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Governor pressed on whether school funding bill is a Chicago “bailout”

Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017

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  1. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 12:41 pm:

    Textbook example of fanning the flames of regionalism and then being forced to account for actions that seem to acquiesce the point.

    Good messaging never surrenders the point embarrassingly for a compromise.

    The reason this hasn’t happened more is that Rauner has refused wins that would acquiesce that Rauner is indeed phony in the end.

    Poor, poor messaging.

    This will be a haunting thing that will follow Rauner in the victory lap travels.


  2. - Upstate - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 12:42 pm:

    He really doesn’t pay attention to the details, does he?

    All he had to say was that the difference is coming from local taxpayers, not state education funding.

  3. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 12:43 pm:

    Seriously, he didn’t know that? It was in the papers and here.

    If that’s the case, it’s a failure on him and BTIA — again.

  4. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 12:44 pm:

    Guys, shush until he signs it!

  5. - Keyser Soze - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 12:45 pm:

    It was the Grand Compromise we had been waiting for.

  6. - PhD - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 12:49 pm:

    CPS gets the same funding from the state that was allocated under SB1 with the pension portion moved to different part of law. Given that the Governor spent the better part of a month railing against SB1 as a CPS bailout, it is difficult to understand why the compromise should not be characterized as a bailout for CPS in exchange for $75 million in tax credits for private school scholarships.

  7. - Big Joe - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 12:49 pm:

    Just another example why he usually doesn’t allow questions at an appearance. He can’t think on his own.

  8. - Texas Red - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 12:50 pm:

    I guess there is a textbook example for everything in OW’s book !!

  9. - Real - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 12:50 pm:

    Rauner supporters I hope you realize how much Rauner controls you. He screams Chicago bailout to get you up in arms then he later agrees to a Chicago bailout in exchange of helping rich people get tax credits.

  10. - Cubs in '16 - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 12:55 pm:

    It’s hard to say if Rauner’s surprise is due to not knowing or the realization that others also know.

  11. - JC is just saying... - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:03 pm:

    Hey…come on…this is a hard job…how can you expect me to handle questions I’m not prepared for let alone keep track of my flip flops? Snark

  12. - pro - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:08 pm:

    I’m sorry but the “wide eyes” comment is just not professional journalism. Sounds more like a livetweet of the Oscars.

  13. - Ducky LaMoore - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:22 pm:

    When you are a public official… one billion dollars does not buy competence. You can be born with it, or you can will it into reality. But you can’t buy it.

  14. - Retired Educator - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:27 pm:

    Once again the bus doesn’t travel where this guy lives. He had an outrageous amount of time to become aquainted with the entire bill. I guess he can’t be bothered to both read it, and sign it. Bruce you better get some real help, or you are toast.

  15. - SinkingShip - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:31 pm:

    “Warning! System failure. Raunerbot has encountered an input error. Realanswer.dll not found. Rebooting. Run evasiveanswer.exe.”

  16. - Michelle Flaherty - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:33 pm:

    PhD, by moving the CPS component to the pension law from the school law section, it means CPS is likely to qualify for about $7 million more in school funding. So Rauner and the Republicans held out until CPS got more.
    Bless their hearts. They really do care.

  17. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:35 pm:

    “um, yes, great question, um, whatever your name is…by the way, look at this,um, first class libary we got here behind us. Diane and I donated it with no strings attached. Um, there may be some vouchers in there to….haha…, um…..”

  18. - revvedup - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:47 pm:

    @SinkingShip: Great answer! Perhaps we can have his Awareness Module reinitialized. “Downloading awarmod.exe..estimated download time is 1 Eternity”

    I’m not impressed with Gov. R. I mean, did he run his business affairs the same way? Or is he so used to having his minions handle the details that he actually never read the final bill?

  19. - Louis G. Atsaves - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:48 pm:

    Wide eyes? Where?

  20. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 1:51 pm:

    ==Wide eyes? Where?==

    Right on Rauner’s face in the above video.

    I mean, I know, Orwell’s “final, most essential command” and all, but sheesh.

  21. - Ahoy! - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 2:05 pm:

    Those wide eyes are just the equivalent of that one friend that seems to say everything in a way that makes it sound like a question.

  22. - Joe M - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 2:14 pm:

    I actually watched the video, and believe me, his eyes got very wide after being asked that question.

  23. - Joe M - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 2:15 pm:

    Rauner had another “wide eye moment” one might say.

  24. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 2:19 pm:

    It is good to see Tim Butler there. He voted no on appropriating money for schools this year as well.

  25. - Pundent - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 2:39 pm:

    This is a fatal flaw in Rauner’s strategy when campaigning closely intersects with governing. Up until recently Rauner has been talking a lot about things like the “Chicago bailout”. Of course until recently nothing was happening. There was no budget, bills weren’t being paid, and there was no looming threat of schools closing. All the while Rauner kept messaging in lieu of governing.

    Usually the campaign rhetoric isn’t constant. It happens during the election cycle and then dies down once governing commences. But that’s not Rauner’s style. So he’s not contradicting things he said a few years ago, he’s contradicting things he said a few days ago. That’s a lot harder to explain.

  26. - Anon221 - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 3:00 pm:

    Agree with Arsenal. Don’t give Rauner any ideas to try and mess this up before he signs it. That deer in the headlights look reminded me of the math problem he had with the SB1 AV.

  27. - Former Merit Comp - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 3:39 pm:

    You can’t even make this stuff up. Wowza! Wonder whose heads will roll with this one!

  28. - don the legend - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 4:14 pm:

    The guy is a complete disaster. Is it possible that he could be so unaware of his appearing so incompetent?

    How do his supporters continue to defend him?

  29. - TinyDancer(FKASue) - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 4:50 pm:

    ==CPS gets the same funding from the state that was allocated under SB1 with the pension portion moved to different part of law.==

    Can someone please explain exactly what this means and why the governor wants it.

  30. - TinyDancer(FKASue) - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 4:55 pm:

    Been reading that CPS pension contribution was written into state’s retirement system instead of the state funding bill.

  31. - Wensicia - Wednesday, Aug 30, 17 @ 5:35 pm:

    Rauner: Um…it’s a compromised bailout. Big difference.

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