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*** UPDATED x3 - Quinn, Ruiz, Sen. Raoul respond *** Rauner bemoans “nightmare” of not having an attorney general who is “working for taxpayers and our administration”

Monday, Jan 29, 2018

* Gov. Rauner told the Tribune editorial board today that he was excited to have “personally recruited” Erika Harold into the attorney general’s race because retiring incumbent AG Lisa Madigan, who was “loyal to her father”

She and I together will transform this state. Having an attorney general who’s not actually undermining me every day, just working for her dad, blocking our initiatives, never defending our administration when we’re taking strong, tough actions. It’s been a nightmare for me not to have an attorney who is working for taxpayers and our administration.

*** UPDATE 1 *** From the Kwame Raoul campaign…

Bruce Rauner already bought one constitutional office and it’s clearer than ever that Illinoisans can’t afford to let him buy another.

We’ve seen this horror movie before. Bruce Rauner and his Comptroller “shook up” Springfield with a 793-day-long budget crisis which led to multiple credit downgrades, the erosion of the state’s safety net and a record bill backlog. Now Bruce Rauner wants a taxpayer-funded legal department to help promote his anti-worker Turnaround Agenda and guard his administration in secrecy.

Illinoisans deserve an Attorney General who will stand up for them AND win on their behalf. Kwame Raoul is the only candidate who has stood toe to toe with Bruce Rauner’s anti-worker agenda and won.

*** UPDATE 2 *** Jesse Ruiz…

Governor Rauner today whined to the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board that Attorney General’s Lisa Madigan’s refusal to do his bidding has been a “nightmare.” Rauner complained about how difficult it is for him to have to deal with an Attorney General who insists on upholding the law and protecting the rights of the people of Illinois.

Rauner’s comments were eerily similar to President Trump’s recently reported complaints about the apparent unwillingness of the “Trump Justice Department” to blindly follow every whim of the White House.

Although he took a solemn oath to uphold the Constitution, Rauner clearly fails to understand that the Attorney General is accountable to the people and the Constitution. We need a forceful, independent-minded advocate in the Attorney General’s office - not Bruce Rauner’s hand-picked political stooge.

I am proud of my record of standing up to the powerful. So when I’m elected as Illinois’ next Attorney General, I’ll keep on giving Bruce Rauner nightmares - and I’ll keep on fighting for everyone’s chance to achieve the American Dream.

*** UPDATE 3 *** Former Gov. Pat Quinn…

“The Office of Attorney General must be an independent lawyer for the people of Illinois, not beholden to Bruce Rauner and his ruthless agenda. Attorney General Lisa Madigan has been a strong advocate for Illinois consumers, taxpayers, and workers. Apparently, by doing her job, she’s causing nightmares for Bruce Rauner.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Anon0091 - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 2:47 pm:

    Yea, that whole having to follow the law and being held accountable when you don’t thing really stinks.

  2. - Political Animal - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 2:51 pm:

    The Attorney General should be appointed by the Governor. Our system makes no sense. It enables political squabbles to gridlock the state.

    Whoever the Governor is, Democrat or Republican, they should be a reliable advocate for the Governor’s positions (who is the Chief Executive).

  3. - Colin O'Scopey - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 2:51 pm:

    He’s quite good at bemoaning. Governing, not so much.

  4. - Anonymous - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 2:51 pm:

    Governor Rauner is correct - ending the Madigan kabal first starts with Lisa Madigan. She is a competent Attorney General, but unable or unwilling to fully embrace her role and root out political corruption and conflicts of interest within the State if Illinois. Hmmm…wonder why?!?

  5. - 47th Ward - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 2:52 pm:

    ===It’s been a nightmare for me not to have an attorney who is working for taxpayers and our administration.===

    And that was BEFORE Murashko was escorted out of the building.

  6. - Ray del Camino - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 2:52 pm:

    Could he be a more pitiful crybaby?

  7. - Norseman - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 2:53 pm:

    Gee, Rauner wants another wingman to help him with his destructive policies. Need we remind folks that the last wingman sat by and allowed this disaster run-up billions in debt of which over $2.3 was in unappropriated debt.

