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Rauner repeatedly lashes out at reporters over Madigan: “You’re playing games and you’re not reporting the truth to the people of Illinois”

Monday, Dec 4, 2017

* From the end of the governor’s press conference this morning

Reporter: Governor, how long will you continue to blame Mike Madigan for the state’s problems?

Gov. Rauner: ‘Til he’s gone. I mean, I mean, he’s been in charge for 35 years. The guy’s become a millionaire off of high property taxes in this state. It’s not a coincidence that we have the worst property taxes in America. He’s become a millionaire by making them high, and having a tax appeals law firm on the side. And he holds businesses in Chicago hostage to use his law firm. The system is broken.

He controls, he’s rigged his primary. He has rigged his Democratic primary. He has rigged it, ladies and gentlemen. If you guys won’t report it, shame on you. He has rigged the system, he controls it. It’s a Mafia protection racket. And until he’s gone, we aren’t going to fix Illinois and we aren’t going to have a good future.

Reporter: So, who do you think his candidate for governor is?

Rauner: [Laughs] Oh, c’mon. You know what? If you guys are asking that question you’re playing games and you’re not reporting the truth to the people of Illinois. You’d better answer that question yourself. You’ve been around, you know the answer to that question.

Reporter: So, if he’s been in charge for the last 35 years, have you been in charge for the last three?

Rauner: I wish I had. We would have our problems fixed. Illinois would be on a great future. We’d have 200,000 more jobs in this state. We’d have lower property taxes in this state. We would have term limits in this state if I was in charge. I am not in charge. I’m trying to get to be in charge.

[Last question!]

Reporter: How can you say you’re not in charge? You’re the governor of Illinois.

Rauner: The General Assembly can block the major things. What I control, union contracts, we’re incredible, Medicaid reform, incredible, criminal justice reform, incredible. The things that I can control, we’re transforming the state. And I’ve been able to recruit 120,000 net new jobs despite our regulations being bad. If, if I could get the General Assembly to support term limits, property tax relief, red tape reduction on businesses, rolling back that income tax hike, we will kick tails, we will be one of the strongest states in America.

Lots to unpack there, so have at it.

…Adding… Tribune

While Rauner has executed new collective bargaining agreements with more than a dozen trade unions, he has been unable to reach agreement with the state’s largest public employee union and was barred earlier this year from attempting to impose his own contract terms on the workers.

Rauner’s overhaul of the state’s Medicaid program has been criticized by Democrats as moving too fast and at too great of an expense to the state. And while Rauner has indeed presided over several significant changes to the criminal justice system over the nearly three years he’s been in office, much of that work was made possible by lawmakers who sent bills to his desk for approval.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

82 Comments
  1. - Honeybear - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:02 pm:

    Again
    The price of perfidy is
    Trust.
    Nobody trusts you Bruce.
    Lie all you want now.


  2. - BigLou - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:03 pm:

    Holy Donald Trump-esque quote.


  3. - Honeybear - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:04 pm:

    I think it’s finally dawning on Rauner
    That his gambit
    destroyed the ILGOP
    Perfidy never pays in the long run.


  4. - chi - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:05 pm:

    How has he rigged the primary? Does Rauner mean every primary, or next year’s primary? I don’t even get what specific allegation he’s making (if he’s making one).

    To the extent the political system in Illinois is a Mafia protection racket, it’s the same in every state and at the federal level too. The fact that one guy has been Speaker here for 35 years does not make politics/government a Mafia protection racket.

    And for starters on the property tax system, our inability to institute a progressive income tax is a big part of what led to the current schools and localities funding operations the way they do. Madigan was a delgate to that convention, but I don’t think he was running the show back then.


  5. - PJ - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:06 pm:

    Has any executive in American political history more completely failed to grasp our system of government? I get that his background is CEO. But for the love of God, he’s *still* whining about the fact that “the General Assembly can block me” as if that’s a bad thing? That is, literally, the foundation of American government.


  6. - AC - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:06 pm:

    == I am not in charge. I’m trying to get to be in charge.==

    I’m confused, is he running for his first or second term?


  7. - thunderspirit - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:06 pm:

    So the person sitting in one of the most powerful governor’s offices in the nation (by virtue of the amendatory veto power) hasn’t been in charge for the past three years.

