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Unclear on the concept

Friday, Jan 12, 2018

* Rep. Jeanne Ives campaign

Rauner Loses IEA Endorsement He Coveted to Pritzker

The IEA chose the big government Democrat over the big government Republican, despite Governor Rauner’s best efforts to cater to the IEA with Chicago Public School bailouts at the expense of suburban and downstate schools.

January 11, 2018 - The Illinois Education Association has announced it is endorsing Democrat J.B. Pritzker for governor. The 135,000 members of the IEA represent the state’s largest education employee’s organization.

“Republican teachers are reminded again that the union they are forced to fund is a far left-leaning activist group intent on growing government at all costs and bankrupting the state,” said State Representative Jeanne Ives, conservative reform Republican Candidate for Governor. “In his endeavor to betray all his promises of conservative reform, Governor Rauner attempted to woo the IEA with his ’state money for things, not students’ concept and massive CPS bailout on the backs of taxpayers. It must be disappointing that the IEA didn’t give him any consideration after all he did for them.”

* Pearson steps in

But suggesting Rauner is trying to suck up to the IEA by helping CPS doesn’t track. That’s because the IEA doesn’t represent CPS teachers. A different education labor umbrella group does — the Illinois Federation of Teachers, which is affiliated with the Chicago Teachers Union.

The new funding formula, which Rauner has touted as a major success, is currently in limbo after he issued an amendatory veto this week of a clean-up bill to allow more private schools to be considered for funds from a new private school tax-credit program.

At any rate, the IEA wasn’t going to give its endorsement to Rauner, who has made weakening union influence part of his long-standing agenda. Still, Ives referred to the union as “a far left-leaning activist group intent on growing government at all costs and bankrupting the state.”

The IEA has a traditionally more Republican-friendly history. In the 2014 Republican primary, the IEA and the IFT backed Kirk Dillard’s unsuccessful bid for governor over Rauner. In the past, the IEA also has backed GOP candidates for governor including Jim Thompson, Jim Edgar and George Ryan.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

26 Comments »
  1. - wordslinger - Friday, Jan 12, 18 @ 10:35 am:

    So Ives either doesn’t know what she’s talking about or is willfully lying.

    Isn’t she supposed to position herself as an alternative to Rauner? He’s cornered the market on that stuff.


  2. - Chris Widger - Friday, Jan 12, 18 @ 10:36 am:

    She’s definitely willfully lying, which I don’t necessarily think is a drawback. It’s my job as a listener to sift through truth. Lying is like going for two in football; sometimes you have to play to win.


  3. - Travel Guy - Friday, Jan 12, 18 @ 10:38 am:

    With his kind of uninformed messaging, will Ives even break 20% in the primary? Unions hate Rauner; conservatives hate Rauner; liberals hate Rauner. It’s tough to find many substantial voting blocs on his side these days.


  4. - Anonymous - Friday, Jan 12, 18 @ 10:39 am:

    So Chris Widger is ok with obvious lies from would-be chief executives. Wow.

    I get it, politicians fib, stretch the truth, try to keep everybody happy. But there was an art to it, and blatant lying used to be disqualifying.


  5. - wordslinger - Friday, Jan 12, 18 @ 10:39 am:

    –Lying is like going for two in football; sometimes you have to play to win.–

    Yeah, I figured you were cool with it. Rationalizations aren’t necessary.


  6. - Rogue Roni - Friday, Jan 12, 18 @ 10:44 am:

    Hey Chris. It’s going to be ok buddy. You should work on your self esteem a bit. It’s not ok to be lied to.


  7. - Happy Retiree - Friday, Jan 12, 18 @ 10:44 am:

    Good press for her potential General Election opponent…repeating announcement that IEA has endorsed JB. What’s the strategy here?


  8. - Ole' Nelson - Friday, Jan 12, 18 @ 10:50 am:

    “Lying is like going for two in football; sometimes you have to play to win.”

    I have often wondered what kind of commenter could still be a cheerleader for the governor. I guess the answer is, the kind that post comments like this.


  9. - Cheryl44 - Friday, Jan 12, 18 @ 10:51 am:

    Good to know the Ives campaign in anti-teacher.


  10. - Iggy - Friday, Jan 12, 18 @ 10:53 am:

    Jeanne Ives: electing herself to the front of the unemployment line.


  11. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jan 12, 18 @ 10:54 am:

    ===Good press for her potential General Election opponent…repeating announcement that IEA has endorsed JB. What’s the strategy here?===

    If Ives can’t win, she wants the house burned down. She’s starting fires in the attic… with false and pnony narratives, a Proft trademark to dismantle.


  12. - ste_with_a_v_en - Friday, Jan 12, 18 @ 11:10 am:

    Lying Ives at it again. All while talking about the West Point Honor code.


