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Ives puts together her own top ten list

Wednesday, Dec 20, 2017

* Rep. Jeanne Ives

“Recently, the Governor outlined his top ten ‘victories.’ The truth, however, is that Bruce Rauner did things not even Democrats would do when Pat Quinn was Governor and they had supermajorities in both chambers of the General Assembly. I submit:

Benedict Rauner’s 10 Betrayals in 2017

1. Folding to Madigan. From State Rep. Peter Breen, House Republican Floor Leader, “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.”

2. HB 40. From the man who said he had “no social agenda” Benedict Rauner told Illinois families he would veto the legislation. He committed to the GOP legislative caucuses that he would veto the legislation. Instead he became the first governor in U.S. history to initiate taxpayer funding for abortion on demand, all nine months of pregnancy. This creates a new, open-ended entitlement at a time when Illinois has $16 billion in unpaid bills to vendors and social service providers.

3. Sanctuary State. From the man who said he had “no social agenda” Benedict Rauner joined leftist governors like California’s Jerry Brown in designating Illinois a “sanctuary state” the effect of which is inhibiting the cooperation between local, state and federal law enforcement. This legislation make Illinois families less safe.

4. Trans Birth Certificates. From the man who said he had “no social agenda” Benedict Rauner signed legislation to allow individuals to change the sex listed on their birth certificate. Dr. Michelle Cretella, President of the American College of Pediatricians, recently wrote: ‘No one is born transgender. If gender identity were hardwired in the brain before birth, identical twins would have the same gender identity 100 percent of the time. But they don’t. Biological sex is not assigned. Sex is determined at conception by our DNA and is stamped into every cell of our bodies. An identity is not biological, it is psychological. It has to do with thinking and feeling. Thoughts and feelings are not biologically hardwired. Our thinking and feeling may be factually right or factually wrong.’ Rauner’s legislation will put grown men in women’s bathrooms with girls and boys in girls’ locker rooms.

5. Public Sector Utility Bailout. Rauner negotiated a $2.35 billion bail out of a company that makes over $2 billion in profit a year - that doesn’t make sense. Since Illinois produces 40% more electricity than we consume, our residents are subsidizing cheaper power to residents in other states. And the same crony subsidy Exelon argued for in IL, they argued against for their competition in Ohio.

6. Bailout of Chicago Public School Pensions. Benedict Rauner’s $100K wine club buddy Rahm said of Rauner’s bailout, Chicago Public Schools got everything he wanted “and more”.

7. Rauner Promised the State Income Tax Would be Down to 3% by the End of His First Term. Instead, it’s back up to Pat Quinn levels at 4.95%. Rauner saw 15 of his bought-and-paid for House Republicans vote with Mike Madigan to pass the 32% increase while he sat impotently by.

8. Same old politics. Rauner won’t answer questions about the dismissal of his former general counsel and a memo surfaced suggesting that Rauner was intent on using state resources for political purposes, one of the bases that sent two former governors to federal prison.

9. No Action on the State’s Two Largest Issues: Pensions and Property Taxes. In a 2014 campaign ad, Bruce Rauner blasted Pat Quinn for property tax rates that were the second highest, saying ‘He just doesn’t get it.’ Today, according to the Wall Street Journal, ‘Property taxes in Cook County and Chicago’s “collar” counties are the highest in the country outside of California and the Northeast. In 2014, Governor Rauner repeatedly said he would replace traditional pensions for public workers with 401(k)-style retirement plans. Three years later, Fitch Ratings reports that Illinois’s unfunded pension liabilities equaled 22.8% of residents’ personal income last year, compared to a median of 3.1% across all states and 1% in Florida.’

10. “I am not in charge.” Rauner ended the year with a Freudian slip, admitting that he has ceded control of Illinois to Mike Madigan and Chicago Democrats.

