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*** UPDATED x3 - Ives, Pritzker, Biss campaigns respond *** Rauner denied all knowledge of lawsuit, but suit reveals he held two meetings with plaintiff in 2015

Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018

* Gov. Rauner was asked in October about a lawsuit filed against him by Kip Kirkpatrick. Media outlets had reported that Rauner had demanded the case be sealed. So, a reporter asked him “Why are you fighting to keep that sealed?”

Gov. Rauner: I am not. So, to be clear, my assets, all my investments are in a trust that I don’t control. I did that when I became governor. I can’t comment on any business disputes. That gets settled in its own process.

Reporter: Is that the reason why it’s sealed because it’s through a blind trust?

Gov. Rauner: I can’t even tell you, I mean, I don’t really have much to do with that.

Reporter: Is there attorneys who are doing that?

Gov. Rauner: I assume. I don’t know.

Rauner aide: Alright, thanks everyone.

He didn’t know anything about it and didn’t have much to do with it, eh?

* The original lawsuit was just released from its judicial seal today. I’ve highlighted portions which seem to contradict what Rauner told reporters last October

Rauner invested $5 million as a limited partner in Kirkpatrick Capital to acquire a minority share in United Shore Financial Services, LLC (”United Shore”), a privately held mortgage lender.

Rauner received an exceptional return on that investment which was made possible by a settlement of two distinct disputes with United Shore—a personal bonus claim brought by Kirkpatrick against United Shore and derivative claim brought by Kirkpatrick Capital against United Shore. This parties’ dispute concerns the allocation of those settlement proceeds. Rauner’s share of the settlement proceeds turned his $5 million investment into more than $20 million.

This $15 million gain, however, apparently is not enough for Rauner. Rauner now seeks to cut-off Kirkpatrick, in a confidential arbitration closed to public scrutiny, from his fair share of the settlement proceeds by seeking to ensure his own, self-serving interpretation of the United Shore settlement agreement (even though he is not a party to it). Rauner seeks to use Kirkpatrick Capital’s partnership agreement as a shield in the proceeding, alleging that his claims arise under Kirkpatrick Capital’s partnership agreement (which has an arbitration clause). Rauner’s claims, however, do not arise from the partnership agreement, but instead from the settlement agreement (which requires litigation in this Court) and therefore must be heard in this Court. […]

Kirkpatrick specifically kept Rauner informed throughout the litigation regarding his objectives in terms of a return on Rauner’s investment and the allocation of the settlement proceeds. At an in-person meeting in Springfield, Illinois, on May 11, 2015, on the back porch of the Governor’s mansion, Kirkpatrick laid out his expectations regarding the return to Kirkpatrick Capital from a settlement and the allocation of the settlement. These expectations were updated and communicated at a second in-person meeting between Rauner and Kirkpatrick at the Chicago Club on the evening of September 15, 2015. At neither meeting did Rauner object to the proposed allocation of the settlement proceeds, nor the return on his investment he would receive. […]

Rauner’s total proceeds from the United Shore investment were approximately $20 million, with $15 million of that being profit.

In the summer of 2017, after receiving all payments due to him, Rauner filed a demand for arbitration before the American Arbitration Association that the settlement agreement precludes Kirkpatrick Capital’s allocation of the United Shore settlement proceeds and claiming that Kirkpatrick and the Kirkpatrick Capital breached and interfered with the LPA.

Tellingly, Kirkpatrick Capital’s other two investors, Ganzi and Chaifetz—who are seasoned and sophisticated equity investors did not dispute or take issue with Kirkpatrick Capital’s allocation of the settlement proceeds.

Also, Politifact took a look at the “blind trust” angle. Click here. The topic will likely be revisited now that an allegation has been made that Rauner took an active role in his investments while he was governor.

