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House GOP Floor leader: “I can no longer support” Rauner

Thursday, Sep 28, 2017

* This is the most brutal reaction I’ve yet seen about the governor signing HB40…

Today Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 40, which provides taxpayer funding for abortions.

In response, House Republican Floor Leader, Rep. Peter Breen, issued the following statement:

“I’ve had a front row seat to watch the performance and ability of Bruce Rauner over these past three years.

I’ve seen him rapidly hire and terminate numerous staff members, highly competent professionals who were proven successful in their prior roles. Inexplicably, they appeared incompetent while working for Rauner.

I personally observed him badly botch negotiations with the General Assembly on a variety of subjects, finally getting to the point where Governor Rauner couldn’t even be in the same room as House Speaker Mike Madigan. Madigan is the one guy who Rauner promised to stand up to, but he can’t or won’t even enter the arena for that fight.

I’ve heard Rauner promise the people of Illinois that he had “no social agenda” and as such firmly commit to legislators, the public, and even to Chicago’s Cardinal, Blaise Cupich, that he would veto taxpayer funding of abortions. But he has now broken that commitment, signing a bill that puts taxpayers on the hook to pay for an expected 20,000-30,000 aborted lives per year. And without any source of funding, in the throes of an unbalanced budget. Now, I’ve come to expect politicians to shade the truth, but what’s clear today is that Rauner’s promises were just flat out lies.

As the lead advocate for the Republicans on the floor of the Illinois House, I have given Bruce Rauner every benefit of the doubt. I supported his vetoes on a number of bills that would have made it more difficult to do business in Illinois. Any elected Republican in this state would have vetoed those same bills. Hardly exceptional.

The only unique feature left in Rauner’s favor is that he writes big campaign checks. For Republicans whose elections require those contributions, I understand their reluctance to be critical of Rauner. They may even still give him the benefit of the doubt, as I did until today.

In the face of overwhelming evidence of Rauner’s inability to competently administer the Illinois government, inability to stand up to Mike Madigan effectively, and inability to keep his word and his commitments, I can no longer support him. And whether or not they are able to agree publicly, I know hundreds of elected Republicans, along with hundreds of thousands of Republican voters, who feel the same way I do.”

Whoa.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

81 Comments
  1. - Kyle Hillman - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:31 pm:

    Oh my.


  2. - A guy - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:31 pm:

    This deserves a Whoa reaction. I really think it’s just the beginning. Right response Rep. Breen.


  3. - Anon221 - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:31 pm:

    I posted this on the other thread, but totally applicable here as well…

    Rauner may keep his money to himself from here on out. If so, the ILGOP will be seriously hurting. They’ve ridden the Rauner Bucks train too long. I can easily see the ILGOP splintering as the national organization is doing now. Question will be, will Rauner feel he even needs to fund Raunerites from here on out? He may morph totally into that man of the contemplative shadows we saw at the Old State Capitol presser earlier this year.


  4. - Anonymous - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:32 pm:

    ==overwhelming evidence of Rauner’s inability to competently administer the Illinois government==

    Whew. The Republican floor leader just called the Governor incompetent.


  5. - Anonymous - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:32 pm:

    Wonder who the first will be to announce they are running against him.


  6. - Demoralized - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:32 pm:

    That was me at 3:32


  7. - illini - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:33 pm:

    This is a brutally honest comment from one of his own.

    Will this sentiment have traction with party regulars and candidates or will everyone continue to accept those checks?


  8. - Ducky LaMoore - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:33 pm:

    So in spite of his malfeasance, misfeasance and nonfeasance described therein, you would have continued to support him if he had vetoed SB40, Rep Breen?


  9. - DuPage - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:35 pm:

    Rauner: “uh-oh”.


  10. - Blue dog dem - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:35 pm:

    He will not seek reelection. Take it to the bank.


  11. - GA Watcher - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:37 pm:

    If they jettisoned Rep Andersson as floor leader for his budget votes, you have to wonder what will happen to Rep Breen for calling out the Governor?


  12. - Iggy - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:37 pm:

    a major victory for the Speaker. There will still be plenty of money given to the loyalists, however it is clear that a small coalition will no longer be reliable votes for the gov. with so many outgoing reps. there will be plenty of new blood, some need his money to win, others can self fund or are in safe R districts. Running as an Anti Rauner Republican in districts like Cavelleto’s district just got a heck of a lot easier to win.


