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Friday, Sep 28, 2018

* From JB Pritzker’s editorial board meeting with Crain’s Chicago Business

The Democratic nominee also appeared to signal the likely death of Rauner’s vaunted Discovery Partners Institute on Related Midwest’s 78-acre property at Roosevelt and Clark.

“It should have partners in private industry,” rather than just rely on a pending state grant of up to $500 million, Pritzker said. “There is no private support as best as I can tell,” despite several months of promises from Rauner, who told Crain’s that investors are willing to step forward if he is re-elected.

As a matter of practical politics, the DPI plan was the creation of Rauner and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Rauner soon could be out of office and Emanuel will retire after his current term ends in April.

So, there are willing DPI investors but the governor is keeping their names a secret because they’re only on board if Rauner is reelected?

…Adding… I posted this Democratic Party of Illinois press release on the live coverage post, but it also fits here…

One year ago to the day, Bruce Rauner said he came back from his trip to China and Japan with “nine projects that have a good chance of success here in the state of Illinois,” but today he’s coming up empty. Rauner was speaking at the Illinois Chamber of Commerce days after returning from what he dubbed a “trade mission.” But where are the jobs governor?

As WCIA and the Chicago Tribune’s Eric Zorn exposed, Rauner’s administration has been unable to show any real success from his Asia trade mission, or his more recent Germany trip. In fact, the only news Illinoisans are seeing is Japanese companies like Takeda and Daifuku Wynright moving 1,500 jobs OUT of Illinois. Zorn connected Rauner’s overseas flop to his overall jobs record – Rauner had blasted his predecessor as a “miserable failure on jobs” and promised to “get results,” but job growth has slowed during his tenure.

“After 1,500 jobs disappeared in six days, it’s clear why Bruce Rauner is a ‘miserable failure on jobs’ by his own measure,” said DPI Statewide Communications Director Sam Salustro. “Over promising and under delivering is a recipe for disaster, and it seems to be the only one Rauner has perfected.”

It’s kinda weird that the acronym for Rauner’s project and Madigan’s party are the same.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

22 Comments
  1. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Sep 28, 18 @ 1:03 pm:

    ===So, there are willing DPI investors but the governor is keeping their names a secret because they’re only on board if Rauner is reelected?===

    Fine. I’m cool with it.

    The board won’t exist.

    Rauner, the phony governor with the mysterious disappearing board members.


  2. - Telly - Friday, Sep 28, 18 @ 1:07 pm:

    == who told Crain’s that investors are willing to step forward if he is re-elected. ==

    Rauner said that? Has he been on record saying that anywhere else? Not exactly what the U of I president told a senate hearing a few weeks back.


  3. - Real - Friday, Sep 28, 18 @ 1:07 pm:

    More Rauner lies


  4. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Sep 28, 18 @ 1:08 pm:

    I heard this mysterious disappearing board is having “Brewskis with Bruce”

    I figure, if we’re having mysteriously missing things be the topic today, let’s have them all meet at “Brewskis with Bruce”


  5. - Cubs in '16 - Friday, Sep 28, 18 @ 1:14 pm:

    ===let’s have them all meet at “Brewskis with Bruce”===

    All the lil old ladies who told Bruce to “hang in there” just showed up. Better tap another keg…


  6. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Sep 28, 18 @ 1:16 pm:

    ===All the lil old ladies who told Bruce to “hang in there” just showed up. Better tap another keg…===

    The CEOs of the dozens of companies looking to move here are waiting for an opened full bar, which, I have to admit, there’s some expensive alcohol and $100K wine bottles.

    Raymond Poe *may* be catering… I dunno.


  7. - driveby - Friday, Sep 28, 18 @ 1:19 pm:

    Competition for his 1871? No way.


  8. - Henry Francis - Friday, Sep 28, 18 @ 1:20 pm:

    OW and Cubs - add a few more kegs for all Dems in the GA that tell the Guv they agree with him, but Madigan won’t let them say it publicly.


  9. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Sep 28, 18 @ 1:24 pm:

    - Henry Francis -

    A beer truck, Stag Beer, of course, is circling this mysterious location with ALL these folks, including those GA Dems.


  10. - Benniefly2 - Friday, Sep 28, 18 @ 1:27 pm:

    Maybe the DPI investors are also his former girlfriends from Canada or something. /s


  11. - wordslinger - Friday, Sep 28, 18 @ 1:29 pm:

    –…Rauner, who told Crain’s that investors are willing to step forward if he is re-elected.–

    Don’t forget the secret “hundreds” of companies ready to relocate and or the hidden “tens of thousands” of jobs already created by his Asia trip.

    Bruce Rauner, International Man of Mystery.

    Obviously, Burger King is on board for DPI, because the Whoppers just keep on comin’.


  12. - vseoi; - Friday, Sep 28, 18 @ 1:39 pm:

    And our Swedish friends too. A whole big reunion.


  13. - The Way I See It - Friday, Sep 28, 18 @ 1:48 pm:

    Only the eyebrow pencil makers were so jacked about brewskis with Bruce they couldn’t keep quiet about it


  14. - Because I said so.... - Friday, Sep 28, 18 @ 1:49 pm:

    That $500 million would go a long way to help if spread out among all the public universities.


  15. - 47th Ward - Friday, Sep 28, 18 @ 1:51 pm:

    There was some talk that the UIC/John Marshall merger was approved by the U of I board to keep UIC from opposing the UIUC/DPI project.

    I guess that’s no longer necessary. Hopefully Pritzker’s IBHE will undo that bad decision too.


  16. - walker - Friday, Sep 28, 18 @ 2:31 pm:

    Let’s leave the personalities aside. Could something like this have been done? Can we consider similar opportunities?


  17. - Champaign Tony - Friday, Sep 28, 18 @ 2:33 pm:

    That sound you just heard was Tim Killeen’s head exploding.

    That’s what you get when you have Bruce Rauner for a partner. First he trashes Champaign-Urbana as a back water cow town, now he turns your beloved innovation center into a partisan football.

    I believe it’s called creative destruction.


  18. - Ron Burgundy - Friday, Sep 28, 18 @ 2:50 pm:

    UI leadership is heavily promoting this project, so walking away from it would be a step back from the stated goal of bolstering higher education in the state. Mr. “Think Big” better have something else to bring to the table in its place, then.


  19. - 47th Ward - Friday, Sep 28, 18 @ 2:54 pm:

    ===UI leadership is heavily promoting this project,===

    What exactly is the “project?” It was just a nicely written press release with zero commitments made by anybody. U of I talks about partnering with other universities but no one has seen or heard from them. As far as i know, they haven’t even drafted an MOU with any potential partners. Furthermore, that site is years away from seeing a shovel put in the ground.

    U of I might be promoting a really cool future concept but right now, there is no there there. This thing needs to go back to the drawing board.


  20. - njt16 - Friday, Sep 28, 18 @ 3:36 pm:

    UC and UIUC are already working on something similar:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/bluesky/originals/ct-bsi-u-of-i-arl-polsky-20171019-story.html


  21. - Arthur Andersen - Friday, Sep 28, 18 @ 3:39 pm:

    One of those “private partners” might be that Bailey fellow whose company, Related Midwest, owns the DPI site, and who just coincidentally is the Chair of Ounce of Prevention.


  22. - McLincoln - Friday, Sep 28, 18 @ 3:51 pm:

    Because…..Madigan, and the DPI he controls


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