Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar » *** UPDATED x2 *** Biss, Rauner campaigns whack Pritzker on oil pipelines
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      About     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact Rich Miller
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
*** UPDATED x2 *** Biss, Rauner campaigns whack Pritzker on oil pipelines

Friday, Jan 5, 2018 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Biss campaign yesterday…

In light of today’s report by the Chicago Tribune highlighting the damages caused to Illinois farming communities by the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, Daniel Biss is calling on candidates for governor to divest from all holdings in dirty energy companies.

“The Dakota Access Pipeline is already damaging crops and natural spaces, lowering property values, and threatening leaks and spills in Illinois’ farming communities. Despite nationwide opposition by environmental activists and protests by Native Americans for building on sacred ground, J.B. cared more about his own profits. J.B.’s investments in the Dakota Access Pipeline are a clear conflict of interest, an unconscionable affront to affected Illinois families, and a concerning contradiction of his self-described progressive values.

“Just last year, Gov. Bruce Rauner allowed Dynergy to set its own emissions standards, so we know the consequences of having a governor who puts corporate profits over protecting the environment and Illinois families. To eliminate these conflicts of interests and ensure Illinois is a leader in clean energy, Bruce Rauner, J.B. Pritzker and Chris Kennedy should divest from all holdings in dirty energy companies as they run for governor.”

* Pritzker campaign yesterday…

* Rauner campaign today…

Hi, all-

Last night, J.B. Pritzker was talking a big game on climate change. But what he won’t tell anyone is that he’s personally profiting from his investments in a company that’s helping construct the Keystone Pipeline, three companies that use fracking, and Exxon and Chevron.

Read more about his hypocrisy here:

J.B. Pritzker likes to talk about how he’s a die-hard progressive. But the truth is, he’ll pull the wool over the eyes of Democrats if it makes him more money.

Will Allison
Communications Director
Citizens for Rauner

*** UPDATE 1 *** Biss campaign…

Daniel Biss spokesman Tom Elliott issued the following statement today, reiterating the campaign’s position that any candidate for governor, from any party, should not be supporting and profiting from investments in the Dakota Access Pipeline:

“Yesterday, Daniel Biss called for all candidates to divest from any and all holdings in dirty energy companies, including the Dakota Access Pipeline. This isn’t just directed at J.B. Pritzker - Daniel also believes that Chris Kennedy should divest from his own investments in Exxon Mobil, Halliburton, ConocoPhillips, and Occidental Petroleum, as well as for Bruce Rauner to divest from his holdings in some of those very same companies, including Halliburton, Exxon Mobil, and his own stake in the Dakota Access Pipeline.

“Speaking of Rauner, the only thing more ridiculous than his hypocrisy on this attack is his failure to note that Pritzker is invested in the Dakota Access Pipeline, not Keystone. Apparently the governor isn’t a big details guy, which must be why he lets polluters like Dynergy write their own rules, so he doesn’t have to be bothered.”

*** UPDATE 2 *** IMA’s Mark Denzler…

Political pandering is unfortunately expected at this time of year. However, politicians may want to consider that millions of Illinoisans have heat in their homes and businesses this week during record cold temperatures thanks to these “energy companies” that supply our grid throughout the year and especially during peak times. Perhaps they don’t realize that petroleum products are used to grease wind turbines and petroleum-based chemicals are used on solar panels. Further, the companies mentioned are spending billions of dollars investing in sustainable and alternative energy research and own or operate wind farms, solar panels, geothermal technology, and hydroelectric power.

Illinois doesn’t need political fairy dust. We need real leaders and real solutions to the challenges facing the state. And Illinois needs to keep an “all of the above” domestic approach when it comes to energy that includes nuclear, coal, oil, natural gas, and renewables.


  1. - Grandson of Man - Friday, Jan 5, 18 @ 1:40 pm:

    “Bruce Rauner created massive damage to the state to bust public employee unions, while having profited from public employee pensions for decades.”

    Any time you want to respond, Pritzker campaign.

  2. - Ron Burgundy - Friday, Jan 5, 18 @ 1:51 pm:

    Someone get that Biss / So. IL coal miner forum scheduled, stat!

  3. - City Zen - Friday, Jan 5, 18 @ 1:58 pm:

    GoM - What if those public employee pensions are invested in the Keystone Pipeline, fracking, or Exxon and Chevron?

  4. - allknowingmasterofracoondom - Friday, Jan 5, 18 @ 2:10 pm:

    So many Pots and Kettles….

  5. - NeverPoliticallyCorrect - Friday, Jan 5, 18 @ 2:11 pm:

    Biss-”dirty energy companies” Just love those phrases designed to whip up emotions but not deal with reality. First, there are no clean energies, not in the sense that any form of energy production creates some type of pollution at some point in the energy cycle. Second, try shutting down “dirty oil production” and see how fast our society begins to break down. Oil based products serve many critical needs but environmental true believers want nothing to do with reality. That would be ok if the politicians didn’t pander to them for votes.

  6. - Grandson of Man - Friday, Jan 5, 18 @ 2:14 pm:

    “GoM - What if those public employee pensions are invested in the Keystone Pipeline, fracking, or Exxon and Chevron?”

