State Rep. Skillicorn (R-Dundee): With this new staff, Gov. Rauner actually has people who are ideologically on board with him. Think of President Trump, he talks of draining the swamp-
Tonight's Public Affairs show in 24 Chicago Metro N and NW suburbs features State Rep. Allen Skillicorn discussing with show host Jeff Berkowitz Gov. Rauner's recent regime change and the upcoming attempt to implement, somewhat belatedly, the Rauner Revolution, with the influx of new troops and leadership from the Illinois Policy Institute-- a liberty, free market and accountability advocacy and research think tank. See the airing schedule, below.
Berkowitz: You say you want a Revolution! It’s the white album, from the Beatles… Do you want a revolution?
State Rep. Allen Skillicorn [R-Dundee]: Absolutely, look at the mess IL is in. We went in the last 40 years from a Triple A bond rating to near junk. We have [State employee] pensions that are out of control, over $200 billion in pension debt, we can’t balance our books, of course we need a revolution.
State Rep. Allen Skillicorn [R-Dundee]: I voted for Gov. Rauner, I supported him. He hasn’t followed up with most of his campaign promises, but is that his fault or is it Mike Madigan’s fault?
Berkowitz: Is it [Rauner’s] fault?
Rep. Skillicorn: … What was Rauner’s campaign slogan? Shake up Springfield, right? Well, it has taken him 21/2 years and he finally did it…he is finally shaking up Springfield.
Berkowitz: How is he doing that?
Rep. Skillicorn: With this new staff, he actually has people who are ideologically on board with him. Think of President Trump, he talks of draining the swamp-
Berkowitz: The people who were with him, they were not ideologically with him, they kind of pretended to be—you’re talking about Mike Z, Rich Goldberg, good tactical people, they knew how to say low spending, low taxes, smaller government, blah, blah, blah—but I don’t think they deep down believed it…Goldberg and Mike Z were old Mark Kirk guys…
Rep. Skillicorn: They were all political operatives.
Berkowitz: They were sort of moderate Republicans. They didn’t have a lot of principles, they just knew how to get elected and that’s not a slap at Mark Kirk. He was a political chameleon. He know how to be what he had to be to get elected. To get elected to the House in 2000, to get elected to the Senate in 2010, but Rauner is a believer-
Rep. Skillicorn: In some of it, he’s a believer.
Berkowitz: What is he a believer in?
Rep. Skillicorn: he would definitely be on the side of free markets- I wouldn’t say he is an extreme right wing conservative, he is not a social conservative, but economically, he is a conservative, so the difference is, those guys [Rauner’s staffers up until now] were political operatives, but governing and politicking are two different things.
Berkowitz: So Goldberg, Brad Hahn (An old Topinka-Hastert guy), Lance Trover- a Kirk guy, the young woman-Catherine Kelly, who was there in Communications, they’re political operatives, they’re not people with a strong political philosophy, would that be correct?
Rep. Skillicorn: That’s correct. There’s a difference between wonks and hacks (the old Kirk people, etc). That’s not a negative term. They are political operatives. That’s not about governing. And, this is what the big revolution is about now.
Berkowitz: Rich Miller, from Capitolfax, are you paying attention now…
The show with Rep. Skillicorn airs tonight in 24 Chicago Metro North and Northwest suburbs at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Ch. 19 or Comcast Cable Ch. 35, as indicated, below:
Comcast Cable Ch. 19 in Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, parts of Inverness, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Wilmette and on
Comcast Cable Ch. 35 in Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Glenview, Golf, Des Plaines, Hanover Park, Mt. Prospect, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Schaumburg, Skokie, Streamwood and Wheeling.
And, the show will also air the remainder of this week every day, in Evanston at 8:30 am and 8:30 pm on Comcast Ch. 6.
The remainder of the airing schedule in many other areas will be posted at this blog by tomorrow afternoon.
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