    That truly explains a great deal.


  8. - wordslinger - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:07 pm:

    Meltdown.


  9. - Honeybear - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:07 pm:

    The truth is it’s never been
    about business or the economy.
    It’s always been about destroying

    unions
    government
    education

    the
    restrictions
    on
    large corporate
    profit


  10. - Romeo - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:07 pm:

    -was elected in 2014
    -is now 2017, over 3 years since election
    -Governor hasn’t been in control for 3 years

    So……who is in charge?


  11. - Theq - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:08 pm:

    Union contracts???? Yes a bang up job on the AFSCME contract so far. He has spent enough on court costs to have just paid everyone a little extra


  12. - Michelle Flaherty - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:10 pm:

    He hasn’t seemed this presidential since his Fox interview.


  13. - VanillaMan - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:11 pm:

    He’s flailing. He doesn’t think we believe him so he repeats himself. He threatens us. He cannot pursuade beyond using fear tactics. He is toast.

    Give us three accomplishments, please. One for each year in office. Not one that you vetoed, then rolled over on. Three you championed. Tell your 2014 voters what you did to regain their votes in 2018.

    We expected results. Where are they? We expected incremental improvements. Where are those? We don’t vote for incumbents without results.


  14. - I ask again - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:13 pm:

    When is this guy going to govern ? Also, there was a lot of hanging G’s in just a couple of paragraphs.


  15. - Arsenal - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:13 pm:

    So, what would you say, B, B- on this press conference?

    C?

    Lower, huh?


  16. - Depressed in DuPage - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:15 pm:

    OMG. He sounds just like the Orange Man in Washington. Except less articulate, if that’s possible.


  17. - Demoralized - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:16 pm:

    ==It’s a Mafia protection racket.==

    Holy moley. He’s gone the Mafia route now. I’m pretty sure Madigan will still be in charge of the House after this next election. Is he once again under the erroneous assumption that if he wins he’ll get what he wants? I’m quite certain calling the guy you’ll have to work with if you win a criminal isn’t going to get you very far.

    ==We’d have 200,000 more jobs in this state==

    What exactly is the basis for that claim?

    ==What I control, union contracts, we’re incredible==

    Umm, ok then.

    The Governor is coming unhinged. It’s like he’s calling the President for advice on public communication. That ain’t good.


  18. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:16 pm:

    ===Rauner: [Laughs] Oh, c’mon. You know what? If you guys are asking that question you’re playing games and you’re not reporting the truth to the people of Illinois. You’d better answer that question yourself. You’ve been around, you know the answer to that question.===

    This is Bruce and Diana Rauner’s beef.

    They want Illinois destroyed, but… that pesky bad press Bruce gets makes cocktail parties all but impossible to attend.

    “If you guys are asking that question you’re playing games and you’re not reporting the truth to the people of Illinois.”

    Can’t ya just hear Diana Rauner

    “We need better messaging. We are losing the messsgjbg battle. We need John Tillman and IPI messaging. We need Goldberg gone. We need all these others gone. We need Rickert and Rasmussen, and we need to defeat these reporters getting it wrong”.

    Can ya just… hear it?


  19. - Nick Name - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:18 pm:

    ===The things that I can control, we’re transforming the state.===

    Oh, you’ve transformed the state alright.


  20. - Anon - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:18 pm:

    He conveniently drops “right to work” as one of his reforms that would have saved the state. Right to work.


  21. - zatoichi - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:19 pm:

    I thought politics required working together and included some form of compromise.

    “I am not in charge. I’m trying to get to be in charge.”

    Must be someone beside the Governor running the Executuve branch. Apparently using insults and insisting on ‘my way or the high way’ thinking does not work so well.


  22. - Ducky LaMoore - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:20 pm:

    Union contracts? You won’t negotiate. Medicaid reform? Your contract costs close to $20 billion more than the estimates I’ve seen. Criminal justice reform? Just because you signed bills that the GA passed, doesn’t mean that you alone are great on criminal justice. If you could get the GA to get on your side for property tax reform…? The four-year property tax freeze got zero Republican votes in the House…. Why is that…?


  23. - LXB - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:21 pm:

    ==So……who is in charge?==

    Alexander Haig’s always ready to step in.