  13. - Ducky LaMoore - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:37 pm:

    ===Rauner: “uh-oh”.===

    Meh. I’ll believe that the single-issue pro-lifers won’t mindlessly vote Republican when I see it.


  14. - DuPage Saint - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:37 pm:

    Ducky: of course Breen would have supported him and taken his checks too.


  15. - DeseDemDose - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:37 pm:

    Better late than never that a top ranking Republican told the truth rather than slink away and resign in a hissy fit. I still think the Repubs will back Rauner know matter what he has done cause they love his checkbook.


  16. - Anon - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:38 pm:

    Breen for Governor! What a great break up letter. I look forward to their contentious primary.


  17. - Arsenal - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:39 pm:

    …yeah, ok, we’ll see. Lotta Republicans “couldn’t support” Donald Trump until they could.


  18. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:39 pm:

    ===The only unique feature left in Rauner’s favor is that he writes big campaign checks.===

    Well, not to Breen anymore, that’s for sure.

    But seriously, that’s all Rauner ever had. That and a zealot’s hatred of public unions. It was always enough for Breen until Rauner shockingly kept a promise he made. Nobody should be surprised that Rauner signed this bill, but nobody should be surprised how badly he handled the entire situation.

    He’s always been just a giant checkbook wrapped inside a Carhartt jacket out to bust the unions.


  19. - BuckinIrish - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:39 pm:

    McSweeny also called him a failed governor. Going to be hard for Rauner to survive when Dems can run ads with his own party members ripping him to shreds. The budget impasse slowly closed the door on his reelection, I think it just slammed shut today.


  20. - Honeybear - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:40 pm:

    As OW has said
    You let a stranger in your house
    You just figured that out?
    That’s just willful ignorance
    Mistrust is the price of perfidy

    You stuck with him till now
    Which means
    You were good with the horror
    Till now

    How does perfidy taste to you?


  21. - Horst Cabal - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:40 pm:

    Peter Breen: a profile in courage.


  22. - Deft Wing - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:41 pm:

    Who’s job was just made more difficult, if not impossible … Durkin/Brady or Rasmussen?


  23. - Chicago Cynic - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:41 pm:

    Wow. Just wow. Rauner alienated absolutely everyone in this fight and in the end pissed on his base. Yo Gov, this isn’t triangulation. It’s just failure.


  24. - cdog - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:42 pm:

    The reign of Rauner The Terrible should end soon.

    Keep bringing in rank and file, Proft, etc.

    Not run for reelection? How about just resign. He’s useless, incompetent, and devious.


  25. - ;) - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:42 pm:

    Horst, nailed it.

    McCann-Breen 2018


  26. - Arsenal - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:42 pm:

    ==Going to be hard for Rauner to survive when Dems can run ads with his own party members ripping him to shreds.==

    McSweeney and Breen have no credibility with voters outside their districts, which is the vast majority of voters.

    OTOH, Pritzker has enough money to hyper-target his lit, so I guess you could take some advantage of this.


  27. - cdog - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:43 pm:

    * bringing it


  28. - Saluki - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:43 pm:

    Amen Brother Breen


  29. - cdog - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:44 pm:

    McCann doesn’t have the chops or the paperwork. Don’t encourage him.


  30. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:44 pm:

    To the Post,

    I’ll get to Rep. Breen, but let’s frame some of this…

    What happened here is Bruce Rauner understanding two very important things.

    The first is he’s in charge and being in charge with no social agenda, no ideology outside busting unions or destroying social services or closing universities… outside Raunerism… Rauner is in charge and can do… whatever he thinks will be good for him, his brand or even saving Diana’s brand and reputation. The flip side of all that is Rauner owns a political party, it’s apparatus, sits as its (usually) political compass where that party should be and do that within a 80% Reagan Rule.

    Rauner can care less about the alleged party platform stances, and signed because the politics of having his wife still be a credible crutch for his purposeful destruction meant owning a party, and doing what the RaunerS want, not what a party could rally around.

    The second thing Rauner understands is the ILGOP needs him. They need him. In reality, Rauner kinda-sorta needs them, the bright-eyed believers that Bruce and Diana are doing all this for a better Illinois, but who is going gonna bankroll a whole party like Rauner? Look how long it took for “a Rauner” to emerge. It’s not like “a Rauner” is a leaf on a tree, abundant and littering the lawn. No. There will be beefers, but the ILGOP, Durkin, Brady, they need Rauner. Now the flipside of this is the complaining that will follow this… that’s will stop when the nine-digit media buys need that piggy bank.

