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Rauner announces $1 million donation to repair Coliseum

Tuesday, Aug 14, 2018

* This would dwarf all other contributions…



The money would go to the state fair’s foundation. The governor said there was a “good chance” that he would donate more and said they were “talking to many folks” about contributing and things were “going well.” He said school kids would choose a new name for the building.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

41 Comments
  1. - Anon - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:35 am:

    will he continue making con tribulations like this, and the one to fix the mansion, after he loses in November?


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

    I’ll say one thing…

    “That’s a lot of money for him”


  3. - Frank talks - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:38 am:

    New mansion, $1 million for AG facility, 13 dead veterans in Quincy, priorities are important


  4. - Down South - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:40 am:

    Thank you Gov. Was watching Draft Horse Show yesterday and it was a good show in a bad building. Now just get it done for next years fair.


  5. - RNUG - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:42 am:

    Good for Rauner.

    Shame we have to rely on private contributions …


  6. - Kudos - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:43 am:

    Kudos to Rep. Butler for making the big ask!

    Now can Sue Scherer get JB to chip in?


  7. - Fair weather fan - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:44 am:

    Ever since he announced the private foundation for the state fair, I’ve been wondering if Rauner was ever going to kick in any dollars.
    Interesting that this is the same amount he’s pledged to give Erika Harold.


  8. - Spliff - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:46 am:

    so wouldn’t it have been better to do so he could experience as gov? By donating the money now (or pledging to) he won’t see any updates until he is out of office and does anyone think this guy is ever coming back to the State Fair after he loses?


  9. - SAP - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:46 am:

    Will Pritzker donate $2 Million, just to annoy the Governor? If yes, will he designate the money to be used for plumbing at the Coliseum?


  10. - Texas Red - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:49 am:

    Much appreciated by this fair goer !


  11. - Leigh John-Ella - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:53 am:

    Two things:

    1. Why now? Had he led a fundraising after the coliseum problems were discovered it would be reopened by now.
    2. In exchange for the $1 million, which is a lot of money for him, is Rauner demanding the Coliseum prosecute Speaker Madigan?


  12. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 10:55 am:

    –The money would go to the state fair’s foundation. The governor said there was a “good chance” that he would donate more and said they were “talking to many folks” about contributing and things were “going well.–

    How is this possible? LP told us big-money won’t contribute because of union work rules — even though those same rules were in place for the mansion renovation.


  13. - Ron Burgundy - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 11:00 am:

    –He said school kids would choose a new name for the building.–

    The Cowliseum. Done.


  14. - Skeptic - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 11:03 am:

    Ron B: There are some neigh sayers that may disagree…


  15. - Precinct Captain - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 11:10 am:

    It’s amazing what an election year will do.


  16. - Earnest - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 11:19 am:

    >The Cowliseum. Done.

    And a big marquis on the front so they can post which Friday the shows are on.


  17. - Galena Guy - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 11:22 am:

    Oswego Willie

    Yep….That’s a lot of money for him”

    It’s 0.0053191489 of his 2015 taxable income…..not to put too fine a point on it.


  18. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 11:24 am:

    - Galena Guy -

    Well, he’s not the 1%, he’s the 0.01%

    :)


  19. - The Dude Abides - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 11:37 am:

    I’d like to see JB contribute too.


  20. - Leigh John-Ella - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 11:44 am:

    Are we sure it wasn’t a typo and he’s really donating $1?


  21. - Leigh John-Ella - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 11:45 am:

    Here’s video of the announcement …

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l91ISfcuzDw


  22. - ImNotTaylorSwift - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 11:47 am:

    Coliseumy McColiseumface


  23. - A guy - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 11:48 am:

    Regardless of motive: Good.
    Hope it’s contagious.


  24. - I Miss Bentohs - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 11:54 am:

    I’m glad he is doing nice things with his money and I appreciated the mansion work, but this is a waste.


  25. - Lucky Pierre - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 12:02 pm:

    How is this possible? LP told us big-money won’t contribute because of union work rules — even though those same rules were in place for the mansion renovation.

    LOL

    What other “big money’ has contributed to the State Fairgrounds?

    Why does “Big Money” contribute to the state of the art Iowa fairgrounds that was renovated for a fraction of what the Illinois fairgrounds would cost?

    See any difference? Of course not if you a re a blind partisan who believes the Mike Madigan no change agenda is working for Illinois despite its record of failure.


  26. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 12:10 pm:

    ===…no change agenda is working for Illinois despite its record of failure.===

    Rauner is polling at 29%

    Madigan is unopposed in his district.

    Bruce Rauner has failed Illinois.


  27. - Grandpa2 - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 12:10 pm:

    Agree wholeheartedly with A Guy. Time for JB to make a statement ($5MM).