  24. - Ron - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:22 pm:

    “He conveniently drops “right to work” as one of his reforms that would have saved the state”

    Wouldn’t save the state, but certainly would help downstate from falling into the abyss.


  25. - Dee Lay - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:25 pm:

    It’s already one of “those” weeks for the Guv. and Monday isn’t even over yet.


  26. - Arsenal - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:25 pm:

    Well, now we know the answer to this morning’s question. Madigan has more homes inside Rauner’s head than Rauner has across the whole country.


  27. - Sugar Corn - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:25 pm:

    also tells farm bureau folks he’s on thier side all the way after emasculating ag education and the department is in tatters.

    worst gov in america - bruce rauner


  28. - illini97 - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:25 pm:

    So this is what a Gubernatorial tantrum looks like. Probably should not have gone out in public today.


  29. - Macbeth - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:26 pm:

    I’d suggest reporters start asking Candidate Rauner how he plans to work with the man in the charge.

    GOP voters do not like impotence. At least according to Lakoff’s read on the GOP messaging. I’m not sure how this strategy of impotence works to win elections.


  30. - DuPage Bard - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:28 pm:

    Losing his mind. Everyday Jeanne Ives should say it’s time to have a debate between a rich limousine liberal east cost professor posing as a Republican and a strong real Republican woman.
    The more he ducks the harder she should go on him.
    I guess he’s just afraid of women.


  31. - Rabid - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:30 pm:

    Incredible critical thinking skills on display


  32. - Macbeth - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:30 pm:

    He’s providing Ives a clear path forward.

    If Rauner can’t be — or refuses to be — in charge, then Ives should make clear she’s ready to be in charge.

    It’s the Governor of Illinois for chrissake.


  33. - taxrate 62 - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:30 pm:

    Rauner has told a boatload of lies over the last three years, but the idea that he is not in charge remains the dismal truth. Although it looks bad for him politically (perhaps it was an accident), no governor since Thompson has been in charge. And Thompson was only in charge because he negotiated with Madigan, and at that time, he Speaker’s power was not completely consolidated. Our problems in Illinois will not be resolved until someone can leverage enough power to rid the State of the Oligarchy (aka, The Mafia).


  34. - Streator Curmudgeon - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:32 pm:

    There always has to be a scapegoat. If the Madigangoat gets worn out, then the Mediagoat is still handy.

    For a guy with a lot of bucks, none of them seem to stop on Rauner’s desk.


  35. - wordslinger - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:34 pm:

    Like Charlie Wheeler wrote last week, reporters should ask Pate if he was controlled by Madigan.

    I’d add all the governors since Thompson and the other Senate leaders since the 80s.

    Rauner’s problem is that he’s lost control of Republicans in the GA. When he had them intimidated, his vetoes could not be overridden.

    Many Republicans no longer fear him and are clear and public in their contempt for him and his constant lies and betrayals.


  36. - Anon - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:36 pm:

    you missed the point, Ron. If right to work would save the state, and if he really believes in it, then he would continue to push for it. It demonstrates the fact that Rauner has no core beliefs, which is why we have a Jeanne Ives candidacy


  37. - DuPage - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:37 pm:

    (Reply to governor.)

    Yeah, yeah, we heard “your not reporting the truth” many times before, from Trump. Are you trying to imitate him? I don’t believe you.

    DuPage


  38. - Sonny - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:39 pm:

    Rauner the Scooby Doo villain: “And I would have got away with it too if not for you meddling kids!”

    Sure he’s nuts but keep in mind the Ag people have him a standing “o.” Hopefully they were just being polite.


  39. - the Patriot - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:41 pm:

    When is a reporter just going to ask him, Isn’t that the gig you signed up for?

    Step one’s identifying the problem, step two is washing it out–Ray Zalinsky.

    We get it Bruce, Madigan=bad. What fray tell are you going to do about it?


  40. - Anonymous - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:41 pm:

    –which is why we have a Jeanne Ives candidacy–

    Not yet, we don’t.

    Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock…….


  41. - jim - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:43 pm:

    “And while Rauner has indeed presided over several significant changes to the criminal justice system over the nearly three years he’s been in office, much of that work was made possible by lawmakers who sent bills to his desk for approval.”
    Well, of course, Rich, that’s how the legislative process works. Legislature passed bills, and gov signs them. besides, everyone knows criminal justice reform is one of the few areas where Rauner and Ds are in sync. Dems could do the same thing on workers compensation but they don’t and he can’t make them.


  42. - Cheryl44 - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:49 pm:

    Here’s some truth–Bruce Rauner is the worst governor I can remember. And I remember most of the ones who went to jail.


  43. - Just Me - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:52 pm:

    The only way to send the Speaker packing is to win a Republican majority in the House. Did the Republican Party (which Rauner completely controls) even file enough candidates to make that possible?


  44. - illini - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:53 pm:

    I always read the previous comments posted before I attempt to contribute to the discussion.

    And then there are times when I prefer to sit back and let other commenters have their say.

    Quite often my fairly reasoned response is already taken.

    Isn’t it great that our Governor gives us so much to talk about?


  45. - wordslinger - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:55 pm:

    –Medicaid reform, incredible,–

    in·cred·i·ble
    inˈkredəb(ə)l/
    adjective

    1.
    impossible to believe.
    “an almost incredible tale of triumph and tragedy”
    synonyms: unbelievable, beyond belief, hard to believe, unconvincing, far-fetched, implausible, improbable, highly unlikely, dubious, doubtful;

    It is indeed, incredible, that the $63B Medicaid contract Rauner signed last week was $23B higher than his $40B estimate from just a few days before.

    Very unbelievable. But I think we’ll find out how that happened.


  46. - Langhorne - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 2:55 pm:

    WOW
    Now, that’s an impressive meltdown.
    Gotta be, what, 3-4 oppo ads in that piece?
    Yepper, quite clear madigan is in his head.

    Where is BTIA? Boss, sit down, and ST*U.

    Proof he has never understood the job. Equal branches. 30/60. It’s the fault of the press. I️ want to see his head explode after the state of the state, when madigan coolly offers to “cooperate professionally” w the governor.


  47. - Amalia - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 3:02 pm:

    he’s not playing nice with reporters. but this anti Madigan refrain has legs so he wants to keep playing it. almost every time a friend starts a political discussion with me it veers to how much they cannot stand Madigan because they believe he has damaged the state. these are not political people. they are not Republicans and are not political Dems. but they are aware of Madigan and they don’t like him. Rauner knows he has to stoke that.


  48. - LeadingInDecatur - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 3:08 pm:

    “If, if I could get the General Assembly to support term limits, property tax relief, red tape reduction on businesses, rolling back that income tax hike, we will kick tails, we will be one of the strongest states in America…”
    …. why, we could be, we could be ….Kansas!


  49. - whetstone - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 3:11 pm:

    On the other hand, after his first term, I’m hard pressed to come up with an alternative message. “This time I’ll work as an equal partner with the guy I spent four years demonizing?” He seems to be boxed in.


  50. - Flynn's mom - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 3:14 pm:

    Is Trump the governor of Illinois/s


  51. - Dude Abides - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 3:18 pm:

    Now the Governor is blaming the media too. I actually think the media has been soft on the Governor if anything. He contradicts himself on the facts all the time and the media should call him out more than they do. The Governor looked to be in meltdown mode today. He is a liar and a phony.He refused to use the vast powers he has been accorded as Governor to make changes because he is afraid to take responsibility. Today shows that he does not have the temperament nor the stability to be to be a good Governor. Madigan and the Mafia, that’s just nuts!


  52. - Skeptic - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 3:18 pm:

    “If right to work would save the state, and if he really believes in it, then he would continue to push for it.” And there’d be some facts to back it up (and not just ‘Believe me!’) And it would get 60/30.


  53. - Norseman - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 3:20 pm:

    Rauner to reporters. Quit trying to infuse facts into my tirades.


  54. - Michelle Flaherty - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 3:24 pm:

    For a moment I thought we were gonna get an “up day” quote outta the Gov.


  55. - Sigh - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 3:26 pm:

    -Rauner: The General Assembly can block the major things. What I control, union contracts, we’re incredible, Medicaid reform, incredible, criminal justice reform, incredible.-

    In regards to criminal justice reforms, is my memory failing me or did Rep. Gordon-Booth champion a lot of the reforms and the Governor signed her bills?


