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Rauner says school funding deal “not fair” because of Chicago, pledges to “fix the problems” in another bill

Friday, Aug 25, 2017

* Gov. Rauner gave a “good news, bad news” speech today at the Marion Chamber of Commerce. Here’s one part

I think we’re on the verge of what is [pause] largely good education funding reform. Our education funding in Illinois has been broken for decades. We have the largest gap between what low income districts and especially rural small rural districts get per student versus what high incomes districts get per student. We’ve got a new funding formula, we’ve been battling it through. It’s also got more school choice in it. And it’s a funding formula that I believe in, it’s a better system.

Bad news is Speaker Madigan’s caucus took the bill, inserted a bunch of bad things in it, we’re trying to get out as many of those as we can. A lot of, they’re trying to divert a lot of the money that should be coming to southern Illinois and central Illinois and divert it to the broken financial condition of Chicago. So, we’ve been battling, we’ve been battling that. And it’s not been easy. […]

The bad news is, again, there was an insertion to assist Chicago and its financial crisis and diverting money that shouldn’t go to Chicago. Um, in, in, it should be in the classrooms, spread around the state. Some should be in Chicago, but many, much of it should be here in, you know, Williamson County, it should be in Sangamon County as well. It’s not fair, but it’s going to end up being a compromise, it’s not where we’d like it to be, but what I’ll try to do is fix the problems with it in subsequent legislation.

He agreed to a deal yesterday, had his state party apparatus praise it this morning and then dumped all over it later in the day. He just can’t help himself.

…Adding… Video…

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  1. - Thomas Paine - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:11 pm:


    Pull the deal off the table.

  2. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:13 pm:

    Things that governors 100% can’t deny or avoid…

    1) Vetoes.

    2) Signatures.

    “That’s the list”

  3. - Flynn's mom - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:14 pm:

    I knew this was coming. His big ego will once again ruin any compromise.

  4. - VanillaMan - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:14 pm:

    Rats just gotta scamper, don’t they?

  5. - Demoralized - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:14 pm:

    ==but it’s going to end up being a compromise==

    It’s called governing. I guess less than 100% can be ok. Too bad it took him 2 1/2 years to figure that out.

  6. - Anonymous - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:15 pm:

    Absolutely unreal….time to just override SB1 and forget dealing with this guy.

  7. - 47th Ward - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:15 pm:

    And there goes Durkin under the bus. Ouch.

    If any HGOPs are concerned about the schools in their districts, I’m sure the Democrats will be happy to call SB1 for an override on Monday.

  8. - Flynn's mom - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:15 pm:

    Didn’t the four leaders agree on the bill yesterday? I can’t believe that the republicans would have agreed without Rauner’s ok. So what’s up with this nonsense?

  9. - DuPage Saint - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:16 pm:

    He cannot possibly screw his up. If he does he will retire the trophy for worst governor in Illinois history; in or out of prison division

  10. - VanillaMan - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:16 pm:

    At what point does his last supporter realize that they are supporting an Ego breakfast waffle as governor?

  11. - Anonymous - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:16 pm:

    The man really needs to find another word other than broken. Everything in this state, according to our “leader” is broken. What has he fixed? What is better since he’s arrived? Doomsday prophet, he is.

  12. - @MisterJayEm - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:17 pm:

    I’m not saying Rauner is fundamentally dishonest, I’m just asking how Rauner would behave differently if he were fundamentally dishonest.

    – MrJM

  13. - Roman - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:17 pm:

    This, like all tough compromise bills, will require a structured roll call. I don’t see how Brady and Durkin can put half their caucuses on this if Rauner isn’t publicly backing the bill.

  14. - Real - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:18 pm:

    Since Rauner is still blaming and playing victim with this regional politics mess just pull the deal off the table. I have not seen democrats complain about what Rauner got out of the deal.

  15. - Retired Educator - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:18 pm:

    The man, likes to carry an anvil when he is swimming. Just make the deal happen, and move on. Trashing what you agreed to is counter-productive. He needs someone to tell him when things are good, so he knows to leave it alone.

  16. - VanillaMan - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:19 pm:

    I bet if you pull on his left arm, his head spins in a circle, his eyes roll and a Zoltar fortune card slides ojt his mouth.

