Senator Barickman, you might want to put your knife proof vest on…backwards.


  6. - don the legend - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 4:18 pm:

    I hope Senator Barickman has been doing a lot of sit ups in anticipation of the bus rolling over him.


  7. - Passive Agressive - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 4:18 pm:

    Is this an indication that there are enough repubs on board with overriding Gov’s amendatory veto?


  8. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 4:23 pm:

    Geez, this soap opera is getting to be like Real Staffers of the West Wing.


  9. - Blue Bayou - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 4:27 pm:

    Um, the Dems “control” the legislative process because they won more seats in both chambers.

    Sheesh.


  10. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 4:28 pm:

    In think it’s adorbs that Mr. Barickman trusts Gov. Rauner.

    Does that mean Mr. Barickman believes that Speaker Madigan told President Cullerton what he did too? lol

    I think it’s fun that Rauner, in all his anger, and standing next to GA Leaders that he couldn’t talk or negotiate with, you guessed it, leaders.

    “Who” is Mr. Barickman fooling?

    “Who”. “Who” #NRI


  11. - 360 Degree Turnaround - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 4:31 pm:

    You can’t make wholesale changes to a bill as a governor. There is a real lack of understanding of the process.


  12. - Baloneymous - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 4:32 pm:

    If Rauner just moderated his own stance on meetin’ and negotiatin’, does KR fire him next? He’s caving in to them Dems now. I’m so confused.


  13. - Ginhouse Tommy - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 4:33 pm:

    I think Barickman still believes in the tooth fairy. Once Rauner gets SB1 all bets are off. Wait and see.


  14. - GA Watcher - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 4:38 pm:

    Have the Vegas oddsmakers handicapped this yet? /s


  15. - Piece of Work - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 4:43 pm:

    Bruce really means he will negotiate as much as MJM has the past 2 3/4 years.


  16. - Annonin' - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 4:44 pm:

    We are hopin’ Jumpin’Jason does not think the rest of IL is that dumb. No one can expect Rauner will not negotiate over anything. And how do we know what Avery Don and Sherie think?


  17. - Dance Band on the Titanic - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 4:47 pm:

    Kind of sad that the Senate President has to practically resort to begging the Governor to accept a victory.


  18. - Sue - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 4:47 pm:

    Sounds like the only negotiation the Dems want is what time Rauner will sign SB 1. The hypocracy from the Dems is no diff from what they claim is coming from Rauner. CullertonMadigan might as well be lobbyists for CPS


  19. - Blue Bayou - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 4:55 pm:

    Could hardly wait for Sue’s take so I could be sure the opposite is true.

    Whew.


  20. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 4:56 pm:

    Mr. Barickman clarifies his direct quotes.

    I’m actually embarrassed for him.

    That’s as sad is it gets.

    Wonder if Mr. Barickman got a phone call from Gov. Rauner and Raunee said, “take back your exact, quoted words.”

    lol.

    That press release… “Pathetic on Paper”


  21. - Pelonski - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 5:00 pm:

    I have to agree that Cullerton’s statement doesn’t come across as if he is looking to negotiate on SB1. If that’s the case, he should send SB1 to the Governor, let him AV it, and then let the bill die. At that point, they can start the negotiation process (while arguing over who is to blame).


  22. - Union Dues - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 5:02 pm:

    The Governor does not need the bill in hand to begin negotiating therefore I beleive negotiating is not his plan.


  23. - Michelle Flaherty - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 5:03 pm:

    Barrickman didn’t imply, he inferred the governor’s position has changed.

    Big difference.


  24. - Jocko - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 5:04 pm:

    JB: “When the bill is transmitted to you, will you hold the bill so that we can have a negotiation?”
    BVR: “Yes…[B]ut I need the bill first.”

    Where’s the gross misinterpretation/misrepresentation?


  25. - Michelle Flaherty - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 5:07 pm:

    Seems like just last week when people would get fired for this lack of clarity in messaging. #purity


  26. - Mrs Robinson - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 5:08 pm:

    Well, well, well… looks like the governor’s new staff has already started pullin’ those puppet strings.