  56. - East Central Illinois - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 3:34 pm:

    Chance the Rapper to Governor Rauner: “Do your job”

    Rauner’s response: “I can’t and I won’t”


  57. - Rod - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 3:51 pm:

    Jim Edgar gave Governor Rauner some advice on dealing with Speaker Madigan back in October of 2015 and he ignored it completely. “There are a lot of things I muttered in private” as governor, Edgar said. “I always thought I had to watch what I said or my staff said. … We always tried to be extremely careful … not to get involved in personalities.”

    Good advice ignored.


  58. - Psychotropic - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 3:59 pm:

    The Governor might want to consider neuroleptics.


  59. - Honeybadger - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 4:04 pm:

    I read where he’s going to be addressing the Bolingbrook Chamber of Commerce tomorrow at the Bolingbrook Golf Club maybe the reporters and other should show up there and ask him questions


  60. - Roman - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 4:12 pm:

    - Dude Abides -

    You’re right, Rauner has received pretty favorable press from the press, particularly the Chicago television news shops.

    But that’s been changing. The staff purges, in which he jettisoned some savvy political and communications folks who were liked and respected by reporters, was the first blow. Then his fight with Mendoza over the unpaid bill backlog legislation cost him support among editorial boards. Now if he’s starts personally taking on reporters with “do your job” rants, he’ll completely lose them.


  61. - RNUG - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 4:17 pm:

    == The General Assembly can block the major things. ==

    Actually, it has been Rauner blocking a lot of things with his vetoes and legislation bricking. Madigan and the D’s passed a lot of what the Governor requested minus the union busting; it was just sponsored by a D rather than an R. Rauner either tried to brick it or vetoed it.


  62. - 47th Ward - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 4:18 pm:

    ===Meltdown.===

    Tantrum might be better. My kids used to scream that “it’s not fair,” and fall on the floor screaming and crying.

    Did Rauner fall on the floor?


  63. - Wensicia - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 4:22 pm:

    Too bad real reporters won’t roll over for Rauner’s craven, whiny message like a certain editorial board will.


  64. - Henry Francis - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 4:24 pm:

    ==[laughs] Oh, c’mon. You know what? If you guys are asking that question you’re playing games and you’re not reporting the truth to the people of Illinois.==

    You’re not reporting the truth? Is that how an Ivy League gender studies professor says “fake news”?


  65. - Arsenal - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 4:39 pm:

    ==Now if he’s starts personally taking on reporters with “do your job” rants, he’ll completely lose them.==

    We’ll see. Republicans have a pretty good record at working the refs. But yeah, something snapped in the last year or so, and a lot of IL media has gotten hip to the fact that he’s flailing.

    Still, I’d rather flail with $150 million than not…


  66. - Mr Creosote - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 4:40 pm:

    Is Rauner neither able nor willing to Govern?
    Then why call him Governor?
    (with apologies to Epicurus)


  67. - Lucky Pierre - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 4:53 pm:

    Actually it was Rauner blocking all of these things?

    As always every single problem bounces off the Speaker and boomerangs back to the Governor where it must stay because “Governor’s own” and nothing sticks to Madigan.

    If Rauner was truly in charge, the 40 plus items in the Turnaround Agenda would have been implemented instead of being blocked in their entirety.

    If there was some degree of balance, at least the proposals would have been voted on instead of gathering dust in Madigan’s rules committee circular file cabinet for two and half years.


  68. - Demoralized - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 4:54 pm:

    ==Is Rauner neither able nor willing to Govern?==

    Yes on both counts. He seems to truly lack the ability to understand how government works. When you say stuff like “I’m not in charge” you can’t draw any other conclusion than he doesn’t understand government.


  69. - Rich Miller - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 4:57 pm:

    ===boomerangs back to the Governor where it must stay because “Governor’s own”===

    This is the way of the world for eons. Your whining can’t and won’t change it. One day, he’s gotta take responsibility like he said he would during the campaign.


  70. - Arsenal - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 5:03 pm:

    ==If there was some degree of balance, at least the proposals would have been voted==

    They were. Rauner bricked ‘em.


