Rauner Administration Fails to Land Toyota/Mazda Plant

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Thursday, October 18, 2017
Contact: Jake Lewis, Illinois Working Together
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Rauner Administration Fails to Land Toyota/Mazda Plant

Illinois Loses Out on 4,000 New Jobs

Today, Intersect Illinois announced that Illinois is no longer in the running for the Toyota/Mazda plant expected to generate as many as 4,000 jobs. Illinois lost out despite the Rauner Administration taking the lead in recruiting the companies and Gov. Bruce Rauner himself traveling to Asia last month to pitch top executives. Illinois has lost more than 12,000 manufacturing jobs since Gov. Rauner took office.

"Today's announcement is yet another example of the economic damage Gov. Bruce Rauner has inflicted upon Illinois," said Illinois Working Together Campaign Director Jake Lewis. "Gov. Rauner has created widespread economic uncertainty that has caused long-lasting damage to Illinois' business climate. While Gov. Rauner trashes' Illinois economy, job growth has sputtered and our bill backlog has soared.

"Instead of blaming workers for his failure to recruit new businesses to the state, Gov. Rauner should invest in Illinois communities and work collaboratively to find new ways to bring new jobs to Illinois."

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About Illinois Working Together
Illinois Working Together is a coalition defending all working families from anti-worker attacks. Illinois Working Together believes that Governor Rauner's wrong priorities seek to harm hardworking families and communities throughout Illinois while protecting the wealthiest. The coalition's goal is to stand up and fight back against the governor's political attacks and threats - and protect the vital services all Illinoisans rely on. It is time to get Illinois working together.

For more information, visit www.illinoisworkingtogether.org

Illinois Working Together Statement on the Bipartisan Balanced Budget Veto Override

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Thursday, July 6, 2017
Contact: Jake Lewis, Illinois Working Together
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Illinois Working Together Statement on the Bipartisan Balanced Budget Veto Override

Illinois Working Together Campaign Director Jake Lewis released the following statement regarding today's budget veto override:

"After more than two years of an unnecessary crisis at the hands of Bruce Rauner and his extreme political agenda, Illinois finally has a bipartisan balanced budget. Though it may take years for the state to recover from the Rauner Crisis, this bipartisan balanced budget is a first step to begin to repair the damage done by the governor. It keeps our schools open, provides care for our seniors, and gives our economy a measure of desperately needed stability.

"Gov. Rauner's refusal to compromise or do his job have pushed this state to the brink of financial calamity while hurting our students, seniors, and economy. Illinois' bill backlog has tripled to $15 billion while taxpayers must pay more than $800 million in late payment interest penalties. K-12 schools are owed $850 million, 30,000 fewer children are receiving childcare, services for seniors have been slashed, public universities have been cut to the bone, and jobs are fleeing the economic uncertainty.

"Gov. Rauner has failed to introduce or sign a balanced budget since taking office, cynically attempting to use the 'leverage of the crisis' to try and force through his political agenda. The sooner Rauner realizes that he is the governor of Illinois — not the king — and drops his political agenda for good, the faster the people of Illinois will recover from the damage he has done."

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Illinois Working Together Statement on the Bipartisan Balanced Budget Plan

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Contact: Jake Lewis, Illinois Working Together
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Illinois Working Together Statement on the Bipartisan Balanced Budget Plan

Illinois Working Together Campaign Director Jake Lewis released the following statement regarding the Illinois state budget deal:

"Today, the Illinois Senate joined the House in passing a bipartisan balanced budget plan. After more than two years of crisis, Gov. Rauner has a simple choice in front of him. The governor can sign the bills and end the Rauner Crisis that has caused devastation to our students, seniors, and economy. Or, Rauner can veto the package, prolong the crisis he created, and forever cement his status as Governor Junk."

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About Illinois Working Together
Illinois Working Together is a coalition defending all working families from anti-worker attacks. Illinois Working Together believes that Governor Rauner's wrong priorities seek to harm hardworking families and communities throughout Illinois while protecting the wealthiest. The coalition's goal is to stand up and fight back against the governor's political attacks and threats - and protect the vital services all Illinoisans rely on. It is time to get Illinois working together.

