Gov. Rauner debates his ads about Jeanne Ives w/Berkowitz: Truthful or gross distortions?

Jeff Berkowitz: You have any evidence supporting your ads... that argue Ives is in the tank for Speaker Madigan & wants increased taxes...?

Gov. Rauner: Her statements... and her votes. Rep. Ives said [to] Crain’s editorial board she did not support rolling back the Madigan income tax, now...

Ives said she couldn’t get the $5 billion tax bill repealed NOW—but Rauner couldn't even sustain his 2017 veto of that bill, w many Rs jumping ship.

Sadly, for those Republicans like Ives who respected, trusted & endorsed Rauner in 2014 …they now can’t turn their back on the Governor, for fear of being stabbed in the back by a guy who thrives on distortions (about Ives) and lies (to Cardinal Cupich).

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Jeff Berkowitz: Do you have any evidence to support your ads, your mailers that assert that [State Rep. and Republican Primary candidate for Governor] Jeanne Ives is in the tank for Speaker Madigan, that Jeanne Ives wants increased taxes and that Jeanne Ives doesn’t want to repeal the income tax increase? Do you have any evidence to support any of those things?

Gov. Rauner: Her statements. Crystal clear- her statements and her votes. Rep. Ives said publicly in front of Crain’s editorial board she did not support rolling back the Madigan income tax, now. She said it and that is wrong. I propose rolling it back right now.

Jeff Berkowitz: Did she say she couldn’t do it or did she say—she didn’t support it?

Gov. Rauner: She didn’t support it. Look at what she said.

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Ed. Note, so we looked and respectfully, it looks like the Governor got it wrong, or put less politely, Bruce Rauner's ads, at best, are extremely deceptive, and at worst, are gross distortions or lies. Take a listen:

Ives said, to the Crain’s editorial board on Jan. 22, 2018 she'd start by working to repeal the income tax hike that was approved over Rauner's veto. But "I wouldn't do that immediately," she said. "I suspect that, within two years, we could set that out as a goal."

The Citizens for Rauner mailer states: "Jeanne Ives wants to keep Mike Madigan's 32% income tax hike," and it refers to  Jeanne Ives as "Mike Madigan's favorite candidate."

3rd Term State Rep. Jeanne Ives, giving Gov. Rauner his daily oral whipping as she challenges the Winnetka billionaire in the March 20 primary, speaking at the City Club of Chicago before a hearty crowd of 200 (about 80% R supporters).

3rd Term State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton), giving Gov. Rauner his daily oral whipping a few weeks ago as she challenges the Winnetka billionaire in the March 20 primary, speaking at the City Club of Chicago before a hearty crowd of 200 (about 80% R supporters), expounding, among other things on why she opposes tax increases, always and everywhere and how to achieve economic and job growth in Illinois, using basic, but correct, Chicago School of Economics or Milton Friedman's free market axioms.

Some of the reason for the delay in repeal is that the money is needed to pay off short-term state IOUs, which ballooned to more than $12 billion while the budget stalemate raged, Ives said to Crain's.

Another reason: Realistically, it will take that long to get something through a General Assembly that, unless something changes in November, will be dominated by Democrats, Ives said to Crain’s.

Oops, Gov. Rauner forgot those two above referenced issues.

Ives said she couldn’t get the $5 billion tax bill repealed NOW—but Rauner couldn't even sustain his 2017 veto of that bill, w many Republicans jumping ship. How hard did Rauner try to sustain his veto? Not so hard, with State Rep. Skillicorn (R-West Dundee) reporting that some of those jumping ship would have stayed on board if Rauner had "Just asked," them to oppose the over-ride efforts.

IL Governor Rauner (R-Winnetka), with First Lady Diana (to your right) and an admiring Rauner fan (to your left) last night, attending the Taste of Polonia at the Copernicus Center at 5216 W. Lawrence, Chicago, IL

IL Governor Rauner (R-Winnetka & Chicago), with First Lady Diana (to your right) and an admiring Rauner fan (to your left), attending in Fall, 2016, the Taste of Polonia at the Copernicus Center at 5216 W. Lawrence, Chicago, IL. Reliable sources tell us that the Governor decided to break his promise to the Cardinal, due to the strong urging and advocacy of Democrat Lady Diana, and sign HB 40, which provides for, among other major irritants to the Republican base, taxpayer funded, elective abortions If the Governor loses the Republican nomination to State Rep. Jeanne Ives, it arguably will be due to his signing of HB 40, which the base is most upset about. Moreover, State Rep. Tom Morrison (R-Palatine), a big time supporter of Ives reports that the straw that broke the camel's back and caused Rep. Ives to step up and challenge Rauner and his billion dollars in net worth was his decision to support taxpayer funded elective abortions (opposed by all IL Republican state legislators), which Ives views as the ultimate of many betrayals (making IL a sanctuary state, signing on to the CPS pension bail out, giving transgenders access to opposite gender bathrooms, not vigorously and consistently opposing the IL income tax increase and giving up on economic and civic reforms) by Rauner of his purported conservative and Republican beliefs. Those betrayals earned Rauner the nickname of "Benedict Rauner." See Sun Times front pager featuring the usually mild mannered Illinois Policy Institute's CEO, John Tillman, lecturing his former good bud, mentee and 500K donor, Rauner, on what happens when you "Go back on your word," to Cardinal Cupich and the Republican base. Finally, as President George Herbert Walker Bush (Bush 41)  learned in 1990-92 by violating his "Read my lips, no new taxes" pledge, never go against your base on a matter of utmost importance to them-- unless you don't mind being tossed from office. Bill Clinton clobbered Bush 41 into defeat when the Republican base went fishing in November, 1992.