    Vote accordingly.

  8. - Demoralized - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 2:53 pm:

    ==not actually undermining me every day==

    Exactly how is she doing that? He must have numerous examples if it’s an every day occurrence.

    ==and our administration==

    It’s not the Attorney General’s job to work for any administration.

    This guy is clueless when it comes to how a government operates.

  9. - Juice - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 2:54 pm:

    The one case I can think of where she didn’t defend the administration in court was on whether employees should continue to be paid absent and appropriation.

    Whatever your thoughts on the merits, the judge ruling in favor of Rauner and Munger almost certainly prolonged the length of the impasse, which also helped lead to the state being required to pay over a billion dollars in late payment penalties. So who is standing up for taxpayers there?

  10. - Name Withheld - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 2:54 pm:

    “…just working for her dad”

    Women - take note. If you are elected to office, you are nothing more and nothing less than a puppet for your father.

  11. - Keyrock - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 2:56 pm:

    Acting more like Trump every day.
    Is he selling hats yet?

  12. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 2:57 pm:

    - Norseman - is all over this…

    Another “Rauner Wingman” would be devastating to Illinois.

    What Mendoza has done has made Rauner take serious pause, especially when her own Transparancy Act Fire flew through the GA.

    Rauner wants people working for him, not questioning him, or considering the Rule of Law to do it.

    Dear Ms. Harold,

    See Jim Onerweis and Jason Plummer.

    When you decide to stop being overreaching, the Illinois Senste awaits for your career to finally end.

  13. - Nacho - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 2:57 pm:

    I for one welcome Bruce Rauner tying Erika Harold’s candidacy to his. Now if only we can convince Trump to give her a shout out.

  14. - wordslinger - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 2:59 pm:

    –Having an attorney general who’s not actually undermining me every day, just working for her dad,…–

    The rules of the house prevent me…..

    Buy an electric guitar, dude, and pretend it’s something else.

  15. - Anon221 - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:02 pm:

    “I’m not in charge. I’m NOT in charge. I’m NOT IN CHARGE.”

  16. - JS Mill - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:02 pm:

    When they say nce things about me or do exactly what I say they are working for the people.

    When they don’t they are obstructionist.

    How Trumpian.

  17. - Henry Francis - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:04 pm:

    Where’s my Roy Cohn?

  18. - Anonymous - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:05 pm:

    When is this transformation going to start? He ran years ago on transforming the state. Still waiting. Oh, but it’s Lisa’s fault now. Always someone thwarting his great efforts. Sick.

  19. - Sugar Corn - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:05 pm:

    ==It’s been a nightmare for me not to have an attorney who is working for taxpayers and our administration.==

    Hilarious, baffling statement. Dude probably has 100+ lawyers working for his administration.

    Maybe a dozen in-house within the Office of the Governor.

    What a pathetic, whining, failure of a Governor.

  20. - Flynn's Mom - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:06 pm:

    I bemoan the Rauner years as Governor. So glad they are coming to an end. I’d like a leader not a baby boy in the governors office.

  21. - ILPundit - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:08 pm:


    Can you please help educate your readers that the Illinois Attorney General only has the power to enforce Civil statutes, and has no power to empanel a criminal grand jury.

    Especially now that Lisa is retiring, maybe we can set expectations properly for what an Attorney General in Illinois is actually allowed to do?

  22. - a drop in - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:08 pm:

    “Give me AG Erika Harold and I’ll prove Madigan stole the strawberries.”

  23. - Honeybear - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:09 pm:

    Rauners last hope of locking in a legacy
    This is about Janus
    This is about public unions
    This is about the state workforce.
    This about regulations
    This about taxes
    This is about legislative boundaries
    Look at what he could do with an AG
    Allow Rauner to literally destroy public unions
    And legally allow it to happen
    Health Insurance
    Collective Bargaining
    An AG could maximize gains from Trumps
    Anti regulation
    Anti taxation
    Pro business owner/investor
    Pro free market administration.
    Legalization of Bannonism
    Death to unions
    Death to the administrative state
    All with a new legal wingman
    Some big stuff must be coming
    But Rauner
    Has to own the AG

  24. - Boone's is Back - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:10 pm:

    These oversimplified, public besmirchings really make BVR look like a petulant, billionaire man child.

