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Rauner again hit from the right on TRUST Act

Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017 - Posted by Rich Miller

* This Fox News Channel report on Gov. Rauner signing the TRUST Act yesterday has everything for right-wing Rauner haters. It’s got the governor speaking Spanish, features the family of a man killed by an undocumented immigrant, shows Gov. Rauner uncomfortably dissembling when asked why he didn’t meet with that family and allows John Kass to gab about how the governor has alienated his conservative base. Have a look

* Illinois Review

Within an hour of Illinois’ Governor Bruce Rauner signing into law a bill making Illinois the “latest sanctuary state,” the national watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a FOIA request with the governor’s office, looking for information about who the governor did and did not meet with before signing the bill into law Monday.

Illinois Review asked Judicial Watch’s Michael Bekesha why the national group was interested in Illinois’ new state law.

“For 10 years now, Judicial Watch has been interested in promoting the rule of law when it deals with illegal immigration. Around the country, we have been interested in sanctuary cities and sanctuary states. And Illinois has now become the latest sanctuary state, so we were interested in how that happened,” Bekesha said on the phone Monday afternoon.

* And Dan Proft went after the governor today on this topic

My concern with Bruce Rauner… is not that he is friends with Rahm Emanuel, it’s that he is Rahm Emanuel… What I mean by that is he is transactional. There’s no foundation, it is just transactional. It is political expediency over principle. It is a willingness to renege and negotiate after the fact. And essentially pander and preen in any fashion that is accessible in order to try and salvage himself politically. That’s what Rahm Emanuel does. That’s what he does.


  1. - Father Ted - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 11:05 am:

    It’s a good thing he’s got the Best Team In America to see him through all these brickbats from both sides.


  2. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 11:09 am:

    This is a bigger problem than folks here so far, have appreciated.

    Rauner is seen as a failure by everyone, but to his supporters, he was their failure. Now, all they see is a failure dressed up in fake country garb.

  3. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 11:09 am:

    In Dan Profts world, the only type of foundation is one built with his beliefs. Which tend to float between positions depending on the issue and who it’s aimed at. Like “corruption”

  4. - Retired Educator - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 11:10 am:

    Rauner is showing desperation now regarding the upcoming election cycle. The problem is that when you try to increase your appeal you risk losing your base. This is going to be very interesting to watch the dance of the almost unelectable Governor.

  5. - Reading the law. - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 11:10 am:

    As taken from the bill/law. “Nothing in this Section 15 (Trust Act) prohibits communication between federal agencies or officials and law enforcement agencies or officials.”

    Not much a sanctuary.

  6. - Arsenal - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 11:11 am:

    Anecdata, but I’m seeing lefty groups get Attaboys from the MAGA crowd over this. Conservative Republicans are really upset.

  7. - Anon221 - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 11:12 am:

    Proft- “… What I mean by that is he is transactional.”

    Proft never seemed to have any problems with some of Rauner’s other “transactions”, especially those with the pretty green dollar signs.

  8. - H-W - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 11:13 am:

    Maybe someone just needs to call out FOX News for this bigoted attack. Fear-mongering should be called out, lest it become a form of political terrorism. FOX is just plain wrong on this, and immoral / unethical.

  9. - Inspector Gadget - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 11:13 am:

    -Anonymous- 11:09 am Please don’t forget the most important Proft trait or world, who is paying him.

  10. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 11:14 am:

    My favorite is the using of the footage of the colossally awful Bret Baier interview.

    Just solely to the politics, not to the merits of the bill or issue on either side…

    … this type of press and messaging isn’t too great for a Brand…

    Rauner will win the nomination, the question is now, “How many ‘Real Conservative Republicans’ will turn on Rauner, come November 2018, when Rauner faces a Dem?”.

    That Bret Baier interview won’t go away. Nope. Get use to it.

  11. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 11:16 am:

    Perhaps deep thinkers Kass and Proft can explain what is “conservative” about detaining people in local jails without charge or warrant because someone suspects a possible violation of federal civil law.

    Their “conservative,” liberty-loving, small government principles seem rather flexible here.

    Gee, I wonder why?

  12. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 11:16 am:

    The more heckling and dismissing that folks unsupportive of this act get, the angrier the Fauner base becomes. They might end up getting quieted down with this “it’s not sanctuary” comments, but they are disgusted by Rauner and have had it.

  13. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 11:18 am:

    They are not citizens.
    Just saying…

  14. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 11:19 am:

    ===There’s no foundation, it is just transactional. It is political expediency over principle. It is a willingness to renege and negotiate after the fact. And essentially pander and preen in any fashion that is accessible in order to try and salvage himself politically===

    That’s more of Uihlein’s money speaking than Proft.

    Proft can’t mean this, and then have Besler move money for Dunkin, and take on the petty Downers Grove things and then claim piety is your hallmark or concern.

    It never works that way.

    It’s Uihlein saying that with monies for Proft.