*** UPDATE 1 *** Biss campaign…

“This is why we need to be careful when a billionaire uses the word “trust” colloquially. From Rauner’s investment scams to JB Pritzker and Chris Kennedy’s tax scams, it’s getting hard to tell these guys apart.” - Tom Elliott

*** UPDATE 2 *** Pritzker campaign…

Today, a judge unsealed Kip Kirkpatrick’s lawsuit against Bruce Rauner, shedding light on a business dispute Rauner had previously claimed to have no involvement in and no knowledge of.

The lawsuit details Bruce Rauner’s maneuvers as governor to maximize returns on a $5 million investment he had made in Kirkpatrick Capital. Kirkpatrick claims to have met repeatedly with Rauner, including once at the governor’s mansion, regarding his business interests despite Rauner’s claim to the public that “all my investments are in a trust that I don’t control.”

“Bruce Rauner is allegedly conducting private business out of the governors’ mansion and then openly lying about it to the public,” said Pritzker communications director Galia Slayen. “It is no wonder this failed governor tried to keep this lawsuit sealed, but now that it’s public, it is time for Bruce Rauner to tell voters the truth.”

*** UPDATE 3 *** Kathleen Murphy at the Jeanne Ives campaign…

“Lying and screwing people out of their money is apparently a practice Bruce Rauner brought with him from his dealings in the private sector to his dealings as Governor.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        

87 Comments
  1. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 2:57 pm:

    Not much of a blind trust there…. Governor.


  2. - Boone's is Back - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:00 pm:

    Nothing to see here, move along. Move, particularly, off of the Gov Mansion’s porch.


  3. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:00 pm:

    Lying is reflexive for the dude.


  4. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:01 pm:

    It may be blind, but that trust isn’t deaf, apparently. This is not a Helen Keller Trust, more of a Stevie Wonder Trust.

    Very superstitious, writings on the wall
    Very superstitious, ladders bout’ to fall


  5. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:04 pm:

    “This is total baloney. Total baloney. I never sat on that porch.”

    - Fake Bruce Rauner


  6. - Anon221 - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:05 pm:

    Rauner… all about the Greed.


  7. - Annonin' - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:08 pm:

    Now we know what he does with his time. Screw biz guys. Good stuff


  8. - DuPage Bard - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:10 pm:

    So why does he care if its out there? Rich stealing from the rich? 95% of the public isn’t going to be able to interpret what all this mean anyway.


  9. - Henry Francis - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:10 pm:

    So the Guv was offered a very good deal, but because it did not go as far as his extreme position demanded, he decided to wage war and disregard any collateral damage from that war.


  10. - Skeptic - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:13 pm:

    He’s not even in charge of his investments.


  11. - Arsenal - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:14 pm:

    From the back porch of the Governor’s mansion. Man, that’s evocative. That’s a pretty good ad waiting to be made.


  12. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:16 pm:

    ===Rauner’s press secretary, Patty Schuh, said Rauner was speaking colloquially when he spoke of a “trust” rather than a “power of attorney” in his statement about the lawsuit.===

    I guess that’s better than citing “alternative facts,” but not by much. A follow-up Ms. Schuh: do you know of any other examples where the Governor has spoken “colloquially” that we should know about?


  13. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:17 pm:

    Next new phase of the Governor’s mansion remodel…get rid of back porch.

    What back porch?


  14. - Ray del Camino - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:17 pm:

    Oopsie, Brucie . . .


  15. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:18 pm:

    So the Governor lied? I’m ruined, my faith in the process is gone.


  16. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:20 pm:

    Now we know why he wanted it sealed. And why he won’t release his visitor logs, or often has “no public schedule.”

    Running his private business interests from the mansion on the taxpayer dime?

    Again, the dude was Trump before Trump.

    I think some Illinois media members might want to prepare a long list on what other private business interests Rauner is keeping a hand in as governor.

    He’s flat out lied on the blind trust gag. Don’t take his word for anything.

    It will be interesting to see how quickly Pritzker gets up a spot.


