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Rauner wants Quincy bill passed right away

Thursday, May 17, 2018

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Rauner also urged lawmakers to act quickly to authorize $230 million to rebuild the post-Civil War era veterans home, including replacing aging water pipes that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention contends may be the source of bacterial contamination.

“We need that bill to pass,” Rauner said, adding “that bill should have been sent to my desk already.”

“For the legislation, the General Assembly’s meeting today. They’ve been meeting every day. They could get this done, like today, tomorrow,” he said.

They need a few more days than that.

The administration-backed bill authorizing the money was introduced Wednesday. The House and Senate need three days each to pass a new bill.

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  1. - wordslinger - Thursday, May 17, 18 @ 9:57 am:

    –The administration-backed bill authorizing the money was introduced Wednesday. The House and Senate need three days each to pass a new bill.–

    You’d think that if he had a casual interest in his actual job, Rauner would know that by now.

  2. - Dee Lay - Thursday, May 17, 18 @ 9:59 am:

    “You’d think that if he had a casual interest in his actual job, Rauner would know that by now.”

    You’d think the reporters would remind him of that and watch for his chuckle/laugh and then to demand it pass today.

  3. - Fred - Thursday, May 17, 18 @ 9:59 am:

    Why spend all that money on Quincy when the mothballed veterans home construction project in Chicago could be restarted and completed for a fraction of the cost?

  4. - Henry Francis - Thursday, May 17, 18 @ 10:01 am:

    In light of his campaign’s chiding of JB for alleged “political stunts” over the Quincy Home just yesterday, it is good to see the Guv spend another night at the home and tweet about it multiple times last night and again this morning.

  5. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Thursday, May 17, 18 @ 10:01 am:

    Put it in to the sausage maker with the rest of the budget.

  6. - Perrid - Thursday, May 17, 18 @ 10:02 am:

    Really now, his administration downplays this and slow walks it for 3 years, and now it the GA’s fault for taking a few days to follow procedure. Sheesh.

  7. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, May 17, 18 @ 10:03 am:

    The problem for this governor is that never passing a full fiscal year budget, how does he expect this stand alone bill to effect the budgetary process that is currently going on?

    The governor’s office waited days… days to tell workers and residents about this tragedy in real time, now the concern is for a monetary ask, while not too overly concerned about a budget?

    Seems more of a political move than real concern for the veterans, the fiscal, or the process…

    … then throw in the lack of the knowledge on the three day rule, or playing politics of actually knowing the three day rule but, again, politically, making it look like there’s inaction when there isn’t…

    Rauner failed these veterans. A member of his Crew wanted to blame a wounded combat veteran that wasn’t even there in 2015… and Rauner wants a ginned up “crisis” of calendar?


  8. - Leigh John-Ella - Thursday, May 17, 18 @ 10:04 am:

    “that bill should have been sent to my desk already.”


    Rauner slams Jil Tracy for not introducing Quincy funding legislation sooner.

  9. - RNUG - Thursday, May 17, 18 @ 10:16 am:

    Still doesn’t understand that Governor’s propose and the Legislature disposes. Think’s he’s CEO of corporate Illinois instead of 1/3 of government and 1/5 of the decision making process.

    Now if he had a previous good relationship with the GA … he might be able to push through something like this.

  10. - VanillaMan - Thursday, May 17, 18 @ 10:24 am:

    If his administration did its job, and if he was a good governor, the new facility would already exist and serve our citizens.

    Three years is a long time to deal with what he now considers a crisis.

    Rauner’s record in and out of government regarding homes for dependent elderly is obviously horrifying.

    Perhaps he slow walked Quincy thinking he could sell it to a resident there as, “used computer parts”, right?

  11. - JS Mill - Thursday, May 17, 18 @ 10:28 am:

    The bottom line here is that Rauner cannot even handle this like a grown-up.

    He has to blame somebody for something and play dress up instead of working the ILGA and getting something done.

    And of course there is the whole lack of understanding of the legislative process and rules thing….worst governor in my 50 year lifetime.

  12. - Anon221 - Thursday, May 17, 18 @ 10:29 am:

    Rauner needs to get his TARDIS “clock” fixed. All this alternate universe hoppin’ is really workin’ against him.

  13. - A Jack - Thursday, May 17, 18 @ 10:30 am:

    Given the Auditor General’s report yesterday and the other spending snafu’s of this administration, no spending bills should be rushed ever.

    The Governor could have moved those veterans months ago. However he is just trying to shore up votes over in Adams County.

    The GA response should be that given the Auditor General findings, they will be carefully reviewing the amount requested for the VA home rebuild. But in the meantime the GA urges the Governor to find safe living quarters for our veterans.