  27. - Juice - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 5:11 pm:

    “The governor has set July 31 as the drop-dead deadline…”

    And then what? If they don’t send it to him by then he’s going to quickly AV the bill that he has already said he is going to quickly AV as soon as he gets it? Do these guys understand what a deadline is supposed to even mean?


  28. - Arsenal - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 5:14 pm:

    ==And then what?==

    That’s a damn good question. What happens on August 1?


  29. - Six Degrees of Separation - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 5:19 pm:

    Is this what they mean by putting a “Barick” on a bill?


  30. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 5:19 pm:

    ===What happens on August 1? ===

    Nothing. The GSA payment isn’t due until the 10th. The governor’s proclamation was in error.


  31. - Southern Boy - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 5:19 pm:

    Was he doing air quotes and winking as he was saying this? I just don’t understand people that know they are being recorded and then state after being quoted directly I didn’t say that. Mind boggling!!!!


  32. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 5:20 pm:

    –I asked the governor, ‘When the bill is transmitted to you, will you hold the bill so that we can have a negotiation?’

    He said, ‘Yes.’ He said ‘That’s a very reasonable thing to do. But I need the bill first.–

    Those are direct quotes, and very simple words to boot.

    They can’t be grossly misinterpreted or misrepresented.

    And he’s the top education guy. Swell.


  33. - Anon221 - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 5:21 pm:

    Methinks Barickman had a visit to the Immaculate Shop where the sledgehammer and duct tape is kept.


  34. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 5:21 pm:

    ===What happens on August 1?===

    Germany declares war on Russia?


  35. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 5:25 pm:

    ===Germany declares war on Russia?===

    What is it with this administration and “Germany”?

    The battle for SB1, “over”? Over?

    Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?


  36. - Juice - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 5:27 pm:

    Rich, I guess my question was meant to be rhetorical.

    The Governor sets up this deadline. But if the Senate waits until Tuesday to send him the bill, what is he going to do? Refuse to accept the bill? Hold the kid hostage from the Secretary’s office who delivers it? Light Cullerton’s desk on fire? I just don’t get it.


  37. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 5:29 pm:

    The Guns of August Willy. Back in 1914, the Archduke had just vetoed a bill to change the Serbia school funding formula. Four years later, 60 million people were dead.

    Those who fail to learn from history’s mistakes are doomed to repeat them.


  38. - Morty - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 5:31 pm:

    Hey Left Hand, my name is Right Hand, if you don’t mind me asking, what are you doing?

    Hi Right Hand, nice to meet you. I don’t know, what are you doing?

    I don’t know.

    I guess we’re just a couple of hands that don’t know what the others doing.

    Looks like.


  39. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 5:33 pm:

    - Nothing. The GSA payment isn’t due until the 10th. The governor’s proclamation was in error. -

    Best team in America.


  40. - Michelle Flaherty - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 5:36 pm:

    Somewhere on the 2nd floor, while Ms Rasmussen watches and scowls,Barrickman is writing over and over and over on a white board …

    I will make sure the message is clear. #purity
    I will make sure the message is clear. #purity
    I will make sure the message is clear. #purity
    I will make sure the message is clear. #purity


  41. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 5:39 pm:

    ===Somewhere on the 2nd floor, while Ms Rasmussen watches and scowls===

    Via video conference from the 16th Floor.


  42. - former southerner - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 5:46 pm:

    What a wonderful pair of senators Central IL has in Barickman and Brady. Time to test the water in the Mahomet aquifer that underlies this region to see if there is something in the water that causes people in the region to be ignorant enough to elect these goofs.

    If Jeanne Ives would move to district 46 and run for senate we could hit the trifecta of dumb.


  43. - Louis G Atsaves - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 5:49 pm:

    “All the governor needs to do is tell us he will sign his name.”

    This is “negotiation?” This is “let’s talk?” This is “let’s meet?”


  44. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 5:50 pm:

    ===Back in 1914, the Archduke had just vetoed a bill to change the Serbia school funding formula.===

    I saw that episode in “Drunk History”. Powerful storytelling.

    ===Those who fail to learn from history’s mistakes are doomed to repeat them.===

    Too true, bud. Too true.

    Cheers to you. Cheers to learning from history.