    None that I know of. I’m just suggesting that Pritzker go after Rauner for the hypocrisy part—bringing the state to its knees to attack the very types of people who helped Rauner profit for decades.

    “Rauner acts and talks like he’s a die-hard conservative, but he’s gorged at the public trough for decades.” That sort of thing.

  7. - Anonymous - Friday, Jan 5, 18 @ 2:16 pm:

    Daniel Biss voted in FAVOR of the fracking law.

  8. - @misterjayem - Friday, Jan 5, 18 @ 2:17 pm:

    “he’s personally profiting from his investments in a company that’s helping construct the Keystone Pipeline, three companies that use fracking, and Exxon and Chevron.”

    Your problem isn’t with J.B. Pritzker, Comrade Allison, your problem is with capitalism.

    – MrJM

  9. - People Over Parties - Friday, Jan 5, 18 @ 2:17 pm:

    Hypocrisy is becoming a common theme with Pritzker.

  10. - Rich Miller - Friday, Jan 5, 18 @ 2:17 pm:

    ===voted in FAVOR of the fracking law===

    The Sierra Club was a proponent. So, why not?

  11. - Trapped in the ‘burbs - Friday, Jan 5, 18 @ 2:18 pm:

    This kind of makes it official that Kennedy, Biss and Rauner all see JB as the one to beat. Thus far, JB has run a strong campaign, attacked Rauner and offered ideas. Biss and Kennedy haven’t. Biss keeps crying about the other candidates wealth. Rauner has no coherent plans to accomplish anything. JB doesn’t have to do much to look good compared to the failing campaigns of the competition.

  12. - VanillaMan - Friday, Jan 5, 18 @ 2:20 pm:

    We should all just stop using energy completely and then enjoy that economic boom, LOL.

  13. - 33rd Ward - Friday, Jan 5, 18 @ 2:25 pm:

    In a post-Citizens United world, the only candidates will be rich. After term limits, they’ll also be unknown.

    That’s too bad. A lot of good people aren’t rich. Too bad they’re being squeezed out by the rich.

    Maybe electing a rich guy will help things.

  14. - Ducky LaMoore - Friday, Jan 5, 18 @ 2:30 pm:

    So what the Rauner campaign seems to be telling me is… JB seems to know the difference between making money in the current system and proposing solutions to change that system. You are telling me there is a billionaire out there that knows that businessmen and governors operate in a different manner with different priorities?(exclamation point) I am sure he is surprised by that fact.

  15. - Illinois Resident - Friday, Jan 5, 18 @ 2:31 pm:

    I like Biss overall, and I get that he needs to be critical against his primary opponents, but the purity test is a bit much. Pritzker is for a lot of great policies, ie cannabis legalization and progressive income tax. Pritzker has a much better chance at beating Rauner and that is the goal.

  16. - Chris Widger - Friday, Jan 5, 18 @ 2:34 pm:

    ==an unconscionable affront to affected Illinois families==

    Is it? (Hint: It’s not)

  17. - Blue dog dem - Friday, Jan 5, 18 @ 2:55 pm:

    Pipelines=dirty energy. WOW.

  18. - Keyser Soze - Friday, Jan 5, 18 @ 3:02 pm:

    What is the Illinois Environmental Justice Commission?

  19. - Annonin' - Friday, Jan 5, 18 @ 3:07 pm:

    Could someone tell GovJunk spox we don’t talk about investments

  20. - Lucky Pierre - Friday, Jan 5, 18 @ 3:20 pm:

    Does Daniel Biss drive an electric car (powered by coal in Illinois) and use solar energy to heat his home? Why won’t he walk the walk

  21. - Anonymous - Friday, Jan 5, 18 @ 3:44 pm:

    Rich - he’s hypocritical - says he is opposed to fracking and then supported the law.

  22. - Anonymous - Friday, Jan 5, 18 @ 3:52 pm:

    All the northsider senate Dem kids convinced Daniel to go all Jill Stein over pipelines. Get out of your bubble folks.

  23. - wordslinger - Friday, Jan 5, 18 @ 4:07 pm:

    Based on the Rauner campaign statement on fracking, I take it the governor is against the Illinois law and regs. allowing for it.

    Be sure to sell that Downstate, governor.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* Man arrested for threatening Rep. Keicher (Updated)
* Isabel’s afternoon roundup
* Caption contest!
* Uber Partners With Cities To Expand Urban Transportation
* US Reps. Sean Casten, Chuy Garcia call on President Biden to drop out of race (Updated)
* How the CrowdStrike outage is affecting Illinois (updated)
* Abbott says he will resume migrant busing to Chicago ahead of DNC
* Open thread
* Isabel’s morning briefing
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Live coverage
* Selected press releases (Live updates)
* Yesterday's stories

Visit our advertisers...






Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

July 2024
June 2024
May 2024
April 2024
March 2024
February 2024
January 2024
December 2023
November 2023
October 2023
September 2023
August 2023
July 2023
June 2023
May 2023
April 2023
March 2023
February 2023
January 2023
December 2022
November 2022
October 2022
September 2022
August 2022
July 2022
June 2022
May 2022
April 2022
March 2022
February 2022
January 2022
December 2021
November 2021
October 2021
September 2021
August 2021
July 2021
June 2021
May 2021
April 2021
March 2021
February 2021
January 2021
December 2020
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0

Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller