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Rauner campaign identifies accomplishments, plans

Monday, Nov 13, 2017

* Press release…

Citizens for Rauner today launched OurHomeOurFight.com, a website highlighting Governor Rauner’s achievements and agenda for the future of Illinois. Check out the website here. You can find the Governor’s agenda below.

Our Home. Our Fight.

Illinois is our home. And our home is worth fighting for.

Over the last four years, the corrupt system in Springfield has been shaken to its core, but it’s time to finish the job. It’s time to come together around a movement that sets aside party politics and achieves real solutions that put our people first.

There’s a lot to be done. But there are a number of powerful things we can achieve together to save our state:

1. Limit Property Taxes.

Illinois homeowners face the highest property taxes in the nation, and too many of our elected officials make money off high property taxes. As part of the Governor’s historic school funding reform law, we included significant mandate relief to give schools more flexibility and reduce costs while making it easier for citizens in certain districts to lower their property taxes.

Next Steps:

We must freeze property taxes and put in place a system that allows local governments to better control costs and easily allow referendums, so citizens can lower their local property taxes and consolidate local units of government at the ballot box.

2. Create More Good-Paying Jobs.

Illinois’ unemployment rate is down and tens of thousands of new jobs have been created since the beginning of 2015. We launched a new job creation program, harnessing powerful partnerships with business leaders while eliminating special deals and holding companies accountable for their promises. We directed state agencies to reduce job-killing red tape and made it easier for small businesses to launch and grow in Illinois. We enacted a groundbreaking Future Energy Jobs Act that saved thousands of jobs and will spur thousands more 21st century jobs while making Illinois a nationally recognized leader in clean and renewable energy production. And we launched an historic technology partnership with our state’s leading research universities. It is the kind of transformative job creating engine we need. But there is more work to do.

Next Steps:

We will create more jobs by reducing job-killing regulations and red tape. We will fix the broken workers’ compensation system, which is twice as expensive in Illinois as in neighboring states. We will increase education and job training opportunities for Illinois’ workforce.

3. Enact Term Limits and Clean Government.

In 2014, more than 600,000 people signed the petition to put term limits on the statewide ballot, but Mike Madigan and his attorneys kicked it off. But that didn’t stop us from taking on the corrupt culture in state government. We prohibited administration officials from becoming lobbyists immediately after leaving government service. And we ended and rooted out the Rod Blagojevich-Pat Quinn illegal patronage hires.

Next Steps:

It’s time for the people to force their legislators to put term limits on the ballot and demand a statewide up or down vote. To get that done, we’ve introduced a resolution for a constitutional amendment to limit statewide elected officials, including the Governor, to no more than 8 years in office, and to limit state senators and representatives to no more than 10 years in office.

Term limits is an essential step to clean up Springfield, but it’s not the only one. It is past time to clean up Springfield and hold government accountable. We will push legislation to mandate a waiting time for legislators to become lobbyists, prohibit convicted felons from taking a taxpayer-funded pension, mandate public disclosure on legislative earmarks, and require the legislative inspector general position to be filled at all times.

4. Roll Back the Madigan Income Tax Hike and Require a Truly Balanced Budget.

Illinois has been deficit spending for years and hasn’t had a balanced budget in recent memory. Instead, Springfield politicians have used accounting gimmicks to hide the cost of their mismanagement and pass the cost to our children and grandchildren.

In his first three months in office, we eliminated an inherited $1.5 billion budget deficit without raising taxes, and we’ve reduced wasteful spending by hundreds of millions of dollars.

We’ve insisted on a balanced budget, in spite of the career politicians in Springfield. After we vetoed Mike Madigan’s unbalanced budget in 2015, the legislature refused to pass another complete budget for two years. Then over the summer, Mike Madigan passed another unbalanced budget and an outrageous 32 percent income tax hike over our veto.