  71. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 5:05 pm:

    ===If Rauner was truly in charge, the 40 plus items in the Turnaround Agenda would have been implemented instead of being blocked in their entirety.===

    If Rauner had found 60 and 30, he woulda had “40” victories.

    Rauner chose to veto budgets. Rauner chose to hurt Illinois’ most vulnerable. Rauner chose to try to close state universities by flat out refusing to fund them.

    Rauner owns his choices. All governors do.

    ===If there was some degree of balance, at least the proposals would have been voted on instead of gathering dust in Madigan’s rules committee circular file cabinet for two and half years.===

    LOL

    Example?

    Rauner wanted property tax reform. Wanted also to destroy labor.

    House gives on property tax reform. Republicans are “Red”. Rauner calls it sham vote

    “Why?”

    Rauner isn’t about gives. Rauner is about getting what Rauner wants.

    The bipartisan overrides, giving Illinois a budget, funding Rauner’s agencies, funding higher education, paying social services… remember that’s over Rauner’s vetoes… is another failure of him, and “you” at understanding 71 and 36

    LOL


  72. - ArchPundit - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 5:09 pm:

    So Bruce Rauner cannot compete with a guy who has a 26 percent approval rate. Strong leader there….


  73. - Hickory - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 5:25 pm:

    If you don’t think the Speaker is in charge go back and read George Will’s column from a few days ago.


  74. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 5:27 pm:

    ===…go back and read George Will’s column from a few days ago===

    LOL, yeah, George Will, I see him every time I’m in Springfield. If anyone knows what’s going on, it’s George Will… from DC…


  75. - People Over Parties - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 5:33 pm:

    ===If anyone knows what’s going on, it’s George Will… from DC…===

    Just like John Miller… from a dirt road in rural Michigan.


  76. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 5:37 pm:

    ===Just like John Miller… from a dirt road in rural Michigan.===

    National Review devoted its cover to Rauner. Miller even went after Madigan too…

    Maybe the takeaway is Rauner’s 30% approval has national conservatives split 50/50 on Rauner(?)

    Or… Madigan isn’t as bad as Raunerites want?


  77. - People Over Parties - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 5:49 pm:

    ===National Review devoted its cover to Rauner. Miller even went after Madigan too…===

    Lol, I’m sure that makes it more accurate. You know, because George Will can’t possibly know what’s going on from D.C., but John Miller can from…Michigan (?)


  78. - Lucky Pierre - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 5:49 pm:

    Rauner’s proposals were not even allowed for a vote. Sham bills on property tax freezes were run dozens of times just for political reasons, not the definition of cooperation and professionalism.

    Democrats were too busy voting to send local officials to prison for voting for right to work legislation.

    And yet they say unions don’t have veto power over everything in Illinois.


  79. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 5:54 pm:

    ===I’m sure that makes it more accurate. You know, because George Will can’t possibly know what’s going on from D.C., but John Miller can from…Michigan===

    Nah, but that cover and headline, paired with the 30% approval makes more sense in a hit piece than George Will saying “Madigan” from DC

    If you’re saying George Will is right, then John Miller must be right with that logic, lol


  80. - Morty - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 7:08 pm:

    Time for another mental health check on Bruce.

    Or was that one of the things Bruce slashed?

    That would be some irony there


  81. - DuPage Dave - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 7:29 pm:

    Or, as Rauner’s Swedish immigrant grandfather might have said: “Jag är inte ansvarig”


  82. - Mama - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 10:33 pm:

    Rauner is referring to himself. He just changed his name to Madigan.


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* More government, education jobs drive up payroll numbers
* Question of the day
* Rauner to receive lifetime achievement award from National Black Chamber of Commerce, gets shout-out in new Chance single
* AFSCME claims for every worker who dropped membership, 10 have become full members
* Rauner launches another anti-Madigan TV ad
* Despite Rauner praise, Illinois hasn't sent any data to Crosscheck since last year
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* Fire, water damage made result in Pyramid House demolition
* Judge: Religious nonprofit exempt from unemployment taxes
* Judge in court as a defendant in misdemeanor gun case
* Report: Lake oil spill in Michigan would cost nearly $2B
* Police: Parents claimed girl possessed, kept her in basement
* 2 Illinois IHOP franchises settle harassment suit for $975K
* IHOP franchises to $975,000 settlement for harassment
* Illinois nursing home fined $50K in resident’s death
* Waukegan to use loan in $8.6M payment in wrongful conviction
* Lincoln nursing home fined $50K in resident’s death