  17. - Huh? - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:19 pm:

    Was a MOU signed? When is the elected GOP going to learn not to trust 1.4%? And here I thought the word jumble was missing. He had it in his pocket this whole time.

  18. - Thomas Paine - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:21 pm:


    Pull the bill. Tell Governor Rauner if he doesn’t want the bill that gave him 100% of what he agreed to, we can go back to the bill that gave him 90% of what he wanted.

  19. - Boone's is Back - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:23 pm:

    Had to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory

  20. - Pelonski - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:23 pm:

    Sounds like he will sign the bill, but I guess he wants to make downstate Republicans look bad for agreeing to a “Chicago bailout”?

  21. - Molly Maguire - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:24 pm:

    And this is why I voted “too late.” You can’t govern and lead this way.

  22. - The Dude Abides - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:26 pm:

    Didn’t Rauner just praise the leaders yesterday for reaching a compromise?

  23. - Arsenal - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:26 pm:

    That’s two big, unnecessary crises this summer. Two unsatisfying solutions. Two opportunities to make political hay by acting like a winner. Both squandered by acting like a loser.

  24. - NoGifts - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:27 pm:

    This is just a campaign speech. It has nothing to do with reality.

  25. - Fixer - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:29 pm:

    Shocked… not even a little bit.

    Surprised it took him over 12 hours to bash it.

  26. - 100 miles west - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:29 pm:

    Imagine this comment is a bunch of all caps swear words with exclamation points

  27. - Henry Francis - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:30 pm:

    I read his words differently. I think he is trying to placate his base. Sending money to Chicago is bad. Speaker Madigan did bad things to the bill. Typical read meat.

    But I don’t hear anything that he is not going to sign it. I hear that he has a mythical piece of legislation that he will pass in the future that will fix all these bad things. We know he has no such bill. And even if he did have such a bill, he has no chance of passing it. But he is betting the folks in his audience believe him. And thus they won’t get so upset when he signs the actual bill with all the Chicago/Madigan badness.

    He’s a snake oil salesman. He’s peddlin’. Not governin’ or leadin’.

  28. - Gruntled University Employee - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:31 pm:

    This guy could mess up an anvil with a rubber mallet.

  29. - DeseDemDose - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:32 pm:

    Coo Coo

  30. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:33 pm:

    “Hmmmm… Pull the Bill.

    Yes, I’m sure you’re right. I’m sure that’s the thing to do. Wait, I’ve got a better idea. Let’s blow up the bill before Rauner blows the bill up himself, a bill he absolutely needs.

    Let’s… On second thought, The Leaders. Let’s tell the Leaders to stop meeting to finish the deal. Yep, let’s go on out there and get those Leaders out of the meetings, we’re blowing up the compromise, pack your legal pads..


    Wait a minute, Lets not get the Leaders out of their meetings just yet. Maybe we should consider this for a second.

    Maybe, and I’m just spit balling here, maybe, we have a responsibility to ignore what Rauner says and let the bill evolve and get to a vote. Maybe we have a responsibility to see what the Leaders can cobble and get passed since all four are trained professionals.

    Yes, I’m certain that I read that somewhere once.

    And now I’m thinking, “Pull the Bill” cheerleaders, that your suggestion of pulling the bill, while expeditious and certainly painful to Bruce, might not be, in a matter of speaking, the best way to help the state, the schools, or the “children” Rauner cites.

    The bill stays where it is.”

  31. - Moby - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:33 pm:

    I’m really beginning to think that a box of hair would be a more affective Governor than Rauner.

  32. - Flynn's mom - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:34 pm:

    @Moby….a box of hair, I just laughed out loud.

  33. - 47th Ward - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:35 pm:

    He’s going to fix the problems in another bill? Well, he’s also going to need another General Assembly, because I don’t see any chance that “another bill” gets out of the current Rules Committee. Lol.

  34. - RNUG - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:37 pm:

    This is why I will remain a skeptic until the ink is dry on the bill.

  35. - Keyrock - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:38 pm:

    Bruce just wanted to prove that he didn’t need the IPI to get him into trouble. He can do it all by himself.

  36. - 47th Ward - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:39 pm:

    OW, there are some HDems that are pretty skittish given CTU’s opposition to the new bill. If the Governor’s comment roil anyone, it might be HGOPs, who want to quietly get back in good with IEA and are ready to jump ship (again) on Rauner.