  17. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:23 pm:

    ===Rauner’s press secretary, Patty Schuh, said Rauner was speaking colloquially when he spoke of a “trust” rather than a “power of attorney” in his statement about the lawsuit.===

    Wow. Maybe say no more, for your own reputation.


  18. - @misterjayem - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:24 pm:

    So it’s really more of a blind blind trust trust in which you must blindly trust that Bruce put it in a blind trust?

    – MrJM


  19. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:25 pm:

    ===Rauner’s press secretary, Patty Schuh, said Rauner was speaking colloquially when he spoke of a “trust” rather than a “power of attorney” in his statement about the lawsuit.===

    Splitting hairs on the idea Rauner is running his businesses from the porch of the Governor’s Mansion is that final thing you do when you know Rauner flat out fibbed to the Nth degree.


  20. - yo - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:31 pm:

    The rich keep getting richer. If only a poor guy had $5 million he could give another rich guy who could then turn that $5 mil into $20 mil.


  21. - huh - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:31 pm:

    Bruce lied? Man, I sure hope this doesn’t get back to his Grandpa in Sweeden.


  22. - Arsenal - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:32 pm:

    To be fair, as I said in another thread, Complaints are just allegations, they’re not yet proven, and any fool can sue anyone for anything.

    …but not just any fool gets Winston & Strawn to write up the Complaint for them…


  23. - Roman - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:33 pm:

    Put the blind trust vs. power-of-attorney question aside for a minute.

    He held a business meeting with an investment partner at the governor’s mansion. Just let that sink in for a minute.


  24. - DuPage - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:34 pm:

    Not surprised. This sort of behavior is what we have learned to expect from Rauner.


  25. - @misterjayem - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:36 pm:

    Bruce lied? Man, I sure hope this doesn’t get back to his Grandpa in Sweden.

    If Bruce lied again, he can just seek absolution from Cardinal Cupich.

    – MrJM


  26. - Arsenal - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:37 pm:

    ==Rauner’s press secretary, Patty Schuh, said Rauner was speaking colloquially when he spoke of a “trust” rather than a “power of attorney” in his statement about the lawsuit.==

    That makes no sense. The two concepts aren’t related, and no one uses the terms interchangeably.

    But yes, the fact that he was supposedly meeting with investment partners on the back porch of the Governor’s Mansion is kind of the bigger deal.


  27. - JS Mill - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:37 pm:

    This ad writes itself. Working multi million dollar personal deals from the people house?

    Now, Governor, tell me about all of those money grubbing legislators and how they make money off of their side gigs.

    Do you still think that is immoral and unethical?

    What side business should the governor conduct and is it ok to lie about what you are doing?

    I’ll wait for your response….


  28. - Lamont - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:37 pm:

    I thought we are prohibited from doing side jobs while on the states dime?


  29. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:39 pm:

    ===who could then turn that $5 mil into $20 mil. ===

    And think it wasn’t enough.

    lol

    I’m in the wrong business.


  30. - JS Mill - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:41 pm:

    Fake governor Rauner: “This is cool right? Lucky P you are cool with this meeting right?


  31. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:42 pm:

    Crains, 1/9/15

    –Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner and his wife Diana say they are putting their assets into a blind trust to avoid conflicts of interest while he is in office….

    The blind trust means the couple will not be involved in decisions regarding their investments.–

    http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20150109/NEWS02/150109824/rauner-wife-put-investments-in-blind-trust


  32. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:42 pm:

    How can you file a demand for arbitration if it’s a blind trust… unless you met with whom you seek relief from and know exactly what is the relief you seek.

    I’m saying it exactly as I am saying it.

    Rauner had TWO meetings. Rauner knee what relief he wanted to be whole because of those meetings.

    Rauner’s own legal actions allow the question…

    “Are you not operating from a blind trust standing?”

    Rauner is not, according to his actions(?)


