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*** UPDATED x1 *** Rauner opens new online track against Ives

Friday, Mar 16, 2018 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Lots of campaigns are loading up on digital ads these days because network TV is so darned crowded. The governor has been online forever, but here’s a new anti-Ives online spot from Gov. Rauner’s campaign

* Script

“When I served on Wheaton city council, the only thing that union membership understood were layoffs. It’s the only thing they understood. So if you can’t impose your final, best offer because the courts have blocked it, then you just start laying people off.”

The tagline at the beginning and end is: “Jeanne Ives isn’t for real reform. She’s for laying off real people.”

This from a man who promised a government shutdown in the 2014 campaign. Such is life. Click here for the video of candidate Rauner.

…Adding… 2014

“The hard thing is getting customers; the hard thing is cutting expenses; the hard thing is laying people off. But that’s what good companies do when times are tough, and she just would not do it,” said Rauner, who sat on LeapSource’s board.

* Meanwhile, this came in over the transom…

On Steve Cochran’s show this morning on WGN Radio, Jeanne Ives called transgender people predators and insisted that there should be no abortions in cases of rape and incest. This kind of rhetoric and these views – which are far out of the mainstream in Illinois – are exactly why the Democratic Governors Association is trying to boost her in the primary. She’d be crushed in the general election.

On transgender people:
6:38-7:00: “What we know is that they are truly predators”
5:41-6:37: She also talks about grandmothers being assaulted because of transgender birth certificate bill
On abortion:
9:37-9:59: no abortions in cases of rape or incest
On being a bigot:
7:24-8:01: Cochran says “large percentage of the state’s population” sees her as a bigot

* I made a transcript

The truth is he took a bill that literally means there’s no medical intervention, there’s no medical sign-off on a doctor for somebody to change their sex and this has far-reaching implications. All you need is an out-of-state licensed mental health professional to say that you can change your sex. And that has real policy problems. That means your grandmother who may have to have a shared room in a nursing home or a hospital bed in a shared room, can literally be having her privacy invaded by somebody who says they’re the opposite sex. That’s true.

* She was then asked if transgender people and gays are “truly predators”

Well what we know is that they are truly predators in some cases. Not all cases, in some cases. And this happened in the Department of Corrections where there was a transgendered male who pretended to be a girl, and went to the female - got transitioned, in Illinois, this is not an out-of-state case, in Illinois - went to the female prison then sexually assaulted another prisoner and had to be taken back to the male prison. So this is real lifetime stuff. This happens in real life.

I hunted around for a while and couldn’t find that on the Google. Not sure what she’s talking about. I e-mailed her campaign and IDOC for an explanation. I’ll let you know what I hear back.

*** UPDATE *** From the Ives campaign…

In 2017, Tom Morrison and several other state legislators were tipped off about an inmate who was transferred from Lawrence Correctional Center (a men’s prison) to Logan Correctional Center (a women’s prison) to Pinckneyville Correctional Center (a men’s prison), as well as an incident at Logan that precipitated the transfer to Pinckneyville.

Tom Morrison FOIA’ed the case at the end of May 2017. His request was denied. Morrison reached out to the IDOC liaison directly. The liaison told Morrison the request was denied because the incident was still under investigation. Morrison told the liaison that he would keep pressing the issue until he got verification. On June 6, 2017, he received a call back from the Department of Corrections legislative liaison who did not want to put anything in writing. But would confirm dates and locations for the inmate in question. The following timeline was confirmed:

10/5/2015 - The Prisoner was first sent to Stateville, on the charge of pimping minors.

10/25/2015 - The Prisoner was transferred to Lawrence Correctional Center (a men’s prison)

5/17/16 - The Prisoner was transferred to Logan Correctional Center (a women’s prison)

11/27/16 - The Prisoner was transferred to Pinckneyville Correctional Center (a men’s prison)

5 /9/17 - Prisoner received two years of parole

In discussing the Transgender Birth Certificate Bill with Governor Rauner, Morrison presented this specific case to Rauner, told him DOC was stonewalling his request for information about the specifics of the case, and suggested that, as Governor, Rauner could learn all the details.

Morrison asked “if you are in a men’s prison and could change your gender so easily to be transferred to a women’s facility, why would you stay in a men’s prison?” Morrison also presented other situations where objective biological sex and anatomical differences would be problematic, such as women’s sports, hospitals, nursing homes, domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters, college dormitories. The Governor acknowledged to Morrison that those scenarios could be problems, but did not seem overly concerned. And, subsequently signed the bill.

There are reportedly another half-dozen such cases pending at DOC.