    I don’t know if there are any such HGOPs, and you’d be better positioned than me to know, but wow, Rauner is giving Durkin the Radogno treatment with these comments. That can’t go over too well inside the caucus.

  37. - Thomas Paine - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:39 pm:

    “We understand that the governor is having second thoughts about the $7 million added for CPS.

    Democrats are certainly getting calls about the $75 million added for the governor’s voucher program.

    If you take both those out, you are basically left with SB 1, which we are happy to run if that is what the Governor wants.”

  38. - Ginhouse Tommy - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:44 pm:

    As Flynn’s mom said it is a deal agreed to by both sides in meetings and it just needed to be run by his royal highness for final approval. It is a deal where all parts agreed on. Bruce just has to pick a fight and cause trouble. Jerk.

  39. - ILPundit - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:44 pm:

    Rauner has spent the last 6 weeks acting like he’s jealous of the type of publicity Donald Trump gets

  40. - Norseman - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:46 pm:

    Wonder if we can get Clapper to opine on the stability of our chief executive?

  41. - Ferris Wheel - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:49 pm:

    I know school funding is very complicated, but I really wish someone would tell him to stop pitting Chicago v. Illinois in EVERYTHING.

    We’re talking about children’s education here. Kids who happen to live in Chicago are no less deserving of a quality education than kids who happen to live downstate. He’d fare a lot better if he could remember that instead of turning everything into a vendetta against Chicago.

  42. - Anon221 - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:49 pm:

    Override on SB1 is waiting in the wings. Like Rich told me earlier today when I was wanting to see an MOU (which I’m sure now Rauner would never sign after this great speech)- take a breath:) Durkin and Brady need to try and apply some salve to the tire marks from the trash can van.

  43. - Anonymous - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:49 pm:

    Who needs Clapper? Plain as day to folks.

  44. - Thomas Paine - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:50 pm:

    Rauner: Let’s blame my speechwriter!

    Rasmussen: You no longer have a speechwriter.

    Rauner: Well, who wrote that speech?

    Rasmussen: You did, sir.

    Rauner: …can we blame this one on my wife?

    Rasmussen: We already played that card.

    Rauner: Can we blame Madigan?

    Rasmussen: “Mike Madigan and the Governors he Controls?” Worth a shot.

  45. - Confused... - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:51 pm:

    When did the ‘inserted a bunch of bad things in it’ happened and what were they. Without more detail he just looks like “Lucy” again…

  46. - Nick Name - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:51 pm:

    He lasted all of half a day. I’m impressed.

  47. - wordslinger - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:51 pm:

    Friday Rauner throws Thursday Rauner under the bus.

    Tune in tomorrow for another episode of “Three Faces of Bruce.”

    A 3/5 deal still needs to get done in a hurry.

  48. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:52 pm:

    ===there are some HDems that are pretty skittish given CTU’s opposition to the new bill.===

    Yeah, that aspect is the tough medicine for the bigger $200+ million. Agreed.

    ===If the Governor’s comment roil anyone, it might be HGOPs, who want to quietly get back in good with IEA and are ready to jump ship (again) on Rauner.===

    Completely comcur. There are many coalition reasons for a nice structured roll call and Rauner isn’t seeing where the politics can be made better and beyond the bill.

    ===Rauner is giving Durkin the Radogno treatment with these comments. That can’t go over too well inside the caucus.==

    I’m glad you said it, I was thinking it but didn’t want to break the seal. This is “Leader Radogno” language all over again.

    But, to this…

    ===I don’t know if there are any such HGOPs, and you’d be better positioned than me to know, but wow===

    My very, very narrow thought is… the HGOP Caucus surrendered itself to Durkin on this, as Rauner deferred to Durkin, just like Radogno, but the HGOP surrendering has, like you “say” many free thinkers. This will not go well because they did surrender to Durkin more than Durkin getting rolled. Durkin getting rolled was possible, surrendering in hopes of a deal, yep, 100%, wow.

