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Rauner defends impasse comment

Friday, Sep 14, 2018

* Gov. Rauner was asked about this today at the Tribune editorial board…

Rauner claimed that the impasse deeply affected him. He told the Tribune editorial board that to see how much, they should compare photos of him from four years ago to today.

* Four years ago…

* Yesterday…

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - ruce brauner - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:11 pm:

    Professional headshot vs. candid photo mid-speech. Sure he’s aged, but comparing these two photos is going to make it appear more dramatic.

  2. - Michelle Flaherty - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:12 pm:

    He’s barely recognizable.
    Mostly because of the tie.

  3. - Almost the weekend - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:13 pm:

    I just thought it was the annual rate of return on his Fire Madigan ETF

  4. - Gruntled University Employee - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:14 pm:

    The top pic says “I’m gonna shake up Springfield”. The other says “Springfield ate my lunch”.

  5. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:14 pm:

    Rauner is so superficial… he has to point to pictures to try to show heart and caring.

    How embarrassing and pathetic.

    A shallow man, using shallowness to show caring.


  6. - don the legend - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:14 pm:

    What a whiner. Any change in his appearance is 100% self inflicted.

  7. - MG85 - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:16 pm:

    “Always keep your words short and sweet. One day you may have to eat ‘em.”

    -Advice Bruce Rauner never heard from my Mama.

  8. - Southfarmllama - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:19 pm:

    Pretty weak honestly, but he’s an empty suit at this point. No chance of winning.

  9. - Less Nessman - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:19 pm:

    He learned the importance of wearing a tie to big events.

  10. - wordslinger - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:20 pm:

    Perhaps it makes him happy stayin’ up late at night thinkin’ ’bout how he’s tunin’ up the folks.

  11. - Truthteller - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:30 pm:

    So Rauner lied again today. Nothing new here, just a different lie. He does channel Trump.

  12. - slow down - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:30 pm:

    When you think about the impact of the impasse on our state’s most vulnerable, no amount of professed sadness from Rauner is going to change the fact that people’s lives were devastated.

    When you add to the analysis that the impasse was a product of Rauner’s admitted plan to use these people as leverage for his political agenda, that we’re even talking about his feelings is laughable and frankly absurd.

  13. - Jocko - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:30 pm:

    ==the impasse deeply affected him==

    This reminds me of Trump’s response to Khizr Khan “I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard.”

  14. - Anonymous - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:31 pm:

    Four years ago, he thought he might prevail over labor. Now he’s one hundred million dollars poorer.

    Not poor, of course.

  15. - Grandson of Man - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:31 pm:

    Wait, what does Rauner mopey face yesterday have to do with his suffering during the impasse that ended last year? What a phony.

    Rauner is only stressed now because he’s down in polls. If Rauner was up in the polls he’d be quite relaxed and happy, and arrogant.

    He was quite happy during the impasse, waging his war against Madigan and unions, AFSCME in particular. He could have decided to work with Democrats and his own party to come up with some reforms. He could have allowed Democrats and Republicans to keep working on reforms and the budget during the grand bargain. He could have returned to the bargaining table with AFSCME, who was practically begging to go back and bargain and not have to take a strike vote.

    Hatred of opponents and attacking them drives Bruce Rauner and makes him happy. The sad face we see now is because he is staring at a real chance of losing the election.

  16. - Jibba - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:34 pm:

    Typically, age confers wisdom. No evidence here so far.

  17. - A Jack - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:35 pm:

    Hopefully a reporter will question him in person so we can hear that wonderful laugh and his stumbling remarks.

    I thought there was also a statement that he slept quite well at night, but I couldn’t find it with Google.

  18. - Thoughts Matter - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:36 pm:

    Yes he looks older. Less hair. Worse lighting. No make-up, no filtered photoshop, etc. I’m sure he has had stress in this job.

    Maybe he shouldn’t have run for re-election. If he cared about the effect on his health.

  19. - DeseDemDose - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:38 pm:

    A man without empathy has nothing.

  20. - Nick - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:40 pm:

    Nothing some duct-tape can’t fix

  21. - Perrid - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:41 pm:

    He’s probably lost some weight and hair, looking at the photos. Don’t know how much of that is stress and how much age. We also don’t know if that stress was due to him losing the “fight” or if he was legitimately worried about the cost of the fight he was embroiling us all in.

  22. - BothSidesofHisMouth - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:41 pm:

    A full body shot would be more telling than a headshot. He has lost a lot of weight since he took office and he slim to begin with. Doesn’t make me any more or less sympathetic to him though. He lost some weight and maybe some sleep. Others lost their jobs, their businesses, their abilities to get needed help/education…

  23. - Mike - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:47 pm:

    Anyone know who runs or who is behind the “Working Together” account? My golly, everything from that page is vile. The name is a little misleading…

  24. - Name Withheld - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:48 pm:

    Meh. His malaise is nothing a few bottles from his $100,000 wine club couldn’t solve.