  33. - Ducky LaMoore - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:44 pm:

    “it’s getting hard to tell these guys apart”

    It sure is. But there is no doubt who is running for governor as the whiny class envy candidate. There is only one. Good luck, Danny.


  34. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:45 pm:

    Crains, 1-9-15

    –Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner and his wife Diana say they are putting their assets into a blind trust to avoid conflicts of interest while he is in office….

    The blind trust means the couple will not be involved in decisions regarding their investments.–

    http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20150109/NEWS02/150109824/rauner-wife-put-investments-in-blind-trust


  35. - Real - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:46 pm:

    Funny how Kennedy has yet to respond now. He responds to Pritzker in lightning speed tho.


  36. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:47 pm:

    Chris Kennedy is waiting for the Raunerite talking points which will end with Kennedy saying…

    “I applaud Governor Rauner for turning $5 million into $20 million in a blind trust he has had no control over”

    This is snark.


  37. - Chicago Cynic - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:47 pm:

    Lyin liars and the lies they tell. Let’s not forget, Rauner was never a venture capitalist but always a vulture capitalist who profited with reckless abandon by screwing other people in pursuit of maximum greed.

    And now we know he had this sealed to hide his greed and deception. Oh, and he lied about that too. Should anything surprise us anymore?


  38. - Keyrock - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:50 pm:

    Yet he wasn’t a sharp enough businessman to agree to issue bonds and immediately refinance the state debts at a lower rate.
    Perfidy?


  39. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:51 pm:

    I thought Rauner said last week that we needed to get rid of corruption. This sounds like “status quo” and “corruption”.


  40. - Chris P. Bacon - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:51 pm:

    Rauner’s assets have never been in a blind trust. The press here is so weak.


  41. - Sugar Corn - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:52 pm:

    God Bless Dan Biss but comparing Rauner’s bombastic lies about his involvement in private business during his tenure as governor is a far cry from rich guys exploiting tax loopholes.

    Also, Patty, get out while you can. Do you really want to be the mouthpiece for a man who will be remembered as a relentlessly dishonest, destructive incompetent?


  42. - Huh? - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:53 pm:

    “If Bruce lied again, he can just seek absolution from Cardinal Cupich.” What 1.4% will hear “Bless you my son, go and sin some more.”


  43. - Molly Maguire - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:55 pm:

    Typical Rauner evasions. It’s all catching up to him.


  44. - paddyrollingstone - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:57 pm:

    - huh - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:31 pm:

    “Bruce lied? Man, I sure hope this doesn’t get back to his Grandpa in Sweden.”

    That my friends, is how you do comedy.


  45. - Henry Francis - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:57 pm:

    The Guv personally made over a quarter of a BILLION dollars “passively” through his colloquial “blind trust”.

    Can someone compare the performance of the Guv’s personal finances vs the performance of the state’s finances during the same period.


  46. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:58 pm:

    B & W photo of the Governor’s Mansion. :30 second spot… slowly from wide shot to tight spot on Mansion

    “Governor Rauner broke his word. On the porch of the Governor’s Mansion, Bruce Rauner ran his businesses, something he said he’d never do. Shouldn’t we have someone in the Governor’s Mansion we can trust to do the people’s business and not their own?”


  47. - Long Since Blocked By Rich - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 4:02 pm:

    I thought “blind trust” is something Rauner continues to seek from voters….


  48. - Nick Name - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 4:05 pm:

    Arbitration for me, not for thee, afscammy.


  49. - Sugar Corn - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 4:06 pm:

    Will the BGA, ICPR, EdgarCountyDogs dig in on this topic?

    Or will they stay silent as they did on his ties to Stuart Levine and the TRS perfidy? But wait, there’s more …

    Barney’s Warehouse

    Vets Home Tragedies

    Health Portal Debacle

    Managed Care Blowout

    This is not “GOOD” government.


  50. - Michael Westen - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 4:10 pm:

    Now we know how he tripled his income during his first year in office.


