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Mission accomplished?

Thursday, Apr 12, 2018

* May 8, 2016

If Gov. Bruce Rauner achieves the anti-union, pro-business reforms he has made the hallmark of his administration, he plans to travel the world to promote the state — and the first country he’ll visit will be Poland, he said Sunday. […]

“We are working hard in Springfield on reforms so we can grow our economy and get more value for taxpayers and fund our schools properly,” he said. “I hope soon we’ll have those reforms accomplished, and then I’m going to travel the world to create stronger ties with the people of Illinois with nations across the globe.”

* Today

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he’s traveling to Germany and Poland next week to try to draw more companies to Illinois.

Rauner talked about the trip Wednesday during a question-and-answer session at an Illinois Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Springfield.

Rauner says Illinois is “expanding German investment in the state.” And he says Poland has been growing larger companies and “the No. 1 state where they should be investing when they come to the U.S. is Illinois.”

* Snark aside, I’m told the schedule for the Germany leg of that trip is brutal. Unlike his Asia trip, which looked like it was thrown together at the last minute by the since-ousted BTIA™, this one will feature lots of meetings. The governor told the Chamber yesterday that he hopes to make several announcements about companies moving jobs to or investing in Illinois.

So, good luck, Gov. Rauner. Get something done, please. Prost!

- Posted by Rich Miller        

24 Comments
  1. - Generic Drone - Thursday, Apr 12, 18 @ 11:24 am:

    He might as well swing by Italy and check out that villa he will be a needin.


  2. - Henry Francis - Thursday, Apr 12, 18 @ 11:30 am:

    How can a guy who (a) has spent the past 4 years saying Illinois is a terrible place for business; (b) has been claiming that if he is not re-elected then you will have to “turn the lights off” as a state; and (c) has an approval rate of 26% - this guy can talk some bidnesses into moving here?

    Is he bringing Kelly Nicholl from Intersect on this trip?


  3. - wordslinger - Thursday, Apr 12, 18 @ 11:31 am:

    –Mission Accomplished–

    Geez, they should have put out a press release or something.


  4. - Anon - Thursday, Apr 12, 18 @ 11:31 am:

    He’ll be announcin’ that several companies are considerin’ coming’ to Illinois, but (Madigan, taxes, unions, etc.) stand in the way.


  5. - 360 Degree Turnaround - Thursday, Apr 12, 18 @ 11:33 am:

    How do you say Madigan in German?


  6. - G'Kar - Thursday, Apr 12, 18 @ 11:34 am:

    A number of German companies are pro-union, as they realize it makes for a better workplace. So, Rauner is going to crow to them that he is destroying unions in Illinois?


  7. - Morty - Thursday, Apr 12, 18 @ 11:34 am:

    I’m sure Captain Ahab had plans for what he was going to do once he killed the White Whale too


  8. - Blue Libertarian - Thursday, Apr 12, 18 @ 11:37 am:

    G’kar took the words right out of my mouth. Corporations in Germany have Union representation on the Board of the Company!


  9. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Apr 12, 18 @ 11:38 am:

    Maybe someone can play Rauner Reagan’s speech about Polish workers and the fundamental American value of collective bargaining.


  10. - Anon - Thursday, Apr 12, 18 @ 11:42 am:

    He should make his first stop Italy and just stay there.


  11. - JS Mill - Thursday, Apr 12, 18 @ 11:54 am:

    I bet he is thinking they don’t have the internet in Poland or Germany.


  12. - Stuntman Bob's Brother - Thursday, Apr 12, 18 @ 12:01 pm:

    ==How do you say Madigan in German==
    “Der Fuhrer”.


  13. - City Zen - Thursday, Apr 12, 18 @ 12:09 pm:

    ==A number of German companies are pro-union, as they realize it makes for a better workplace.==

    Yet VW, Daimler, and BMW all chose right-to-work states for their American plants.


  14. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Apr 12, 18 @ 12:20 pm:

    Who else is joining Rauner on this trade mission? I’d like to see the list.


  15. - wordslinger - Thursday, Apr 12, 18 @ 12:21 pm:

    –Yet VW, Daimler, and BMW all chose right-to-work states for their American plants.–

    Corporate handouts are wunderbar.

    Do you really think German companies are rattled by any union, workplace or regulatory issues in the United States? It’s laissez faire here compared to there.

    They’re only honked that they have to deal with offering health insurance to their workers. Not an issue back home.


  16. - wordslinger - Thursday, Apr 12, 18 @ 12:31 pm:

    –Who else is joining Rauner on this trade mission?–

    Baron George Mitterwald, Mike “The Polish Rifle” Bielecki and some appropriate ethnics to be named later.


  17. - Demoralized - Thursday, Apr 12, 18 @ 1:10 pm:

    ==all chose right-to-work states for their American plants.==

    That’s nice. If someone else does it we should too. Great argument.

    I don’t know why people would ever advocate for a model that would mean people get paid less.


  18. - Anonymous - Thursday, Apr 12, 18 @ 1:39 pm:

    “Ich bin ein Lügner.”


  19. - Jocko - Thursday, Apr 12, 18 @ 1:43 pm:

    ==We are working hard in Springfield==

    Someone should tell Bruce trying on lederhosen and vests for next week’s trip doesn’t count.


  20. - Skeptic - Thursday, Apr 12, 18 @ 2:00 pm:

    “Ich bin ein Lügner.” “I am a lugnut?”


  21. - Whatever - Thursday, Apr 12, 18 @ 3:33 pm:

    Let’s just hope he doesn’t think that “right to work” translates as “arbeit macht frei.”


  22. - City Zen - Thursday, Apr 12, 18 @ 4:53 pm:

    ==That’s nice. If someone else does it we should too. Great argument.==

    Yet it’s the same argument everyone uses for a progressive state income tax.


  23. - wordslinger - Thursday, Apr 12, 18 @ 5:18 pm:

    –Yet it’s the same argument everyone uses for a progressive state income tax.–

    No, it’s just pointed out that it hasn’t led to the destruction of the majority of the planet where it’s levied, like the hysterics claim.

    Like Germany, where Rauner is going hat-in-hand.


  24. - Anonymous - Thursday, Apr 12, 18 @ 6:13 pm:

    I sure hope he stops in Sweden to visit his grandparents’ home town.


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