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Tuesday, Aug 14, 2018

* Press release…

MEDIA ADVISORY: Governor Rauner to Deliver Remarks on Governor’s Day at the State Fair

Tomorrow, at Governor’s Day at the State Fair, Governor Rauner will deliver remarks on the Director’s Lawn as part of the Illinois GOP’s election year rally. He is scheduled to speak at 1:00 PM following remarks from Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti, Leader Bill Brady, Leader Jim Durkin, Illinois members of Congress, and statewide candidates. Before his remarks, Governor Rauner will also hold a media availability (approx. 11:45 AM).

* The Question: Your best questions for the governor?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

88 Comments
  1. - Spliff - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:39 am:

    so who will be in charge at the next Governors day?


  2. - @misterjayem - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:42 am:

    “Without using the word Madigan, can you tell us why you should be reelected as Governor of Illinois?”

    – MrJM


  3. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:43 am:

    “As a white male, how will you court minorities in this re-election?”


  4. - Norseman - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:44 am:

    MrJM, let’s make it even harder. He can’t use “broken” or “corrupt.”


  5. - The Dude Abides - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:44 am:

    In hindsight, do you think the 736 day budget impasse was worth it?


  6. - Real - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:44 am:

    If haven’t accomplished anything good in 4 years why are you running again?


  7. - H. L. Mencken - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:44 am:

    What’s next on the program?


  8. - Al - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:44 am:

    If you are so concerned about high property taxes, why haven’t you proposed higher Casino taxes to fund our Common School fund which provides money to K to 12 local school districts around the State?

    If you are so concerned about job creation and economic environment, why do you allow casino license holders in New Jersey and Nevada to export hundreds of millions of job creating dollars off of main street illinois out of State?


  9. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:44 am:

    “When you contributed the million dollars to Erika Harold, who came up with the amount that will guarantee Harold will prosecute Mike Madigan?”


  10. - Ron Burgundy - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:44 am:

    “Isn’t it a beautiful Friday here in 2108?”


  11. - Real - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:45 am:

    If you haven’t accomplished anything good in 4 years why are you running again?


  12. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:46 am:

    “If you think a million dollars is a lot of money, what would you call the ‘now’ $117 million you’ve spent controlling your party?”


  13. - A Jack - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:46 am:

    I will defer to Bernie. He has been doing a great job lately.


  14. - Steve - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:47 am:

    “Without using the word MADIGAN, can you tell us why you should be reelected as Governor of Illinois?”


  15. - Thoughts Matter - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:47 am:

    Do you consider it unethical to impugn people’s characters just to win an election? How is your treatment of Madigan different than Trump insulting everyone that doesn’t agree with him?

    Exactly what can you do in the next 4 years given what you’ve actually accomplished in the last 4? Why shouldn’t we base our vote on your actual accomplishments, good and bad?


  16. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:47 am:

    “Can you be the patron of the Janus litigation and also be a champion of organized labor?”


  17. - DuPage Bard - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:47 am:

    Do you believe hindsight is 20/20?


  18. - Real - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:48 am:

    Why don’t you want to pay your fair share in income taxes? You have millions to donate to your reelection campaign when the average person doesn’t even have $1,000 to run for office so why is it that you are fighting tooth and nail for a flat tax when you have so much disposable income as it is?


  19. - Henry Francis - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:48 am:

    You said the other day that Ken Dunkin is a very passionate person. Is he more passionate than you are?


  20. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:51 am:

    “How important is it to you to control the Attorney General and have that Attorney General prosecute your enemies?”


  21. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:51 am:

    How do you intend on working with a man you have labeled a criminal if you win re-election?

    Do you intend on governing if you win re-election as opposed to playing the victim for another 4 years?

    Do you have any new policies you would like to pursue if you win re-election or will you continue to push policies that have been rejected and have no chance of ever becoming law?


  22. - don the legend - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:52 am:

    “Have you ever apologized to Cardinal Cupich for lying to him about HB 40?”


  23. - Real - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:53 am:

    You always speak of high property taxes.. If property taxes are so high why did you veto to $15 minimum wage bill? Aren’t you creating more burden on workers that are trying to pay high property taxes?


  24. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:54 am:

    “Do you think the fund to help private schools, which is nowhere near that $100 million target, is enough of a gesture for Cardinal Cupich to forgive your lying to him?”


  25. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:55 am:

    “If you are a big supporter of pro-life candidates, how is signing HB40 being a supporter of pro-life positions?”


  26. - OneMan - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:56 am:

    What is the nature of the conspiracy against coal you feel exists and who is behind it?