  13. - Generic Drone - Friday, Jan 12, 18 @ 11:20 am:

    Seriously. Is this the best candidates the republicans and democrats have to offer? How about some press for the 3rd party candidates. It looks like I’m going to have to vote that way again.


  14. - Lil Squeezy - Friday, Jan 12, 18 @ 11:24 am:

    38% of Republican primary voters in 2016 voted Trump, another 30% voted for Ted Cruz. But yes I am outraged that Ives would lie. How dare she give primary voters what they want.


  15. - Blue dog dem - Friday, Jan 12, 18 @ 11:37 am:

    Atta girl Jeanne.


  16. - cdog - Friday, Jan 12, 18 @ 11:41 am:

    There seems to be a lot of confusion with this, by everyone.

    IEA endorsed Pritzker as the preferred Democrat in the Democratic Primary.

    Of course they are not a partisan organization and will, any day now, be endorsing a preferred candidate in the Republican Primary. Maybe?


  17. - @misterjayem - Friday, Jan 12, 18 @ 11:44 am:

    “Is this the best candidates the republicans and democrats have to offer? How about some press for the 3rd party candidates.”

    The funnies are in section three of the newspaper.

    – MrJM


  18. - Demoralized - Friday, Jan 12, 18 @ 11:54 am:

    ==Atta girl Jeanne.==

    Is that an “atta girl” for lying?


  19. - JS Mill - Friday, Jan 12, 18 @ 11:55 am:

    =Lying is like going for two in football; sometimes you have to play to win.=

    There is a word for guys like you, but Rich banned it.

    =There seems to be a lot of confusion with this, by everyone.=

    Not everyone, just you. CPS is an IFT district not an IEA district. That is why Ives makes no sense beyond the normal anti-public ed/union screed there is no link between the IEA and CPS or CPU.

    The good news? You can use your post as your application for spot on Rauner’s BTIA.

    Enjoy your day!


  20. - This one usually gets blocked by RIch - Friday, Jan 12, 18 @ 12:06 pm:

    Who ya gonna believe, your lyin’ Ives?


  21. - Lil Squeezy - Friday, Jan 12, 18 @ 12:06 pm:

    cdog-

    I must be very confused, I thought Jeanne Ives and Bruce Rauner were the only two Republican candidates.


  22. - wordslinger - Friday, Jan 12, 18 @ 12:19 pm:

    –Of course they are not a partisan organization and will, any day now, be endorsing a preferred candidate in the Republican Primary. –

    They’ve endorsed Republicans for governor in both primaries and the general election. You wouldn’t be confused if you had read the post.

    Both Rauner and Ives chose not to participate in the IEA endorsement process this year.


  23. - cdog - Friday, Jan 12, 18 @ 12:29 pm:

    https://ieanea.org/2018/01/10/iea-recommends-j-b-pritzker-for-governor/

    “The Illinois Education Association (IEA) Board of Directors voted overwhelmingly to recommend J.B. Pritzker for the Democrat primary candidate for governor. The vote came after a Pritzker recommendation from the IEA IPACE executive committee.”


  24. - Flapdoodle - Friday, Jan 12, 18 @ 12:36 pm:

    ==She’s definitely willfully lying, which I don’t necessarily think is a drawback. It’s my job as a listener to sift through truth. Lying is like going for two in football; sometimes you have to play to win==

    Seriously? Your moral compass is so damaged that you can endorse deliberate lying on public policy issues? You must do an incredible intellectual yoga program to achieve such moral flexibility.


  25. - walker - Friday, Jan 12, 18 @ 12:37 pm:

    “”Unclear on the Concept”" about covers it.

    A lot of people who should know better, apparently Including Ives, are confused about who IEA is, what they do, and how they choose to endorse candidates.


  26. - wordslinger - Friday, Jan 12, 18 @ 2:56 pm:

    Cdog, try reading a complete post sometime. You might learn something.

    –The IPACE Executive Committee went through an exhaustive process of seeking a gubernatorial recommendation that began in November 2017. All candidates, both Democrat and Republican, were given the opportunity to complete questionnaires. State Sen. Daniel Biss, D-Evanston; Regional Office of Education Superintendent Bob Daiber, businessman Chris Kennedy and Pritzker all completed the questionnaires and were interviewed by the full IPACE executive committee along with nearly 40 observers, representing IEA members from all parts of the state. Additionally, the candidates were given the opportunity to share their campaign strategies and polling with IEA leadership. Republicans, Gov. Bruce Rauner and state Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, did not return the gubernatorial questionnaire and as a result were not interviewed.–

    https://ieanea.org/2018/01/10/iea-recommends-j-b-pritzker-for-governor/


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