    Just because an elected official isn’t doing your bidding doesn’t mean that he/she isn’t doing their job or is corrupt. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. He is making it easier and easier to compare him to Trump in the midst of a national blue tidal wave. Get it together dude.

  25. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:12 pm:

    ===So glad they are coming to an end.===

    Rauner is still gknerbur until he is isn’t…

    Just saying.

  26. - Rich Miller - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:13 pm:


  27. - Flynn's Mom - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:16 pm:

    @OW…yes he is still governor 1/2019.

  28. - JoanP - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:17 pm:

    “It’s been a nightmare for me not to have an attorney who is working for . . . our administration.”

    Lise Spacapan might want to remind the Governor of her existence, and that of all the other lawyers in his General Counsel’s office.

  29. - Just Visiting - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:17 pm:


    Bristol Tap?

  30. - Touré's Latte - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:20 pm:

    I had NO IDEA it was because of Lisa. That explains…nothing?

  31. - Lucky Pierre - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:21 pm:

    Got it Rauner Wingman is bad,

    Madigan Wingman or relative no problem. If you have any doubt why Illinois leads the nation in distrust of state government that is as good a reason as any.

  32. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:21 pm:


    It’s the Old Latin spelling, found on the Dead Sea Scrolls…

  33. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:23 pm:

    ===Bristol Tap?===

    Aw, that’s adorbs… someone knows geography.

    Your late paying your tab, don’t come back.

  34. - hisgirlfriday - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:23 pm:

    So is Erika Harold lock-step with Rauner’s policies on abortion and immigration then?

  35. - Rich Miller - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:23 pm:

    ===Madigan Wingman or relative no problem===

    Who said that?

  36. - Sugar Corn - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:24 pm:

    I hope Lisa Madigan responds directly, ferociously and publicly to Bruce Rauner’s persistent, patronizing slander about her “taking orders” from her dad.

  37. - Captain Ed Smith - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:25 pm:

    He is right we need an AG that will investigate shady warehouse deals, ignoring the procurement code, multi-million dollar no-bid emergency IT contracts and doing personal business on state state with state resources. The current AG has not…

  38. - VanillaMan - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:26 pm:

    When he ran in 2014, did he think someone else would be AG? What was his Plan B?

    His whining just exposes him as someone unsuitable to govern.

  39. - Just Visiting - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:27 pm:

    Maybe take it for the joke it was mmmkay?

  40. - DarkHorse - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:30 pm:

    So let me get this straight: Rauner has been unsuccessful in his first term, but if he teams up with Harold, he’ll be a success in a second term? I know she’s supposed to be good, but…

  41. - Fixer - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:31 pm:

    Leave it to LP to go radio silent for a week after documents showing his guy is engaging in, at least, unethical activity while in office and go out swinging on this issue.

    Can’t make this stuff up.

    Rauner has shown time and again, in his own words, he can’t do anything without assistance, and is asking for another four years to what? Have someone else hold his hand and do the actual work for him? Yeah, no thanks. Almost anyone else on the ballot would be a better leader than this.

  42. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:32 pm:

    From Fake Wikipedia…

    gknerbur - defined as “Feckless Viking King” or “Hapless Mesopotamian Ruler”, a person blameless in battle or ruling, the gknerbur usually was allowed to take lead of their people until they get themselves lost on a hopeless march searching for an imaginary foe, and left to wander.

  43. - Anonymous - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:33 pm:

    ==It’s not the Attorney General’s job to work for any administration.

    This guy is clueless when it comes to how a government operates.==

    Actually, it is in a way. The attorneys representing agencies under authority of the Governor are AG attorneys. So in a lot of cases the administration is the AG’s client. I could see some conflicts with the way it’s set up.

  44. - A guy - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:33 pm:

    ==- Rich Miller - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:13 pm:


    It was one of those audio posts. That’s how he pronounces it. lol

  45. - dbk - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:34 pm:

    Just looked up the official duties of the AG/IL.