For more information, visit www.illinoisworkingtogether.org

As the Clock Ticks, Gov. Rauner's TrumpCare Silence Continues

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Contact: Jake Lewis, Illinois Working Together

jake.lewis@illinoisworkingtogether.org

 

As the Clock Ticks, Gov. Rauner's TrumpCare Silence Continues

Even with five days to "review" and an abysmal CBO score, the governor fails to take a stand

After U.S. Senate Republicans released their version of TrumpCare to the public last Thursday, a Rauner official said the Senate plan "is being reviewed." Five days have now passed, and although a number of Republican governors from around the country have already weighed in against the plan, Gov. Rauner has said nothing. Even after yesterday's Congressional Budget Office estimate that TrumpCare would lead to 22 million more uninsured nationwide by 2026, Rauner has remained silent.

With indications that Congress will act on the proposal this week, it's now or never for the governor to take a stand for the people of Illinois.

"Five days after the Senate released its version of TrumpCare and one day after the CBO estimated that TrumpCare would lead to 22 million more uninsured nationwide, Gov. Bruce Rauner still refuses to say where he stands on the disastrous plan," said Jake Lewis, Campaign Director for Illinois Working Together. "TrumpCare would end Medicaid coverage for at least 650,000 Illinoisans, raise premiums for middle class families, eliminate protections for people with pre-existing conditions, destroy 46,000 Illinois jobs, and blow a $40 billion hole in our already decimated state budget. 

"It is time for Gov. Rauner to take a stand for the people of Illinois. Governor: put the people of Illinois ahead of your personal $6 million tax cut and speak out against TrumpCare — before it is too late."

Background: 

Rauner previously said he would "voice [his] concerns as the law moves to the Senate” [Politico Illinois, May 5, 2017]

Selected statements from Republican governors on TrumpCare

— Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) [Twitter, June 22, 2017]

— Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) [Twitter, June 22, 2017

— Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) [Twitter, June 22, 2017

— Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) [Twitter, June 22, 2017]

Both the House and Senate versions of AHCA repeal the Net Investment Income Tax, providing a personal windfall to Gov. Rauner

— "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." [Politico Illinois, May 4, 2017]

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About Illinois Working Together
Illinois Working Together is a coalition defending all working families from anti-worker attacks. Illinois Working Together believes that Governor Rauner's wrong priorities seek to harm hardworking families and communities throughout Illinois while protecting the wealthiest. The coalition's goal is to stand up and fight back against the governor's political attacks and threats - and protect the vital services all Illinoisans rely on. It is time to get Illinois working together.

For more information, visit www.illinoisworkingtogether.org

While Others Speak Out, Rauner's Sad Silence On TrumpCare Continues

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Friday, June 23, 2017
Contact: Jake Lewis, Illinois Working Together
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While Others Speak Out, Rauner's Sad Silence On TrumpCare Continues

Rauner Again Puts Himself Above Illinois Families

After U.S. Senate Republicans released their version of TrumpCare to the public yesterday following weeks of secretive negotiations, Gov. Bruce Rauner failed to offer any kind of substantive comment on the disastrous plan that would have massive implications for Illinois families. Though Gov. Rauner previously said he would "voice [his] concerns as the law moves to the Senate," the governor again refused to take a stand on the newly unveiled bill.

While Gov. Rauner stayed silent, several Republican governors across the country spoke out against TrumpCare. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts said the bill "falls short" and will "result in significant funding losses." Republican Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland said Congress should "go back to the drawing board." Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio said the Senate should "step back" and "reach across the aisle" to find solutions. Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada said that TrumpCare "will dramatically reduce coverage." 

"While other governors from his own party have the courage to speak out, Gov. Rauner continues his shameful silence on TrumpCare," said Jake Lewis, Campaign Director for Illinois Working Together. "TrumpCare would destroy health coverage for hundreds of thousands of Illinois families, eliminate an estimated 46,000 jobs in Illinois, and blow a $40 billion hole in our already decimated state budget. Gov. Rauner should put the people of Illinois ahead of his personal $6 million tax cut and his never-ending political games. Take a stand, governor, before it is too late."