  25. - El Conquistador - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:50 pm:

    A failed broken man… that thought, and still thinks he knows it all. And was, and is still wrong.

    Sad. Some simply do not learn life’s basic lessons until the end of their lives, if ever. Your a man in your 60s. Life is short. Save your money Bruce, and try to enjoy what time you have left.

  26. - Anon221 - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:50 pm:

    (Emphatically) Poor Little Rich Man.

    You told us all you were happy during the impasse. That quote lives. Changing “history” doesn’t erase that.

  27. - Thomas Paine - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:51 pm:

    Is he running for governor or doing an ad for Photoshop?

    Because campaign headshots are all photoshopped.

  28. - Henry Francis - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:53 pm:

    There have been numerous studies that concluded lying a lot has a negative affect on one’s health.

    So does he look so haggard because of the numerous, ridiculous, easily proven lies he has been throwin’ out there on a regular basis? Or is it because he feels so bad about how the impasse has had such a negative (and in many cases devastating) impact on so many Illinoisians?

    I don’t know - I’m no doctor - I guess we can just look at his actions over the past 3 years and form our own opinions.

  29. - 47th Ward - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:54 pm:

    The second photo is just bad lighting. Whoever did the advance work for that Hilton speech yesterday ought to find another line of work. That was a poor performance all the way around: bad writing, bad delivery, bad stage, bad lighting, bad sound.

    If you photographed anyone in that room yesterday, including Louis Atsaves, they would appear dull and colorless. They crossed a picket line for that?

  30. - @misterjayem - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:54 pm:

    If you think juxtaposing Rauner’s claims versus reality is vile, my golly, your sensibilities might be too delicate for Illinois politics.

    – MrJM

  31. - dominionhinny - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 12:54 pm:

    “My golly, everything from that page is vile.” - Mike

    How so Mike? Please provide examples.

  32. - pawn - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 1:01 pm:

    Just thinking a bit on the phrase “disruption that many families experienced.”
    1. Passive voice obscures the actor, who was in this case himself who caused the “disruption.” Why not own it, Governor?
    2. The use of the word “disruption” which has a fairly mild connotation, at least to me. I think of this broadcast being disrupted to bring you an important announcement. A minor inconvenience. A hiccup in your day. Not in the end that big of a deal. Tell that to someone who lost a child to an overdose, or who had to drop out of college, or who lost their job because they could not get child care, lost their housing, had to go into a nursing home instead of living at home, etc.
    3. “many families”. Many is such a vague term. Does not hint at all at the magnitude of the devastation that resulted from the impasse.

  33. - Rich Miller - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 1:02 pm:

    ===just bad lighting===

    Whatever. Anyone who has seen Rauner can plainly see how he’s aged over the years. It’s quite striking.

  34. - Loop Lady - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 1:04 pm:

    Self involved much Bruce?

    This what happens kiddos when your narcicism trumps your abilities…pun intended…

  35. - Jibba - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 1:06 pm:

    He’s a lot richer now. Mo money, mo problems.

  36. - Cubs in '16 - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 1:07 pm:

    ===Anyone who has seen Rauner can plainly see how he’s aged over the years.===

    Most likely attributable to MJM and Labor living rent free inside his head rather than empathy for the hostages.

  37. - Rich Miller - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 1:07 pm:

    Cubs, I don’t disagree.

  38. - 47th Ward - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 1:13 pm:


    The comparison of photos is a joke. But I agree that there has been a physical toll on him and it’s visible. I was in a meeting with him in December and it looked like a two inch gap between his neck and his collar. Even his body language said he was giving up.

    But whoever picked out that backdrop yesterday shouldn’t be doing political advance work.

  39. - Demoralized - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 1:23 pm:

    He claims the difference is due to his worries over things like the budget impasse. I suspect he’s really beaten down not out of any sort of concern but because he totally failed to get anything he wanted to get done, done.

  40. - GOPgal - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 1:25 pm:

    At GTCR he never had to see all the people he hurt while stuffing his pockets via financial games. Now he does.

  41. - Capt. Tuttle - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 1:29 pm:

    I’d rather Rauner look at photos of folks before and after they had their social services cut by him; people who lost their jobs due to the budget impasse. Wonder how well they have aged?

  42. - @misterjayem - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 1:42 pm:

    “Anyone who has seen Rauner can plainly see how he’s aged over the years.”

    I know that feeling.

    I also took it pretty hard the first time I was unsuccessful at something.

    Maybe someone will buy Bruce an ice cream cone — that did wonders for me.

    – MrJM

  43. - The Dude Abides - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 1:44 pm:

    The difference in Rauner is real. This job has not been good for him and he sure as heck has not been good for Illinois.

