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Rauner staff meeting play-by-play

Friday, Oct 6, 2017

* Man, that office leaks like a sieve

In a telephone call to his staff, Rauner said he had an “important, exciting announcement to make about our senior team” calling Heaton a “superstar.”

And then we get the transcript of the meeting

“I’m going back into the private sector to lead a new initiative that will leverage one of his other greatest victories, that of the Janus v. AFSCME fair share case that was just picked up by the United States Supreme Court,” Rasmussen said during the call. “So whether we are inside of government or outside of government there’s so much opportunity for us to change policy and change lives for the better. ”

Rasmussen said she had “two key responsibilities” during her tenure: to “refresh the staff” and to deal with the school funding crisis. […]

Heaton said he knows that there can be “anxiety and uncertainty that comes with change.”

“I just want to encourage everybody to take a deep breath. I’m not coming in with some kind of vision that I need to bring in my own separate, new group of people,” Heaton said.

I have the same source material, but since I was out of the office and Tina got it, too, you can just click here and read the rest of her story. Saves me some work.

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23 Comments »
  1. - @MisterJayEm - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 4:02 pm:

    “I just want to encourage everybody to take a deep breath. I’m not coming in with some kind of vision that I need to bring in my own separate, new group of people,” Heaton said.

    “The vision is still ‘Because… MADIGAN’ all day, every day.”

    – MrJM


  2. - Anonymous - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 4:03 pm:

    ==She will remain on the governor’s staff until next Friday, “to help ensure a smooth transition.”==

    “Smooth transition” meaning “until the end of this current pay period, so we don’t have to do any extra math”


  3. - walker - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 4:07 pm:

    He’s a superstar slingshot.


  4. - Honeybadger - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 4:08 pm:

    Have we all noticed, Rauner calls everyone he brings in “superstars”?


  5. - Honeybadger - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 4:08 pm:

    Kinda dilutes the word, doesn’t it?


  6. - Mr. K - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 4:09 pm:

    I think Rauner needs to pick up his needle and move it to the next groove. He’s stuck.

    Superstars again?

    Or: BTIA v3.0?


  7. - @MisterJayEm - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 4:10 pm:

    “Have we all noticed, Rauner calls everyone he brings in ’superstars’?”

    Vince McMahon does the same thing: http://www.wwe.com/superstars

    – MrJM


  8. - Nearly Normal - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 4:14 pm:

    And when “Super Stars” burn that is often a Nova where they burn brightly and then resume their original state. So, maybe that happens with the members of BTIA? They are bright and then return to normal–whatever that is?


  9. - Swift - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 4:14 pm:

    Transcript? As in someone took down the call verbatim? That’s not a leak, that’s a burst pipe. Did the superstars forget to change the conference call passcodes?


  10. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 4:17 pm:

    ===”important, exciting announcement to make about our senior team”===

    …”Diana picked another Chief of Staff”

    lol

    Gotta love massive leaks like this.

    Even Rauner’s own Crew doesn’t trust how this will come out, gotta “record” it verbatim


  11. - Cubs in '16 - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 4:18 pm:

    “I have an important, exciting announcement to make about our senior team. Allow me to introduce the guy who will be firing the rest of you soon.”


  12. - City Zen - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 4:28 pm:

    Just the possibility of ending fair share fees has already created new employment opportunities.


  13. - Chicago Cynic - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 4:29 pm:

    “A leak?” My favorite response to that question from Absence of Malice.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvYj0qwt3ow


  14. - Shytown - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 4:29 pm:

    It’s less a sieve and more like a break in the levee


  15. - Skeptic - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 4:29 pm:

    “We’re still committed to the structural reforms that you’ve been talking to the people in the state for years now.” I.e., still trying to crush unions.


  16. - Chicago Cynic - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 4:30 pm:

    And in case you can’t get the link to work, it’s Wilford Brimley saying, “You call this a leak? Last time someone had a leak like this Noah had to build himself a boat.” Love that scene.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvYj0qwt3ow


  17. - dbk - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 4:31 pm:

    “I brought Kristina on last summer because of her reputation as a foremost policy leader…” (Rauner said).

    Foremost policy leader? This belongs in the category of Politifact’s “pants on fire.”

    Wonder which think tank in DC or Virginia she’s headed to. AEI? National Right to Work Foundation?


  18. - IllinoisBoi - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 4:31 pm:

    ‘Rasmussen said she had “two key responsibilities” during her tenure: to “refresh the staff” and to deal with the school funding crisis.’

    “Refresh the staff”? Is that what mass firings are called now, “staff refreshment”?


  19. - WWE - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 4:34 pm:

    ==“Have we all noticed, Rauner calls everyone he brings in ’superstars’?”

    Vince McMahon does the same thing: http://www.wwe.com/superstars==

    But I believe Mr. McMahon is the more creditable of the two *L*


  20. - JS Mill - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 4:45 pm:

    =Have we all noticed, Rauner calls everyone he brings in “superstars”=

    More like shooting stars which burn out quickly ad crash to the ground.


  21. - titan - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 4:58 pm:

    I always thought “refresh the staff” referred to serving them beverages


  22. - Shytown - Friday, Oct 6, 17 @ 5:33 pm:

    Rich, this is perhaps one of Cap Fax’s snarkiest and funniest posts to date…


  23. - Soccermom - Monday, Oct 9, 17 @ 7:38 am:

    I think Rauner’s superstars are more like Warhol’s superstars — pretty much unknown to the general public, chosen according to mysterious criteria, and (very sadly, in the Warhol case) unlikely to last very long.

    https://fashionmagazine.com/culture/andy-warhol-superstars-guide/


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