“Is this the new face of the Illinois GOP? Will Republicans accept their thirty pieces of silver to continue backing Benedict Rauner, or will they reject him in advancement of their stated values and principles? On March 20, we will find out.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - PJ - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 2:11 pm:

    It’s too bad there’s no confederate monuments in Illinois. It feels that’s all she’s missing in her greatest hits tour of far-right tropes.

  2. - People Over Parties - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 2:14 pm:

    The social issues are a turnoff. She criticizes for an apparent about-face on not having a social agenda, yet she keeps using those issues to get votes.

  3. - VanillaMan - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 2:16 pm:

    Just because everyone’s doing a top ten list doesn’t mean a top ten list should be done.

    Top Three list is more than enough.

    Whoever thought this list up should be sent back to the locker room - whichever room they identify.

    Ives 0
    Rauner 0

  4. - People Over Parties - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 2:16 pm:

    Also, why people can still bash the LGBT community today without getting booed off the stage is beyond me. Still waiting for Ives to address her past comments on that issue.

  5. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 2:18 pm:

    ===She criticizes for an apparent about-face on not having a social agenda, yet she keeps using those issues to get votes.===

    - People Over Parties -

    Explain why “no social agenda” is an issue in the GOP Primary and why Rauner, just yesterday, made a point he donated and supported pro-life candidates.

    Take your time, don’t strain yourself…

  6. - Jack Kemp - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 2:19 pm:

    If Ives wants to convince voters that she’s not simply about social issues, she should probably stop from campaigning on them almost exclusively. And maybe start offering us reasons why she believes she has a snowballs chance in you-know-where of ever winning a statewide election.

    Seems to me Ives and the loonies in her ranks (including some representatives I formerly had respect for) would rather lose the election running a “true conservative” than win with Reagan’s 80% rule. Not sure what they think that will accomplish.

  7. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 2:23 pm:

    –10. “I am not in charge.” Rauner ended the year with a Freudian slip…—

    I wouldn’t have thought that Ives would be down with Dr. Freud’s theories.

  8. - Sigh - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 2:24 pm:

    “Obviously, I’m learning as I go,” said Rauner, 58, who was a successful venture capitalist before entering the 2014 governor’s race and defeating incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn, D-Chicago.
    ==“Recently, the Governor outlined his top ten ‘victories.’ The truth, however, is that Bruce Rauner did things not even Democrats would do when Pat Quinn was Governor and they had supermajorities in both chambers of the General Assembly. I submit:
    Benedict Rauner’s 10 Betrayals in 2017==

    Oh, Jeanne Ives.. The Governor’s reflection on his 1st year in office should have been a warning to you and all republicans.

    “Sometimes I’m too blunt, too direct, I would say. I call it as I see it, and sometimes that can alienate somebody or a group,” he said. “Sometimes I’m impatient; sometimes I’ve just got to be more patient. I’m not that way by nature.”

  9. - @misterjayem - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 2:26 pm:

    The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) is a socially conservative advocacy group of healthcare professionals. The group was formed as a protest against the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) support for adoption by gay couples.

    Reports vary, but ACPeds appears to have somewhere between 200-500 members. By contrast, the AAP has 60,000 members.

    – MrJM

  10. - cdog - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 2:27 pm:

    Every point is true and valid, and needs to be said.

    I think the biological sex vs gender dysphoria is covered appropriately.

    And don’t tell me I’m a hater because I understand basic and objective science.

  11. - Blue dog dem - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 2:29 pm:

    Wine room buddies? Or whine room.buddies?

  12. - People Over Parties - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 2:31 pm:

    I’m also waiting for more reporters to ask Ives about her past comments toward the LGBT community. If it’s on the list, she wants to make it an issue that’s up for discussion.

  13. - Christopher - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 2:31 pm:

    That’s what Rauner gets for making his top 10 list and daring to claim any accomplishments. Ives handed it back to him on a plate. And whether or not someone is born transgender, people have no business judging others, what makes them happy, and what their desires are (no matter what they stem from). Life is too short to judge others and, in the case of the transgender population, being judged by so many hypocrites and phonies.