 

Background: 

Rauner said he would "voice [his] concerns as the law moves to the Senate” [Politico Illinois, May 5, 2017]

Rauner's stays silent while other Republican governors join bipartisan criticism of TrumpCare

— "In the letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, three Republican governors and four Democratic governors called for bipartisan efforts to reform the healthcare system." [Business Insider, June 16, 2017]

Yesterday's statements from Republican governors on TrumpCare

— Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) [Twitter, June 22, 2017]

— Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) [Twitter, June 22, 2017

— Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) [Twitter, June 22, 2017

— Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) [Twitter, June 22, 2017]

Both the House and Senate versions of the AHCA repeal the Net Investment Income Tax, providing a personal windfall to Gov. Rauner

— "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." [Politico Illinois, May 4, 2017]

"The American Health Care Act: Economic and Employment Consequences for States"

— "Overall, the 10 states with the largest job losses by 2026 are: New York (86,000), Pennsylvania (85,000), Florida (83,000), Michigan (51,000), Illinois (46,000), New Jersey (42,000), Ohio (42,000), North Carolina (41,000), California (32,000), and Tennessee (28,000)." [The Commonwealth Fund, June 14, 2017

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About Illinois Working Together
Illinois Working Together is a coalition defending all working families from anti-worker attacks. Illinois Working Together believes that Governor Rauner's wrong priorities seek to harm hardworking families and communities throughout Illinois while protecting the wealthiest. The coalition's goal is to stand up and fight back against the governor's political attacks and threats - and protect the vital services all Illinoisans rely on. It is time to get Illinois working together.

For more information, visit www.illinoisworkingtogether.org

Illinois Working Together Statement on Gov. Rauner's Speech

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Tuesday June 20, 2017
Contact: Jake Lewis, Illinois Working Together
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Illinois Working Together Statement on Gov. Rauner's Speech

Rauner's Big Money Political Games Speak Louder Than His Empty Words

Illinois Working Together Campaign Director Jake Lewis released the following statement in response to tonight's speech from Gov. Rauner:

"Tonight's speech is yet another Rauner political ploy designed to shift the blame for the crisis he intentionally created. At the exact same time the governor calls for "unity," he is using the speech to raise campaign cash and spending millions on political attack ads that undermine any attempt at compromise.

"It is undeniable that things in Illinois have gotten much worse under Rauner. More than a billion dollars are owed to schools. The state's credit rating is on the brink of junk status. Seniors are facing devastating service cuts. Countless jobs have been lost as the state falls more than $15 billion behind on paying its bills.

"Bruce Rauner needs to learn that actions speak louder than empty words. If the governor is actually serious about compromise, he will end his big-money political attacks, drop his partisan agenda, and do his job."

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About Illinois Working Together
Illinois Working Together is a coalition defending all working families from anti-worker attacks. Illinois Working Together believes that Governor Rauner's wrong priorities seek to harm hardworking families and communities throughout Illinois while protecting the wealthiest. The coalition's goal is to stand up and fight back against the governor's political attacks and threats - and protect the vital services all Illinoisans rely on. It is time to get Illinois working together.

For more information, visit www.illinoisworkingtogether.org

Illinois Working Together Statement on Ratings Downgrades

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Thursday June 1, 2017

Contact: Jake Lewis, Illinois Working Together

jake.lewis@illinoisworkingtogether.org

 

Illinois Working Together Statement on Ratings Downgrades by Moody's and S&P

Illinois Working Together Campaign Director Jake Lewis released the following statement in response to today's credit downgrades by Moody's and S&P:

"In light of today's downgrades, the seventh and eighth downgrades of Gov. Bruce Rauner's tenure, we are reminded of Rauner's June 3, 2013 tweet:

"'@BruceRauner: Ilinois' [sic] credit rating just got downgraded....again. Unacceptable. #ILReform'

"We agree with Rauner. Unacceptable."