* Related…

* Gubernatorial candidate Jeanne Ives on who is worse for the future of the state, Rauner or Mike Madigan: She agrees, Mike Madigan is the biggest problem with getting things done in Illinois.

* Ives says she can win, Rauner’s support is thin: “Bruce has no base,” she says, “He’s counting on uninformed voters to go to the polls and believe he’s still fighting Mike Madigan and to believe I’m Mike Madigan’s lacky, which everybody knows is completely false. He’s counting on you not knowing the truth about him.”

* Ives Blasts Rauner Over Ads: Rauner and Ives have only appeared once together in the same room – for a Chicago Tribune Editorial Board forum last month. Ives said that’s because he can’t defend his record. “He embarrassed himself in that debate,” Ives said, “and he’s worried because he can’t talk to anybody about real policy choices and he can’t defend his record. He wants to blame everything on Mike Madigan and not take ownership of his three years of failed governorship. And that’s the truth. And that’s why he doesn’t want to debate me.”

* Trump factor looms large in Illinois governor primary campaigns: At the same time, however, the Wheaton legislator has embraced Trump and urges what she calls the “silent majority” that elected him to rise up against Rauner… How does Ives reconcile campaigning on an honor code that prohibits lying and cheating as a rationale to take on Rauner, while not only tolerating but actively promoting Trump? Asked that question recently, Ives paused for several seconds. “For me, it’s a personal affront to what Gov. Rauner has done because I’m part of that Republican caucus he lied to, OK?” she said. “So, it’s a very personal thing. That’s the thing. I can affect him (Rauner) and the outcome of this election. I can’t necessarily affect Donald Trump.”

* Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund Endorses Jeanne Ives for Governor in Illinois: “For three years, Illinois has been led by a liberal governor – a man who presided over a massive personal income tax increase, failed to negotiate a state budget for two years, broke a campaign promise when he decided that abortions should be paid for with taxpayer dollars, and signed a bill making the Land of Lincoln effectively a ‘Sanctuary State.’ Sadly, that liberal governor is a Republican – a Republican who campaigned four years ago as a conservative, making promise after promise to assuage the concerns of conservative Illinois voters, then betrayed them once he took office.”


  1. - Mr Review - Friday, Mar 16, 18 @ 1:20 pm:

    So if Ives has gone from 20 pts down to just 7, then it would seem she has momentum. If this continues and undecideds break to her, this could get interesting? I’m only hearing about the Democrat race, which is interesting for sure, but I am right in the GOP race could also be interesting?

  2. - 47th Ward - Friday, Mar 16, 18 @ 1:21 pm:

    Warning: Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.

  3. - Barrington - Friday, Mar 16, 18 @ 1:23 pm:

    Pretty humorous ad when BR was way more effective at this game. I think we may see a larger number of vote for anyone but BR than we think.

  4. - VanillaMan - Friday, Mar 16, 18 @ 1:27 pm:

    She sounds as confused as the people is criticizing.

  5. - WSJ Paywall - Friday, Mar 16, 18 @ 1:28 pm:

    Terrible ad.

  6. - Anonymous - Friday, Mar 16, 18 @ 1:30 pm:

    Is this race actually close? Haven’t seen any polling data in days.

  7. - wordslinger - Friday, Mar 16, 18 @ 1:32 pm:

    –The tagline at the beginning and end is: “Jeanne —-Ives isn’t for real reform. She’s for laying off real people.”–

    Where did that one come from? Absolutely the last attack I could imagine Rauner would make on Ives.

    What’s next? Is Rauner going to get some Industrial Workers of the World flair on his vest? Maybe ride the Harley out to Forest Park on May 1 and lay a wreath at the Haymarket Martyrs monument?

    The guy is absolutely shameless, like make your skin crawl shameless.

  8. - Demoralized - Friday, Mar 16, 18 @ 1:34 pm:

    It’s a little rich for the Governor to attack anyone for anything anti-union. Is he under the impression he’s the union’s best friend?

    As for Ives’ comments about gay and transgendered people, they are despicable.

  9. - dbk - Friday, Mar 16, 18 @ 1:38 pm:

    Rauner’s latest: Most. Hypocritical. Ever.

    Answer to yesterday’s billboard DGA question, “Is Jeanne Ives too conservative for Illinois?”

    Yes. In fact, she’s probably too conservative for South Dakota. Or Alabama.

  10. - Anon221 - Friday, Mar 16, 18 @ 1:46 pm:

    This might be the story that Ives is “confusconflagrating” about-

  11. - VanillaMan - Friday, Mar 16, 18 @ 1:55 pm:

    Rauner’s record shows that he is for laying off IPI staffers, right?