* 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

* Northwestern cuts back amid budget shortfalls
* FTD shakes up leadership as it mulls sale
* China sinks money into U.S. hyperloop startups
* FDA plans to ease OTC approvals for some prescription drugs
* Hospitals are flirting with Medicare for All


* Race to Mackinac’s 110th sailing begins Friday
* Horoscope for July 20, 2018
* Girl, 14, reported missing from McKinley Park
* Eight dead after Missouri tourist boat accident: sheriff
* Big Bird, Elmo headed to classrooms
* US deporting crime victims while they wait for U visa
* Trump administration will keep protected status for Somalis
* Man, 63, shot while riding bicycle during East Garfield Park argument
* CPS confirms NTA boundaries, criticized by overlooked areas
* Fatal SUV crash driver among 5 charged in smuggling scheme


* Sheriff: 8 dead, several injured after Missouri tourist boat capsizes in storm
* 163 people ill, 3 hospitalized in foodborne illness outbreak linked to McDonald's salads
* Cubs give their All-Stars a rest but don't need them for 9-6 victory over Cardinals
* Josh Hader challenged to 're-earn the trust' of Brewers teammates
* It took minutes to separate migrant families. Reuniting them is taking weeks of round-the-clock work.
* Tornadoes sweep through Iowa; major damage, some injuries
* Matt Nagy's commitment 'to callous' the Bears is promising for a team in need of physical and mental toughness
* Elena Delle Donne and Candace Parker choose their teams for WNBA All-Star Game
* Perfect ‘10’ at plate? White Sox's Eloy Jimenez strives for excellence during journey to bigs
* Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber says Home Run Derby ‘wasn’t rigged’


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* 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
* Our View: Access to Narcan key to combating addiction


* Illinois Lottery drawing for THURSDAY, JULY 19
* Work begins on site of new PAWS facility in Anna
* VIDEO: Getzner officially opens Decatur facility with expansion in mind
* Shiloh mayor on meeting Vice President Mike Pence
* Abbey Ridge Brewery owners open restaurant in downtown Cobden
* Health department: West Nile virus detected in Jackson County mosquitoes
* Chad Dyson tapped as new Davenport Parks and Rec Director
* Swimmer drowns in Cleveland quarry
* Showtime: Decatur competes for America in Bloom title after months of preparation
* Odenkirk brothers may fill famous shoes


* NFL and its players union working on anthem resolution
* Cubs rally from shaky start, early deficit to beat Cardinals
* Verdi: Ray Emery delivered for Blackhawks
* Taste of Antioch begins
* How to best help Prospect Heights fire victims right now

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* Beautify Clarendon Park With Your Neighbors
* 17th Annual WFCW Garden Walk This Saturday
* Got A Home Security Camera? 20th District Seeks Crime Video
* Can We Design Online Learning Platforms That Feel More Intimate Than Massive?
* Barrel Of Monkeys Moves To Uptown
* A college program that ‘never ends’
* Who shoulders most of nation’s ~$1.5 trillion in student debt? Women
* Canvas Catches, and Maybe Passes, Blackboard
* Online STEM Courses Need More Real-World Interactivity
* Five Ways to Build Community in Online Classrooms


* Summit for Success: IDOT providing tools, opportunity for disadvantaged businesses
* Illinois Payrolls Jump +18,100
* Liquor Control Commission Underage Compliance Report for Cook County
* Gov. Rauner receives Fletcher Award from National Black Chamber of Commerce
* Nursing Home Violations for Second Quarter 2018

  
* Light made the phone with 16 cameras — it wants to make another
* Microsoft crosses $100 billion annual revenue mark for the first time
* Waze now compatible with Android Auto app
* Huawei might have found a way around the display notch
* Marvel’s Iron Fist season 2 will begin streaming on September 7th
* Fuchsia OS might take Android’s place 5 years from now [UPDATE]
* Apple CEO Tim Cook Congratulates 2018 iPhone Photography Award Winners

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