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Rauner Puts Big Money Ahead of Working Families

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Wednesday May 17, 2017
Contact: Jake Lewis, Illinois Working Together
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Rauner Puts Big Money Ahead of Working Families

Gov. Rauner should stop campaigning and start governing

Illinois Working Together Campaign Director Jake Lewis released the following statement in regards to Ken Griffin's $20 million campaign donation to Gov. Bruce Rauner:

"Never has the Rauner re-election strategy been clearer. On the same day the state's bill backlog tops $14 billion, the governor released a new campaign ad and his political campaign raked in $20 million from Illinois' richest man. Rauner's game plan is simple: spend millions of dollars to paper over his abysmal record of failure as governor. If Rauner truly wanted to fix Illinois, he would drop the big money political games and do his job."

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Rauner's Lack of Action Speaks Louder Than His Empty Words on TrumpCare

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Thursday May 4, 2017
Contact: Jake Lewis, Illinois Working Together
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Rauner's Lack of Action Speaks Louder Than His Empty Words on TrumpCare

Illinois Working Together Campaign Director Jake Lewis released the following statement in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner's TrumpCare statement:

"Gov. Rauner's tepid statement of 'concern' about today's TrumpCare vote is the latest demonstration of Rauner's refusal to do his job for the people of Illinois. Instead of taking a clear stand and advocating on behalf of the 1.2 million Illinoisans who may lose their health care due to this bill, the governor would rather duck the issue and try to avoid the political consequences. 

"TrumpCare would make health care more expensive for working families, weaken protections for people with pre-existing conditions, blow a massive hole in our already disastrous state finances, and give Rauner himself a $6 million tax cut. It is time for the governor to drop the political games and take a clear, unambiguous stand against this legislation — before it is too late." 

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Rauner Budget Crisis Has Devastated College Small Business Centers

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Thursday May 4, 2017
Contact: Jake Lewis, Illinois Working Together
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Rauner Budget Crisis Has Devastated College Small Business Centers

While Rauner pushes his failed political agenda, Illinois' students suffer

Today, Gov. Bruce Rauner visited the Small Business Development Center at Lincoln Land Community CollegeAccording to Crain's Chicago, nearly a quarter of small business centers at Illinois colleges have closed because of the Rauner budget crisis. Colleges with shuttered small business centers include Governors State University, Joliet Junior College, Illinois State University, and Waubonsee Community College in Aurora. 

When Governors State University was forced to close its Illinois Small Business Development Center and Illinois SBDC International Trade Center, school officials noted that "the centers have helped more than 6,000 clients create 4,650 new jobs with 190 new business starts and 150 business expansions."

Other universities have made extensive cuts to their small business centers. Southern Illinois University's Small Business Center, which was on the brink of closing due to the budget crisis, has cut its staff from 11 to two.

"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. 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. To actually help small businesses in Illinois grow, Rauner should put people before politics, drop his failed political agenda, and pass a budget." — Illinois Working Together Campaign Director Jake Lewis

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About Illinois Working Together
Illinois Working Together is a coalition defending all working families from anti-worker attacks. Illinois Working Together believes that Governor Rauner's wrong priorities seek to harm hardworking families and communities throughout Illinois while protecting the wealthiest. The coalition's goal is to stand up and fight back against the governor's political attacks and threats - and protect the vital services all Illinoisans rely on. It is time to get Illinois working together.

For more information, visit www.illinoisworkingtogether.org

Governor Rauner Would Pocket Millions from TrumpCare

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Tuesday May 2, 2017
Contact: Jake Lewis, Illinois Working Together
jake.lewis@illinoisworkingtogether.org
 

Governor Rauner Would Pocket Millions from TrumpCare

President Donald Trump’s proposed replacement of the Affordable Care Act would save Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner millions of dollars each year by eliminating a tax provision that funds health insurance for working people under Obamacare.