  12. - DuPage Saint - Friday, Mar 16, 18 @ 2:02 pm:

    I really wonder if Rauner believes what he says. I do not know what would be worse, that he believes it or knows he is making it up. The ads in the fall if Rauner against JB will be something to behold

  13. - Allen Skillicorn - Friday, Mar 16, 18 @ 2:04 pm:

    This ad helps Jeanne.

    Thanks Bruce.

  14. - Pieroge tirebiter - Friday, Mar 16, 18 @ 2:07 pm:

    So BB says liberal unions are supporting her against him and she is anti-union.
    I see a desperate jabbering man

  15. - James Knell - Friday, Mar 16, 18 @ 2:12 pm:

    Wordslinger, maybe Bruce is going to audition for the part of CE Lively.

    You said it all better than I can. Can you imagine what the laid off people at EIU, WIU, SIU, etc. would say if they saw this?

    I will be sure to bring my camera to Forest Park on May 1st just in case. ;)

  16. - Dude Abides - Friday, Mar 16, 18 @ 2:14 pm:

    Time and time again you see Rauner accuse someone of being the very thing that he is. Rauner has never been able to provide any proof what so ever to his boast that he created jobs, either as a private businessman or as a Governor.

  17. - Scott Fawell's Cellmate - Friday, Mar 16, 18 @ 2:19 pm:

    Governor, thanks for the reminder that Jeanne Ives served on the Wheaton City Council before being elected to the General Assembly. Remember who she served with on the Wheaton City Council, who was her colleague ? Your Lieutenant Governor, Evelyn Sanguinetti. Wonder if Ives has any stories about Evelyn ?

  18. - Ste_with_a_ven - Friday, Mar 16, 18 @ 2:20 pm:

    “Ives has any stories about Evelyn?”

    She has an opinion about Ives, it’s not great.

  19. - Demoralized - Friday, Mar 16, 18 @ 2:34 pm:

    ==She’s for laying off real people==

    You sound as if that statement is a badge of courage Rep. Skillicorn, though in terms of the primary you’re probably right. Not a lot of friends of labor in that far right crowd.

  20. - Anonymous - Friday, Mar 16, 18 @ 2:44 pm:

    AFSCME GOP know where rauner stands. They’ll be either a bypass vote or Jeanne. Too little too late my friend. Should have worried about her earlier and stayed out of the other guys mess.

  21. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 16, 18 @ 2:51 pm:

    If you are a state employee, in any manner, and you think Rauner is fighting for you… you are mistaken.

    That is all.

  22. - 47th Ward - Friday, Mar 16, 18 @ 3:04 pm:

    I loved Tom Morrison in Dr. Strangelove.

  23. - WSJ Paywall - Friday, Mar 16, 18 @ 3:11 pm:

    I can’t believe after all this time the Rauner people still have no idea how to attack Ives.

  24. - JoanP - Friday, Mar 16, 18 @ 3:11 pm:

    ==if you are in a men’s prison and could change your gender so easily to be transferred to a women’s facility, why would you stay in a men’s prison?==

    So all they can confirm is that a prisoner had multiple transfers. Nothing else.

    Anyone who thinks that you can “change your gender so easily” is ignorant, of both gender reassignment and IDOC policies and regulations.

    The fact is that transgender inmates are more likely to be the victims of assault and harassment, not the perpetrators.

  25. - People Over Parties - Friday, Mar 16, 18 @ 3:16 pm:

    She should already be disqualified because of her bigoted views. Her ad was disgusting. Have some class, GOP voters. Hold your breath this year. Don’t send your state party down that road. It may never return.

  26. - anon - Friday, Mar 16, 18 @ 3:22 pm:

    Clearly this shows Rauner’s strategy in the general election: The wealthy must pay a fair share, but Pritzker is a tool of the rich. Vote Rauner for a fairer tax system, the protection of pensions, and an expansion of government payroll and benefits.

  27. - Not It - Friday, Mar 16, 18 @ 3:54 pm:

    That’s it? That’s all she’s got? You can find isolated examples for all sorts of things.

  28. - A Jack - Friday, Mar 16, 18 @ 4:08 pm:

    I am fairly certain that fiscal conservatives thought that the Governor should have done layoffs when the state had no budget. That the Governor did not do layoffs shows the right how weak he is. So I don’t see how this hurts Ives at all.

  29. - RNUG - Friday, Mar 16, 18 @ 4:28 pm:

    == Vote Rauner for a fairer tax system, the protection of pensions, and an expansion of government payroll and benefits. ==

    I doubt any existing State employee would believe Rauner on pendions or benefits.

  30. - RNUG - Friday, Mar 16, 18 @ 4:29 pm:

    == Warning: Objects in mirror are closer than they appear. ==

    Well played, -47th Ward-

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