  51. - don the legend - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 4:17 pm:

    “Madigan and the blind trusts he controls.”


  52. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 4:17 pm:

    “Bruce Rauner used the porch of the Governor’s Mansion to do a business deal that netted him $15 million dollars, a 300% return on an investment. Wasn’t the business done at the people’s house suppose to be about making things better for the people of Illinois? Instead, Bruce Rauner did his own business, making millions, for him”


  53. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 4:17 pm:

    Also from the Crains 1/9/15 story:

    –They (the Rauners) have directed that all gains from investments that have state contracts be donated to charity.

    A Rauner spokesman said the trust is the “most ethical and transparent way” for the Rauners to avoid conflicts of interest while he is governor.–

    Perhaps now would be a good time to see an accounting of all those donations to charities the Rauners made from gains in investments that had state contracts.

    Just to see what gains they made from investments that had state contracts would be a swell idea.

    You know, to be all ethical and transparent. But let’s see it in writing.


  54. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 4:24 pm:

    I hope someone is using this as a sample question for the next state employees ethics test.

    Q: You own a share of a business venture that you’ve kept hidden from your manager. Is it permissible to conduct your personal business on state property?

    Yes or No.


  55. - ldvia; e - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 4:27 pm:

    I think the more salient point is that there were two meetings where Rauner was told what his take would be on the deal, he didn’t object or argue for more money, so the other guy thought he had a deal. Then Rauner has his lawyers sue for more money. This is what Rodongo learned the hard way and why Madigan won’t even meet with him.

    There can be no “deal” with Rauner. He cannot be trusted. At all. Ever.


  56. - Arsenal - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 4:28 pm:

    ==These expectations were updated and communicated at a second in-person meeting between Rauner and Kirkpatrick at the Chicago Club on the evening of September 15, 2015.==

    According to WBEZ’ timeline about Quincy…

    ==AUG. - SEPT. 2015

    At least 53 people, both residents and staff, are sickened at the veterans’ home. Twelve residents die during this outbreak.==

    That’s…a troubling set of dates.


  57. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 4:29 pm:

    Hey. Stop. Just stop…

    You try to conduct a multi-million dollar deal you’re not suppose to be conducting out at the Fair Director’s House and see if you can turn a $15 million dollar profit.

    Rauner can only get $3-4 million dollar deals out at that house…


  58. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 4:30 pm:

    Isn’t this against the law? If yes, cue investigation. If not, cue bill to be on his desk soon.


  59. - Ducky LaMoore - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 4:32 pm:

    It’s still a blind trust if he had his eyes closed the whole time he was conducting his business from the Governor’s Mansion, right? Close your eyes as tightly as you can and say, “short-sell Illinois bonds”


  60. - Trapped in the 'burbs - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 4:33 pm:

    He could have been a rich, anonymous guy but he wanted to be president. What a mess.


  61. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 4:33 pm:

    It’s moments like this, I can’t help but think..,,

    Somewhere, Ken Griffin is laughing at Bruce, still in disbelief that Bruce took a joke of an idea and actually ran for governor and won.


  62. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 4:35 pm:

    ===Ken Griffin is laughing at Bruce===

    Looks like Ken is going to win that $1 bet they had.


  63. - Precinct Captain - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 4:35 pm:

    Ives and Biss win the responses. How long will Bruce be in the bunker for this?


  64. - anon - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 4:35 pm:

    Rauner can use the Shaggy Defense: It Wasn’t Me.


  65. - Real - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 4:36 pm:

    Still no response from Kennedy. I will actively have my family vote against you in the primary. Good luck


  66. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 4:36 pm:

    “Looking good” - 47th Ward -…


  67. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 4:37 pm:

    “Feeling good” Willy.


  68. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 4:37 pm:

    Kennedy is waiting for the Rauner talking points…

    … it’s funny because it might be true(?)