In 2015, Gov. Rauner paid $6.6 million in the Net Investment Income Tax, a provision created by the Affordable Care Act that applies only to the wealthiest individuals and is a critically important source of funding for the ACA’s health insurance premium subsidies. See here for Gov. Rauner's 2015 tax return; Net Investment Income Tax is listed on line 62.

The American Health Care Act — TrumpCare —  would eliminate the Net Investment Income Tax, simultaneously gutting ACA funding and funneling money to rich individuals like Rauner.

Gov. Rauner also paid $1.8 million in the Net Investment Income Tax in 2014 and $1.9 million in 2013, running his three-year savings to $10.3 million. According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, repealing the Net Investment Income Tax would cost the U.S. Treasury $158 billion over 10 years.

If the Affordable Care Act is repealed, 1.2 million Illinoisans would lose health coverage according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. To date, Rauner has refused to take a position on the Trump-GOP effort to repeal the ACA.

“After supporting Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential campaign, Gov. Bruce Rauner now stands to save millions if Trump guts health coverage while slashing taxes for the rich,” said Jake Lewis, Campaign Director for Illinois Working Together. "The people of Illinois deserve to know where Gov. Rauner stands: Will he defend the 1.2 million Illinoisans who will lose care if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, or would he rather pocket millions of dollars while hard-working people lose their health care?"

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ICYMI: Schoolchildren Suffering Due to Gov. Rauner's Refusal to Compromise

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Thursday April 27, 2017
Contact: Jake Lewis, Illinois Working Together
jake.lewis@illinoisworkingtogether.org
 

ICYMI: Schoolchildren Suffering Due to Gov. Rauner's Refusal to Compromise

School Districts Across Illinois Owed Millions by State

"Instead of finally doing his job and proposing a balanced budget, Gov. Rauner continues to play political games. School districts across Illinois are owed millions by the state, and because of Rauner's failure children, teachers, and families are suffering. Enough, governor. It's time to put people before politics. Do your job." - Illinois Working Together Campaign Director Jake Lewis

This week, school districts large and small across Illinois have highlighted the devastating impact of the Rauner budget crisis and the millions of dollars owed to them by the state. Some school districts are warning parents that they may not open in the fall without a state budget. 

Here are just a few of the stories about school districts desperate for the end of the Rauner crisis:

ELGIN

Elgin Courier NewsU46 CEO: State budget impasse could shut down school year

Without a state budget, School District U46 cannot keep classrooms running beyond Thanksgiving, CEO Tony Sanders said Monday. [...]

Currently, the state owes District U46 more than $25 million in categorical payments. [...]

"If they don't pay (before the start of the school year) and if there's still no budget, I don't see how we could open," said Sanders. "It's going to be really tough next school year."

NAPERVILLE

Naperville Sun: Naperville schools unite to push for state budget

[Indian Prairie District 204 Superintendent Karen] Sullivan said many superintendents believe students are being used as leverage.

"That is not OK. There are school districts in Illinois that won't be able to open in the fall if this cannot be resolved," she said.

District 203 and District 204 are owed more than $24 million.

AURORA

The Beacon News: Aurora-area school districts among hundreds calling for state budget

"You have to put the horse in front of the cart, and that's our state budget," said West Aurora Superintendent Jeff Craig, one of the school leaders driving the effort. "And it's coming to a point that if our state doesn't pass a state budget, we will have to make some dire decisions." [...]

District officials said in a statement the state owes the district $10 million in quarterly payments for services so far this year. Districts received one of last year's quarterly payments this school year, but have not yet received any of this year's payments.

METRO EAST

St. Louis Public Radio: More than 400 Illinois superintendents want Gov. Rauner, legislature to pass budget

Collinsville School District Superintendent Bob Green said his schools are receiving $2 million less than they should this year. And if the budget stalemate tips into a third year, he said he may have to shorten the school year to save money.
“I know not starting school until, say October or ending early in March is kind of drastic,” he said, “but we’re getting painted into a corner that there’s not going to be a lot of options.” [...]

In Granite City, Greenwald isn’t filling teacher and staff positions and is putting off building upgrades.