    With more time in his hands, I’m sure Besler could comcur with Proft…

  15. - AuH20 - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 11:21 am:

    Rauner’s problem wasn’t so much signing this bill as everything that came before it.

    If he’d signed a law like this after a couple of compromise budgets, and sold it to his base as a very conservative bill for a blue state, he might have gotten away with this and brought some centrists back into the fold.

    As it stands, he’s alienated a lot of centrists, couldn’t (and, thankfully, wouldn’t prevent a budget override), and doesn’t have a lot of goodwill to spare with the center or the right.

  16. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 11:21 am:

    Don’t name call.
    These people are not bigots.

  17. - cdog - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 11:22 am:

    Is it possible that, while we analyze the politics from our high-tech electronic devices, there is a box truck full of undocumented immigrants risking their lives trying to get to Chicago, or somewhere in Illinois?

    What do they have to look forward to? The things that people who live outside of normal legal protections do.

    They will be oppressed by dirty employers who don’t pay or protect according to labor laws. They will be oppressed by dirty landlords that over-charge and under-deliver on a needed new home, all the while knowing there is no legal recourse for the tenant. You get the picture.

    Granted it may be better than from where they come, but it’s not right and laws like this just encourage more of the same oppression.

    This country needs immigration reform, better border and visa controls, and act like it wants to take care of legal immigrants entering our country.

    Rauner should not have signed this. Folks efforts would be much more week-placed if they were pushing for legal immigration reform.

  18. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 11:23 am:

    ==They are not citizens.
    Just saying…==

    Actually the main plaintiff in the Moreno lawsuit to led to a Federal judge putting a halt to detainers was, in fact, a US Citizen. Another on was a lawful permanent resident.

  19. - cdog - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 11:28 am:

    typo worth correcting…

    Folks’ efforts would be much more well-placed…

  20. - Norseman - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 11:29 am:

    How’s that wishy washy thing work’n out for you Rauner?

    A competent governor with a competent staff would have prepared for interviews and press questions regarding the legislation. Going around and repeating, “the system is broken,” doesn’t cut it.

  21. - CubsFan - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 11:32 am:

    Voted for Rauner once, won’t make that mistake again. Hopefully he’ll have a primary foe.

  22. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 11:33 am:

    –They are not citizens. Just saying–

    Just saying what? That non-citizens can be detained without charge or warrant? That due process as to legal status is not required?

  23. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 11:41 am:

    Profit, oops, Proft is not wrong about Rauner as transactional. He’s actually worse than that, but it doesn’t mean Proft is right about many, many other things. Being ‘principled’ is a sketchy term, depending what those principles are and how they ‘transactionally’ affect other people. History is littered with principled mass murderers.

  24. - Confused - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 11:50 am:

    Doesn’t Proft work for Rauner? If he was worried about Rauner being Rahm Emanuel, shouldn’t he have been worried about that before he took Rauner’s money?

  25. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 11:52 am:

    Proft is tight with Uihleim

    Besler was Proft’s, now Besler is gone.

    That’s some geometry.

  26. - The Dude Abides - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 11:53 am:

    It was simply a political decision by Rauner. He’s had a bad year, particularly a bad Summer. A trusted advisor probably told him that if he’s going to be reelected he’d better move towards the political center. They are hoping that his base, particularly downstate, will gradually forgive him for this and accept the notion that he’s still better than a Democrat.

  27. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 11:54 am:

    Poor Bruce. Between lefties that despise him and righties joining them; firings/hirings; bad press/worse press; Diana giving him ‘the look’; its fun to see him spinning around and not knowing whether to scratch his watch or wind his arse. Time to check in with the wife to see if he’s still as happy as he’s been in 20 years. If so, we REALLY have a problem.

  28. - walker - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 12:04 pm:

    “”Don’t name call. They are not bigots.”"

    Vanilla Man I believe you when you’re speaking of yourself. Them? We all can only guess based on the focus, tone and target of their messages.

    Little known fact: Illinois in its first Constitution in 1818 specifically gave full rights to all residents who were deemed “illegal immigrants” by Federal standards of the time. We had a lot of French original settlers, and those illegal migrants into Indian lands, to embrace in our community. Current Federal courts have determined that non citizens have most rights afforded to citizens.

  29. - Arsenal - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 12:39 pm:

    ==Rauner will win the nomination, the question is now, “How many ‘Real Conservative Republicans’ will turn on Rauner, come November 2018, when Rauner faces a Dem?”.==

    This is the kind of thing an already-disinterested base uses to talk itself into staying home. Not en masse; the vast majority of Republicans will still vote for Rauner. But swap this out for a lefty issue and see the similarities with Clinton last year.

  30. - Biscuit Head - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 12:43 pm:

    Former Rauner voters seem to be split between
    (A) disappointment and anger that he’s failed to compromise resulting in a meltdown of the State’s finances and
    (B) disappointment and anger that he’s somehow lost his ideological purity by signing any kind of deal at all.