    Rauner, like with K-12 funding and signing that… meh. The opportunity for the GOP GA having any independence has long since passed.

    Think. A whole GA was sat and went Sine Die. All that destruction, no signed budgets, the collapse of social service providers… the ILGOP still needed The Rauners. There was that need of them, as vote after vote was cast to hurt districts, agencies, people… The ILGOP needs The Rauners.

    Understanding those two things, a signature means Rauner is on his way, and those members will follow, and they know it. They know that.

    I’m a Republican and it pains me to write, believe, know, and come to terms with this. Today and this signature is Rauner reinforcing and strengthening his grip, cause he can, and in these 2 1/2 years, no one thought to stop him.

    Rep. Breen, while a thoughtful and crushing letter… Here is why I feel EXACTLY as I feel…

    ===As the lead advocate for the Republicans on the floor of the Illinois House, I have given Bruce Rauner every benefit of the doubt. I supported his vetoes on a number of bills that would have made it more difficult to do business in Illinois. Any elected Republican in this state would have vetoed those same bills. Hardly exceptional.

    The only unique feature left in Rauner’s favor is that he writes big campaign checks. For Republicans whose elections require those contributions, I understand their reluctance to be critical of Rauner. They may even still give him the benefit of the doubt, as I did until today.

    In the face of overwhelming evidence of Rauner’s inability to competently administer the Illinois government, inability to stand up to Mike Madigan effectively, and inability to keep his word and his commitments, I can no longer support him. And whether or not they are able to agree publicly, I know hundreds of elected Republicans, along with hundreds of thousands of Republican voters, who feel the same way I do.”===

    In short, you enabled Bruce Rauner.

    The signature today… with your own enabling, admitted enabling… is part and parcel of what you got today.


  31. - SAP - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:44 pm:

    Would you call that speaking with radical candor?


  32. - Pundent - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:45 pm:

    Hey if nothing else I think we cleared up the debate on “no social agenda”. I’m sure that Chris and LP appreciate the clarity.


  33. - A guy - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:45 pm:

    ==If they jettisoned Rep Andersson as floor leader for his budget votes, you have to wonder what will happen to Rep Breen for calling out the Governor?==

    The caucus jettisoned Andersson, not the Governor. What they’ll happen to Breen is that they’ll line up behind him. Watch.


  34. - Demoralized - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:45 pm:

    ==Who’s job was just made more difficult, if not impossible … Durkin/Brady or Rasmussen?==

    Rasmussen. The Governor’s ability to pass any of his agenda for the remainder of his term just got more difficult (if that’s even possible). His term as far his his relevance is over IMO.


  35. - Stone Cold - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:47 pm:

    Any Illinois Policy Institute tweets or reactions? Any staff resignations expected?


  36. - Chris Widger - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:49 pm:

    I know that no one deserve an “atta-boy” for doing the right thing, but the glee in these comments over Rauner’s decision to do something that the bulk of commenters agree with is and that will harm him politically is a nice reminder that, to everyone here, politics is sports and policy is irrelevant.


  37. - DuPage Bard - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:49 pm:

    Breen is the only real deal. All the others are saying their disappointed. That’s because, as Green said, they want his money.
    Spineless


  38. - BuckinIrish - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:50 pm:

    ==Any Illinois Policy Institute tweets or reactions? Any staff resignations expected?==

    Clearly someone screwed up the messaging. s/


  39. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:53 pm:

    Rep. Breen admitted he enabled Governor Rauner for years and “now” Rep. Breen feels betrayed?

    That’s a hot one.

    “Yeah, I did things, enabled him, helped him, but NOW… ”

    Rep. Breen wrote a stinging rebuke. There was plenty of time to stand up and be counted. Choosing now, yeah, ok, Rep. Breen, you are standing. Now.


  40. - illini - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:56 pm:

    @Willy - thank you once again for your insights. And I know this has been a difficult and conflicted several years for you.

    Yet, this comment is the most telling - “Rauner reinforcing and strengthening his grip, cause he can, and in these 2 1/2 years, no one thought to stop him.”

    No One Though To Stop Him - Exactly.


  41. - DownstateKid - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:57 pm:

    - I’m a Republican -

    No you aren’t. You have zero principles except snark and obfuscation.

    Your little show of acting above the fray is a joke and easily dismissed once you spend more than a week on this site.