  44. - Thomas Paine - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 1:46 pm:

    You know what makes me pretty sure Rauner didn’t lose any sleep over the impasse victims?

    Yesterday, he described it as a “disruption.”

    Know one who truly empathizes would describe the impact on Illinoisans as a “disruption.”

    Disruption is when Metra cancels your train.

    Rauner forced entire nonprofit organizations to close. Entire communities lost services. Parents had to quit their jobs to care for their children or their own parents. University staff got let go. Students had to look away from Illinois and scramble to other states to earn a college degree.

    Job creation fell by 16 percent.

    Every household in Illinois was saddled with an added $2500 in unpaid bills.

    People died.

    Does that sound like “Disruption”?

    Me neither.

  45. - Pundent - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 1:48 pm:

    I think its entirely possible that both scenarios are correct. I mean Diana did say what she said after all and there’s no denying how the position has aged Bruce. To me he looks like a guy who has suddenly realized that he made a $100M investment with no return.

  46. - Dance Band on the Titanic - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 1:52 pm:

    Where did all his happiness go?

  47. - 37B - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 1:59 pm:

    He’s aged. No surprise. And so what. When you instigate a war, even if you win, you take a beating. When you lose, especially in the way he has lost, you look, well, defeated. He found out his cloak of invincibility was a myth. He ran up 10 billion in debt while gutting social services. The well being of people in need clearly took a back seat to his anti-union agenda; an agenda he kept under wraps during the campaign.
    Who wants to sip Carmenere and nibble Brie in the same room as Bruce and Diana anymore?
    It’s more that he’s lost face rather than that his face has aged.

  48. - Grandson of Man - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 2:02 pm:

    “Most likely attributable to MJM and Labor living rent free inside his head rather than empathy for the hostages.”

    What did the guy think, that he should easily steamroll his opponents and they should lie down for him? He waged war on people. Workers who live paycheck to paycheck stood up to someone who’s income skyrocketed while he was fighting to make brutal cuts on them. Rauner illegally withheld money from the state’s newest and lowest paid workers by not paying their step increases, while making $279 million.

    People did not want to fight Rauner. So many people want to live their lives with as much peace as possible. Who wants to constantly ward off attacks? That’s why people implored him to work together. He brought this on himself. He is most unqualified for this job. He’s better in an unempathetic world of knuckle busting corporate CEO’s.

  49. - DuPage Bard - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 2:10 pm:

    Where are the strawberries? I plainly left them in the refrigerator. Where are they?
    Dude’s sourpuss and his bad face are from losing his base. Jeanne Ives running all over him. Getting torn up by the media finally on a daily for inaccuracies of his statements. Mike Madigan taking Rauner’s best shots and not going out for the count. Labor, who was fractured when he came in to office, building trades vs State employees and now banding them together in a massive way. The cocktail party set in Winnetka whispering about him behind his back when he and Diana leave a room.
    I could go on and on and on.
    This was your own making, your own creation, your own fault. You shouldn’t look at the pictures Governor you should look in the mirror.

  50. - Nobody Sent - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 2:26 pm:

    Same guy in both pics: uber rich and out of touch.

  51. - 37B - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 2:53 pm:

    Hmmm. Did I get bounced around 2:00? If so, I do believe it’s been my longest run between bounces.

  52. - IllinoisBoi - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 2:56 pm:

    If the stresses of Rauner’s job are aging the poor man prematurely, then, for the sake of his health, let’s get him out of office as soon as possible….

  53. - Arthur Andersen - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 2:59 pm:

    47, I had the same thought about that room yesterday. Even a few flags woulda helped. Terrible advance work. Maybe the crew is just phoning it in.

  54. - don the legend - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 3:04 pm:

    I think walking some precincts, knocking on some doors and hearing from the people he’s “been fightin for” would do his health wonders.

  55. - Skeptic - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 3:22 pm:

    “Terrible advance work. Maybe the crew is just phoning it in.” Maybe the people who knew what they were doing wouldn’t cross the picket? (Hey, a guy can hope.)

  56. - Arsenal - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 3:23 pm:

    ==Anyone know who runs or who is behind the “Working Together” account? My golly, everything from that page is vile.==

    Really? They don’t pretend to be even-handed with Rauner, but I fail to see what’s “vile”.

  57. - Barrington - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 3:47 pm:

    A lie with a tie.

  58. - RNUG - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 3:48 pm:

    == What did the guy think, that he should easily steamroll his opponents and they should lie down for him? ==

    That was his M.O. in the private sector; he expected to do the same in the publuc sector. Just like he expected to be able to shuffle money around with no restraints or limits or needing someone else’s approval.

  59. - Anonymous - Friday, Sep 14, 18 @ 3:54 pm:

    Barrington’s comment is priceless. - “A lie with a tie.”

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