  45. - Sue - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 5:58 pm:

    All of you just want Rauner to concede- how is that looking for “negotiation”? Capitulation is how Illinois got to where it is and Why companies are not building billion dollar facilities here


  46. - baloneymous - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 6:14 pm:

    yesterday Rauner started his press conference with, “you can’t make this stuff up.” well apparently you can, and then you just change it 30 min later in a press release.


  47. - Pot calling kettle - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 6:15 pm:

    From a recent column in the Ottawa paper: “I’ve never felt threatened by the governor or any of his surrogates,” Barickman, of Bloomington, said. “The governor certainly wants to use his role as head of the executive branch to drive public policy. He needs allies in the Republican Party and beyond. The governor and I have disagreed, but I have found him to respect my opinions.”

    It’s an odd piece that sorta kinda questions a Rich Miller column about Gov. Rauner. The whole piece is here: http://www.mywebtimes.com/news/local/column-rauner-a-different-guy-behind-closed-doors/article_9611ae00-304c-54a8-9d29-a58916d66c6e.html


  48. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 6:28 pm:

    - how is that looking for “negotiation”? -

    The negotiation already occurred, resulting in a bipartisan bill passing, of which the Governor supports 90%.

    Demanding 100% is what separates tantrum throwing children from adults.


  49. - Sue - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 6:38 pm:

    Anon/ your just full of nonsense. Rauner nor the Republicans ever agreed to the CPS pension bailout if they did there would be no issue on an overide but nice try


  50. - Michelle Flaherty - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 6:53 pm:

    Sue, you should check out the governor’s plan. He’s got the pension “bailout” too. See the part about the pension pockup.

    https://www.illinois.gov/gov/SitePages/SchoolDistrictFunding.aspx

    1 The SB 1 number accounts for CPS’ tier funding and FY18 new pension pick-up, and the Governor’s plan number accounts for CPS’ tier funding, FY18 new pension pick-up, and net result of Chicago Block Grant elimination.


  51. - Norseman - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 7:02 pm:

    It would really, really hurt the gov if he promised to hold off on an AV for a week to allow time to negotiate. Schools throughout the state are hoping for a revamped funding formula. They would love for Rauner to engage in negotiations. Unfortunately, Rauner is hopeless.


  52. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 7:29 pm:

    Sue, you and Katrina must be drinkin’ the same stuff when you read the Trib.

    –In Chicago, at least 10 developments that will cost $1 billion or more are already under construction or are backed by high-powered developers that are in advanced planning stages.–

    Looking at Foxconn’s track record of broken promises, I’d wager the above will all be done before Foxconn maybe breaks ground.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/columnists/ct-mega-developments-ryan-ori-0625-biz-20170621-column.html


  53. - Streator Curmudgeon - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 8:27 pm:

    Has anyone else noticed the resemblance between Sen. Barickman and Pee Wee Herman?

    Just wondering.


  54. - Arsenal - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 9:02 pm:

    ==All of you just want Rauner to concede==

    He got 90% of what he wanted.


  55. - The Dude Abides - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 9:02 pm:

    Rauner negotiate? If he meets the Democrats halfway it will be the first time. If he continues his my way or the highway approach his poll numbers will continue to stagnate.


  56. - Droppin' G's - Thursday, Jul 27, 17 @ 9:32 pm:

    How Jason Barickman has gotten this far in life is beyond me. I’ve known him on a personal level from college to now, he’s a complete fool.


  57. - Truth Squad - Friday, Jul 28, 17 @ 1:21 am:

    ===How Jason Barickman has gotten this far in life is beyond me. I’ve known him on a personal level from college to now, he’s a complete fool.===

    One of the silliest comments I’ve ever seen posted here. You can disagree with him if you’d like, but he’s a smart, thoughtful guy.

    Oswego Willy is right, Rauner and his goons forced him to take back his own statement and blame the media. It’s Spicer-esque.


  58. - Rabid - Friday, Jul 28, 17 @ 7:33 am:

    This is what happens when you repeat his lies as truth, does this guy got a mental problem


  59. - Droppin' G's - Friday, Jul 28, 17 @ 8:59 am:

    @Truth Squad I didn’t say I particularly disagree with him, I’m simply stating he’s not a smart guy, at all. There’s not much going on in his head. He has zero business in the position he’s in.


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