    Doesn’t mention working “for our administration.”

    Wow, this is just … oh, forget it.

    Appears the gov (still) hasn’t taken that tutorial “IL Gov 101.”

  46. - blue dog dem - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:44 pm:

    Thanks OW. Been looking that word up for 30 minutes. First PJ, then you. Old Blue getting some real schooling today.

  47. - Trapped in the 'burbs - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:55 pm:

    Perhaps someone can ask Ms. Harold to explain separation of powers to the gknerbur. Will we get through four years of Rauner without him having to answer a question? I know that the Tronc board led by Hurricane Kristen, would never press Rauner, but there has to be somebody besides Amanda Vinicky and Carol Marin to try to get the unctuous Rauner to get that deer in the headlights look.

  48. - Keyrock - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 3:58 pm:

    gknerbur — it’s where you put your covfefe.

  49. - JS Mill - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 4:00 pm:

    =Madigan Wingman or relative no problem. If you have any doubt why Illinois leads the nation in distrust of state government that is as good a reason as any.=

    Lisa Madigan has never stated that she is MJM’s wingman unlike Munger. It seems that Lisa Madigan believes that she is an independently elected constitutional officer. Unlike Munger.

    I guess you are ok with a governor that is a proven liar, pathological even. Which means most people do not take hm seriously when he is complaining (and lying when he complains).

    And maybe you could provide evidence that Lisa Madigan has been anything but a competent AG? The governor didn’t have any so I assume you will.

    Given your lack of comments on the governors lies regarding his “blind trust” and doing business on the people time, I assume you are ok with lies.

  50. - Al - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 4:10 pm:

    For someone in cash management who talks to vendors looking for payment, a nightmare is a Governor who repeated and proudly claims we don’t need a budget because Illinois has never had a budget, who runs up a billion in late interest penaties and hides billions in unappropriated expenditures from the General assembly and the office of the Comptroller. Now that is a nightmare.

  51. - BothSidesofHisMouth - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 4:11 pm:

    Pretty sure Lisa Madigan has been widely respected not just by Illinoisans but by her peers and the judiciary in her time as AG. But yeah, I know it’s hard when you’ve allowed MJM to get so far into your head that you can’t speak coherently… or sleep…or eat. For goodness sakes, the Governor looks terrible and he couldn’t talk his way out of a paper bag today. It became clear today that while Ives may be the “fringe” candidate - his unwillingness to debate her was not as much about staging and narrative as he might have implied but rather it was at least partly about ability to defend and explain oneself. Which he can’t.

  52. - downstate commissioner - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 4:12 pm:

    Knerbur Rauner. Kind of catchy, if as hard to spell as Blagojevic…
    Strangely enough, I believe that Quinn would be very effective versus Rauner: something about an old crusader leading one last charge against an opponent who doesn’t have a clue…

  53. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 4:15 pm:

    - downstate commissioner -

    Did you just misspell the misspelling?

    Next round at the Bristol Tap is on me.

    To the Post,

    Harold being anointed like this is the fun stuff campaign errors are made of.

  54. - ArchPundit - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 4:17 pm:

    Sounds like Bruce needs a State’s Attorney and not the Attorney General since they have the primary responsibility to prosecute crimes. The AG can, but it’s not considered a primary duty of the office.

  55. - Northsider - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 4:17 pm:

    “So when I’m elected as Illinois’ next Attorney General, I’ll keep on giving Bruce Rauner nightmares - and I’ll keep on fighting for everyone’s chance to achieve the American Dream.”

    Is Ruiz predicting/anticipating a Rauner win?

  56. - Al - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 4:18 pm:

    One wonders how much overtime will be paid to verify, prepare letters and process one billion dollars of late payment penalties.

  57. - Wensicia - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 4:22 pm:

    Who is Governor Whine going to blame next for his inability to do his job, Jesse White?

  58. - Anonymous - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 4:24 pm:

    Lisa Madigan —- giver of nightmares since 2002— Did Rauner steal that line from Messina?

  59. - Chicago Cynic - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 4:26 pm:

    “Is Ruiz predicting/anticipating a Rauner win?”

