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*** UPDATED x1 *** Some reliable Madigan haters begin to turn on the governor

Monday, Jul 31, 2017

* The QC Times is one of the most reliable editorial voices against House Speaker Michael Madigan, but it is turning on Gov. Rauner in a big way over SB1

Rauner is scrambling and his agenda is a shambles. And his acts of desperation are making him more difficult to support and defend by the day.

This month’s veto override that ended a two-year budget impasse was a significant loss for Illinois’ Republican governor. The standoff accomplished nothing of value. That bipartisan rebuke of Rauner’s veto, in many ways, left Illinois back where it started prior to Rauner taking office. […]

There’s no doubt that much of Rauner’s consternation is about playing to his base. It’s easy to bang around downstate Illinois blasting Chicago fat cats. Parochialism is good politics in a state like Illinois. But it’s also an explosive chemical compound.

Divisive populist regionalism will never fix Illinois’ failing pension system. It’s a pointless attack on the symptom that does nothing to cure the disease.

More than two years of brinkmanship accomplished precisely zilch for Illinois. But, politically desperate, it appears Rauner is going all in as his 2018 re-election bid nears. After the budget defeat, he sacked his most senior staff. He replaced it with right-wing partisans from the Illinois Policy Institute. And now, he’s banging around the state scapegoating his state’s one major market.

Rauner’s rightward leap risks not only his political fortunes but the well-being of his state.

* Same with the Peoria Journal Star

Indeed, the language leaping out of sleepy Sangamon County has been uncommonly colorful. A Republican governor who promised to veto part of SB1 should Democrats ever get around to sending it to him finds the latter’s behavior “unconscionable,” their stalling tactics “evil,” the minority’s efforts to take back control nothing short of a coming “revolution,” according to various reports. The Democrat Senate president, meanwhile, questions the governor’s “mental state” while inviting him to negotiate something more to his/their liking.

This a clearly furious governor finds “outrageous!” while continuing to demand that Democrats put SB1 “on my desk!” so that he can have his way with it. Curiously, this governor from Chicago has declared war on his Chicago — granted, no Republican gets much love from Chicago — characterizing this as a “bailout” for the city’s school pension system. He calls a special session, to which many legislators hardly pay attention, judging by the no-shows.

Gov. Bruce Rauner continues to berate House Speaker Michael Madigan as public enemy number one, even though it’s the Senate’s John Cullerton who’s sitting on the bill. Apparently he’s decided it’s more politically advantageous to have the monster that is state government wear Madigan’s face. Meantime, the governor doesn’t do his own cause many favors when he can’t quite say how he arrived at the numbers he insists make downstate schools big winners, or explain how the savings necessary to do that seem to be coming out of Chicago’s block grant rather than pensions, or be more specific about his promised veto. […]

But on which party will parents take out their wrath? That’s the gamble, isn’t it? We’re in a pox-on-all-their-houses sort of mood. They argue ad nauseam, but nothing gets done. Illinois on school funding reform, meet Congress on health care reform.

* The Tribune, however, remains firmly in the governor’s camp

For Illinois households with school-age children, August is not simply a month on the calendar. It is closure and reset. Sleepovers taper off. Bedtimes get earlier. School shoes displace flip-flops. Wet bathing suits yield to pleated pants.

The sweet back-to-school ritual is unfolding across Illinois, even as lawmakers in Springfield jockey over legislation — a fight that could jam a shiv into the August calendar. Without agreement on an education funding bill, schools might not be able to open on time. Yes, parents, while you’ve been preoccupied with lemonade stands and summer camps, Democrats in Springfield have been jeopardizing the timely opening of schools.

Democrats and a handful of Republicans supported a budget in early July that tied money for schools to a controversial rewrite of the school funding formula, which they had approved May 31. On top of that gamble, the Senate refused to send the rewrite package to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk. Two months have passed with no action, only dueling press conferences and noisy insults.

Just when you think Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan couldn’t be more scheming, they prove you wrong. In this case, they’re jeopardizing the start of the school year. Brinkmanship at its worst. A game of chicken with school families trapped midfield.

