As he prepares to leave government, Rauner said he hasn’t talked to Pritzker personally since conceding the election not long after the polls closed on Nov. 6. But he said his staff has worked closely with Pritzker’s transition team to help the incoming Democrat get started.
“My immediate predecessor did the exact opposite,” Rauner said of former Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. “I learned what not to do.”
Yeah. Quinn did not leave office on a particularly noble note.
Despite his stated misgivings about the incoming administration, Rauner said his office is “making every effort to make sure the transition is smooth and very effective. It’s the right thing for the people of Illinois.”
Pritzker’s office agreed that the Rauner administration has been cooperating in making a smooth transition of power.
I spoke with a high-level member of Pritzker’s transition team yesterday and was told the same thing.
* Daily Line…
Quinn did not attend Rauner’s inauguration in January 2015, but Rauner said he’ll be at Pritzker’s, saying “it’s the appropriate thing to do.” Up until the moments before Rauner was sworn in, Quinn also signed four bills, amendatorily vetoed two, granted 43 clemency petitions and denied 119 and released 102 new appointees to state boards and commissions.
Asked Thursday whether Rauner intended to do any last-minute business like executive orders, the governor laughed and said that “At the moment I don’t foresee that.”
In one of his first acts as governor, Rauner rescinded seven of Quinn’s executive orders signed in the Democrat’s last week in office, alleging the orders “were not wholly motivated by serving in the public’s interest.”