  69. - Real - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 4:47 pm:

    “Lying and screwing people out of their money is apparently a practice Bruce Rauner brought with him from his dealings in the private sector to his dealings as Governor.”

    -But you had no issue with Rauner screwing state employees out of there money for 3 years. Nice to see you only care about corporate firms that are screwed out of there money..


  70. - Roman - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 4:49 pm:

    The silence from the Rauner shop is deafening. They’ve know for days that this bomb was coming (heck, I predicted it on a different comment thread here earlier today,) and no statement yet?

    I figure they issue a nondenial-denial in which they attack Kirkpatrick as a Democratic hack.


  71. - Arsenal - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 4:51 pm:

    Do they keep visitors’ logs for the mansion? Shouldn’t those be released?


  72. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 4:52 pm:

    (Tips cap to -47th Ward -)

    To Ives…

    ===“Lying and … people out of their money is apparently a practice Bruce Rauner brought with him from his dealings in the private sector to his dealings as Governor.”===

    You voted in lock step with Rauner for a whole General Assembly and a half.

    Rauner time after time did things that mage your own votes look foolish.

    I’m just confused. This epiphany, shouldn’t you also say how wrong you were for years listening to him?

    You’re “new” to all this “taking on Rauner” thingy. It makes, no matter your word choices, the taking Rauner on… less.


  73. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 5:04 pm:

    –“Lying and screwing people out of their money is apparently a practice Bruce Rauner brought with him from his dealings in the private sector to his dealings as Governor.”–

    If the Ives campaign runs out of material, they can access the Cap Fax archives for comments like this that some of us wrote about Rauner even before the 2014 election.

    They should probably ignore all the nice-nice Ives had to say about Rauner before he signed HB40.


  74. - Henry Francis - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 5:13 pm:

    How much more of a return did Bruce think he was entitled to? $5M? $20M?

    How is it worth it for him to have this lawsuit over such chicken feed?

    Considering how much he has “invested” in getting to be Guv, and how much more in “capital contributions” he continues to make in this investment, you would think he would just begrudgingly accept his 300% return from Kip and protect his much larger (and public) investment.


  75. - My New Handle - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 5:44 pm:

    Lots of ranting, raving, measured criticism…. but it only leads to a possible defeat of Rauner in the election. Otherwise, he is off scott free. Justice for the wealthy is like the satisfying puff on a Marlboro.


  76. - Baloneymous - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 5:55 pm:

    wow 6pm and still no response from Kennedy. but he responds to and agrees with Rauner hits on Pritzker almost immediately. amazing…


  77. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 5:57 pm:

    “–Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner and his wife Diana say they are putting their assets into a blind trust to avoid conflicts of interest while he is in office….”

    Has Rauner’s business caused any conflicts of interest with the state business?


  78. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 5:58 pm:

    I think it only fair to the public that the ISP and FBI investigate the (current) Governor and determine if he indeed is or has been conducting private business on state time and property. And they should release all the tapes from the Rauner Investigation. You know… for justice. Or something.

    Goodbye to your one weapon against Pritzger, Governor; when this boil fully pops, it should neatly cancel out your ad campaign, and then you’ll have only your record to run on.

    I almost feel sorry for a billionaire.


  79. - Mama - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 6:02 pm:

    ==wordslinger - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 4:17 pm:

    Also from the Crains 1/9/15 story:

    “–They (the Rauners) have directed that all gains from investments that have state contracts be donated to charity.”

    “Perhaps now would be a good time to see an accounting of all those donations to charities the Rauners made from gains in investments that had state contracts.”

    wordslinger, I agree with you. “Now would be a good time to see an accounting of all those donations to charities the Rauners made from gains in investments that had state contracts.”


  80. - Not a Billionaire - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 6:29 pm:

    It is against the law to run your business on state time and property unless you are paying like the fast food places at the student unions or you have an agreement to donate. If he was he sure would not want to hide it. He needs to go now. This is very bad.