*** UPDATE ***  The ILGOP finds other supporting editorials…

Editorial boards this weekend slammed Mike Madigan, John Cullerton, and Democrats in Springfield for holding school funding hostage to their Chicago bailout demands.

The Chicago Tribune: Dear Illinois parents: You’re being played by Democrats in Springfield

    Yes, parents, while you’ve been preoccupied with lemonade stands and summer camps, Democrats in Springfield have been jeopardizing the timely opening of schools.
    … Just when you think Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan couldn’t be more scheming, they prove you wrong. In this case, they’re jeopardizing the start of the school year. Brinkmanship at its worst. A game of chicken with school families trapped midfield.
    To emphasize, parents: August is here and your legislature has not agreed on how to send your state tax money to your schools. You’re being played. You’re supposed to panic and blame a governor who’s, yes, still waiting for that May 31 funding bill to arrive.

The Belleville News-Democrat: Illinois lawmakers set time bomb to get Rauner, hit students instead

    Lawmakers couldn’t pass a budget for more than two years and were willing to owe other people $15 billion, but they sure got their paychecks on time. The rest of us don’t get paid if we don’t work.
    So could it be that they realize the optics are bad on that issue? They fear facing voters in 2018 looking like a bunch of self-serving, ineffective louts? Do they think limiting the per diems would give them the ability to say, “See, we aren’t all about us”?
    They got a chance to earn another $111 a day plus mileage this past week, when Rauner called lawmakers back into session to advance Senate Bill 1, the education funding bill. They failed to do so because Rauner promised an amendatory veto to remove a Chicago Public School pension bail-out. Big surprise, because they are likely doing all this to force an August showdown to get that Chicago money and hand Rauner another fanny-whoooping — at the cost of our students.

Herald & Review: Our view: We’re back where we started with Springfield

    What’s the better solution? Remove the Chicago pension funding proviso from the legislation.
    That would meet Rauner’s satisfaction while preserving the core mission to fix the backwards funding formula.
    It’s easy for us to say, but Chicago pensions shouldn’t break this legislation. We must think of students statewide.
    Remove the pension rule.
    Sign the bill.

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  1. - Anonymous - Monday, Jul 31, 17 @ 9:45 am:

    School funding won’t be fair until those of us outside of Cook County pay no more in property taxes on our homes than those inside Cook County.

  2. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jul 31, 17 @ 9:47 am:

    ===Just when you think Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan couldn’t be more scheming, they prove you wrong. In this case, they’re jeopardizing the start of the school year.===

    That’s not true.

    Only a governor can veto.

    This is on the governor’s veto.

    Rauner wants Chicago students hurt.

    Not unlike Rauner’s past, hurting everyone to try to destroy one thing is a Rauner specialty.

    The only difference is… no $25 gift cards.

    Right? Exactly right.

  3. - SAP - Monday, Jul 31, 17 @ 9:49 am:

    The Chicago Tribune still staunchly backing the Chicago-Basher in Chief. If this were a work of fiction, it would be criticized for its implausibility.

  4. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jul 31, 17 @ 9:55 am:

    Funny thing about vetoes…

    … people understand that governors veto things.

    In the case of Rauner, even Diana’s “day job” knows it’s Bruce hurting students. Good thing Diana herself thank the Pritzker family trusts for helping where Bruce fails.

    It’s actually more fun watching Diana undermine her “day job” when being a catalyst for hiring the IPI think tankers, you know, the ones looking to destroy social service providers.

    Whey those who realize that “Madigan” isn’t holding up schools, but it’s Rauner trying to hurt all students to hurt just Chicago students, how can there be any surprise that the bashers now look at Rauner as the “evil”.

    Diana’s “day job” sees the veto as it is, why not Diana?

  5. - Northsider - Monday, Jul 31, 17 @ 10:12 am:

    “The Chicago Tribune still staunchly backing the Chicago-Basher in Chief. If this were a work of fiction, it would be criticized for its implausibility.”

    Aren’t Tribune editorials often works of fiction?

