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Sanguinetti ties Blagojevich to Pritzker

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2018

* Rauner campaign…

Today, Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti joined Scott Slocum on WJOL to discuss the success of passing a budget, increased K-12 education funding, and the Pritzker-Blagojevich TV ads the campaign is running.

CLICK HERE for highlights from Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti’s interview.

Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti:

    For me, the biggest plus in the budget was in education. As you know I’m an inner city kid and I failed the first grade and education was always big for me. Here with this budget, the governor added $350 million in new K-12 spending for fiscal year 2019. Now that’s a $1.4 billion increase in spending since 2015. And a huge reversal from the reductions that we’ve seen in years past. That’s a very positive takeaway. And again the fact that all parties were able to come together to reach this budget that is all very positive.

    …Well as you know we just released one of those FBI wire tap tapes where JB Pritzker and Rod Blagojevich are joking around about a seat that President Barack Obama left open. Talking about Reverend Wright occupying that seat and they were laughing about it. You know to them, you know and to Rod Blagojevich he’s shown no remorse for his crime. And he says that he’s in jail for just practicing politics and that may be practicing politics to Blago and JB Pritzker. But to Bruce Rauner and I, practicing politics means showing up to work every day and serving the people of our state.

    …You compare JB Pritzker to Bruce Rauner, they are hundreds of millions of miles apart. With JB Pritzker, you have a person that tears out his toilets in his neighboring mansion so that he won’t have to pay as much in property taxes. That’s problematic. With JB Pritzker you have a person that says that on day one he’d eliminate that scholarship program that Bruce Rauner has put in place to help those kids in underserved communities. That speaks to his core. You know and then you compare him to Bruce Rauner. He came in not collecting pay for the work he’s been doing. He believes in the greatness of our state because he wants our children to grow here and stay here and find jobs here. That’s what Bruce Rauner has been all about since day one. And you’ve seen it with the budget. He believes in growth. Not taxing our way out of our problems but rather growing our way out.

Emphasis added because I thought it was a particularly sharp line.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 2:17 pm:

    What’s she gonna say if Trump commutes Rod, for being convicted for “typical politics” and the “deep state”

    Didn’t Ole Slip and Sue email someone about a job in the Quinn Administration?

    Typical politics?

  2. - Perrid - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 2:18 pm:

    Ah yes, and Bruce is squeaky clean. Ignoring the fact that the just gave a $70k a year job to someone who knows nothing about the subject, who just so happens to be known for harassing coworkers.

    Compare that to working/talking with a governor who was corrupt, or to making a building he does not plan on using as a house was not considered a residence for tax purposes.

    I agree it is a sharp line Rich, but I just don’t see any substance behind it. Not that that has ever mattered.

  3. - Arsenal - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 2:23 pm:


  4. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 2:26 pm:

    She going to end up tripping over that statement when Trump says essentially the same thing when he commutes Rod’s sentence.

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

    ==Well as you know we just released one of those FBI wire tap tapes==

    Oh, *you* released, it huh? Hmm.

  6. - don the legend - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 2:36 pm:

    ==But to Bruce Rauner and I, practicing politics means showing up to work every day and serving the people of our state.==

    So practicing politics is their work.

    Showing up to work everyday. Rauner’s not in charge and the Lt. Gov. has no work to do.

    Got it.

  7. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 2:49 pm:

    –But to Bruce Rauner and I, practicing politics means showing up to work every day and serving the people of our state.–

    To run up billions of unpaid bills and appoint Ken Dunkin.

    Seriously, who would know if Sanguinetti showed up to work every day?

  8. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 3:06 pm:

    -Seriously, who would know if Sanguinetti showed up to work every day?-

    The workers’ comp claim department at CMS?

  9. - Honeybear - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 3:17 pm:

    This enrages me
    She has the gall to say they care?

    About the private social services?
    Over a million denied services

    About higher education?
    72,000 college kids went to other schools

    About honoring state contracts?
    Billions still owed. Billions in late fees/interest

    About Veterans?
    14 dead from Legionaires (includes today)

    About local business?
    1 Regional Econ development person per region
    The former head of DCEO and founder of Intersect illinois Jim Schultz doesn’t even list his state service on his LinkedIn page

    How dare you say you care.

    You care about
    Any pinstripe patronage deal that lines the pocket of your boss
    How did Bruce make so much money through investments while he has been in office
    How many millions a year.
    Blind trust my toochas

  10. - Alex Ander - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 3:19 pm:

    To quote Bob Slydell on Office Space in regards to her as practice Governor: “What would you say, you do here?”

  11. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 3:24 pm:


    It’s McKinsey just an fyi

  12. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 3:36 pm:

    For Rauner and Sangiunetti, showing up to work every day means the worst fiscal, economic and human crisis in state history. It’s ripping out toilets vs. fatal mismanagement and ripping apart lives. It’s willful damage, the refusal to agree to budget compromise offers and working with legislators to bring proposals across the finish line—not to mention hijacking the budget process with non-budget items in the first place.

  13. - JS Mill - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 3:36 pm:

    =and appoint Ken Dunkin.=

    Not to mention the unelectable Mrs. Munger. What has she been up to lately?

    For a while there, it had been so long since we heard anything out of Mrs. Sanguinetti I was thinking we may need to start checking car trunks for her.

    Now that she has spoken, I wish she didn’t.

    I really wonder how they actually see themselves, because by the polling most do not see them as they do.

  14. - Amalia - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 3:40 pm:

    in or out, Blago is a topic that Rauner and lt. can exploit.

  15. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 4:17 pm:

    ==Oh, *you* released, it huh? Hmm.==
    I was thinking the same thing. I thought the Tribune released it and it was in the public domain.

  16. - Honeybadger - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 4:18 pm:

    Well, they finally let her speak… nice job Gov.

  17. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 4:19 pm:

    ==Oh, *you* released, it huh? Hmm.==
    I was thinking the same thing. I thought the Tribune released it and it was in the public domain.–

    Yeah, somebody should follow up with the lt. gov. on that.

  18. - Albany Park Patriot - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 4:25 pm:

    If she played any role in any other aspect of state life, maybe she would be a credible messenger. I mean, she won’t even speak up for the migrants being threatened by Trump, pretty low-hanging fruit. Now she emerges and we’re supposed to take her seriously?

  19. - Rabid - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 4:45 pm:

    JB is not sworn in so the can’t practice politics. you won on I’m not Quinn, now your running on I’m not JB

  20. - low level - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 4:49 pm:

    Funny as I honestly haven’t seen nor heard from her since inauguration day 2015. Has she shown up to work?

  21. - dbk - Tuesday, Jun 12, 18 @ 6:15 pm:

    ==He came in not collecting pay for the work he’s been doing.==

    There’s a supremely snarky observation longing to cast its long shadow on that statement.

    For me, one of the marks of a good politician is that they can tread the long thin line between “too much detail/policy” and “nothing but forgettable generalities” when speaking to prospective voters/members of the public.

    It’s a talent that needs to be cultivated, for sure; I don’t think our Lt. Gov. has been practicing much lately.

  22. - Rabid - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 2:20 am:

    “he came in not collecting any pay for his work he’s been doing” Evelyn, don’t forget about his back porch deal that wasn’t enough

  23. - Rabid - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 7:55 am:

    Class warfare, I don’t need the money so I’m smarter than you are

  24. - Rabid - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 8:15 am:

    “He wants our children to grow here to stay here and find jobs here” govenor is leading by example with his own children

  25. - Shevek - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 9:54 am:

    Not sure why, but this article made me want to remember who Sanguinetti is. A Google search brought me to this:

    Pretty darn funny

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