    Basically, you’re the kid in high school that always argued with everyone, but never actually stood for anything.

    We have a word for that. Punk.

    Lol, sad


  42. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:58 pm:

    ===The caucus jettisoned Andersson, not the Governor.===

    That’s not true. Rauner owns the Caucus. If Rauner wanted him to stay, I have 2 1/2 years and Rep. Breen’s mea coupa in deferring to Rauner time and time again.

    ===What they’ll happen to Breen is that they’ll line up behind him. Watch.===

    Nope. They won’t. Rauner owns that caucus.

    Some will complain and feel hurt. Some maybe more. But, Rauner owns that caucus. They know that.


  43. - A guy - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 4:00 pm:

    ==- Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 3:53 pm:

    Rep. Breen admitted he enabled Governor Rauner for years and “now” Rep. Breen feels betrayed?

    That’s a hot one.

    “Yeah, I did things, enabled him, helped him, but NOW… ”===

    Gee Willy. His release is just a few inches up. No need for you to ‘paraphrase’. It’s right there. Let it speak for itself.

    Maybe you can reflect on this a bit. There’s no lack of boldness here at all.


  44. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 4:01 pm:

    ===No you aren’t. You have zero principles except snark and obfuscation.

    Your little show of acting above the fray is a joke and easily dismissed once you spend more than a week on this site.

    Basically, you’re the kid in high school that always argued with everyone, but never actually stood for anything.===

    I was there when the Breens of the GA continued to enable Rauner and cement that Raunerism eclipsed being a Republican.

    We let a stranger in our house.

    Some made him feel at home.

    I didn’t.


  45. - Demoralized - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 4:03 pm:

    ==Lol, sad==

    Wonderful. Donald Trump has now taken time out of his day to start an OW blow up.

    Take a knee OW. Stand up to this.


  46. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 4:03 pm:

    - A Guy -

    Having already pointed out where Breen says he enabled in an above comment I made… I thought would be sufficient. Still do.


  47. - walker - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 4:04 pm:

    Didn’t surprise me. Of course Peter Breen has to take this stance. It’s been his professional raison d’être.

    Now Durkin would be interesting.


  48. - illini - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 4:05 pm:

    @DownstateKid - And your basis for making this very personal attack is what?

    There may me many on this site who do not always agree with Willy, but we respect, and may much more politely, agree to disagree.

    Show some class.


  49. - The Muse - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 4:09 pm:

    @Downstate Kid
    This is a place for loose but civil discourse. Don’t always agree with OW but a bit out of line.


  50. - A guy - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 4:09 pm:

    Willy, as I advised before…Watch.

    You say he “owns” the caucus, yet the budget vote demonstrated otherwise. And…you praised ALL of those guys like conquering heroes.

    These members went in mass and met and got a commitment. Face to face. It was broken. Now, the Governor broke his base.

    Members carry water for their leaders and Governors. It ain’t always easy. It was more than the money, but the money is all that’s left. And this Rep and a couple others have just walked away from the money. There will be more. Maybe a lot more. It’s not follow the money from today forward. It’s run away from it. Watch.


  51. - Norseman - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 4:10 pm:

    Maybe we’ll see if the minions can function without Rauner’s money.


  52. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 4:11 pm:

    - A Guy -

    Your comment of course makes sense to you.

    You’ve been an enabler since…

    No.

    Rauner owns the Caucuses. We’ve watched, I’ve seen this movie before.


  53. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 4:13 pm:

    ===You say he “owns” the caucus, yet the budget vote demonstrated otherwise. And…you praised ALL of those guys like conquering heroes===

    Oh, I did.

    How many are returning next GA? You think on that.

    ===These members went in mass and met and got a commitment. Face to face. It was broken. Now, the Governor broke his base.===

    K-12? Hmm.


  54. - A guy - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 4:16 pm:

    And btw Willy, get some better sources on the Andersson thing. He was poached by his peers, not the Governor. If Rauner wanted to save him, he’d have lost on that. Of course, why would he anyway?

    Breen made a powerful statement. I’m sure it didn’t come without warning if you follow the guy at all.


  55. - Anonymous - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 4:18 pm:

    So I wonder what Rauners crisis manager is doing right now…..


  56. - Ghost - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 4:19 pm:

    Oops that’s was me


  57. - A guy - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 4:19 pm:

    ==So I wonder what Rauners crisis manager is doing right now…..===

    Emailing….resumes.


