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Thursday, Jan 10, 2019

* Politico

Yesterday’s General Assembly inauguration had Democratic leaders talking unity and Republicans calling for good will and good faith. But it wasn’t until Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker and Lieutenant Gov.-elect Juliana Stratton dropped in on a GOP celebration that everyone understood they meant it.

“J.B. walked in and no one could believe it. We haven’t seen anything like that in years,” said one guest. “You could feel the energy in the room.”

House Republican leader Jim Durkin welcomed the crowd, then Stratton spoke and introduced Senate Republican leader Bill Brady, who introduced Pritzker. “They talked about working together and encouraged laughter,” said another guest. “It wasn’t an act. All four were genuine.”

* A photo posted online by Pritzker

- Posted by Rich Miller        

56 Comments »
  1. - Henry Francis - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 9:58 am:

    Durkin: “Hey, you pronounce your g’s”


  2. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 10:01 am:

    Durkin: This guy is for real!


  3. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 10:02 am:

    I’ve been accused of being overly optimistic at times, but I am hopeful that these next four years will be better than the last 16.


  4. - Chunga - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 10:04 am:

    What happens when adults are in the room


  5. - HorseShoe - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 10:06 am:

    We already like you more then the last guy


  6. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 10:06 am:

    “Today Springfield, 8 years Washington D.C.”


  7. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 10:09 am:

    Nice tie, J.B.


  8. - PublicServant - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 10:09 am:

    Durkin - I like this guy…No forked tongue, no horns, and Juliana hasn’t slipped and sued, so you two are nothing like what the FORMER governor led us to believe.


  9. - Give Me A Break - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 10:10 am:

    Durkin: So you are the JB guy Rauner has been talking about. I thought Madigan was attached you by an umbilical cord?


  10. - dbk - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 10:12 am:

    All together now: “C-O-M-I-T-Y” spells … good governance for Illinois.

    Wow, even better than I’d expected.


  11. - anonymous - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 10:12 am:

    Unity begin ?


  12. - Arock - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 10:13 am:

    More politicians bought out by the highest bidder.


  13. - Streator Curmudgeon - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 10:15 am:

    Durkin: “That Mr. Microphone line always cracks me up!”


  14. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 10:17 am:

    “And then I said, guess who’s got the effin’ problem now?”


  15. - Streator Curmudgeon - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 10:17 am:

    Stratton: “C’mon. Do your ‘Yabba-dabba-do’ thing for them one more time, JB.”


  16. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 10:17 am:

    “If you guys don’t negotiate in good faith for meaningful bipartisan compromise to improve the lives of Illinois residents, we are going to have a problem”


  17. - We'll See - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 10:20 am:

    “In light of Rauner’s departure, GOP leadership explain their need for party funding”


  18. - Streator Curmudgeon - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 10:21 am:

    JB: “So then I said to him, ‘Did you ever get to be in charge?’”


  19. - Moby - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 10:22 am:

    “Kumbaya, my Lord, kumbaya.”


  20. - Streator Curmudgeon - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 10:23 am:

    Durkin: “I took this finger and poked it right in his MacIntosh and said, ‘How do like them apples?’”


  21. - OneMan - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 10:25 am:

    I was told you had pie, do you still have pie?


  22. - Trapped n the 'burbs - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 10:25 am:

    JB “Madigan gave Rauner a fruit of the month club membership except every month he gets apples.”
    Durkin “I heard he gave him Drury’s clock.”


  23. - My New Handle - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 10:32 am:

    Executives-elect and GOP leadership discuss hiring Robert Crumb to do Rauner’s gubernatorial portrait.


  24. - City Zen - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 10:38 am:

    Profiles in custard.


  25. - Cubs in '16 - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 10:40 am:

    “They talked about working together and encouraged laughter,”

    Durkin: “JB, pull my finger.”


  26. - Generic Drone - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 10:44 am:

    And then I upped Rauners bid by 50 million and said. Now what?