  14. - ILPundit - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 2:39 pm:

    I gotta say, no one seems to be enjoying themselves more on the campaign trail right now than Jeanne Ives.

  15. - Olivia Pope - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 2:39 pm:

    ==6. Bailout of Chicago Public School Pensions. Benedict Rauner’s $100K wine club buddy Rahm said of Rauner’s bailout, Chicago Public Schools got everything he wanted “and more”.===
    If they are still wine club buddies after this 2015 comment, then I’m afraid to hear what Rauner has to say about his enemies. And does the “Its outrageous that the Mayor’s trying to blame me and others for his failure” sound familiar? Remove the “Mayor’s” and insert any name. As it was discussed yesterday, it’s never Bruce’s fault…..

    And the governor admonished Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, with whom he shared an expensive bottle of wine a few years ago after the two millionaires worked together on a merger deal. Rauner said Emanuel is a lot more conservative than the mayor puts on in public.

    “(I want the mayor to) say publicly what he’ll say privately. He’s not fighting for his city,” Rauner said. “Its outrageous that the Mayor’s trying to blame me and others for his failure.

    “But you guys are supposed to be pals, friends. Are you not friends anymore?” we asked.

    “Anybody who helps me improve the quality of life and future for Illinois residents is my friend. Anybody who blocks it is not my friend,” Rauner saud.

  16. - The Edge - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 2:40 pm:

    Idk, but the rehteric about trans getting an operation so that they can purposely sneak peeks in washrooms is over the board sick hate. Yikes, as my gop friends say “if it doesn’t hurt your pocket book, who cares”

  17. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 2:42 pm:

    –And don’t tell me I’m a hater..–

    Where do you see that anyone did?

  18. - DuPage Bard - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 2:52 pm:

    Here comes Jeanne - red meat for the social conservative movement.
    If Rauner wasn’t worried why is he convincing folks he supports pro-life candidates better than anyone?

  19. - Olivia Pope - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 3:11 pm:

    ===10. “I am not in charge.” Rauner ended the year with a Freudian slip, admitting that he has ceded control of Illinois to Mike Madigan and Chicago Democrats.===

    The Governor says he isn’t in charge in 2017, but in 2015:
    “I am the head of the Republican Party, so I’ll be involved in advocating for candidates,” said Rauner….,amp.html

    From Ives top 10 list, I guess we know how some in the Republican Party feel about their leader.

  20. - Watchtower - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 3:11 pm:

    Someone’s been drinking the Judge Moore kool-aide.

  21. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 3:19 pm:

    Cdog are you like 80? Your 1950s opinions are stale.

  22. - Annonin' - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 3:24 pm:

    Surprised Ives did not blame GovJunk for fixin’ up Kathy Hamilton and the “paramour “

  23. - RNUG - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 3:27 pm:

    The target for Ives list is the GOP pimary voter.

    If she survives the primary, she will have o take a really large swing left to have a hope in the general.

  24. - Lester Holt’s Mustache - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 3:31 pm:

    I am loving every minute of her campaign. She can really stick it to Rauner, can’t she? She’s like the bizarro-Mendoza. And it’s obviously getting under his skin, otherwise he wouldn’t have tried to pull that bone-headed stunt on 1340 AM the other day.

    Now if only there were a liberal billionaire here in Illinois that could back-channel her a couple million bucks in donations….

  25. - unsqueezed - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 3:37 pm:

    PJ at top of comments

    You’re wrong. Confederate graves at Oakwood Cemetery in Chicago. Southerners come up in April annually for a memorial

  26. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 3:37 pm:

    ===take a really large swing left===

    An Extreme Swing to the left.

  27. - @misterjayem - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 3:43 pm:

    “Rauner’s legislation will put grown men in women’s bathrooms with girls and boys in girls’ locker rooms.”

    Roy Moore couldn’t win with this bull-plop in Alabama — but you do you, Jeanne.