    No, but if God forbid he’s re-elected…

  60. - Arthur Andersen - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 4:26 pm:

    Before you know it Rauner will blame Andrew McCabe getting canned on the Madigans.

  61. - Michelle Flaherty - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 4:29 pm:

    What’s he mean an AG who isn’t working with his administration?

    I mean Lisa Madigan gave him her copy of his speech when his teleprompter broke last year. It wasn’t her fault he forget his reading glasses. Was she supposed to bring those, too?

  62. - Huh? - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 4:32 pm:

    The old Bristol Tap was a unique place that wasn’t replicated when it moved.

  63. - Sue - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 4:33 pm:

    Nice try Jessie- were you standing up for the people when you approved all of the contracts at CPS for which people are now in prison. You are not a reformer and look foolish pretending to be one

  64. - Chicago Cynic - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 4:38 pm:


    When Jessie became acting CEO of CPS, he immediately launched several measures to prevent a contract like the BBB/Supes deal from happening again. He forced transparency on a system that didn’t want it, implemented a Conflict of Interest policy and insisted contracts must be subject to public scrutiny in ways they never had before. He was the guy cleaning it up and not everyone was happy about the transparency. That’s why he got into a fight with Claypool and was forced off the school board.

  65. - Joe Biden Was Here - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 4:39 pm:

    Maybe Rauner lost some big bets on the Grammys? Blame a Madigan, any Madigan….

  66. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 4:39 pm:

    - Huh? -

    Living in Kendall, there’s just this thingy, I guess, that I must be going to the Bristol Tap. Joke is really on me, they got me good I guess.

    To the Post,

    I guess this whole separation of powers and constitutionality is lost on Rauner. It’s like he sees governing like forming an LLC and the real duties never matter.

    Rauner hasn’t learned because he doesn’t want to learn.

  67. - Soccermom - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 4:52 pm:

    Sue — Here’s hoping that Rauner will be tossin’ and turnin’ in one of his many luxurious bedrooms, havin’ nightmares about the new Democratic administration — includin’ its Attorney General, Jesse Ruiz.

  68. - Sue - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 5:23 pm:

    Chicago Cynic- perhaps I am misinformed but wasn’t Jessie on the Board- VP- when CPS Board approved the Byrd contracts with the consulting firm?

  69. - Harvest76 - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 6:56 pm:

    That must be a typo, because the governor surely didn’t just openly suggest the independently elected Attorney General should be working for him. Thats not what he meant, right? Somebody? Hello?

  70. - Cubs in '16 - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 7:19 pm:

    gknerbur: (n) Swedish term that loosely translates to ‘one not in charge’.

  71. - Joel Osteen - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 7:24 pm:

    gkerbur…Bruce gets his spiritual guidance from G K Chesterton and Reinhold Neibuhr…two well known Swedish theologians

  72. - wordslinger - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 7:48 pm:

    Author: Joel Osteen
    gkerbur…Bruce gets his spiritual guidance from G K Chesterton and Reinhold Neibuhr…two well known Swedish theologians–

    You’re twisted on so many levels.

    Well done.

  73. - Black Balled - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 8:02 pm:

    Pretty sure I have been banned from posting. Nonetheless, I am a former state employee with decent republican credentials. I am an Edgar Republican so the McKenna-Kirk-Raunerites don’t take to kindly to my upbringing. All said, I ended up in a legal situation where Lisa Madigan represented my interests. Fellow republicans told me to get outside counsel since the AG is bias and will only hurt my standing. Thank goodness I didn’t take their advice. Her staff is unbelievable and showed nothing but complete professionalism. The end result was positive and I trusted our AG to be fair. She does a great job representing the state. I am sure it is difficult for her office to deal with the absurd situations Rauner and his staff have caused. Having a hand picked Raunerite for AG will set us back decades.

  74. - justacitizen - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 8:11 pm:

    Whether it’s Harold or someone else, the new AG will serve us better than Lisa Madigan who has the cloud of conflict whether real or perceived over her head.