  58. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 4:20 pm:

    === If Rauner wanted to save him, he’d have lost on that.===

    What makes anyone think Rauner wanted to save him, lol

    Like Ms. Wheeler said, while Andersson was saving the state, Raunerites felt betrayed. Raunerites populate that caucus. That what Rauner wanted, and got. There was a “$&@#% problem”… problem fixed.

    ===Breen made a powerful statement. I’m sure it didn’t come without warning if you follow the guy at all.===

    I followed his admitted enabling of Rauner. Yep.


  59. - Ghost - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 4:21 pm:

    Get it, the “floor” leader can no longer “suppport” Rauner…. I crack me up…..


  60. - SameolG - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 4:22 pm:

    Breen translated- “I used to like his money. I no longer like his money.” Funny thing is Breen has known Ruaner pro choice all along. Now, though when all the people that pay the bills for the Thomas More Society are really watching Breen says “you don’t own me anymore.” Lol. If Breen is your floor leader you have issues anyways. Cuckoos nest.


  61. - downstate commissioner - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 4:24 pm:

    A Guy- I hope you are right… But I fear that Willy is reading the Raunercrats better than you are…


  62. - Curl of the Burl - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 4:33 pm:

    Let’s be clear: is Rauner really going to primary EVERYONE who has come out against him after the HB 40 presser?

    Righter, Rezin, Morrison, McSweeney, Ives, Breen, McConchie and Skillicorn all won without Rauner’s help. Don’t believe me? Look it up. Righter won his Senate seat in 2002. Rezin was appointed in 2010 after she won a House seat. Morrison won his seat in 2010. McSweeney and Ives were both elected in 2012 - and McSweeney used his own $$$ to win. Breen was elected in 2014 - when Rauner really didn’t help anyone but himself. McConchie won a three-way primary and is a pro-life advocate - so what do you expect him to say? - and the Senate GOP never really got as much help from Rauner as the HRO received (save for Fowler’s race). Skillicorn - who’s an interesting fellow - was more of a Proft guy than anything, and neither McConchie nor Skillicorn had tough races.

    Given what transpired over the summer and now is Rauner really, really going to fund primaries against 10+ people - while having to fund his and Erika Harold’s campaigns? I doubt it.


  63. - Christopher - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 4:33 pm:

    Thank you, Mr. Breen, for being honest.


  64. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 4:49 pm:

    Thanks - Honerbear - and - Demoralized -

    It’s a heated issue and bill. Pointing out things leading to today isn’t sitting well I’m guessing.

    - illini - , yep, I’m guessing many upon many disagree with me, lots. Sometimes hearing things like that helps. It makes me want to be better where I too fail. All good.

    To the Post,

    When the monies to run caucus campaigns diverts from the RaunerS in protest and support of Rep. Breen’s words…

    The RaunerS are betting on the last 2 1/2 years continuing, and the enabling to continue once more, after the appropriate time passes. It’ll probably be a lil longer than the K-12 signature, and it’s understandable.


  65. - Anonymous - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 4:55 pm:

    For whatever reason, Breen’s or anyone else’s actions, get this billionaire gone. He leaves with his Carhart unblemished and his reputation/legacy in tatters. Just GO


  66. - Alton Giant - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 4:57 pm:

    I have a proposal for the Leader and the Cardinal: We’ll give up taxpayer funded abortions. You give up taxpayer funded private schools.


  67. - Wilson - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 5:05 pm:

    Well stated OW


  68. - A guy - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 5:10 pm:

    +++- SameolG - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 4:22 pm:

    Breen translated- “I used to like his money. I no longer like his money.”+++

    Might want to look this one up. Ain’t much Rauner $ there. Never was.


  69. - OldIllini - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 5:12 pm:

    I’ve seen a number of these blogs that are more about Oswego Willy than the issues.

    How about it OW — start your own blog?


  70. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 5:13 pm:

    ===How about it OW — start your own blog?===

    No.


  71. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 5:14 pm:

    ===Might want to look this one up. Ain’t much Rauner $ there. Never was.===

    Never a need?


  72. - Honeybadger - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 5:17 pm:

    The blame Madigan mantra is like when we were kids looking in the mirror saying I believe in Mary worth I believe in Mary worth


  73. - James Knell - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 5:22 pm:

    Wow… it couldn’t have happen to a better carbon-based financial instrument.


