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Rauner extends DC trip

Tuesday, Jun 26, 2018

* He’s been there since Monday waiting on the US Supreme Court’s Janus decision…

Daily Public Schedule: Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Gov. Rauner continues his visit to Washington, D.C. on official business.

* Meanwhile…



* He’s also been doing some TV appearances…

- Posted by Rich Miller        

35 Comments
  1. - Bobby T - Tuesday, Jun 26, 18 @ 5:09 pm:

    Wow. Crazy eyes.

    Watch out.


  2. - Ole General - Tuesday, Jun 26, 18 @ 5:10 pm:

    It would be criminal not to have a campaign ad with Rauner of the footsteps of the SC announcing a victory. Political malpractice and I pray he doesn’t have a shaky camera filming it.


  3. - The Captain - Tuesday, Jun 26, 18 @ 5:12 pm:

    If we could hold the Janus decision indefinitely it might solve a few problems.


  4. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jun 26, 18 @ 5:14 pm:

    –It would be criminal not to have a campaign ad with Rauner of the footsteps of the SC announcing a victory.–

    That’s the “official business,” is it?

    Actually, I’m pretty sure it is criminal to expend public funds for campaign purposes. You seem to think that’s what’s going on here.


  5. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jun 26, 18 @ 5:20 pm:

    === - It would be criminal not to have a campaign ad with Rauner of the footsteps of the SC announcing a victory.–

    That’s the “official business,” is it?===

    First thing I thought too.

    If it’s about the politics, just have the campaign pay, since it would be political malpractice and commercials.


  6. - Perrid - Tuesday, Jun 26, 18 @ 5:21 pm:

    If he paid the cameraman and everyone out of his campaign funds that wouldn’t be using public funds would it?
    This is a case specifically about IL so he has an excuse to be out there and paying attention to it, and it is “completely coincidental” that it also makes for a good ad, lol.


  7. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jun 26, 18 @ 5:27 pm:

    –This is a case specifically about IL so he has an excuse to be out there a…–

    Uh huh. I hear he skulks outside the Court of Claims for weeks on end, checking on cases impacting Illinois.

    If he’s in DC for the press pop, his campaign should pay for it.


  8. - The Way I See It - Tuesday, Jun 26, 18 @ 5:29 pm:

    Let’s hope they call for reargu,emt and he stays until the. Oh, Evelyn …. we need you.


  9. - Stuntman Bob's Brother - Tuesday, Jun 26, 18 @ 5:32 pm:

    The Rauner Crew must really expect Janus to put a beating on Public Sector Unions, huh? If the SC rules otherwise (or punts, as RNUG suggests), BR is going to have a hard time sneaking out of DC un-noticed.


  10. - Ole General - Tuesday, Jun 26, 18 @ 5:35 pm:

    All the waste in this state and we are going to nitpick a couple days in DC. My my, forest and trees gentleman. Forest and trees.

    As stated previously, I want a steady camera and good editing. If the state needs to pay Pritzker or Rauner for that, then so be it.


  11. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jun 26, 18 @ 5:41 pm:

    Eyes on fire…

    #PantsToo


  12. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jun 26, 18 @ 5:49 pm:

    –All the waste in this state and we are going to nitpick a couple days in DC. My my, forest and trees gentleman. Forest and trees.–

    What are you trying to say? It’s okay to do campaign work on the public dime because of “waste in the state?” How does that track, logically?

    What do you mean, “forest and trees?” Is that supposed to mean something in this context, or is it just a nervous tic?

    If you think Rauner’s motivation to be in DC is to do a campaign spot, why shouldn’t his campaign pay for it? Conversely, why would the state pay for a campaign trip?

    I’m pretty sure there were lots of trees in the forests up by Yankton when they sent Scott Fawell up for using state resources for campaign purposes.


  13. - ChicagoVinny - Tuesday, Jun 26, 18 @ 5:55 pm:

    #TooThirsty


  14. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Jun 26, 18 @ 5:58 pm:

    ===the state pay===

    He has always paid for travel out of his own pocket.


  15. - JS Mill - Tuesday, Jun 26, 18 @ 6:00 pm:

    @Word, if I may be so bold as to interpret what @Ole General is saying I would be glad to offer that service.

    Translated: “I am a complete hypocrite, when it suits me it is fine to waste public dollars doing something that can be done at home in Illinois with out spending public dollars”

    Three and a half years ago I learned to speak “hypocrite” by watching videos of Rauner and Trump.


  16. - Rabid - Tuesday, Jun 26, 18 @ 6:01 pm:

    This is about union dues not a ken dunkin like celebration for Illinois


  17. - east central - Tuesday, Jun 26, 18 @ 6:19 pm:

    Is he doing this because he has national aspirations?


  18. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jun 26, 18 @ 6:34 pm:

    ===He has always paid for travel out of his own pocket.===

    That’s on me. I should know better.

    Rauner will get his “day in the sun” tomorrow most likely.

    What’s so sad is it will cost Bruce and Diana Rauner $112 million.

    Expensive day in the sun, by any measure.


