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*** UPDATED x1 *** Governor wasn’t aware that US Senate had passed a tax bill

Tuesday, Dec 5, 2017

* Yesterday just wasn’t a good day for Gov. Rauner. He’s had a lot of those lately

Gov. Bruce Rauner says the Republican attempt to overhaul the federal tax code “has a ways to go,” but it might not have as far to go as he thinks.

“I think they’re not there,” Rauner said during a question-and-answer session with reporters Monday. “I think there’s a lot of wood to chop on the tax policy reform, and I hope they get it done in a good way.”

The governor, however, was a few days behind on his news. Over a packed weekend welcoming Illinois National Guard troops home from Puerto Rico, riding his Harley in a Toys for Tots motorcycle run and attending the Illinois Bicentennial bash at Navy Pier, Rauner might have missed that Republican senators had voted for a sweeping tax bill early Saturday morning.

“First of all, the Senate hasn’t passed anything,” Rauner said on Monday when asked to explain what he thought Congress needed to do to get the tax code right. “And what the Senate is talking about is very different than what the House is working on. They have a long, long way to go.”

Indeed, distance remains between the House and Senate tax bills. But Senate Republicans’ approval of their own version was a big step forward and a sign they are willing to approve a tax overhaul even if it adds to the deficit.


*** UPDATE *** DGA…

Governor Bruce Rauner has completely abdicated his responsibilities towards Illinois families on federal matters. From health care to tax reform, Rauner has either been complicity silent or openly supportive of President Trump’s policies. Last week, Rauner expressed support for Congress’ tax bill overhaul while acknowledging it did not help the middle-class. Rauner also would not elaborate on what he would change in the bill as he did not like to “negotiate through the media.”

Well, Rauner now has the perfect someone to negotiate with. Last night, the U.S. House Speaker’s office announced that Illinois Republican Congressmen Peter Roskam and John Shimkus named to the “committee to negotiate the differences between the House and Senate tax overhaul bills.” Roskam and Shimkus are two of only nine Republican House members on the committee, giving them, and Rauner, a great deal of influence in the final bill.

Will Rauner keep shirking from his responsibilities? Or will he call up his fellow Illinois Republicans?

“Illinois taxpayers need a fighter but Bruce Rauner won’t answer the call,” said DGA Illinois Communications Director Sam Salustro. “Many Illinois middle-class households will see their taxes rise to pay for cuts for the wealthy and Bruce Rauner has cheered Congress on. Time and again, Rauner has failed the people of Illinois and refused to protect them from President Trump’s policies, including this middle-class tax hike. Rauner’s failure to show leadership is exactly why he’s was named the worst governor by his own party.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - G'Kar - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 9:40 am:

    Well, didn’t he once say he was “focused like a laser” on Illinois? If so, it is easy to miss events in D.C. / s

  2. - Not Again - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 9:40 am:


  3. - Flynn's mom - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 9:41 am:

    So, so many things about this governor are weird.

  4. - jimk849 - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 9:45 am:

    Tony Curtis starring in ‘The Great Imposter’

  5. - A guy - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 9:45 am:

    Whoever is driving him needs to tune the radio to News Radio 78.

    How you could miss this vote is eerie.

  6. - Montrose - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 9:45 am:

    That’s why he avoids commenting on Trump. He doesn’t realize he was elected president.

  7. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 9:47 am:

    It’s usually revealing when Rauner is pushed off-script. Not a lot of depth.

    The old Superstars were pretty good at hiding that. BTIA(TM), not at all, as they had the same problem.

  8. - DuPage Bard - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 9:50 am:

    Dude? Are you kidding? Worst Republican Governor in America, you don’t even know the Senate passed a bill on tax code. This should help you lose that title sn/
    This is just getting absolutely ridiculous.

  9. - Anon - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 9:51 am:

    Madigan denied Rauner knowledge of the tax bill because Madigan controls Rauner.

  10. - Retired Educator - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 9:55 am:

    I wonder what life is like in Rauner World. I guess you only have to keep up about one day a week, blame an Irish guy, and make silly remarks about things you know nothing about. I think that about covers the Governor. Really weak rhetoric, from a very clueless man.

  11. - Anon221 - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 9:56 am:

    “First of all, the Senate hasn’t passed anything,” Rauner. “… They have a long, long way to go.”

    No, no they don’t, and his “leadership” on this is abysmal. The GOP is going to try and ram this through just as fast as they can to get Trump’s signature on it before the end of the year. The impacts on Illinois are going to be tremendous, and not in a good way. Rauner’s purposeful blindness to this all just shows how “not in charge” he has chosen to be.

  12. - Macbeth - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 9:56 am:

    How does a politican these days get “a few days behind” on his news?

    He’s got a phone, right? He gets news alerts on his phone? I mean, good god, I can’t go five minutes without an alert from a newspaper or news site on my phone.

    Is he really that out of touch? Or is it some gee-ghiz-Gomer-Pyle game?

  13. - toothlesstiger - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 9:58 am:

    The Governor isn’t aware of the passage of a tax bill (4 days later)that affects all 13 million of his constituents in profound ways? Way to stay in touch, dude. Is there anyone else that wasn’t aware of this development? Sheesh.

  14. - Chicago Cynic - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 10:03 am:

    Rauner just gave himself a new nickname - BubbleBoy or BubbleGov or just Governor Bubble. Seriously, how could he possibly have missed the story that led the news since Friday night.

  15. - Pundent - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 10:08 am:

    So yesterday it was “I’m not in charge” and today it’s “I don’t pay attention”? Nice bookends.

  16. - Michelle Flaherty - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 10:10 am:

    Look, once you declare that you’re not in charge, you have the burden of proving it.

    Mission accomplished.