Next Steps:

We will introduce a plan to repeal the Madigan tax hike and require the budget to be truly balanced. No balanced budget = no pay for legislators. They need to earn their paycheck before taking more from yours.

5. Keep Families Safe and Rebuilding Lives

From hiring more corrections officers to enacting historic criminal justice reform and ending the dangerous practice of early release, we are keeping families safe and rebuilding lives. Since taking office, Illinois has hired over 600 net more corrections officers, and we signed landmark reform legislation that will reduce recidivism and give new opportunity to ex-offenders who had been captured by the streets. And now we’re taking the scourge of opioid addiction head on.

Next Steps:

Earlier this year, we signed an Executive Order creating the Opioid Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force. The task force is taking a comprehensive approach to addressing the opioid crisis. The Rauner Administration is committed to reducing opioid-related deaths by at least a third over the next three years through safer prescribing and dispensing of opioids, improved data monitoring, reducing the stigma of addiction and improving treatment and access to care, and increasing access and use of naloxone and other life-saving antidotes.

A whole lot to unpack there. Have at it.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

85 Comments »
  1. - 47th Ward - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 1:44 pm:

    The lie about his Swedish speaking immigrant grandfather is a little lie that reveals a lot about Rauner’s character.

    #4 above is a big lie that reveals how dumb Rauner thinks voters are.


  2. - Colin O'Scopey - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 1:46 pm:

    It’s a tad bit ironic that the same game plan for the past 3 years got him absolutely nowhere — except possibly backwards — is his road map for re-election.


  3. - wordslinger - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 1:48 pm:

    Who’s this guy talking about all those tens of thousands of jobs and small businesses created since 2015? What’s he done with Death Spiral Rauner?


  4. - Colin O'Scopey - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 1:48 pm:

    =reveals a lot about Rauner’s character=

    My Dad likes to say that “your character is how you act when you think no one is watching”.

    Rauner prefers to bald-face lie when everyone is watching. That says volumes about his character, and lack thereof.


  5. - Anonymous - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 1:49 pm:

    I appreciate how a $2.5 billion taxpayer subsidy to toxic nuclear power plants is being touted as Clean Energy leadership. Very cute alternative truth.


  6. - Cleric dcn - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 1:49 pm:

    Keep families safe and rebuild lives, but let us have abortions and then fund them with tax dollars. Hopefully many see the contradiction among the others for sure.


  7. - Lucky Pierre - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 1:49 pm:

    How dumb do Democrats think voters are? They oppose every single reform the Governor has propsed and make no effort to reform citizens faith in state government.

    Just raising taxes fixes everything that ails Illinois in their minds


  8. - illini - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 1:50 pm:

    I did not see anything here about increasing support ( and funding ) for Higher Ed. Sad.


  9. - Demoralized - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 1:50 pm:

    ==Roll Back the Madigan Income Tax Hike and Require a Truly Balanced Budget==

    Roll back the tax hike, huh. Would love to see what the budget associated with that action would look like. Maybe he’ll fall back to his last plan. Just not pay any bills.

    And not paying legislators? That’s not a violation of separation of powers at all. /s/

    ==Illinois’ unemployment rate is down and tens of thousands of new jobs have been created since the beginning of 2015==

    He may want to tell his Department of Employment Security about this, because they’ve been nothing but Debbie Downers pretty much every monthly press release they have done during his term.


  10. - Ducky LaMoore - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 1:51 pm:

    “No balanced budget = no pay for legislators.”

    Great, we get to watch the constitution-ignoring Pat Quinn playbook on it’s third go around. Woo. Nothing like watching a billionaire try to steal paychecks from some average folks.


  11. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 1:52 pm:

    Remember, and read above…

    Property Tax relief is based on destroying Labor…

    ===we included significant mandate relief to give schools more flexibility and reduce costs while making it easier for citizens in certain districts to lower their property taxes.===

    They’re not saying, they’re just saying.

    The sham votes, called shams as they lack the destroying of labor… already cleared up what isn’t being said here.