    – MrJM

  28. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 3:50 pm:

    Not to quibble Mr.JM, but Moore did win the GOP nomination promoting this bigoted crap. Jeanne is following the playbook to a T if Illinois was Alabama.

    But Illinois is not Alabama. Yet.

  29. - PJ - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 4:18 pm:

    ===Confederate graves at Oakwood Cemetery in Chicago===

    Graves aren’t statues of Robert E. Lee. The point of my point wasn’t really to quibble about what constituents a monument, but I don’t think graves really count.

  30. - Anon III - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 4:24 pm:

    “The target for Ives list is the GOP pimary voter.” Rnug @ 3:27

    And the primary target for Biss is the Bernie vote. What if the big bucks Dems — neither of whom have ever been elected to a Park Board — hold each other to a stand-off, and Biss wins?

    And what if Ives also prevails? What then?

  31. - RNUG - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 4:30 pm:

    == It’s too bad there’s no confederate monuments in Illinois … ==

    -PJ-, I assume you have not been to Camp Butler National Cemetery just outside Springfield in the last 12 years if ever. From the NPS web site: ” The Confederate prisoners of war are buried in the northern half of the cemetery. … In 2005, the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Sons of Confederate Veterans dedicated a monument to Confederate soldiers who died as prisoners of war at Camp Butler.”

  32. - unsqueezed - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 4:51 pm:

    PJ go the google Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago - “A 46-foot monument stands alone, surrounded by cannon and cannonballs”

  33. - 19th ward guy - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 4:51 pm:

    Must have taken Proft all night to write this thing. That is one angry campaign.

  34. - benniefly2 - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 4:54 pm:

    Does naming a county after John C. Calhoun count as having a confederate monument? It probably should.

  35. - Illinois resident - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 7:19 pm:

    Ives thinking that rauner is too liberal just goes to show how right wing some of the Republican Party has become. The state and trends point to more liberal policies, particularly social policies. Ives does not have a chance at winning. Her ideas are fringe at best.

  36. - Touré's Latte - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 7:22 pm:

    It looks like this primary will provide much entertainment. I for one will encourage both to say everything that comes to mind.

  37. - JP Atlgeld - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 7:23 pm:

    It appears that this primary is going to be quite helpful for Rauner at this rate.

    Ives is legitimately insane.

  38. - Wow said I - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 8:28 pm:

    If she the new face the GOP needs to find another.

  39. - Just Me - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 9:21 pm:

    I have yet to hear any “conservative” explain how the trans birth certificate issue hurts other people. Do they really think that someone is going to spend tens of thousands of dollars for hormone therapy and surgeries just to take a peak in someone else’s bathroom that is unlocked?

  40. - VanillaMan - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 9:35 pm:

    You put conservative in quotes as though whoever responds to you has to first pass a test of certification before you would read anything written. Then you follow up with a scenario no one is saying.

    When you have an open mind, let us know and we’ll present our thoughts about it.

  41. - Ron - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 11:23 pm:

    Social conservatism is dying thank goodness.

  42. - Blue dog dem - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 11:32 pm:

    Ron, I am going to rain on your parade. Find me a fiscal conservative. Someone who has never sold out for a pork barrel project or a campaign donation.

  43. - Rabid - Thursday, Dec 21, 17 @ 3:51 am:

    Confederate monument and cemetery at the arsenal on rock island decorated on memorial day

  44. - Demoralized - Thursday, Dec 21, 17 @ 7:47 am:

    ==And don’t tell me I’m a hater because I understand basic and objective science.==

    Playing the victim card I see. Nobody has called you that.

  45. - Rabid - Thursday, Dec 21, 17 @ 8:04 am:

    ILGOP will you allow the govenor to respond in a debate, or is the GOP primary rigged for Rauner

  46. - Rabid - Thursday, Dec 21, 17 @ 7:43 pm:

    Never be able to eat eggs Benedict at walker brothers without thinking of Rauner

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