  17. - Henry Francis - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 10:11 am:

    When you lie so freely and frequently you tend to become untethered to the real world. I think we are seeing that more and more with the Guv.

  18. - Union Dues - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 10:11 am:

    Given his lack of knowledge it’s a good thing he is not in charge.

  19. - Streator Curmudgeon - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 10:12 am:

    When Madigan’s in your head, there isn’t a lot of room for news.

  20. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 10:13 am:

    It sounds like the governor is in a political fetal position right now.

  21. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 10:14 am:

    The original BTIA shouldn’t be given kudos for hiding the truth of this perfidious phony. Yeah, they did their job, but look where it got them… and him. A few more years of lies covered up.

  22. - Michelle Flaherty - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 10:20 am:

    If Rauner doesn’t know what’s going on in DC, what’s this guy doing?

  23. - Norseman - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 10:21 am:

    Madigan has successfully hacked all of Rauner’s information sources to ensure Rauner sounds ignorant about current events.

  24. - Lester Holt’s Mustache - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 10:22 am:

    To be fair, it’s been three years and he apparently still isn’t aware that he has line-item veto power to cut all this “wasteful spending” he was complaining about to the farm bureau crowd yesterday.

  25. - Emily Miller - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 10:27 am:

    Woah. I try to remember that elected officials are humans, and that humans are allowed to make mistakes. But this doesn’t seem like a mistake. To have missed the tax bill moving through the senate requires a dedication to willful ignorance.

  26. - Henry Francis - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 10:30 am:

    Michelle, that guy was presumably hired to help further the Guv’s relationship with the Koch boys’.

  27. - Northsider - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 10:40 am:

    Mike Madigan and the Congress he controls? This is going to be a loooooong 11 months, isn’t it?

  28. - low level - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 10:44 am:

    Amazing… he touts whatever made up “accomplishments” he has then blames others for his failures.

    Also unaware of what his own party did in Washington, which many consider very good tax cut and reform.

    Well, Bruce, at least Jeanne Ives is aware of what the party has accomplished in Washington.

  29. - Anon221 - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 10:46 am:

    Rich, you pointed this out in 2015- “I’ve had a couple of long discussions with Rauner over the past several months. They were off the record, so I can’t go into detail. But this is clear to me: Even if he isn’t telling the whole truth about avoiding news coverage, he lives in a very tight bubble and he prefers it that way. And while I most certainly think he is an otherwise smart and capable man, I occasionally have found what he doesn’t know to be somewhat appalling.”

  30. - Arsenal - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 10:48 am:

    ==which many consider very good tax cut and reform==

    25% whole percent of the country.

  31. - Not a Billionaire - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 11:04 am:

    How in the world did he make so much in Private Equity

  32. - Lil Squeezy - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 11:21 am:

    Anyone who cares the slightest checks the news at least twice a day under the Trump administration, once in the morning and once in the evening.

  33. - @MisterJayEm - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 11:25 am:

    “Every human being has to be born ignorant and, for a time, live in ignorance. But if he remains ignorant that is his own fault. The fight against ignorance waged by everyone during his or her lifetime must be an individual, personal thing.” — Earl Nightingale (1921–1989)

    – MrJM

  34. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 11:42 am:

    There’s a big difference to being ill-informed or not being current on events.

    Rauner is neither.

    Here’s exactly what this is;

    This is Rauner in denial because Rauner knows… all these GOP things will be wed to him, and just ignoring what IS happening is how he (Rauner) seems to be coping.

    It’s not working well, as two days unhinged isn’t a great look for an incumbent.

  35. - Montrose - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 11:51 am:

    “I’m not going to comment on the details of the Civil War while it is still be waged.” #RaunerDidntKnow

    “It’s not for me to say whether President Nixon should resign.” #RaunerDidntKnow

    “Look, I am not going debate in public the details of the Civil Rights Act while it is still being negotiated by Congress.” #RaunerDidntKnow

  36. - @MisterJayEm - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 12:01 pm:

    Whoever is driving him needs to tune the radio to News Radio 78.

    “I am not in charge of the radio — I’m trying to get to be in charge of the radio.”

    – MrJM

  37. - Thoughts Matter - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 12:10 pm:

    If Bruce Rauner, non-CEO, Private citizen wants to live in a bubble and avoid news- that’s his business and his loss.
    If Bruce Rauner, CEO, Private citizen wants to live that way, it’s his company’s and his employees loss.
    If Bruce Rauner, Gov. lives that way, it’s 13 million people’s loss.

  38. - Been there, done that - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 12:28 pm:

    Spendin’ $100,000,000 to be governor - easy
    Keepin’ loyalist happy in the legislature - tricky
    Buyin’ off county organizations - doable
    Higherin’ competent staff so you don’t look like a moron - priceless

  39. - Moderate Condor - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 12:36 pm:

    The Kochs must have botched the system update last time they serviced the governor at one of their billionaire retreats.

  40. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 1:17 pm:

    Did anyone tell him the Cubs won the World Series last year?

  41. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 1:44 pm:

    47, there’s a Cubs pin on Costume #11, Biker Vest (generally used only with Vehicle #3, Harley-Davidson Motorcycle, Dirty.)

    That doesn’t mean he’s in charge of that knowledge.

  42. - No Mas! - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 2:07 pm:

    Lord, am I getting tired of listening to J. B. and the others claiming Rauner has a working relationship with Trump. It is a total falsehood. It is more accurate to say that the Dem candidates are recycling DNC talking points.

  43. - Concerned Observer - Tuesday, Dec 5, 17 @ 6:25 pm:

    @MisterJayEm, that last comment was gold. Thought you should know.

  44. - Rabid - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 8:21 am:

    He just confirmed he lives in his own bubble

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