IWT in the Media
Rauner's Latest Not A Campaign Ad Trumpets Small Business Week
Chicagoist - 5.4.17
It is the height of hypocrisy for Gov. Rauner to tout his failed political agenda at a college small business center while the Rauner budget crisis has shuttered similar centers across Illinois,” said the Illinois Working Together Campaign in a statement to Chicagoist. “By holding the budget hostage, Gov. Rauner has forced nearly a quarter of college small business centers to close and others to severely cut programming.
Politico illinois - 5.4.17
RAUNER STANDS TO RECEIVE TAX BREAK UNDER REPEAL — The Republican healthcare plan would repeal the Net Investment Tax, which was a tax of higher tax brackets mandated under the Affordable Care Act meant to help subsidize insurance premiums under Obamacare. It is a tax of about 3.8 percent on investment income for higher tax brackets. In 2015, Rauner paid $6.6 million toward that tax. (See Rauner return here) The anti-Rauner group Illinois Working Together, has made an issue of this saying “the people of Illinois deserve to know where Gov. Rauner stands,” on the repeal.
State journal-register - 4.15.17
One of the groups criticizing Rauner was Illinois Working Together, a coalition of labor unions that includes some representing public employees. A statement from the group said it was “downright shameful” Rauner would campaign rather than do his job. It also criticized Rauner for refusing to compromise.
Chicagoist - 4.11.17
The group Illinois Working Together also chided the governor, saying it was "downright shameful" Rauner "would rather campaign for his re-election than do his job."
Capitol Fax - 4.11.17
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Capitol Fax - 3.31.17
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Chicago Tribune - 3.30.17
The group Illinois Working Together, a coalition of unions and other organizations opposed to the governor, are planning a “Rauner Do Your Job” demonstration outside the event.
State Journal-Register - 3.29.17
Illinois Working Together is a group co-chaired by the Illinois AFL-CIO and the Chicago Federation of Labor. Its campaign director, JAKE LEWIS, issued a statement that the new ads are "another reminder of the governor's wrong priorities. ... Not only has Rauner never passed a budget, the most basic responsibility for any governor, but he has never even proposed a balanced budget as required by the Illinois Constitution.
Capitol Fax - 3.28.17
Illinois Working Together Campaign Director Jake Lewis released the following statement in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s new television ads
Politico Illinois - 2.23.17
He knew he’d face this — From the anti-Rauner group Illinois Working Together: “Instead of focusing on Illinois after his much-ridiculed budget address, Gov. Rauner decided to jet off on a secret ski trip to Utah, his office refusing to answer questions on the governor's whereabouts until today.”
WBEZ - 2.4.17
"Rauner is more interested in getting re-elected in 2018 than actually standing up for the people of Illinois when they're hurt by Donald Trump's policies" - Illinois Working Together's Jake Lewis
Capitol Fax - 2.3.17
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Fitch downgrades Illinois over “unprecedented failure of the state to enact a full budget for two consecutive years”
Capitol Fax - 2.1.17
Politico Illinois - 1.25.17
Opposition: From Illinois Working Together, which put together a video saying how they’ve been affected by the Rauner years: “On the eve of the State of the State, real people in Illinois give their take on Illinois under Gov. Rauner,” Watch the video: http://bit.ly/2jdR1ZO
Chicagoist - 1.25.17
Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez and AFL-CIO President Michael Carrigan, both co-chairs of Illinois Working Together, said that the state was worse off than when Rauner took office and called on him to drop his agenda.
Chicagoist - 12.21.16
Budget-related cuts to public universities and social-service cuts could play a key factor, as well. “It hurts employees who work and generate billions in economic activity—and of course the people who rely on such services,” Lewis added.
Crain's Chicago Business - 12.20.16
The Illinois Working Together union coalition said in a statement..."The governor needs to realize that holding the budget hostage for his extreme agenda is simply the wrong way to go."
Quad-City Times - 12.20.16
"Illinois’ worst-in-the-nation population decline provides yet another example of the devastation caused by Governor Bruce Rauner," Jake Lewis, campaign director for Illinois Working Together, said.