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 playbook

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.


Statehouse Insider: If the duck says it isn’t a duck, guess it isn’t

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.


Rauner Launches 2-Day State Tour Totally Unrelated To Re-Election Campaign

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."


Democrats react to Rauner’s non-campaign campaign tour

Capitol Fax - 4.11.17

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Rauner, Dems raise money ahead of deadline

Capitol Fax - 3.31.17

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High rollers to pay $40K at Rauner fundraising dinner Thursday

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.

Rauner in $1 million ad campaign; adds to 'stew of suspicion'

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.

Rauner in new TV ads touting his agenda

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 Playbook

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.”


A Look At How Rauner, Emanuel Are Handling Trump

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


6 downgrades in 2 years

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 Playbook

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


Rauner Gives State Of The State Speech Amid All-Too-Familiar Budget Crisis

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.


Illinois Saw Biggest Population Dip In The Nation; Critics Blame Budget Stalemate

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.


Illinois lost people in the last year: Census Bureau

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."


Illinois a leader in population losses

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.