  74. - anon2 - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 5:24 pm:

    I respect Rep. Breen for being a man of principle. Which is more than I can say for some of his so-called pro-life colleagues.


  75. - DuPage Bard - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 5:31 pm:

    BTW Bears play the Packers tonight just saying :)


  76. - blue dog dem - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 5:37 pm:

    DuPage. Ain’t watchen no football and ain’t voten for old one term.


  77. - efudd - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 7:43 pm:

    The guy that has been nothing but a two-faced charlatan actually signs something that give the majority gender the protection of freedom of choice, and his own devour him.
    Reap what you sow, GOP.
    Reap it hard.
    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha


  78. - Anonymous - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 9:14 pm:

    Since the team working on JB Pritzker’s team has looked competent, a prediction. Ads quoting Rep. Breen at length will run before March on Fox News and WIND, WLS, WMDB, WKAN, and other talk radio stations. That, and some Facebook targeting ought to help Bruce Rauner further depress enthusiasm for keeping him in public service.


  79. - Lunchbox - Thursday, Sep 28, 17 @ 11:51 pm:

    I’m an independent, usually lean Democratic in federal races and Republican in local and state. I supported Bruce Rauner in 2014 and have been questioning it for a while, especially with outsourcing his administration to the IPI and just the general dysfunction of his time in office so far. This very well may cost Rauner his office, but I’m all in for another term. This took courage and at the end of the day, he made the right call.


  80. - Huh? - Friday, Sep 29, 17 @ 4:09 am:

    I wonder how that new crisis management guy is going to handle this one. /s


  81. - The_Equalizer - Friday, Sep 29, 17 @ 7:50 am:

    While the “whoa” factor on this is pretty high, most elected officials without this man’s spine will keep their mouths shut and their hands open. But we’ll see. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out over the next year. Those big bucks will silence a lot of this type of attack.


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* Northern Illinois man convicted of murdering sister-in-law
* Man cleared of murder has trouble depositing compensation
* UI seeks to improve access for transfer students
* Watch cop revive man during fentanyl scare at Illinois strip club
* AP FACT CHECK: Kansas not the ‘sanctuary state’ of Midwest
* Woman injured by lightning strike at Country Thunder
* UI seeks improving access for transfer students
* Cases handled by indicted 2 Chicago officers being dropped
* Family questions use of force in arrest of teen at festival
* Cooling towers disinfected after bacteria at state building

* Marginal amounts of legionella detected in Stratton Building
* Moody's gives Illinois finances a 'stable' outlook
* Illinois Army National Guard soldiers return home
* Marginal amouts of legionella detected in Stratton Building
* Under the Dome Podcast: Gun bills, Quincy, Trump-Putin reaction
* Incumbents hold big fundraising leads in central Illinois legislative races
* Springfield man wins Illinois State Police logo contest
* Rauner 'deeply troubled' by Trump's Helsinki comments
* Rauner signs bill to ease physician assistant hiring
* Bill taking Illinois out of voter registration system vetoed

* Home Run Pizza CEO dies
* Home Run Inn Pizza CEO dies
* Your neighbor isn't a business
* The future of the U.S. looks a lot like Chicago
* Cook County board moves to prevent repeat of pop tax fiasco


* Girl found, returned to family after going missing from McKinley Park
* Dear Abby: Don’t linger in store when we’re trying to close
* Horoscope for July 21, 2018
* School’s out but free meals continue, thanks to Food Depository’s ‘Lunch Bus’
* Christian Pulisic stands out in Borussia Dortmund win
* Special Olympics participant with autism reported missing from Gold Coast
* Mark Janus quits state job for conservative think tank gig after landmark ruling
* Man suspected of shooting officer found, killed by police
* Youth event in Lake Co., blackberries. the Eastland: WWW Chicago outdoors
* Home Run Inn Pizza’s Joe Perrino dies—saw city as ‘pizza capital of the world’


* Sanders and new Democratic star Ocasio-Cortez wade into GOP-heavy Kansas
* Ticket mix-up put family on ill-fated Missouri tourist boat; vigils held for 17 dead
* Residents begin to rebuild in Iowa after tornadoes injure 17
* Special olympics participant missing from Gold Coast
* Newly released video from Brazil's Amazon shows man believed to be last of tribe
* 1 down, 2 to go: Everything you missed from Pitchfork Friday
* Pitchfork Music Fest 2018: 12 things we loved (and hated) from day 1
* With White House silent, Russia continues to shape narrative of Helsinki summit
* Dodgers' big move puts ball in Theo Epstein's court to shore up Cubs pitching
* Matt Nagy says Bears await word from NFL, NFLPA before determining national anthem policy