So, it is just a lie to say that Ives wants to keep Madigan's tax hike.  As Governor, she would either have to use the new revenue to pay off Rauner's old bills, or bond the unpaid bills accumulated by Rauner. And, if she bonds the bills, which Rauner seems to prefer, she would have to raise taxes to pay for the principal and interest.

The above just illustrates that the real cost of government is how much it spends, not how much it taxes. Another great truth from the late, uncle Milty of Chicago School of Economics fame. 

The Rauner Administration was unable to restrain state spending by getting legislative support for spending cuts or structural reforms, e.g., pension, education, Medicaid and local government collective bargaining reforms.

Now, whoever is Governor in 2019 will have to deal with those tasks. That is the truth Rauner should have run on.

Instead of telling the truth, Rauner opted for deceptions, distortions and lies. This from a guy who said in 2014 that he would rather be a one-term Governor than give in on reforms or be dishonest, intellectually or otherwise.

Where did that Bruce Rauner go? Perhaps that Bruce Rauner should have stuck around and told Lady Diana that when she urged him to go back on his word.   

Last, but not least, that deception or lie about Ives being Madigan's favorite candidate? Looks like Rauner just made that one up out of whole cloth. Lying is a bit like murder. When you do one, the rest are easy!

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Gov.  Rauner: The other thing here is very important. [State Rep. Ives (R-Wheaton)] is the only legislator, the only one in the General Assembly who voted against increasing the property tax exemption in IL. Increasing the property tax exemption lowers property taxes for homeowners in this state. She voted against it. This is wrong and this is what I am talking about.

Berkowitz: Rep. Ives says she wants to push down property taxes.

Gov. Rauner: You look at her vote. You look at her vote.

Ed. Note: So we looked at her vote and looked at an objective analysis of same. The conclusion? More Rauner lies and deceptions! Rep. Ives believed, apparently correctly, that the referenced legislation was an attempt by Democrats to force the Governor to veto a bill that appeared to cut taxes, but in actuality simply was a shell game, increasing taxes, in the end, on some, and lowering them on others, very possibly resulting in a net increase in taxes. See: Why your tax bill could go up if homeowner's exemption changes.

So, last May, Ives, then a Rauner supporter, attempted to give Rauner a shield. And, this month Rauner returns the favor by turning the shield into a dagger, and stabs Ives-- now his challenger in the March 20, 2018 Republican Gubernatorial Primary-- in the back.

Politics in Illinois makes for strange opponents, as well as strange bedfellows!

Sadly, for those Republicans like Ives who respected, trusted & endorsed Rauner in 2014 …they now can’t turn their back on the Gov, for fear of being stabbed in the back by a guy who thrives on distortions (about Ives) and lies (to Cardinal Cupich).

And, they had such high hopes. More is the pity.

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The above includes a partial transcript of a 10 minute Q&A presser, held by the Governor following an event on Wednesday morning, March 7, to celebrate, on site, the opening of a new, 500 employee, technically advanced AT&T call center at 2401 Grace, Chicago, IL about 5 minutes west of Wrigleyville. The event was also attended by Mayor Emanuel, AT&T officials from around the country and some call center employees.

The call center has already hired about 300 of the new 500 employees, and they are already at work at the facility.  A snarky guy, but not this reporter, might ask,"If the Governor could work with others to induce AT&T to expand its operations in Chicago, even without the Gov's reforms, could he have done much more of that to grow jobs significantly in Illinois over the last few years." Damn, now why didn't I ask that at the presser?  The answer? I hit my limit- Four questions before the Gov decided  four questions from Jeff in one morning is more than enough, and so he got out of there while the "Getting was good." :)   

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  • I am all over Illinois, and I have seen Ives signs sprouting like dandelions, whilst I search in vain for a Rauner sign. It was the same when I saw homemade Trump signs nailed to fence posts and only one (honestly) Hillary sign.

    Even is a miracle happened and Ives were elected, and if Madigan decided to suck down Guinness somewhere, the state of Illinois does not add up anymore. Bankruptcy is inevitable.

    Thanks for the recap.

  • The esteemed Governor Rauner lie? Oh come now!!

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