  81. - Rutro - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 6:52 pm:

    @arsenal; hence the back porch?


  82. - Arsenal - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 8:41 pm:

    ==hence the back porch?==

    Maybe, but there’s a gate all the way around the mansion. I’m not sure how strict they are about having people sign in or something, but you can’t just walk up to any part of the building without someone noticing.


  83. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 9:02 pm:

    Any chance that doing personal business from the governor’s mansiom was mentioned as unethical in the ethics memo Dennis Murashko released that led to his departure?


  84. - Midwesterner - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 10:49 pm:

    This might be more of a question, is it correct that the initial transaction entail Rauner–an enemy of the tort system and people’s right to have their day in court–subsidizing a lawsuit?


  85. - Rabid - Wednesday, Jan 24, 18 @ 2:37 am:

    i’m your back door man, no more mr nice guy


  86. - illinois manufacturer - Wednesday, Jan 24, 18 @ 8:34 am:

    I am suprised Ives has not fully jumped because we are now at lawbreaking and this suit sure looks like the Blago tapes. ……It would be an easy way for an Ives…Proft..Uhlein win…..until they lose in a landslide in November.


  87. - Rabid - Wednesday, Jan 24, 18 @ 8:49 am:

    Tronc says patio, not porch, what a load that is off my mind


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* Trump Tower operators sued over water release into river
* Defense: No evidence in teen’s death days after Obama event
* Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in Illinois
* Teen’s mom ordered to comply with subpoena or skip trial
* New Mexico education officials adopt changes to state test
* South Bend mayor wants commuter rail to run downtown
* Illinois residents oppose solar farms
* Chicago-area megachurch paid $3.25M over child sexual abuse
* 2 on trial in killing of Chicago teen days after Obama event
* VA town hall designed to solicit feedback from stakeholders

* Rauners announce $1 million donation for Coliseum work
* Rauner again calls Pritzker, Madigan corrupt
* Veterans, Gold Star Families honored at Illinois State Fair
* Legislation to streamline Medicaid approvals too late for Girard nursing home
* Illinois inspectors climb over, under state fair rides for safety
* Rauner says AG should prosecute Madigan
* New dual-credit course law helps teens lower college costs
* Bill signed to prevent state payouts for sex harassment
* Twilight Parade kicks off 2018 Illinois State Fair
* Rauner signs bill aiming to bring state jobs back to Springfield

* DuPage pushes fight for O'Hare western terminal
* United sheds punching-bag status with biggest U.S. airline rally
* Northern Trust looks to get into crypto custody
* Redbox gears up for its first major ad campaign
* Whither the Kraft Heinz ketchup packet?


* EDITORIAL: The joy of being first with a ’64 Mustang
* Man charged in DUI crash that killed Lawndale woman given $10K bail on birthday
* Best record in NL? Not for long at Cubs’ post-All-Star pace
* Pentagon spokeswoman under inspector general investigation
* Cancelled Trump campaign rally at UIC was turning point for Omarosa
* Giuliani and the Teamsters: When Power Trumps the Rule of Law
* Can Bears rookie Roquan Smith follow — and avoid — Joey Bosa’s footsteps?
* Fewer strikeouts, more skin net better results for White Sox’ Carlos Rodon
* (Spoilers) Ending of ‘The Meg’ could have been far bloodier
* Early Chinook spice up summer doldrums: Chicago fishing, Midwest Fishing Report


* Classmate recounts Hadiya's last moments as shots rang out in Harsh Park
* Jose Quintana rocked, Joe Maddon and Ben Zobrist tossed in Cubs' 7-0 loss to Brewers
* Burning body found in West Chicago; death investigation launched
* Controversial Palos Township trustee denounces support of Holocaust-denying congressional candidate
* Bears look to break up ‘monotony’ of preseason with joint practices with Broncos
* Rams see silver linings as they wait for camp holdout Aaron Donald
* NBA reporting wunderkind Shams Charania leaves Yahoo Sports for The Athletic and Stadium
* 'Superhero' lawyer who argued cases before Supreme Court slain in North Shore home; suspect in custody after standoff with SWAT team
* Jordanian immigrant gets death for Houston 'honor killings'
* First day of testimony at Hadiya Pendleton trial marked by dramatic accounts