  75. - blue dog dem - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 8:17 pm:

    I have often wondered why this position,and that of some judges, are allowed to associate with any political party. Its the allegiance to a party that, in my opinion, creates wasteful spending.

  76. - wordslinger - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 8:31 pm:

    All said, I ended up in a legal situation where Lisa Madigan represented my interests. Fellow republicans told me to get outside counsel since the AG is bias and will only hurt my standing. ==Thank goodness I didn’t take their advice. Her staff is unbelievable and showed nothing but complete professionalism. The end result was positive and I trusted our AG to be fair. She does a great job representing the state.–

    You mean “Princess Lisa,” who was “installed,” like Kass said?

    Kass’ misogynism is deliberate, his weirdo “fans” get off on it.

    Poor little boo-boo Rupert Pupkin Kass so desperately wants a blabbermouth gig on the cable TV box he can’t stand it; Katrina, too.

    What a thing to want. Hold on to those tic-tacs, you’ll need them.

    How sad is it, that they can’t cut the mustard for it?

  77. - OldDutch - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 9:01 pm:

    OW and later Word have me in stiches tonight. OW, did you try to tipe wid your fingers laced?

  78. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 9:08 pm:

    ===did you try to tipe wid your fingers laced?===

    The Bristol Tap has horrible reception so you type things like “refrigerate” it goes out “rthihddhte”

    There’s a whole code book.

    As for me, I’m known here for my impeccable spelling and my phone is known for proper tense choices and homonym choices.

  79. - Ducky LaMoore - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 9:16 pm:

    I saw this thread with 78 comments and thought there must be some entertaining feeding of the trolls. But instead found a bunch of mostly reasonable posts. Lame.

  80. - Black Balled - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 9:56 pm:

    Wordslinger, sorry for not being completely up to speed with Kass’ antics of late. Not being disrespcful. I personally believe she, is a legal professional and her leadership allows for staff to do their job representing the best intererssts of the state. I get her political leanings and mostly disagree with her posititions on the political side. Respect is earned. For me personally, the AG has my full respect. It is not always about partisanship. This is the simple concept that Rauner can’t grasp.

  81. - Bllack Balled - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 9:59 pm:

    Sorry for the misspellings. I meant interests.

  82. - Keyrock - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 10:18 pm:

    No need to apologize, Black Balled. Misspellings were featured in the comments today.

  83. - Just Me - Monday, Jan 29, 18 @ 11:34 pm:

    I almost did a spit take at the Democrats complaining about Governor Rauner recruiting another Constitutional Officer.

    Um, Lisa MADIGAN is our current Attorney General. I wonder who encouraged her to run? If you think she is a fine Attorney General, but you think it corrupt for the leader of a party to recruit a Constitutional Officer, then you have some explaining to do.

    Likewise, Speaker Madigan and President Cullerton, along with the help of Governor Quinn passed a lame-duck and corrupt piece of legislation specifically to benefit Comptroller Mendoza, so cry me a river.

  84. - Keyrock - Tuesday, Jan 30, 18 @ 6:33 am:

    Lisa Madigan is, on a national level, a slightly above average AG. She’s not in the top tier. She’s done an ok job, but former employees have told me that every decision of moderate possible public attention is thoroughly considered from the political level and not just left to the line attorneys and supervisors.

    We’ve had far worse; other states have had far better. In criticizing Rauner’s buffoonish comment, AG Madigan shouldn’t be fireweed Asmara a model.

  85. - Rabid - Tuesday, Jan 30, 18 @ 6:54 am:

    bruce crowned his running mate to take on the madigans. Lisa pulled the rug out, shuckey duckey

  86. - Flynn’s mom - Tuesday, Jan 30, 18 @ 7:24 am:

    Rauner said that he’s golfed with Madigan. What do you think his golfing costume is like? All I can think of is The Honeymooners when Ralph was learning to golf “ hello ball”

  87. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 30, 18 @ 7:32 am:

    Our governor is an ideologue not a politician. That is his great weakness. Illinois is a Democratic state. To succeed, BR must work as a Republican colleague with elected Democrats, and he did not.
    He nearly destroyed the state government as a result. Or is that gkurnment?

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