» The Week in Review: Public Outcry Over Police-Involved Shooting
» ‘Ali: A Life’; Sexual Harassment In Bars; NPR’s Sam Sanders
» WBEZ’s Chicago and Illinois News Roundup: July 20, 2018
» UIC To Acquire John Marshall Law School, Creating The City’s First Public Law School
» State Week: Russia Reactions, Gun Laws, Campaign Cash
» #660 PJ Morton & Opinions on Drake
» July 19, 2018 - Full Show
» Berwyn Homeowners Squeezed By School District Miscalculation
» How Conservatism Won In Wisconsin; Illinois Election Security; Special Olympics 50th Anniversary
» Illinois Prison Officials Accused of Abusing Transgender Inmate


* Scott Reeder: Understanding is what journalism should be about
* Counterpoint: His pick is bad news indeed for health care, women, consumers and unions
* Point: Kavanaugh is truly a 'judge's judge' and precisely what our nation needs
* Eugene Robinson: The 'deep state' stands between us and the abyss
* Marginal amounts of legionella detected in Stratton Building
* Moody's gives Illinois finances a 'stable' outlook
* Illinois Army National Guard soldiers return home
* Marginal amouts of legionella detected in Stratton Building
* Under the Dome Podcast: Gun bills, Quincy, Trump-Putin reaction
* Bernard Schoenburg: Bourne, Clark clash over missed votes


* Illinois Lottery drawing for FRIDAY, JULY 20
* Now showing: Blue Grass Drive-In Theater braces for first-ever RAGBRAI event
* PHOTOS: Relay For Life at Richland Community College
* Ground broken on FurEver Friends animal shelter
* One step at a time: Annual Relay for Life raises funds for cancer cure
* Air Force will try a program to retain pilots amid an ongoing shortage
* #DontNeed2: Campers with limb differences adapt sports skills for competition
* Nightlife to be absorbed by Carbondale Times
* Davenport, Cedar County nab "Great Place" designation
* Iowa whiskey producers also feeling tariffs’ impact


* Indians get a Hand when new relievers join them after break
* Firefighters: Minimal chemical involvement in Elgin water treatment facility blaze
* Keuchel's no-hit bid ends in 7th on nearly-caught liner
* Price, Red Sox win again by blanking Tigers 1-0
* Analysis: Few good options on anthem protests for NFL owners

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* GOP accuses Dems of stalling Kavanaugh aft......

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* Will Route 66 become a National Historic T......
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* The sad state of the sandwich at Logan Square deli Rosie’s Sidekick
* Rahm and Rauner's phony Ryan feud: Don’t be fooled by the Twitter barbs
* There’s always an issue we can quarrel over with regards to city street names
* Lies, Damned Lies and Rankings
* 5 things every college must know about cloud computing
* Accreditor clears path for $1.9 billion Strayer-Capella merger
* EdX Survey Finds That about 1/3 of Americans Ages 25 – 44 Have Completely Changed Fields Since Starting Their First Job Post-College
* Creatively nudging faculty members to expand use of immersive technology
* Making Learning Without Borders a Reality
* Weiss Hospital To Get New Owner


* IDPH Investigation Continues As Foodborne Illnesses Increase
* Gov. Rauner signs HB 5611
* Summit for Success: IDOT providing tools, opportunity for disadvantaged businesses
* Illinois Payrolls Jump +18,100
* Liquor Control Commission Underage Compliance Report for Cook County

  
* The Galaxy Note 9 leak you need to know what to expect
* Reward yourself this summer with the ultimate wireless earbuds — now 55% off
* FCC now accepting your petitions on whether T-Mobile - Sprint merger should go through
* Freeform has renewed Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger for a second season
* The rumored Samsung Galaxy Watch will come in two sizes
* Galaxy Watch seen at FCC with sleeker package
* Joss Whedon is developing a ‘richly diverse’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot

* White Sox looking for improvement with start of second half ...
* Braintree White Sox red-hot entering postseason
* Abreu happy to talk about ASG, not rumors
* MLB trade rumors: Astros showing interest in White Sox first...
* In My Words: Dylan Cease
* Nelson Cruz
* Nicky Delmonico back in lineup as White Sox take on Mariners


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