    What say you…Labor?


  12. - Demoralized - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 1:54 pm:

    ==Springfield has been shaken to its core, but it’s time to finish the job.==

    It certainly has been shaken, and not in a good way.

    “Finishing the job” is a scary thought.


  13. - 47th Ward - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 1:55 pm:

    ===They oppose every single reform the Governor has propsed and make no effort to reform citizens faith in state government.===

    LP, according to Rauber, “Illinois’ unemployment rate is down and tens of thousands of new jobs have been created since the beginning of 2015.”

    I’d say the Democrats are doing a pretty good job despite the Governor’s interference. Maybe if he stopped fighting them he could achieve even more economic progress for the state.


  14. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 1:55 pm:

    ===I did not see anything here about increasing support ( and funding ) for Higher Ed. Sad.===

    Rauner wants state universities closed.

    What say you…

    Carbondale
    Charleston
    Macomb
    Edwardsville

    … what say… you?


  15. - Ducky LaMoore - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 1:55 pm:

    ===Property Tax relief is based on destroying Labor…===

    Remember when the House voted on the four year property tax freeze? Do you remember how many Rs voted for it? I do. I’ll never forget. For those who don’t know, I’ll give you a hint… it was less than one.


  16. - IllinoisBoi - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 1:57 pm:

    Rauner has a lot of nerve. Half of this is baldfaced lies.


  17. - Lucky Pierre - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 1:59 pm:

    Property tax reform is based on restoring citizens faith in their elected officials.

    Only lame duck Democrats like Alderman Pawar have the courage to call out Alderman Ed Burke’s and Speaker Madigan’s conflict of interest by having their multi million dollar side job be reducing property tax liability for rich benefactors


  18. - NeverPoliticallyCorrect - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 2:00 pm:

    Wow, just wow. This is the best he can do after three years. The only thing keeping him with a chance is the monopoly of power the Dems have throughout the rest of state government. The question is if there are enough of us who realize that the Dems are the ones who ran this state into the ground with the eager participation of the state employee unions. I doubt it. I still think we’ll trade one clueless Republican billionaire for a Democratic billionaire but still have the Madigan majority that ran this state into it’s current financial blackhole in power. Not sure how any current candidate fixes this mess.


  19. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 2:02 pm:

    ===Only lame duck Democrats like Alderman Pawar have the courage to call out Alderman Ed Burke’s and Speaker Madigan’s conflict of interest by having their multi million dollar side job be reducing property tax liability for rich benefactors===

    … and yet, vote after vote for property tax relief that lacked the labor destroying demands was voted “Red” by Raunerites.

    It’s not about tax relief. It’s always been about destroying Labor.

    You ignored those votes, - Lucky Pierre -…


  20. - Precinct Captain - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 2:05 pm:

    Is Rauner ditching the 3 percent income tax rate? A roll back only goes to 3.75.


  21. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 2:06 pm:

    As an aside,

    “Dad’s Home State”

    Season 4 - Our Home, Our Fight

    The budget for production will be increased.

    Phony costs more than even HBO imagined.


  22. - Lucky Pierre - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 2:07 pm:

    47th Ward,

    What is the good job the Democrats have proposed to restore citizens faith in state government?

    Is it opposing popular bipartisan reforms like term limits, redistricting
    workers comp, pension reform, property tax reform?


  23. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 2:09 pm:

    ===Is it opposing popular bipartisan reforms like term limits, redistricting, workers comp, pension reform, property tax reform?===

    Why would anyone of one party look at a governor of another party polling at 30% approval as someone to follow.

    Rauner is as toxic as his policies…


  24. - Lucky Pierre - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 2:09 pm:

    Can you explain the smoke and mirrors on how property taxes can be frozen but the local governments cannot reduce spending because of mandates from Springfield?

    You ignore how these votes are shams, because you can’t freeze taxes unless spending is frozen.