    Is there anyone else besides Speaker Madigan you hope is committing crimes?

    Have you lost your damn mind lately?


  27. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:56 am:

    Why did you spend all that extra money from the tax increase you said you were against? You didn’t have to. You could have paid down bills.


  28. - Mary - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:56 am:

    Do you think your two year budget impasse was worth it? What did it accomplish?


  29. - Soccermom - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:57 am:

    Who hurt you?


  30. - Real - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:57 am:

    When voters rejected Munger and Dunkin why did you put them back on taxpayer payroll? You couldn’t find anyone more qualified?


  31. - Streator Curmudgeon - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:58 am:

    “You state in your TV commercials that Michael Madigan is corrupt. Do you have any legal evidence proving that?”


  32. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:59 am:

    You have stated you want to roll back the tax rate. What cuts will you make to keep the bill backlog from exploding again?


  33. - Real - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:00 am:

    You always say you are looking out for taxpayers. After 4 years why does it seem like you only care about taxpayers when it comes to Union contracts? You didn’t have much to say about taxpayers when signing HB40 and spending millions without a budget in place.


  34. - OneLittleCherry - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:01 am:

    So when will you rescind the executive order establishing Intersect Illinois as a Public Private Partnership since it failed to be granted non profit status by the IRS?
    Isn’t it at very least unethical to have a for profit and non foia-able entity doing the functions of a government agency DCEO?
    Would you consider Intersect Illinois corrupt?


  35. - Reserved - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:01 am:

    “Have you asked the State Police to conduct criminal investigations of your political rivals?”


  36. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:02 am:

    “Which state university are you trying to close, and have you notified them of your intentions?”


  37. - Streator Curmudgeon - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:02 am:

    “Who designs your costumes?”


  38. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:06 am:

    “Why do YOU think you’re the most vulnerable incumbent in America?”


  39. - Real - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:07 am:

    You always speak on term limits and career politicians so when voters gave Dunkin and Munger a term limit why did you put them back on the tax payer dime?


  40. - Ready To Leave this State - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:12 am:

    Why do you feel like you are above the law? You were ordered by a Judge to pay the Step Raises and back pay to State Employees but you refuse. That is no different than Madigan breaking a law.


  41. - Glengarry - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:13 am:

    Where are my step raises?


  42. - Matty - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:15 am:

    “Why do you always laugh before you try to answer questions that nail you?” ($100 says he laughs before trying to answer this)


  43. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:16 am:

    If you believe you are not in charge why do you want to be Governor?


  44. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:16 am:

    Do you intend on signing more than 1 budget during your next term?


  45. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:18 am:

    “You said you hope Madigan is doing illegal things. If you hope, isn’t that admitting you know of no illegal things Madigan may be doing?”


  46. - Earnest - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:20 am:

    What steps have you taken to effectively manage the FY18 budget and not repeat previous issues with needing special appropriations because the money was spent too quickly? What steps have you taken to assure there is no more unappropriated spending? Have you identified any areas where you can save the taxpayers money by not needing to spend the full budgeted amount?


  47. - OneLittleCherry - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:24 am:

    When is Rivian going to have its first prototype ready for show? Your administration gave them a 50,000,000 EDGE grant. When do we get to see what our 50,000,000 paid for?


  48. - Just Saying ... - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:25 am:

    How ya enjoyin the state fairin, Governor?


  49. - Nick Name - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:26 am:

    If Erika Harold is elected, will she be your next wingman?


  50. - OneLittleCherry - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:27 am:

    When are all the foriegn companies from Asia and Europe opens my Illinois facilities? You said after each trip that announcements would be made shortly. Well?


  51. - Al - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:31 am:

    should you win re-election will you be getting new costumes?/s


  52. - Wondering? - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:32 am:

    Are you keeping your ghost airplane fleet for after the election or is it supposed to be forgotten?


  53. - Hit or Miss - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:34 am:

    “How often during the campaign will President Trump make appearances and be featured at fundraisers for you in Illinois?”


  54. - A guy - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:36 am:

    Who are you wearing today?


  55. - A Jack - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:42 am:

    When you were running in 2014, you said there was fraud and waste in state government. Have you found that fraud and waste yet and in which specific departments?


  56. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:43 am:

    “Will you take us (statehouse reporters) to the agencies lacking computers so we can write about it and your experiences?”


  57. - Just Curious - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:53 am:

    I am just curious. Governor Rauner states Madigan should not have any say on property taxes as he deals with them in private practice.
    So does that mean he should lay off trying to pull an “Enron” and rip off state employees pensions because he made millions off of their money he used for investments and paid to have a person sit on the pension board?
    Talk about having conflict of interest.
    Does he not want folks to find out it is folks like him that are part of the reason the pensions are in the state they are in.


