May
21

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Madigan: People are Fleeing Illinois Because of … Bruce Rauner?

There was a real gem from Mike Madigan in the Chicago Tribune‘s report on the only angle on the fight to make the “temporary” income tax increase permanent that seems to concern the media: Will Mike Madigan be able to find the votes he needs to get what he wants.  (Read more on that in my post from yesterday.)  Anyway, here’s the quote:

Madigan and Quinn both dismissed remarks from Durkin and Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner, who was critical of Democrats for pushing a tax hike that he says is not needed. Rauner has contended the high taxes are causing businesses and people to leave Illinois.

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May
7

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Divorce Records — This Time, Rauner’s — Again Appear in Illinois Politics

John Giokaris touched on this already this morning, but Business Insider‘s Hunter Walker has been digging through GOP gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner’s divorce records:

Republican Illinois gubernatorial candidate and billionaire private equity businessman Bruce Rauner prominently features his relationship with his current wife, Diana, in an ad for his campaign. However, though Rauner has made his family life a major part of his campaign since winning the GOP nomination in March, the circumstances behind the ending of his first marriage have never been revealed.

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Mar
27

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Sorry, But Jim Edgar Really Just Wasn’t All That Great

Jim Edgar is probably the most respected Illinois governor in recent memory.

Of course, since three of the past six (and four of the last nine) have gone to jail, that’s admittedly not a very high bar to clear.  Somewhat like being the tallest midget in the circus.

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Jun
23

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Reporters Should Grill Madigan the Same Way They Grill Rauner

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As Rich Miller noted on Capitol Fax, reporters were grilling Governor Bruce Rauner during a Q&A session in Springfield on Tuesday:

“A Springfield reporter (Bruce Rushton) ask[ed] Gov. Rauner today why we haven’t seen, ‘a solid budget proposal out of you for a year and a half.’ The reporter made the mistake of throwing in some stuff about the Turnaround Agenda, so Rauner said he disagreed with much of what the reporter said and focused solely on the ‘non-budget’ angle.”

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Jul
26

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Radical, Far-Left, Anti-Capitalist Ideology Seems Pervasive Among CPS Teachers’ Reading Lists

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Following a FOIA request and subsequent court ruling, emails were released that landed Governor Bruce Rauner in some hot water. In a 2011 email to other education reform advocates in Chicago, Rauner, who was a private citizen at the time, stated that half of the teachers in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) were “virtually illiterate.” Gov. Rauner apologized to the teachers of CPS, saying his comments were “inaccurate and intemperate” and that he regretted writing them.

CPS teachers and the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) quickly pounced and, taking to social media and posting under the hashtag #teachersread, the public got a glimpse of what they’re reading. The CPS teachers began tweeting pictures of books they are reading this summer, along with shots of their personal bookshelves. The selections ranged from the innocuous (“The Alchemist”) to the immature (“449 Stupid Things Republicans Have Said“), but a far more disturbing pattern emerged among the reading selections of the people who are educating our children.

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