  25. - Ducky LaMoore - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 2:09 pm:

    ===What is the good job the Democrats have proposed to restore citizens faith in state government?===

    Debt Transparency.


  26. - Lucky Pierre - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 2:11 pm:

    What is the leader of the Democrats polling at?

    Of course you ignore it is lower than Rauner but his hand picked candidate will somehow skate to victory by agreeing with every single failed policy


  27. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 2:12 pm:

    ===You ignore how these votes are shams, because you can’t freeze taxes unless spending is frozen.===

    So, it isn’t about destroying labor, but ending prevailing wage and collective bargaining?

    Labor better take heed.

    - Lucky Pierre - is telling you. Clearly.

    Rauner wants Labor destroyed.

    What. Say. You. Labor?


  28. - Nick Name - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 2:15 pm:

    “A whole lot to unpack here.”

    Yup.

    ==Illinois homeowners face the highest property taxes in the nation, and too many of our elected officials make money off high property taxes…. We must freeze property taxes and put in place a system that allows local governments to better control costs and easily allow referendums==

    The state’s high property tax is the result of too-low income taxes, including our ridiculous flat-rate tax. While the national average for state vs. local contribution to education is about 60% state/40% local funding, in Illinois it’s more like 10%-20% state/80%90% local funding. The only honest way to lower property taxes is for the state to do its constitutional duty of being the primary funder of education, and the only way to do that is to have higher income taxes.

    ==tens of thousands of new jobs have been created since the beginning of 2015…. We will create more jobs by reducing job-killing regulations and red tape.==

    Tens of thousands? Where? And please explain the causal relationship between “reducing job-killing regulations” and creating new jobs? Which regulations would you repeal? Since regulations derive their authority from statutory law, which statutes would you repeal to accomplish that?

    ==It’s time for the people to force their legislators to put term limits on the ballot and demand a statewide up or down vote.==

    What is the causal relationship between term limits and turning around the Illinois economy and getting state government on solid financial ground?

    How will making lobbyists the only permanent fixtures in the state capitol bring about substantive reform?

    ==Roll Back the Madigan Income Tax Hike and Require a Truly Balanced Budget…. We will introduce a plan to repeal the Madigan tax hike and require the budget to be truly balanced.==

    You can repeal the tax hike — passed over your veto with Republican votes — or you can balance the budget. You can’t do both, Gov. Gaslight.

    ==No balanced budget = no pay for legislators.==

    How did withholding legislature pay work out for Pat Quinn? Well, you know the answer to that: “Pat Quinn failed.”

    ==Earlier this year, we signed an Executive Order creating the Opioid Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force.==

    Suddenly you’re a fan of opioid overdose prevention after AVing SB0001 from the 99th GA. Glad to hear it.


  29. - Lucky Pi - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 2:15 pm:

    IT reform Democrats cut from the Governor’s budget would have done the same thing as far as transparency but in real time.

    Instead we will have printed reports, instead of real time information. These are costly and will be obsolete the minute they are printed, but Springfield can crow about how transparent they are


  30. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 2:16 pm:

    ===What is the leader of the Democrats polling at?===

    Same as Trump?

    LOL.

    “Skyhook, in reverse”… with Trump.

    Raunerism and Trumpism… and these goals are designed to destroy Illinois.

    ===Of course you ignore it is lower than Rauner but his hand picked candidate will somehow skate to victory by agreeing with every single failed policy===

    Trump will help bring down Rauner.

    Virginia showed, people see Republicans and Grunp the same.

    Rauner is Trump. Trump is Rauner.

    Look at these points Rauner is running on. Then Rauner with Trump?

    Until Rauner decides Trump isn’t Rauner, then Rauner IS Trump in the off-year.

    Same as it ever was.

    What say Rauner on Trump.

    Yep. Crickets.


  31. - JS Mill - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 2:17 pm:

    =Property tax reform is based on restoring citizens faith in their elected officials.=

    First, freezing property taxes is not a reform. It is a state usurpation of local control, which Rauner says he supports and then doesn’t.

