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[17 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]

* From the Illinois Policy Institute…
Illinoisans are facing a fiscal emergency. Homeowners are saddled with the nation’s highest property taxes, job creators have to navigate an uncompetitive workers’ compensation system, not to mention the worst pension crisis in the nation, and billions in unpaid bills. But politicians are unwilling to confront those challenges, even as […]

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[17 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Jordan Abudayyeh…
AFSCME going on strike would be unprecedented and Senator Andy Manar says the Governor should personally be involved in negotiations trying to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Manar says the union is willing to move on their proposals, but he hasn’t seen a willingness to compromise from the Governor.
During a press call Monday, Senator […]

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[17 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Gov. Rauner was at a Rainbow PUSH breakfast honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. yesterday along with five possible Democratic opponents. From Charles Thomas’ report..
“As I’ve always said I don’t ever close any doors,” [Sen. Kwame Raoul] said.
Raoul was palling around with possible Democratic primary opponent businessman Chris Kennedy. “I have friends before I […]

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[13 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]

* John Terranova at CMS’ Office of Labor Relations just sent an e-mail to state employees about AFSCME’s decision to hold a strike authorization vote later this month. From his e-mail…
Although it is your right to engage in a lawful strike, it is my hope that a strike will be averted. That said, employees […]

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[13 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]

* From CPS…
In the wake of Gov. Rauner’s broken promise to fairly fund Chicago Public Schools, CEO Forrest Claypool announced today that all District employees will be furloughed on four non-instructional days this school year.
“As we address CPS’ financial challenges, we have two goals: minimize classroom disruptions and restore funding that treats Chicago students fairly,” […]

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[13 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Trib…

Hoping to bring better stewardship to a troubled institution, Gov. Bruce Rauner plans to name Paul Vallas as one of four new trustees to the Chicago State University board, an unexpected arrangement between former political rivals.
The appointment of Vallas, who ran Chicago Public Schools from 1995 to 2001, and the other board members will […]

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[13 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Today…

Before I met with Kool to talk about clean energy, I had to ask him what his favorite @KoolntheGngLIVE song is. #KoolandtheGov pic.twitter.com/74lhdohjO5
— Bruce Rauner (@GovRauner) January 13, 2017

My personal fave is “Jungle Boogie.” Man, that song rocked…

Feel the funk y’all
* But what’s up with the clean energy stuff? I […]

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[10 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]

* From the Illinois Republican Party…

“House Democrats will finally be forced to publicly declare whether they will continue to support Mike Madigan’s three-decade reign of failure or side with the overwhelming number of Illinoisans who know it’s time for Boss Madigan to go.” – Illinois Republican Party Spokesman Steven Yaffe
The Illinois Republican Party will continue […]

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[10 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]

* From WMAY…
A judge has ordered Governor Bruce Rauner to cooperate with an investigation into whether he and top staffers conducted state business on private emails.
WMAY’s watchdog partner, the Better Government Association, has been pushing to see emails between Rauner and top communications staffers on how to deal with media inquiries.
Actually, no. The BGA […]

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[10 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Gov. Rauner signed this letter along with several other governors that calls Donald Trump’s Education Secretary nominee an “inspired choice”…

20 governors sign letter backing Betsy DeVos pic.twitter.com/qYrsS5CA90
— Joe Perticone (@JoePerticone) January 9, 2017

* The IFT is not amused…

Trump. DeVos. Rauner. Billionaire birds of a feather (DeVos: public schools “displaced” the church & reform […]