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Rauner promises “big capital bill” in the next six months

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2018

* Gov. Rauner today in Belleville

We’re gonna be investing billions of dollars into our roads and bridges this year and every year.

And I’m gonna do a big capital bill here in the next six months to invest even tens of billions more on top of that.

Rauner has been talking about passing a large capital bill since the 2014 campaign.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - m - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 1:47 pm:

    Call special session? Gaming expansion + sports gaming?

  2. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 1:51 pm:

    The same General Assembly that voted 152-20 and froze you out of budgeting, and the public aspects and made sure you couldn’t veto it on a whim…

    That General Assembly is going to trust you with sheparding a capital bill thru both chambers?

    Rauner will have to pay for it. Who trusts Rauner to help pass revenue options?

  3. - Centennial - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 1:52 pm:

    Didn’t Rauner already say he was against a gas tax increase? How does he plan to pay for his big capital bill? In six months no less.

  4. - G'Kar - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 1:54 pm:

    Well, he pretty much has to do in six months. He won’t be governor in seven months./s

  5. - Fool On The Hill - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 1:55 pm:

    I don’t believe that there will be a substantial capital bill until there is a new governor. No trust, no dollars.

  6. - Precinct Captain - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 1:56 pm:

    Legalize whatever the governor is on!

  7. - Anon221 - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 1:59 pm:

    Rauner, “…I’m gonna do…”

    Gonna, shoulda, woulda, wanta… Rauner has had his opportunities since he was elected, but he elected not to be in charge. A Capital Bill is not done by one, and it isn’t as easy as rebuilding a shelter house. A re-election is not a chance to finish your homework assignments in grad school you should have finished in your undergrad freshman year.

  8. - JS Mill - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 2:02 pm:

    Wasn’t he the one that criticized Quinn for running around the state announcing all kinds of projects and investment during an election year?

    I don’t know about you, but this sounds just like that…..

  9. - Bigtwich - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 2:03 pm:

    Precinct Captain for the win.

  10. - City Zen - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 2:03 pm:


  11. - @misterjayem - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 2:08 pm:

    “I’m gonna do a big capital bill here in the next six months”

    And he’s going to pay for it using the money he won in a truth telling contest at a church carnival two towns over.

    – MrJM

  12. - Skeptic - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 2:10 pm:

    “It’s just a bill” — Rich Miller (times 10,000)

  13. - Leigh John-Ella - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 2:16 pm:

    Is he bringing back his 2014 sales tax on services to finance construction proposal? You know, his old new tax plan that’s been disappeared from the internet.

  14. - GA Watcher - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 2:22 pm:

    Blago did the same thing when he was in office. The billions he promised were federal, not state dollars.

  15. - A guy - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 2:23 pm:

    He’s got a new investor….Kim somebody?

  16. - Taxedoutwest - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 2:24 pm:

    JB is going to pay for rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges through the progressive income tax (along with paying for every promise he has made from free day care (aka PreK education) to universal health care and everything in between the same way), and Rauner is going to pay for it…….uh, by passing a balanced budget is what he told me! Ah, pennies from heaven from pot smokers gambling on the Sox to win the WS by 2030! I hope is motorcycle is equipped with radar to avoid potholes.

  17. - Spliff - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 2:27 pm:

    He is lying. When in the last 3 1/2 years has he not been lying? He lies on helping our vets, he lies on introducing balanced budgets, he lies about being involved in the current budget. He lies. He lied to get into office and he has been lying ever since.

  18. - BlueDogDem - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 2:31 pm:

    That’s the fiscal conservative I was waiting to hear from.

  19. - anon2 - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 2:32 pm:

    Not much credibility in again promising to do what he promised to do years ago. One thing is certain, he won’t propose any revenue enhancements prior to election day.

  20. - Linus - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 2:53 pm:

    “Gonna do a big capital bill” = “gonna issue another short press release about capital stuff”

  21. - Oh mama - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 2:59 pm:

    Good thing we voted for the lock box you were against Bruce but go ahead and take the credit

  22. - Alex Ander - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 3:15 pm:

    Campaign season babbling. He says this but complains about the budget having too much spending.

  23. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 3:45 pm:

    He probably doesn’t get you need money for that.

  24. - Jake From Elwood - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 4:06 pm:

    Please not another Illinois First financed by delaying pension payments. I would rather drive on a poor roadway for another year or two…

  25. - The Dude Abides - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 4:39 pm:

    If you believe that the Governor is really going to do this you are naive. I’ve watched this man stand in front of microphones for three and a half years and what I see is a man dodging questions and outright lying.

  26. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 4:50 pm:

    FYI, the FY19 budget signed by the Gov includes a whole lot of capital appropriations, some might call it a full capital bill. Just sayin’

  27. - Rabid - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 4:55 pm:

    JB’s unemployed road worker ad left a mark

  28. - Small town taxpayer - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 5:13 pm:

    How will the capital program be financed? Will Rauner suggest: 1) not paying the current backlog of unpaid bills? or 2) having yet another pension ‘holiday’? or 3) floating another bond issue with the states very bad bond rating?

  29. - XDNR - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 5:29 pm:

    More campaign snake oil from salesman Rauner.

  30. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 5:42 pm:

    Jake, Illinois First was not financed by “delaying pension payments.”

  31. - Dutch3001 - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 5:51 pm:

    By my math six months from now is December 12, one month after Rauner is going to be voted out of office. Whatever state he intends to do his “big capital bill” in, it ain’t going to be Illinois. Maybe one of the other eight states he owns houses in?

  32. - TKMH - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 7:22 pm:

    Is the Illiana Expressway coming back from the dead?

  33. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 8:08 am:

    Won’t it be funny if Democrats and Republicans pass a capital bill in the lame duck session that includes a tax hike and hand it to Rauner on his way out the door?

  34. - Jake From Elwood - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 12:23 pm:

    AA, if not directly, it surely did so indirectly.

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