    Freezing property taxes isn’t about restoring faith in politicians, if lowering taxes is how you restore faith than you are not smart enough to read the ballot. Low taxes, taxes to low to pay for all of the things that people want, are part of the problem. Politicians benefit and future generations pay the consequences.

    When taxes state and local were lower people complained about high taxes. Politicians promised to lower them. Maybe we should start talking about paying our bills. That is the responsible thing to do.

    You just want something for nothing and the politicians are happy to tell you what you want to hear. Keep on believing.


  32. - Lucky Pierre - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 2:18 pm:

    What say you about how can property taxes be frozen? Smoke and mirrors? Do you the Democrats at their word? The same ones who told us the current budget is now balanced and the pensions system is not a crisis ? Why?


  33. - Whatever - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 2:20 pm:

    ==In his first three months in office, we eliminated an inherited $1.5 billion budget deficit without raising taxes, and we’ve reduced wasteful spending by hundreds of millions of dollars.==

    Wow. Just, wow.


  34. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 2:22 pm:

    ===We’ve insisted on a balanced budget, in spite of the career politicians in Springfield. After we vetoed Mike Madigan’s unbalanced budget in 2015, the legislature refused to pass another complete budget for two years. Then over the summer, Mike Madigan passed another unbalanced budget and an outrageous 32 percent income tax hike over our veto.===

    Translation?

    I’ve been inept. Can’t get a budget, can’t pass a budget, can’t stop a tax increase.

    What will be different in a Rauner second term?

    Nothing.


  35. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 2:22 pm:

    No one but us will read that whole thing. Here’s the question that should be hung around Rauner’s neck from now until November 2018…”Are you or the state better off because of Bruce Rauner?”


  36. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 2:24 pm:

    If you live in Springfield, with kids…remember when admission to the state museum was free, before Bruce Rauner?


  37. - Lucky Pierre - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 2:24 pm:

    Same as Trump?

    Rasmussen has him at 46% today. Hillary won Virginia, no surprise they reelected a Democrat, especially with all of the Federal workers who live there.

    Sorry but the most unpopular politician in Illinois is Madigan not Trump. Can’t wait to see the Democratic candidate for Governor embrace the Speaker and give him the same glowing praise Susana Mendoza did.

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/trump_administration/prez_track_nov13


  38. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 2:26 pm:

    ===What say you about how can property taxes be frozen? Smoke and mirrors? Do you the Democrats at their word? The same ones who told us the current budget is now balanced and the pensions system is not a crisis===

    I’m not running for Governor.

    Rauner is.

    Rauner owns his damaging vetoes that crippled Illinois. Rauner wants to hurt labor, destroy labor, Rauner should just say so. Why won’t Rauner?

    Vetoes are something only governors own. Rauner hurt Illinois purposely. Vetoes can do that.


  39. - Robert the 1st - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 2:26 pm:

    =I’d say the Democrats are doing a pretty good job despite the Governor=

    That statement would be assumed to be obvious sarcasm in any other comment section. Too funny it’s the norm here.


  40. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 2:29 pm:

    ===Rasmussen has him at 46% today===

    Trump is at 37%… in Illinois.

    ===Hillary won Virginia, no surprise they reelected a Democrat, especially with all of the Federal workers who live there.===

    “Hillary won Illinois, no surprise they could defeat Rauner, especially with all of the Labor workers who live here learning Rauner is the enemy”


  41. - Lucky Pierre - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 2:32 pm:

    Why will voters choose the Madigan agenda currently polling at 25%


  42. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 2:32 pm:

    ===…him the same glowing praise Susana Mendoza did.===

    Mendoza won.

    LOL


  43. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 2:35 pm:

    ===Why will voters choose the Madigan agenda currently polling at 25%===

    … as an actual candidate Bruce Rauner, a Trump govenor, polls st 30%

    You ignore how Rauner beat Quinn or the Trump midterm possible wave.