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» Mama Fresh Connects Chicago Moms With Events And Support With Focus On Diversity


* Rauners announce $1 million donation for Coliseum work
* E.J. Dionne: Don't let politics dumb you down
* Senator Durbin: I’m waiting for answers from Brett Kavanaugh
* Rauner again calls Pritzker, Madigan corrupt
* Veterans, Gold Star Families honored at Illinois State Fair
* George Will: Book underlines axiom that if you want peace, prepare for war
* Legislation to streamline Medicaid approvals too late for Girard nursing home
* Lincoln Land Community College: My journey to LLCC from student to educator
* Our View: Embrace the potential that comes with a new school year
* Statehouse Insider: GOP brings back merger of treasurer and comptroller


* JB Pritzker looks for support from union members
* SIU Board of Trustees discuses 'road map' for new president, hopes to have one in place by Fall 2019
* UI Football Camp 2018: Day 10
* Norfolk Southern says it is struggling to hire 30 train conductors in Decatur
* Crash re-routes interstate traffic in Effingham County
* Northern Illinois residents sign petitions to oppose solar farms
* PHOTOS: Mount Zion High School Tribe Freshmen Welcome and Orientation
* Kentucky-Illinois bridge traffic to be restricted again
* VA town hall in Mount Vernon designed to solicit feedback from stakeholders
* Chicago-area megachurch paid $3.25M over child sexual abuse


* Images: Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brwers on Tuesday
* Potential new coal plant operator offers few new details
* Cubs' Ben Zobrist ejected after lobbying for robo-umps
* Governor signs bill requiring public notice of tollway contracts
* Justin McCray closing in on Packers right guard job

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* Arne Duncan’s failures.
* Breaking: EEOC files suit against the Urbana school district for age discrimination. It’s all about the Illinois teacher salary cap.
* Judge Raul Vega named Acting Presiding Judge of Domestic Violence Division
* Brass Heart Lives Up To Its Name
* Think Confederate Monuments Are Racist? Consider Pioneer Monuments
* The [Tuesday] Papers
* A most disgusting act by those in charge of a city that makes it hard to be any more disgusted.
* A letter to send to your Illinois legislators supporting the repeal of the teacher salary cap.
* "Troy For Chicago" Holding People's Assembly Tonight
* The scrappy pre-Code years of William A. Wellman — FilmStruck's director of the week


* Governor announces $1 million Rauner family contribution to begin restoration of Coliseum; takes action on package of agriculture legislation
* Governor signs tollway transparency bill
* 2018 Adams County Tentative Multiplier Announced
* Gov. Rauner signs legislation aimed at keeping at-risk families together
* IDOA, Illinois Bicentennial to Host Inaugural Prairie Heritage Ride

  
* Project Fi offering a $200 discount on the Pixel 2 XL, heavy discounts on LG phones
* [Deal] Grab a cheap Honor 7X with a back to school promotion!
* We talked to Overwatch League’s franchise director about the future of esports
* Sprint and LG announce 5G phone for 2019
* Moviepass losses jumped from less than $3 million to $126.6 million in a year
* Microsoft quietly makes 'Your Phone' Android app available to mainstream Windows 10 users
* Verizon’s 5G home internet launch will come with free YouTube TV or Apple TV 4K

* LaMarre hits first MLB homer in home state
* Shields shows durability nearing 400-start mark
* White Sox Minor League Update: August 13, 2018
* Flashback: August 14, 2008
* Six Pack of Stats: Tigers 9, White Sox 5
* White Sox Rookie-level team throws no-hitter
* Engel's bat starting to catch up to stellar glove


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