  58. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 11:00 am:

    Just Curious, you are just clueless.

    To the Post: Are you worried about the $7 billion bill backlog? What steps will you take if reeelected to address it?


  59. - DeseDemDose - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 11:01 am:

    Will you suppot Trumps boycott of Harley and ditch your Barbie dress up day biker leather vest festooned with boy scout pins?


  60. - RNUG - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 11:21 am:

    If you had it to do over, would you still attack Sam McCann over his one union vote?


  61. - RNUG - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 11:22 am:

    Why has your social agenda, such as it is, been to the left of Quinn and JB?


  62. - RNUG - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 11:24 am:

    Do you still believe a vulture capitalist can run the State better than a professional politican?


  63. - BlueDogDem - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 11:24 am:

    Do you eat Oreos?


  64. - RNUG - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 11:25 am:

    If you had it to do over, would you still run a cover-up on the Quincy VA home problems?


  65. - RNUG - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 11:26 am:

    What did you get the last 3 years for all the millions in campaign money you spent?


  66. - BlueDogDem - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 11:30 am:

    How much time will you spend campaigning in Lincoln County?


  67. - Huh? - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 11:41 am:

    Are you winnin’?


  68. - Huh? - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 11:43 am:

    Want to play poker? You can deal. Table stakes, $100 ante.


  69. - Because I said so.... - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 11:46 am:

    Are you in charge yet?


  70. - Casual observer - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 11:55 am:

    Who wears a sweater vest in August?


  71. - walker - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 11:58 am:

    “What’s new?”


  72. - What's in a name? - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 12:01 pm:

    Where do you think you will go first in Italy?


  73. - JS Mill - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 12:03 pm:

    Can you describe a typical day for Leslie Munger?

    Can you ball-park the total for the waste, fraud, and abuse that you have uncovered? Supporting documents?

    What does the term “transparent” mean to you?

    Have you turned over evidence of MJM’s corruption to the appropriates state’s attorney? If not, why not?


  74. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 12:15 pm:

    If the 32% Madigan tax increase is based on the 36.2 billion dollars veto override, how large would the rauner tax have been with your 37.3 proposed budget?


  75. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 12:16 pm:

    - Soccermom - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:57 am:

    Who hurt you?

    Most psychologically relevant/insightful question ever asked on this very interesting blog.

    #justmyopinion


  76. - Streator Curmudgeon - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 12:29 pm:

    “When social service agencies were closing and cutting back services during the budget crisis, did you say, ‘Yay!’?”


  77. - Tier1gal - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 12:49 pm:

    Governor Rauner, in one succinct sentence without bashing any politician (including Madigan) tell us why we should vote for you again for Governor and include solid facts and plans.


  78. - A Jack - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 1:03 pm:

    What is your stance on the new AG lawsuit against Trump towers? And do you still support Harold who per her speech thinks the AG office should ignore environmental concerns?


  79. - Huh? - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 1:22 pm:

    Why do you lie so much?


  80. - Huh? - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 1:24 pm:

    What does trump have on you that causes you to go to such extremes to avoid anything that can be associated with him or even say his name?


  81. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 1:47 pm:

    May I have $1 million please?


  82. - zatoichi - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 2:07 pm:

    So how many of your original campaign promises have you actually accomplished?


  83. - Nick Name - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 2:08 pm:

    Are you in charge yet?


  84. - WhoKnew - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 2:45 pm:

    Governor, why did Illinois get an F on the small business friendly-ness report?
    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/14/thumbtack-survey-best-and-worst-states-and-cities-for-small-business.html


  85. - Mama - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 7:46 pm:

    Why should we re-elect a governor whom was not in charge during his first term?


  86. - XDNR - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 8:08 pm:

    Governor Rauner you claimed you spoke to Madigan and Cullerton the night you we’re elected (lie), so do you plan on calling JB to concede defeat on the night of Nov. 6th?


  87. - Union Thug Gramma - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:47 pm:

    There are rumors that you’ve told anti-women’s reproductive rights groups that you are willing to overthrow HB 40, is this true?


  88. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Wednesday, Aug 15, 18 @ 8:44 am:

    Soybean farmers, auto manufacturers, and other Illinois employers are hurting because of Trump’s tariffs. This morning Stack On Products announced it is closing its factories due to the tariffs.
    How do you plan to advocate for Illinois against these tarriffs?


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