    Thank you.


  44. - Ducky LaMoore - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 2:48 pm:

    ===Why will voters choose the Madigan agenda currently polling at 25%===

    Because the words “Madigan agenda” won’t be on their ballot, but the words “Bruce Rauner” will.


  45. - People Over Parties - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 2:55 pm:

    ===Because the words “Madigan agenda” won’t be on their ballot===

    People definitely know who the Speaker is. And you can certainly bet that Rauner will do everything to tie the Dem nominee to him.


  46. - Anonymous - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 2:55 pm:

    The governor made my local government increase my property taxes. He did this by reducing State pass-through payments by a 3 percent administrative fee. Income and Sales tax money is clipped to run multibillion budget deficits and pay ridiculous gobs to out of Staters whose only qualification is they Atlas Shrugged and fell for each false statement hook line and sinker.


  47. - Lucky Pierre - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 2:57 pm:

    Are you sure voters aren’t realizing Democrats only Agenda is raising taxes?


  48. - JS Mill - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 2:58 pm:

    =Why will voters choose the Madigan agenda currently polling at 25%=

    LOL, how did that help Munger? Thought so.


  49. - Foster brooks - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 2:59 pm:

    While your at it bruce tell everyone how you raised our electric rates


  50. - Lucky Pierre - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 3:00 pm:

    The words Madigan agenda may not be on the ballot but they will certainly be on TV and radio


  51. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 3:00 pm:

    ===Are you sure voters aren’t realizing Democrats only Agenda is raising taxes?===

    … and yet, it was a bipartisan override.

    Rauner and Trump.

    Rauner failed Illinois.

    Rauner polling at 30% approval.

    The headwinds in a state Clinton won by 16 points and Trump bring Trump… tough road for Rauner.


  52. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 3:02 pm:

    ===The words Madigan agenda may not be on the ballot but they will certainly be on TV and radio===

    So will Trump

    You do know Munger lost… right? LOL


  53. - RNUG - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 3:08 pm:

    First reaction - no pay for Legislators … That’s already been tried and ruled unconstitutional.


  54. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 3:10 pm:

    ===And we launched an historic technology partnership with our state’s leading research universities.===

    This is Rauner picking and choosing higher education winners and losers.

    I’m not worried, Mr. Barickman will vote again and again against higher education… just as Bruce Rauner tells him to do.


  55. - Lucky Pierre - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 3:16 pm:

    Do you think Mendoza still would beat Munger without the boost from the Presidential voter turnout?

    Me neither


  56. - RNUG - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 3:20 pm:

    == clean government ==

    Hiding agency debt; vetoing accountability measures …

    Pinstripe patronage …

    Insider dealing and political favoritism at DCFS …

    Ghost / duplicative / politics employees … Munger is just one example of many


  57. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 3:22 pm:

    ===Do you think Mendoza still would beat Munger without the boost from the Presidential voter turnout?

    Me neither===

    LOL…

    Munger out-spent Mendoza and like you pointed out, attaching Madigan is a plan.

    It was a losing plan…

    Mendoza had an awful Campaign Crew, but what saved her was while Rauner kept saying “Madigan”, Labor kept saying “Rauner” and Dems stayed home enough after the 2, 3, 4 to one spending of Rauner.

    You lose… you lose.

    “Madigan” beat “Rauner”

    Comfortably.


  58. - RNUG - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 3:22 pm:

    == we ended and rooted out the Rod Blagojevich-Pat Quinn illegal patronage hires. ==

    So he could bring in his own patronage hires.


  59. - Lucky Pierre - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 3:22 pm:

    Trump is 12 points ahead of Madigan and tied with Dick Durbin in Illinois at 37% approval


  60. - Joe Bidenopolous - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 3:25 pm:

    ===Do you think Mendoza still would beat Munger without the boost from the Presidential voter turnout?===

    LOL, remind me who’s running for that office as a Republican next year? Says a lot about who they could get and who they think is gonna win.


