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Rauner says he’s frustrated as Pritzker begins his closing argument

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018

* WMBD

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says the state has the best people, the best agriculture, best location and best transportation. But, after four years in office, he is frustrated.

“We should be thriving. But, we have these self-inflicted problems of taxes and corruption and job losses. It’s been strangling us for decades,” Rauner said.

Rauner tells WMBD’s Greg and Dan that the powerful political machine in Chicago, run by Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, keeps pushing back against efforts to fix Illinois’ financial problems.

“We’ve grown 210,000 jobs, cut taxes for families who adopt and disabled veterans. We’ve got historic education funding, made great improvements to Medicaid and criminal justice reform. We’ve made progress, but, there still so much to do,” Rauner said.

* Meanwhile, here’s a Pritzker closing ad

* Script…

Does Bruce Rauner deserve another four years? The short answer is no. That’s why newspapers across Illinois have endorsed JB Pritzker for governor, calling Pritzker a no-nonsense problem solver who has a record of job creation. JB has the best plan to put Illinois back on its feet, easing property taxes, boosting education and growing jobs. Hope for change rests only with JB Pritzker.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

21 Comments
  1. - AlfondoGonz - Wednesday, Oct 31, 18 @ 1:47 pm:

    Rauner calls Pat Quin a failure for growing mores job in a worse economy, then touts his job growth. Which, by the way, was outpaced by every neighboring state. The hopes hopes desperately that the electorate has not been paying attention.


  2. - Streator Curmudgeon - Wednesday, Oct 31, 18 @ 1:47 pm:

    == “easing property taxes…”

    I hope his plan for the rest of us doesn’t involve taking out our toilets. I’ve grown kind of fond of indoor plumbing.


  3. - Ole' Nelson - Wednesday, Oct 31, 18 @ 1:48 pm:

    Hey Bruce, we are frustrated too. Your poll numbers reflect as much.


  4. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Oct 31, 18 @ 1:53 pm:

    ===Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says the state has the best people, the best agriculture, best location and best transportation. But, after four years in office, he is frustrated.===

    Sandack understands and explains you… to you.

    “I’m frustrated too but taking steps to reform Illinois is more important than a short term budget stalemate”

    Rauner is a phony.

    Rauner is the frustrated, Rauner is embarrassed.


  5. - Pundent - Wednesday, Oct 31, 18 @ 1:54 pm:

    For 3.5 years Rauner kept telling us all the reasons that companies didn’t want to come here. They were all lined up but for Madigan and their desire for term limits. Now he wants us to count fewer jobs added than his predecessor as one of Hollis “accomplishments”?


  6. - Almost the weekend - Wednesday, Oct 31, 18 @ 1:55 pm:

    Two narrators LOL, consultants know election day is approaching, and the cash cow is closing up shop for the campaign cycle.


  7. - The Dude - Wednesday, Oct 31, 18 @ 1:55 pm:

    As a step 1C employee hired in 2014 and stuck ever since I don’t give any care at all for his frustration.


  8. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Oct 31, 18 @ 1:57 pm:

    These guys change ads like most people change underwear. Daily


  9. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Oct 31, 18 @ 1:57 pm:

    These guys change ads like most people change underwear. Daily


  10. - Values Voters - Wednesday, Oct 31, 18 @ 2:03 pm:

    It is really hard to convince people you arent in charge and you arent a “career politician” when you have been governor for four years.


  11. - Norseman - Wednesday, Oct 31, 18 @ 2:24 pm:

    Bruce, Illinois has been frustrated with you. Hopefully, our frustration will be alleviated in 6 days.


  12. - Huh? - Wednesday, Oct 31, 18 @ 2:29 pm:

    “Illinois … has the best people, the best agriculture, best location and best transportation.”

    Not what 1.4% has been saying about the State for the past 4 years.


  13. - Huh? - Wednesday, Oct 31, 18 @ 2:31 pm:

    “our frustration will be alleviated in 6 days.”

    We are stuck with him until noon 1/14/19.


  14. - Christopher - Wednesday, Oct 31, 18 @ 2:46 pm:

    So, an ad from Pritzker that’s hopeful for the future. Meanwhile, his opponent desperately calls him names (”jail bird”).


  15. - Norseman - Wednesday, Oct 31, 18 @ 3:08 pm:

    Unless the ice cube survives in the netherworld, Rauner will be a duck in 6 days. He claims he wasn’t in charge before the election, nothing will change as he becomes a duck. State government will start work on transition papers. Rauner will be looking for a villa, and state watchers will be playing the traditional game of guessing who the new guy will appoint to critical positions.


  16. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Oct 31, 18 @ 3:18 pm:

    That Rauner Whine doesn’t age well.

    Did no one ever try to tell him that a re-election messaging strategy of Death Spiral and I’m Not in Charge makes no sense at all?


  17. - Wednesday morning - Wednesday, Oct 31, 18 @ 3:32 pm:

    “Self-inflicted problem” certainly describes what voters created in electing Rauner.


  18. - Steve - Wednesday, Oct 31, 18 @ 4:02 pm:

    JB’s ad talking about lowering property taxes is a hoot. But, heh it’s an effective ad when targeting Illinois voters. JB should win by at least 10 points.


  19. - peon - Wednesday, Oct 31, 18 @ 5:11 pm:

    Got to agree. “Self-inflicted” summarizes the whole term. There was a much easier path to take.


  20. - Stagman - Wednesday, Oct 31, 18 @ 6:52 pm:

    Little ironic that Rauner used a similar closing ad listing newspaper endorsements in 2014.


  21. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Oct 31, 18 @ 9:27 pm:

    ==Little ironic that Rauner used a similar closing ad listing newspaper endorsements in 2014.==

    “Skyhook in reverse”.

    And Rauner’s ad was super-effective.


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