    I wonder how all that disappointment and anger plays out for his reelection chances in 2018

  31. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 12:49 pm:

    I am listening and reporting.
    I don’t have a problem with this Act

    It’s attitudes like the one you are expressing that gives us more Trump, O’Know-It-All.

    This has legs. Attack it and it will grow stronger.

  32. - Michael Westen - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 12:56 pm:

    Boy, being criticized by Profit for being too “transactional” must really hurt. If only Rauner were a mobster from Cicero Profit would love him again.

  33. - logic not emotion - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 12:57 pm:

    Arsenal has a good point. This upcoming gubernatorial election has a lot in common with the last presidential election. Neither party is going to wind up with a candidate that many good about supporting. It will be a lessor of two evils judgement call again.

  34. - Blue dog dem - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 1:23 pm:

    Alienated his conservative base?

  35. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 1:28 pm:

    ==They are not citizens. Just saying…==

    And your point?


    To the post . . .

    This is just more irrational ranting from people who don’t care to take the time to actually understand the law.

    As for Judicial Watch, if they are against it I’m all for it.

  36. - Confused - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 1:30 pm:

    Even conservatives have wised up on Profit.

  37. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 1:36 pm:

    Hmmm. An observation sent to me from a relative living in another state now and working in the financial field. Follows ILlinois political news……

    How will this help ILlinois’ financial situation? No money for schools, social programs or debt. As more people come to Illinois who need these services and education, how does this law help the citizens of ILlinois cope with their financial mess? Sounds like the last tax hike is only the beginning.

  38. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 2:52 pm:

    Yes this law only encourages more illegal immigration, with less fear. It will cost the Illinois tax payer more in tax revenue, to pay for the benefits they receive.

  39. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 3:34 pm:

    Some of y’all act like this is some new thing. It isn’t. Ask your local law enforcement if they are spending any time going around looking to round up illegal immigrants. They aren’t Little will change with this bill, except now its codified. All this does is basically tell the feds that immigration is their problem, as it should be.

  40. - Veil of Ignorance - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 3:37 pm:

    I think the Governor was in a tight spot here. Legally speaking, the TRUST Act basically codifies with existing lawsuits establish; you can’t hold individuals on non-judicial administrative warrants. Oh, and you can’t pull a Joe Arpaio and arrest folks simply for being undocumented; that’s ICE’s job. Photos from the signing show tons of law enforcement present. If they don’t object to it, then what’s all the ruckus really about?

  41. - U-Turn Agenda - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 4:20 pm:

    I’m not a Proft fan, but I will admit that he is exactly right about what he says that about Emmanuel. Rahm has no core values whatsoever and everyone who has followed his career knows it. But Proft is wrong about Rauner. Rauner does have a foundation: his fundamental core belief in destroying unions.

  42. - DougChicago - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 4:29 pm:

    Proft has turned his own transactions — finding money for himself like a pig finds truffles — into his own idiosyncratic principle. And then has the temerity to proclaim his righteousness.

  43. - Molly Maguire - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 4:39 pm:

    Proft — not worth our time.

  44. - Glengarry - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 4:42 pm:

    I’m going to digress, but the vaunted VMan started it. As a descendant of an illegal immigrant, I must say you are wrong, tone-deaf and complicit in allowing those backward thoughts to continue to permeate in this country. Know it alls aren’t to blame for Trump. It’s the tolerance for bigotry, misogyny and racism that did. People who voted for Trump are complicit. Apologies if I crossed a line Mr. Miller, but a line was crossed. Please let this post stand.

  45. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 4:48 pm:

    Rauner is definitely on the MAGA highway. He’s just going the wrong way into oncoming traffic. This should be a GIF.

  46. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 5:15 pm:

    So you can read thoughts?
    Wow. You must have a Marvel superpower.

    I’m impressed.

    How did you arrive at those powers? A UFO beamed you up?

    You are insulting people who disagree with you on an issue and claim to be able to see their thoughts. LOL - Self Righteous Nonsense.

    You distinguished inheritance doesn’t enable you to divine special credence here. If it did, my superpower would be inheriting a cast-iron liver and peeing Natty Light.

    I’m listening to very smart people who aren’t horrible human being emotionally upset with this Act. Me? I understand it.

    But it seems that just telling this gets me called names. That’s your problem, not mine. Besides Wordslinger has toughened me up.

  47. - Glengarry - Tuesday, Aug 29, 17 @ 6:49 pm:

    Yes a UFO did beam my family here. Straight from Constellation Mexico. Good to know you come from such noble folk.

    If Word toughened you up, you wouldn’t have replied with your nonsense. Or are you going to brag some more and wag the dog some more?

    My liver is made of cast-iron and sure as heck don’t drink me no Natty Light. I prefer me that rot gut stuff from Mexico, with the worm. Oh and the people upset with this act are horrible people. Most people don’t care because it’s a bandaid bill that is a PR stunt.

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