  27. - Chicago Cynic - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 10:44 am:

    “Bruce who?”


  28. - Steve Rogers - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 10:45 am:

    Sorry, no caption, but more of a comment: More of this, please. It’s been a while since I actually felt positive about the future of this state, and everything JB is doing is making me optimistic. I know we have still have a lot of problems, but I’ll take short-term pain for long-term gain any day.


  29. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 10:47 am:

    Love is all around.


  30. - Earnest - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 10:56 am:

    Enjoying the honeymoon and acknowledging that it will be the way they handle conflict that will determine whether their partnership is successful and lasting.


  31. - Blue Dog Dem - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 11:06 am:

    Repost this picture in two years.


  32. - Anon1 - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 11:08 am:

    “Hey JB don’t you think for a minute that you’re the governor.”


  33. - zatoichi - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 11:16 am:

    “80 percent of success is just showing up” —Woody Allen
    They are at least in a room talking. Nice start.


  34. - don the legend - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 11:17 am:

    Durkin: “I think you two were the only people Rauner didn’t ask to replace him on the ballot.”


  35. - James Knell - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 11:37 am:

    JB & JS showed up at GOP celebration without a list of demands?!? That’s really different. They’re not going “drop the bomb” like Scott Walker did when he announced Act 10?


  36. - Streator Curmudgeon - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 12:13 pm:

    Brady: “Hey, JB, if you’re gonna be governor, you’ve gotta have more pins than that!”


  37. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 12:15 pm:

    “You guys saw the last ‘Dad’s Home State’ too? Hilarious. I can’t wait for the series finale”


  38. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 12:16 pm:

    “… and then, and then, and then… Rauner says… ‘I want no $&@%^ problems’… and then… he finds out *he’s* the problem… I know…”


  39. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 12:17 pm:

    “Rauner wanted to show up too but we couldn’t stand him when he *was* the governor so we told him… “


  40. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 12:18 pm:

    “Then Cullerton said… “Governor, we won’t boo you, we’re too happy you’re leaving… “


  41. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 12:19 pm:

    “Evelyn emailed both of us looking for a job… she emailed you too, JB?”


  42. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 12:20 pm:

    “We’ll thank Ives for ya… “


  43. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 12:22 pm:

    “… and that was *after* my family bailed out The Ounce… I know… “


  44. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 12:29 pm:

    “Drury wanted to by considered for my legal counsel…”


  45. - I Miss Bentohs - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 12:31 pm:

    JB: If anyone tells me No, I’m walking out.
    Durkin: So we have another Trumpian as governor?

    All laugh until they fall down.


  46. - Keyrock - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 12:48 pm:

    It’s agreed. We never answer a question from Greg Bishop.


  47. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 12:52 pm:

    “Sam McCann… “


  48. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 12:57 pm:

    “Local 150 says hello…”


  49. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 12:58 pm:

    “Let’s send a picture to Bruce… “


  50. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 1:18 pm:

    “Jimmy, Billy… Knock it off… I came here to tell ya, I don’t want any $&@%# problems from you two… “


  51. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 2:12 pm:

    This is what happens when you elect Democrats.


  52. - I Miss Bentohs - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 2:19 pm:

    “Sam McCann… “

    OK OW, this one made me laugh. Nice job.


  53. - Publius - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 2:30 pm:

    Mr. Durkin: “Hey dude, smell my finger?”

    “Oh sorry, I didn’t realize it was you JB thought you were just another peasant wanting to shake my hand”


  54. - Stuntman Bob's Brother - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 2:43 pm:

    “And then I said, “I want to raise taxes on people like me!”


  55. - DeseDemDose - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 7:23 pm:

    My sister in law works at the Tollway but I think she can still get you a good deal on some office furniture.


  56. - Billinois - Thursday, Jan 10, 19 @ 8:23 pm:

    “Hey Bill, this guy won when he ran for governor.”


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