  61. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 3:26 pm:

    ===Trump is 12 points ahead of Madigan and tied with Dick Durbin in Illinois at 37% approval===

    Trump helps so much Rauner goes out of his way to not say the word Trump….

    Hmm.

    LOL

    You go with that. Ignore Virginia too.


  62. - Grandson of Man - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 3:27 pm:

    Roll back the Madigan tax hike, huh? Perhaps Rauner supporters can say why Rauner quickly vetoed the tax hike bill and didn’t sit on it and threaten Republicans to back off of the override. Seems to me that if he truly didn’t want the tax hike to pass, he would have launched a harsh campaign against an override—just like he does when constantly attacking Madigan.


  63. - Joe Bidenopolous - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 3:27 pm:

    ===Do you think Mendoza still would beat Munger without the boost from the Presidential voter turnout?===

    Hey LP, if Munger beats Mendoza in a non-Presidential year, then why isn’t she running again?

    Dude, intellectual honesty is not your strong suit. Maybe take a walk and clear your head.


  64. - Lester Holt’s Mustache - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 3:27 pm:

    ===Same as Trump?===

    Oh no you don’t, Rauner’s last loyal defender. Don’t use the president to prop up your liberal employer. Rauner doesn’t support the president, and Rauner won’t even say his name. It’s why he’ll only do stage managed shows, and not take questions from republican voters. Only liberal RINOs support Rauner, real republicans will vote Ives and stay home in November if she isn’t the nominee.


  65. - RNUG - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 3:27 pm:

    == lower property taxes ==

    How is Rauner going to do this when school funding needs to increase?

    == roll back Madigan tax hike ==

    How while reducing property taxes and increasing school funding?

    == balance budget ==

    How while rolling back the income tax increase, reducing property taxes, and increasing school funding?

    Heck, Rauner is making more outrageous promises than an Illinois Democrat running for office …


  66. - Lucky Pierre - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 3:35 pm:

    Hey Joe Bidenopolous, stop deflecting and answer the question

    Do you think honestly think Mendoza would have beat Munger in an off year election?

    Simple yes or no, it is not the same ballgame now and you know it. Much easier to win as an incumbent. Even Oswego Willy admits that

    How about a little intellectual honesty that Madigan trails Trump by 12 points in Illinois. I am absolutely astonished that there are not some brave Democrats who rise up and send him packing. Is 35 years not log enough to make your mark?

    The Speaker never gets any grief on this site, only the Governor and anyone who challenges the Madigan..


  67. - Ducky LaMoore - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 3:36 pm:

    ===Trump is 12 points ahead of Madigan and tied with Dick Durbin in Illinois at 37% approval===

    If you look at the poll that has Durbin at 37%, it has Rauner at 30%. You are cherry picking polls a bit.


  68. - Robert the 1st - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 3:39 pm:

    =Don’t use the president to prop up your liberal employer. =

    You must be in Oswego Willy’s “big-tent” inclusive Republican party. Although I’m not sure there’s more than the two of you.


  69. - blue dog dem - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 3:41 pm:

    The good news/bad news. Rauner is going to lose by nearly double digits. Pritzker has made so many spending promises that even if he only gets 1/4 of them passed, taxes will have to go up faster than expected.


  70. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 3:45 pm:

    ===You must be in … “big-tent” inclusive Republican party. Although I’m not sure there’s more than the two of you.===

    No idea what you’re saying here, but you said it? lol

    Rauner and Trump are peas in a pod, and while they pretend to be Republicans, Trump is about racism, divisiveness and hate.

    Raunerism is about a liberal social agenda, so liberal, parts and as a whole couldn’t get passed or signed in “Liberal California”… but that’s Rauner.

    Neither are Republicans, but Rauner bought and tarnished the brand, Trump is ruining it for all-time.

    Same.


