* Speaker Madigan yesterday…
On Jan. 14, 2015, I stood before you and pledged to work cooperatively and professionally w/ Gov. Rauner. That was four long years ago.
Four long years of character assassination, personal vilification and strident negotiation positions which hurt our state government and led to inaction for the people of Illinois.
* Gov. Rauner on WJPF today…
I’ve heard, I’ve been told that Madigan’s been criticizing me again. You know what? I take pride in that. Mitch Daniels, the terrific governor of Indiana, who turned Indiana around, he once said to me about 8 years ago, he said ‘Bruce, you know we’re defined by our enemies. You’ve picked good enemies.’ I have. I’m proud of it. I don’t mind being Madigan’s enemy, that guy has has done more damage to our people than anybody. And I will always stand firm against that and I will always try to win for a better future for our kids and our grandkids.
One good turn deserves another, but Daniels told him that eight years ago about his enemies?
* From about eight and a half years ago…
Mayor Richard M. Daley today appointed Bruce V. Rauner, chairman of a Chicago-based venture capital and private equity firm, as chairman of the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau, the sales and marketing organization responsible for promoting Chicago as a meeting and tourist destination. […]
In March, Daley appointed Rauner as a member of the interim board of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, which had been re-organized by legislation passed by the Illinois General Assembly.
Speaker Madigan pushed that McPier reorg through the General Assembly on Daley’s behalf and for Rauner’s benefit.
* From the same time period in 2010…
[Stand for Children’s national director Jonah Edelman] told the Aspen Institute’s conference participants that wealthy investor Bruce Rauner had approached him about expanding his group’s school reform efforts to Illinois. Rauner has long been a major supporter of Republican candidates, and many believed early on that his involvement with Edelman meant that Stand for Children would lean heavily toward the House Republicans and against Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan.
But Edelman said he noticed a political opening that Rauner didn’t. The teachers unions were so upset by the passage of a pension reform bill that they were refusing to contribute to House Democrats [in the 2010 campaign cycle] who had voted for the reform, even though the legislators had long supported the unions.
Edelman said he then looked at the landscape and determined that no matter what happened in individual races, “Madigan would still be Speaker.” So, he said, the “raw politics” dictated that “we should tilt toward him.”
“The press never picked up on it,” Edelman said about how his group had endorsed twice as many Democratic candidates as Republicans. Those endorsements were a strong indication to Madigan, however, that they were clearly favoring him.
“Luckily, it never got covered that way,” Edelman explained. “That wouldn’t work well in Illinois. Madigan’s not particularly well liked.”