  19. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jun 26, 18 @ 7:10 pm:

    Rauner will be… if he does lose…

    … or desires to be…

    The governor that broke AFSCME… aka Af-Scammy

    Rauner will be guest speaking everywhere, will be sought on panels and be courted by think tanks.

    Don’t be short sided in your thinking.

    Rauner is a colossal failure as a governor.

    Rauner will be known nationally as the governor to take down public sector unions. That’s the ball game now. In reality, Rauner might be disengaged in process now, with all that he is trying to hone… getting blown out for re-elect only makes the legend he wants even “more”…

    The $112 million has come down to a photo op, with Janus on the US Supreme Court steps, hopefully sunny for color photos, cloudy for the black and white photos. The most expensive photo op in history.

    So, tomorrow is about the day, it is about winning the day, a day in the sun, and all the days after in the sun for the Martryr Bruce Rauner, the patron saint to union busting… or that’s how the releases, the interviews, the bios, everything after Janus… that’s the goal.

    Like all mythology, truth is lost.

    Rauner had no standing in Janus.

    In reality, Rauner had no standing and was taken out, so it’s not even an “opinion” Rauner has standing, based on… well, opinion.

    The mythology Rauner wants must have photos, the hand raised in locked finger victory with Janus… shot low, looking up at the myth, with the neoclassical Roman temple architecture…

    It can’t be overstated how critically important these pictures and this mythology is born tomorrow.

    It’s an expensive legacy, but Rauner needs the legacy and the mythology.


  20. - walker - Tuesday, Jun 26, 18 @ 8:17 pm:

    Mountains out of molehills. The sad thing is that his greatest accomplishment as Governor, worth a campaign ad, might be as party to a lawsuit.


  21. - Huh? - Tuesday, Jun 26, 18 @ 9:35 pm:

    Beady, blinkin’ eyes, tell lies.


  22. - Seymourkid - Tuesday, Jun 26, 18 @ 11:51 pm:

    Two questions:
    1. Did he drive the junker car from his 2014 campaign ads?
    2. Is he staying at the Trump Hotel?


  23. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Jun 27, 18 @ 12:04 am:

    ===He has always paid for travel out of his own pocket===

    That’s good of him. Did any state employees travel with him and if so, did they take personal time and did the campaign or the state pay for airfare and accommodations?

    I assume he has some staff with him. Probably campaign staff given the nature of this visit, but it’s worth checking out, isn’t it?


  24. - Rabid - Wednesday, Jun 27, 18 @ 3:39 am:

    The highest court decision will interfere with the Illinois election


  25. - Rabid - Wednesday, Jun 27, 18 @ 4:19 am:

    Recreational marijana has been legal for the last three years in DC, fact finding mission


  26. - VanillaMan - Wednesday, Jun 27, 18 @ 7:39 am:

    Rauner is hunched up over in DC like an old buzzard waiting for the ambulence to pull away, leaving him a tasty carrion.

    His eyes look like he’s driving the wrong way down a airport landing strip towards an exploding DC-10.


  27. - PublicServant - Wednesday, Jun 27, 18 @ 8:33 am:

    He wants to dance on what he thinks will be the grave of unions. I think the effect of this ruling on public sector unions is way overblown and clouded by 1% wet dreams.


  28. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Jun 27, 18 @ 8:35 am:

    “The highest court decision will interfere with the Illinois election.”

    Rabid, it might affect the election if the union loses. Right?


  29. - M - Wednesday, Jun 27, 18 @ 8:49 am:

    “Rauner will be known nationally as the governor to take down public sector unions. That’s the ball game now.”

    OW, it appears you are saying Rauner won his lawsuit. The civil servants of IL, pray that he loses this fight. Their health depends on it.

    With the current U.S. Supreme Court, decisions based on law are now a trap-shoot.


  30. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Jun 27, 18 @ 8:55 am:

    ==I think the effect of this ruling on public sector unions is way overblown and clouded by 1% wet dreams.==
    If 10 to 20 % of members bolt the Union that will really hurt in terms of dues.


  31. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jun 27, 18 @ 8:56 am:

    ===The civil servants of IL, pray that he loses this fight. Their health depends on it.===

    Probably not.

    If I’ve learned anything, the teachers’ strikes, for example, in West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Arizona show me public sector labor is doing well, thanks.

    ===With the current U.S. Supreme Court, decisions based on law are now a trap-shoot.===

    Then Abood should be a no-brainer as settled law… hmm.


  32. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Jun 27, 18 @ 9:00 am:

    –decisions based on law are now a trap-shoot.===

    Do you mean like shooting clay pigeons, or a roll of the dice, which would be a crap shoot?


  33. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jun 27, 18 @ 9:04 am:

    … and Janus wins.


  34. - West Sider - Wednesday, Jun 27, 18 @ 9:07 am:

    Reversed and remanded.


  35. - West Sider - Wednesday, Jun 27, 18 @ 9:09 am:

    The Court also holds that employees must affirmatively consent before fees can be withheld from their paychecks —the system must be opt-in, not opt-out.


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