  28. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 12:13 pm:

    ===Time for JB to make a statement ($5MM).===

    See the $5 million that the Pritzker Family and trusts gave The Ounce when Rauner was starving social services…

    If we’re talking $5 million.


  29. - Louis G Atsaves - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 12:31 pm:

    Congratulations and a deep appreciation are in order here. He didn’t have to do it, just like he didn’t have to do the Governor’s Mansion restoration.

    For those here suffering from extremist snarkaholism, hoping and praying for a speedy recovery.

    /snark


  30. - illini - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 12:43 pm:

    — “extremist snarkaholism” —

    That is a good one. But, honestly, that is one of the reasons I love this blog.


  31. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 1:14 pm:

    –What other “big money’ has contributed to the State Fairgrounds?–

    LP, Rauner said he’s workin’ on it. Don’t tell me you’ve lost faith?

    As to the rest of your usual canned chants, See N’ Say from Fisher Price has a greater range of compellin’ and interestin’ comments.

    Louis, I’m sure the governor will buy you an ice cream for that one. You might enjoy it better than what you’re usually plantin’ your lips on around him.


  32. - Louis G. Atsaves - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 1:26 pm:

    @wordslinger, you could have tried throw an off handed compliment towards him for this donation. He didn’t have to do it. You will notice that I’ve never criticized his opponent for his multiple donations. Take a deep breath.

    Last week everyone ridiculed the lack of fair ground donations. This week a $1 million donation to the fair is being ridiculed?

    OK then.

    Extremist snarkaholism. I will immediately look into trademarking that expression. After I get my ice cream. From Oberweis.

    /snark


  33. - Lester Holt’s Mustache - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 1:31 pm:

    ==— “extremist snarkaholism” —==

    It’s absolutely necessary. Without this, Rich would have nothing in the comments sections but LP’s sycophantic Rauner defense schtick and “Sue” continuing to embarrass herself with her constant remarks about Pritzker being fat. Advertisements would dry up fast in that scenario. We’re trying to help support a small business here.


  34. - Corn Dog - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 3:30 pm:

    Rauner’s $1 million is the first big contribution. Where’s the Illinois Farm Bureau on this one? IFB and the other ag groups seem to be the big beneficiaries of an improved fairgrounds but they’ve yet to drop a penny into the Foundation’s bucket.


  35. - City Zen - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 3:53 pm:

    == IFB and the other ag groups seem to be the big beneficiaries of an improved fairgrounds==

    I can think of a few labor unions (Operating Engineers, Carpenters, etc) whose members would benefit from improving the fairgrounds as well.

    How about CME? Ag futures and the future of agriculture.


  36. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 4:08 pm:

    –you could have tried throw an off handed compliment towards him for this donation. He didn’t have to do it.–

    No, he didn’t have to do it. He chose to for his own political benefit.

    And it has nothing to do with his duties as governor or how he’s performed them. Same goes for Pritzker’s charitable contributions; they have nothing to do with the gig.


  37. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 4:15 pm:

    ===Congratulations and a deep appreciation are in order here. He didn’t have to do it, just like he didn’t have to do the Governor’s Mansion restoration.===

    Rauner didn’t have to force the state to go a whole GA without two budgets…

    Should I be grateful he did his job after the GA voted 152-20 to force Rauner to sign a budget.

    I know you’re a “money solves all phony” guy - Louis G Atsaves


  38. - OurMagician - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 4:36 pm:

    Good for him and Pritzker should do the same. I did like the “Thanks Governour Rouner” on the marquee today.


  39. - Louis G. Atsaves - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:09 pm:

    ===I know you’re a “money solves all phony” guy - Louis G Atsaves===

    You do? You base that


  40. - Louis G. Atsaves - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:09 pm:

    on what?


  41. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Aug 14, 18 @ 9:18 pm:

    - Louis G Atsaves -

    ===He didn’t have to do it. You will notice that I’ve never criticized his opponent for his multiple donations.===

    Let’s break this down…

    “He didn’t have to do it.”

    Here, it’s money as some sort of blessing, how lucky we all are, the money he (or they) didn’t “have to” give.

    So, you can be a phony, anyone can, as long as the money, no one “has to” donate… is… donated.

    Here’s where it’s about the money, not really about the who or the why

    “You will notice that I’ve never criticized his opponent for his multiple donations.”

    … and there it is.

    It’s not about criticizing or choosing if one is giving it’s better than another, it IS about the money, and if it covers the phony, that’s fine.

    Like candidate Rauner, ‘nember?

    “I donated millions”

    It’s about the money. The money insulating the phony, so not criticizing or whatever… it IS about the money and it solving the phony.

    “Look at the money”

    “I’m not criticizing the money he gave”

    I get it, “write the check”… we’re all good.


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