  49. - Johnny Tractor - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:53 pm:

    In earlier posts, I stated that I believed that the Governor’s original staff was inept due to some of the mis-steps involving the Governor. Other posters pointed out that the Governor actually had a very good staff, which I remember doubting. Given the developments of the past month, punctuated by the Governor’s comments in Marion today, my estimation of their abilities has increased immensely.

  50. - Nick Name - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:53 pm:

    ==And this is why I voted “too late.”==

    @Molly Maguire me too.

  51. - Anon221 - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:55 pm:

    This could very well be Rauner’s “Kansas Moment” if Durkin finally sees the light.

  52. - Robert Montgomery - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:55 pm:

    I thought he’d wait until Sunday night to you know what in the punch bowl. He must have a bunch of farmer’s markets to visit this weekend. “Diana - where are my overalls?”

  53. - Thoughts Matter - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:55 pm:

    I am not surprised. This is his standard MO. However, this is education funding, in August, after the aid was supposed to have already been sent to the schools. As OW says, governors own. Definitely. The ILGOP plays themselves as fools for continuing to trust him. Not sure what they can do now except convince Madigan to call SB1 for an override and promise scouts honor to vote Yes.

  54. - Lamont - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 1:59 pm:

    Rauners gotta Rauner. Did anyone seriously believe this would go smoothly?

  55. - Dome Gnome - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 2:00 pm:

    Rauner’s giving me whiplash that rivals the injuries I already have from Trump.

  56. - PragmaticR - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 2:10 pm:

    I think SB1 might be easier for a Republican representative from a rural district to support than the new agreement. How does $75 million in tax credits for private schools mostly not in rural districts make the bill more desirable? Who cares if pension language is put in different part of legal code? It is almost as if the agreement is designed to fail.

  57. - Rod - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 2:29 pm:

    How do you pull bills that have not been filed?

  58. - Skeptic - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 2:32 pm:

    This is why I will remain with RNUG until the ink is dry on the bill.

  59. - Jocko - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 2:33 pm:

    Is he trying to dump on the bill to save face (when he signs it)?…or is he committed to driving Illinois into the ditch through inaction?

    Inquiring minds want to know.

  60. - LevivotedforJudy - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 2:36 pm:

    Wow, instead of just saying the IL education funding formula is finally being fixed during his administration (which is a really big deal) and take the win, he is doing this. Wow!

  61. - Stones - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 2:38 pm:

    “I’ve been successful at everything I’ve ever done”
    -Bruce Rauner

  62. - Phenomynous - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 2:49 pm:

    If this deal blows up the I guarantee you that Rauner will blame the IEA and CTU; and will probably put millions behind that message.

  63. - Joe Bidenopolous - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 2:55 pm:

    Is this a refundable tax credit? Asking for a friend…

    The “governor” just can’t help himself. Between his comments and the IEA angle - and Democrats like myself being adamantly opposed to giving away $75 million to people who don’t need it - I question whether the bill could 60 right now, let alone 71.

  64. - Cindy Lou - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 3:08 pm:

    Was today’s speech a pre-written thing that he pulled out and tried to wing it with? It could almost sound like the speech was pre-SB1 hitting his desk and him doing his AV thing.

    He wasn’t full of his usual ‘yay me’ bravo , it was not a consistent flowing spiel. Almost as if he left out things originally in what was meant to have been said. That or the crowd was reading like they didn’t want to hear his spiel and he just wrapped it up.

  65. - Sue - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 3:10 pm:

    Rauner seems to be borrowing a page from the President who after championing the House ACA reform bill said it was mean spirited. Can someone please give the Governor a policy guy who can reign him in

  66. - Winnin' - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 3:21 pm:

    Still dumpin’ on everyone and everything.

  67. - JT11505 - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 3:23 pm:

    Reminds me of the scene from Braveheart
    “You (ILGOP) will support it from our lands in the north while I gain English favor by condemning it, and ordering it opposed from our lands in the south. Sit down. Stay a while.”

  68. - Jaded - Friday, Aug 25, 17 @ 3:52 pm:

    This is what he says in the newsletter I just received.

    “It’s been a busy week in Illinois where we took steps forward on pension reform and criminal justice reform, and legislative leaders came to an agreement on a historic school funding bill that will bring more money and more choice to our education system. Gov. Rauner applauds the legislative leaders for coming together to compromise and looks forward to passing this legislation.”

    - Team Rauner

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