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Rauner is Rauner to the end

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* HB 4637 was reportedly sent to Gov. Rauner by mistake. It was supposed to be held until JB Pritzker took over. Oops…

Today, I return House Bill 4637 of the 100th General Assembly with specific recommendations for change.

This legislation amends the process by which townships in McHenry County may be dissolved in an effort to consolidate and reduce Illinois’ excessive layers of local government.

While I applaud the effort to create a clear process that aligns with the Illinois Constitution’s vision that townships may be dissolved if approved by referendum, this is a process that should be available with equal clarity across the state.

This legislation also mandates the abolition of certain road districts in Lake and McHenry County. This question of consolidating services should also go to the voters through a referendum, a process that Lake and McHenry County—and all other counties—can already pursue under state law.

Therefore, pursuant to Section 9(e) of Article IV of the Illinois Constitution of 1970, I hereby return House Bill 4637, entitled “AN ACT concerning local government,” with the following specific recommendations for change:

He goes out the way he came in: Refusing to accept incremental change.

* From the bill’s sponsor, Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills)…

Failed Governor and hypocrite Bruce Rauner showed his true colors again by vetoing my bill that would consolidate unnecessary levels of government and cut property taxes. The people of Illinois rejected phony, incompetent Raunerism in a landslide. Bruce Rauner leaves office with zero accomplishments and is widely regarded as the worst Governor in the history of Illinois. Good riddance to Rauner and his endless stream of lies! I look forward to passing my bill again during this General Assembly.

* This bill passed both chambers without a single “No” vote

Today, I veto House Bill 982 from the 100th General Assembly, which would amend the process for filling a vacancy in the office of the President of the Cook County Board.

The legislation creates and amends a special set of conditions if the office of Cook County Board President is vacated, specifically during or after the period for filing nomination papers for the primary election. This process differs from that in place for any other elective county offices in the rest of the state. This is another example of special rules being legislated for certain parts of the state without compelling justification, while not applying those same rules to the rest of the state. We should seek more consistency in how state law regulates local governments, and less special legislation that addresses local concerns on an ad hoc, case-by-case basis.

Therefore, pursuant to Section 9(b) of Article IV of the Illinois Constitution of 1970, I hereby return House Bill 982, entitled “AN ACT concerning government,” with the foregoing objections, vetoed in its entirety.

He also vetoed HB200, HB5769 and SB938, which all passed both chambers on unanimous rollcalls. SB426 passed the Senate unanimously and just four House members voted against it, but he vetoed it.

All these vetoed bills are now dead because the 101st GA can’t override vetoes of bills passed by the 100th GA.

…Adding… In an apparent last-minute resume sweetener, the governor just appointed DCEO’s Chief Operating Office Travis March to be Acting Director of the agency.

…Adding… He also just appointed Jessica Baer, Director of the Division of Professional Regulation, to Acting Secretary of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Her appointment is official come Monday, just before Pritzker is sworn in. She replaces Secretary Bryan Schneider.

posted by Rich Miller
Friday, Jan 11, 19 @ 3:59 pm


  1. I heard the Rep. McSweeney mic drop all the way over here.

    Comment by Grandson of Man Friday, Jan 11, 19 @ 4:05 pm

  2. ==Failed Governor and hypocrite==
    ==phony, incompetent Raunerism==
    ==widely regarded as the worst Governor in the history of Illinois.==

    If McSweeney could get reporters to fawn over him half as much as they do for Rep. Stava-Murray, he could really become a star in this business…….

    Comment by Lester Holt’s Mustache Friday, Jan 11, 19 @ 4:09 pm

  3. Perhaps Rep. McSweeney could have put such energy to ensure his bill doesn’t get sent to the wrong Governor. ugh

    Comment by Mod Dem Friday, Jan 11, 19 @ 4:09 pm

  4. Why just be a failure when you can be a petty failure?

    Comment by Cubs in '16 Friday, Jan 11, 19 @ 4:09 pm

  5. ===put such energy to ensure his bill===

    Clerk’s office controls that.

    Comment by Rich Miller Friday, Jan 11, 19 @ 4:13 pm

  6. It will be nice to the governing once the Rauner era ends.

    This only highlights why Rauner lost, why Rauner got so little done, and thst Rauner never understood the job.

    A pathetic term ending on pethetic terms.

    Comment by Oswego Willy Friday, Jan 11, 19 @ 4:16 pm

  7. Complete absence of class on Rauner… again

    Comment by Anonymous Friday, Jan 11, 19 @ 4:21 pm

  8. I believe Travis March is just filling in for a bit. He’s their CFO. And he’s fantastic. His resume doesn’t need sweetening.

    Comment by Q Friday, Jan 11, 19 @ 4:21 pm

  9. Is there any guarantee that the new GA will take up these bills again even though they passed with close to unanimous support. Just wasn’t sure where JB is on these issues.

    Comment by Jvslp Friday, Jan 11, 19 @ 4:21 pm

  10. The Rauner nightmare is almost over. Halle-expletive-lujah.

    Comment by Grandson of Man Friday, Jan 11, 19 @ 4:22 pm

  11. Issuing vetoes for legislation that passed unanimously.

    This isn’t serious. It’s the Governor stomping his feet and taking his ball and going home.

    The Governor was a failure.

    Good bye.

    Comment by Demoralized Friday, Jan 11, 19 @ 4:23 pm

  12. I would admire Rauner’s consistency, except he is consistently inept as Governor. Even the IL Constitution specifically calls out Cook County. And lets stick with the Constitutional standard for special legislation, not one made up by someone who spent 4 years ‘not in charge’ and still doesn’t understand it.

    Comment by Leslie K Friday, Jan 11, 19 @ 4:29 pm

  13. Hey he was on the job all the way until the end.

    Why no love here for the clerk’s office? Don’t the dem’s control the hiring there being the party in control and all?

    Comment by Leave a light on George Friday, Jan 11, 19 @ 4:32 pm

  14. For what is man, what has he got?
    If not himself, then he has naught
    To say the things he truly feels
    And not the words of one who kneels
    The record shows I took the blows
    And did it my way

    Comment by 47th Ward Friday, Jan 11, 19 @ 4:37 pm

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