  14. - VanillaMan - Thursday, May 17, 18 @ 10:31 am:

    Quincy is what we get when a Governor Kervorkian thinks he can euthanize our state government without losing lives, but then, he did promise to shake us up, right?

    Perhaps his administration considers these losses as some kind of miscellaneous costs.

  15. - Headdesk - Thursday, May 17, 18 @ 10:32 am:

    Not actually a procedural rule, 3 day reading in each chamber is a constitutional requirement for the bill become law. See Art. IV Sec. 8(d) of the Illinois Constituion.

  16. - Annonin' - Thursday, May 17, 18 @ 10:32 am:

    Can someone tell GovJunk he should provide some language for the project and all the loopholes he wants…at this hour zip has been sent over

  17. - Ambrose Chase - Thursday, May 17, 18 @ 10:36 am:

    I want my kids to listen to me the first time, I want to win the lottery, and I want a beach house in San Diego. You don’t always get what you want.

  18. - Leigh John-Ella - Thursday, May 17, 18 @ 10:48 am:

    Why wouldn’t the GA speed up a quarter billion project and give it a bunch of procurement exemptions?
    I mean it’s not like the guy overseeing the Quincy project was in charge of CMS when it violated all those procurement rules.


  19. - RNUG - Thursday, May 17, 18 @ 11:08 am:

    == Not actually a procedural rule, 3 day reading in each chamber is a constitutional requirement for the bill become law. See Art. IV Sec. 8(d) of the Illinois Constituion. ==

    I’m sure there are a few shell bills on 3rd reading sitting on the shelf … if someone wanted to use one.

  20. - a drop in - Thursday, May 17, 18 @ 11:35 am:

    I wouldn’t appropriate a dime without proper oversight.

  21. - RSE - Thursday, May 17, 18 @ 11:48 am:

    I wonder what it would take to refurbish Jacksonville mental health facilty into a 1st rate veterans home. I don’t think they had any problems with water there

  22. - Anonymous - Thursday, May 17, 18 @ 11:58 am:

    Someone needs to give this governor the “How a bill becomes a law” brochure. And who in their right mind would give him less oversight to spend $230M given how he’s overspent money in the past?

  23. - Trapped in the 'burbs - Thursday, May 17, 18 @ 12:02 pm:

    Now he’s in a hurry?

  24. - BlueDogDem - Thursday, May 17, 18 @ 12:23 pm:

    I am still in sticker shock over the $230 million sticker price. But my research into $1000/toilet seat may provide insight. I’ll let everyone know when I confirm.

  25. - Mama - Thursday, May 17, 18 @ 12:46 pm:

    “Three years is a long time to deal with what he now considers a crisis.”

    It only matters to Rauner now because its election time. Quincy’s veterans home deaths are not going away, and it should remain front and center. Otherwise, this would have happened 2 or 3 years ago. He introduced the VA Home bill late so he can blame Madigan.

  26. - Rabid - Thursday, May 17, 18 @ 1:49 pm:

    Just can’t go to the Mississippi river without a little showboating

  27. - ImNotTaylorSwift - Thursday, May 17, 18 @ 2:45 pm:

    I just glanced at the FY18 budget bill and found about $200 million that Governor Junk could use right now at Quincy if he were so inclined. Sure, it would involve some reshuffling of priorities and would require working with the GA to appropriate for the de-prioritized projects, but my point is that he already has the approps and could, if he really wanted, get started now. Unfortunately, he doesn’t know anything about how anything in Illinois state government works.

    Of course, having the approps is only half the battle. Now if only this state had some actual money instead of wasting over $1 billion on prompt payment penalties because Governor Junk didn’t want a budget.

  28. - Severus - Thursday, May 17, 18 @ 3:01 pm:

    Switching the water source to something cheaper is how Flint started. Sure hope our government gives good oversight over the transition in Quincy.

  29. - Generic Drone - Thursday, May 17, 18 @ 3:20 pm:

    @RSE. The Jacksonville Developmental Ctr. is nothing more than abandoned buildings. The state has just let them deteriorate.

  30. - Anonymous - Thursday, May 17, 18 @ 4:24 pm:

    “It’s nice to want”)

  31. - Former Merit Comp - Thursday, May 17, 18 @ 5:26 pm:

    The guy waits until 13 vets die over 3 years and now it’s a crisis? I hope the legislature looks closely at the price tag or other options. Think we could fix this a lot cheaper.

  32. - Steve - Thursday, May 17, 18 @ 7:47 pm:

    If we are paying for it, why not a more centralized location than a city on the border with Iowa; unless they will chip in.

  33. - Rabid - Friday, May 18, 18 @ 8:16 am:

    Is the bacteria ramped in the river, rock island, moline, Monmouth, drink river water

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