  6. - Blue Bayou - Monday, Jul 31, 17 @ 10:14 am:

    Is that you, Sue, at 9:45?

  7. - Blue Bayou - Monday, Jul 31, 17 @ 10:14 am:

    The Trib is some good reporters and a sports page shackled to a bunch of IPI hopefuls.

    What a terrible service it provides to the city.

  8. - Commander Norton - Monday, Jul 31, 17 @ 10:28 am:

    My issue is that the Trib ed board thinks the “back-to-school ritual” is “sweet.” I’m guessing none of them is currently a parent of a school-aged child…

  9. - DuPage Saint - Monday, Jul 31, 17 @ 10:33 am:

    9:45 is right. And get rid of the super low rate for all those downstate farmers sitting on hundreds of low assessed farmland then complaining about baling out Chicago. I guess I never understood the Dawn Clark Netch tax swap but sounds like she was right consolidate townships libraries park etc eliminate property taxes for schools and have state fund as it should with a progressive income tax. And I am a proud Republican and am not nor ever will be a Raunerite

  10. - RNUG - Monday, Jul 31, 17 @ 10:54 am:

    == School funding won’t be fair until those of us outside of Cook County pay no more in property taxes on our homes than those inside Cook County. ==

    Most communities don’t have the commercial / business mix that Chicago does that allows the lower residential taxes. A small town is lucky if they have one medium to large business that anchors the community.

  11. - downstate commissioner - Monday, Jul 31, 17 @ 10:57 am:

    “Wet bathing suits yield to pleated pants.” Where?? do they send their kids to school? Must be a place a rich guy like Rauner would send his kids…

  12. - Chicago Cynic - Monday, Jul 31, 17 @ 11:24 am:

    So good to see many of these newspapers waking up. Sadly, the Trib is like the Japanese soldier discovered on an island fifteen years after the war is over. Trib, your horse is lame. Feel free to wake up any day now…

  13. - Lucky Pierre - Monday, Jul 31, 17 @ 11:36 am:

    Speaker Madigan and Senator Cullerton care more about gold plated pension and health care benefits that are unsustainable by their own admission than hard working middle class taxpayers who just got a double whammy of income and property tax increases that will just pay the bare minimum on the pension debt.

    Right exactly right.

  14. - Cubs in '16 - Monday, Jul 31, 17 @ 12:58 pm:

    Kudos to the Q-C Times for the proper grammatical usage of “shambles”.

  15. - Demoralized - Monday, Jul 31, 17 @ 1:13 pm:


    The bill has to be paid. I favor people who are all about paying the bill rather than whining about it.

  16. - Six Degrees of Separation - Monday, Jul 31, 17 @ 2:12 pm:

    == School funding won’t be fair until those of us outside of Cook County pay no more in property taxes on our homes than those inside Cook County. ==

    Some of our south suburban Cook County residents would love to trade their tax bill for a collar county or downstate bill for an equivalent property.

  17. - VanillaMan - Monday, Jul 31, 17 @ 2:54 pm:

    ==Wet bathing suits yield to pleated pants.==

    That hasn’t happened in 30 years. Which one of The Golden Girls wrote that line?


  18. - Mama - Monday, Jul 31, 17 @ 3:41 pm:

    Rauner’s war on CPS is partly about destroying the teachers union, and the other part is about Rauner wanting sell CPS to the private education sector.

    Rauner wants to rid IL of all public education.

  19. - JS Mill - Monday, Jul 31, 17 @ 4:31 pm:

    For a guy that hates Chicago it sure is odd that he spends so much time there, own property there, and sent one of his kids to school there instead of Winnetka where they lived.

    Just weird.

  20. - Arthur Andersen - Monday, Jul 31, 17 @ 5:09 pm:

    I would bet a dollar to a donut that one would find plenty of pleated pants in the Trib Ed Board Room. Sansabelt too.

  21. - Rabid - Tuesday, Aug 1, 17 @ 1:31 am:

    ILGOP, Chicago has secured funding for its schools, how you doing

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