  71. - Bored Chairman - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 4:20 pm:

    Not a peep about infrastructure.


  72. - RNUG - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 4:23 pm:

    == Pritzker has made so many spending promises that even if he only gets 1/4 of them passed, taxes will have to go up faster than expected. ==

    If JB is smart, he will try to do a reduced school portion of the property tax for an increased income tax / increased school funding swap. If you work it right, you can probably get a fair amount of support for it … and it may somewhat mask a bigger than normal increase.


  73. - blue dog dem - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 4:35 pm:

    RNUG. I have given your above post lots of thought over the last decade. Even some thoughts and prayers. Its the only thing that is going to stop the states population loss trends. How come no one wants to fly with this idea? Its makes to much sense.

    I have my own thoughts on this. Rich Republican school districts don’t really care about high taxes if t stays close to home. I dunno.


  74. - Demoralized - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 4:40 pm:

    ==The Speaker never gets any grief on this site, only the Governor and anyone who challenges the Madigan==

    You are a class A whiner.

    ==How about a little intellectual honesty==

    That would be a welcome change from you.


  75. - illini - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 4:47 pm:

    @LuckyPierre - maybe I am just being dense right now - but please explain what exactly the “Madigan Agenda” is, and please be specific and cite your sources. Thanks.


  76. - Lucky Pierre - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 5:31 pm:

    The Madigan agenda is nothing passes or is called for a vote in the Illinois General Assembly that is opposed by Unions and Trial lawyers

    These two special interest groups have veto power over any legislation in Illinois.

    the results speak foe themselves

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-0505-sizing-up-illinois-htmlstory.html


  77. - Whatever - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 5:57 pm:

    ==The Madigan agenda is nothing passes or is called for a vote in the Illinois General Assembly that is opposed by Unions and Trial lawyers==

    Madigan has been the unions’ friend only since Rauner came on the scene.


  78. - Anonymous - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 6:17 pm:

    “Roll Back the Madigan Income Tax Hike and Require a Truly Balanced Budget”

    Huh?

    Rolling back income taxes and balancing a severely out-of-whack budget can’t be uttered in the same sentence - or rather, they can, but uttering them is essentially oxymoronic.

    Also: what about those outstanding pension obligations? The gov should be challenged at every whistle-stop to present his very own detailed plan for paying down pension debt, pronto.


  79. - wordslinger - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 6:23 pm:

    LP, for some reason, you choose to ignore the flowering of bipartisanship in Illinois.

    Rauner signed both the Trust Act and HB40. And GOP legislators this year have joined Democrats to override many Rauner vetoes.


  80. - Rabid - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 6:24 pm:

    how many of the 44 point turnaround agenda items were accomplished


  81. - People Over Parties - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 6:51 pm:

    ===but please explain what exactly the “Madigan Agenda” is===

    Geesh. Again with brushing off Madigan as a non-issue. He has cost the Democrats dearly over the years.


  82. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 6:59 pm:

    ===He has cost the Democrats dearly over the years.===

    Really?

    When Rauner won, both chambers were at “numeric” Veto-Proof majorities, and had 3 of the other 4 constitutionals

    This last time?

    The Dems got a US Senate seat and the 4th of the 4 “other statewide” offices.

    That’s… recent memory.


  83. - @MisterJayEm - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 9:57 pm:

    “Rich Republican school districts don’t really care about high taxes if t stays close to home.”

    This is 100% correct.

    – MrJM


  84. - Lucky Pierre - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 10:16 pm:

    None of the 44 Turnaround Agenda items were even voted on

    Neither was the Democrats “Comeback Agenda”

    Illinois is not ready for reform


  85. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Nov 14, 17 @ 6:56 am:

    ===None of the 44 Turnaround Agenda items were even voted on===

    Oh, some were. They were voted on, less the crippling language.

    Rauner called them “sham” votes”, solely because the sham was the reforms weren’t reforms at all, but about destroying labor.

    There were votes…


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