QUINCY

Quincy Herald-Whig: Revised projections highlight QPS financial struggles
Revised projections paint a darker financial picture for the Quincy School District. [...]

Members of the district Finance Committee were told Monday morning that the state owes the district $4.5 million in categorical payments, typically made four times a year to cover transportation, special education and other services. [...]
"Next year if the categoricals still aren't coming through, or we think the state's just way off, we're going to have to readjust and make significantly more cuts or figure out something with the revenue."

GALESBURG

The Register-Mail: Superintendents urge politicians to pass budget

The state now owes Galesburg District 205 more than $2,100,000, and has been operating without a full budget for the past 22 months. [...]
District 205 has not received any categorical payments this year with the exception of one late quarter payment from last fiscal year. The shortfall means District 205 will likely need to delay purchases of supplies, purchase services and other items to reduce expenses next school year.

EFFINGHAM

Effingham Daily News: Unit 40 superintendent joins call to pass state budget

“As of this morning, the district was still owed more than $1.3 million by the State of Illinois,” said [Unit 40 Superintendent Mark] Doan.

BEACH PARK

WBEZ: Superintendent: Illinois Schools Will ‘Struggle’ Opening In Fall Without State Budget

“Right now, Illinois owes Beach Park School District $1,432,900.39!” wrote Nancy Wagner, superintendent of Beach Park School District 3 in Lake County, on Twitter on Monday.

WARSAW

Daily Gate City: State of Illinois owes district nearly $300K

The State of Illinois owed the Warsaw School District $297,081 as of Wednesday’s regular board meeting, according to Superintendent Bob Gound.

ROMEOVILLE

Romeoville Patch: Illinois Owes Valley View $12 Million: District Calls On Officials To Pass State Budget

The state now owes VVSD [Valley View School District] $12 million and has been operating without a full budget for the past 22 months.

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ICYMI - Rauner Campaign Tour Draws Protests Across Illinois

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Thursday April 13, 2017
Contact: Jake Lewis, Illinois Working Together
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ICYMI - Rauner Campaign Tour Draws Protests Across Illinois

Gov. Rauner’s two-day, ten city re-election campaign tour was protested across Illinois by working men and women who rallied against the damage Rauner is doing to the state, the lack of a state budget, and the governor's refusal to compromise.

"Considering the damage Gov. Rauner has done to Illinois' students, seniors, and economy, it's no surprise the governor's re-election campaign tour drew protests all over the state. More than 18 months from Election Day, the message from the people of Illinois to Gov. Rauner is simple: drop the political games and do your job." - Jake Lewis, Illinois Working Together Campaign Director

Protests were covered by a variety of news outlets across the state:

CHAMPAIGN

WCIA - Governor visits town, meets with protesters

Governor Bruce Rauner is used to protesters at the Capitol. Wednesday, they greeted him here.

The message was short and clear: "Do your job!" they chanted.

People protested outside HL Precision Manufacturing as the governor. Most are union members or leaders. They're calling on the governor to put more funding toward state workers and healthcare.

Inside, Rauner addressed a similar sized crowd. His message has been mostly the same since his election. He says balancing the budget is only part of what lawmakers need to do.

CHICAGO

WMAQ - Rauner Embarks on Tour of Illinois - But Won't Call It a Re-Election Campaign

Local Republicans were told to be at the event, but not to publicize it in order to keep protesters away, though a few showed up anyway.

MARION
WPSD - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner visits Marion to cheers and protests

Protesters said he’s crippled the state’s universities, schools and social services, and they’ve had enough. They say if he won’t pass a budget, it’s time voters found someone who will.

"It's pretty unreasonable, in my opinion, for Governor Rauner to have the gall to get out like this and expect people to support him when he's been so incompetent that he has been unable to pass any kind of budget the entire time he's been in office. He's a failure," said protester Debbie Gunter.

The Southern - Gov. Rauner talks about growing the economy in Marion, draws some protest

Rauner’s visit also drew protests.

“It’s time for Southern Illinois to stand up and speak out against Gov. Rauner’s refusal to deal with with the Democrats,” Debbie Gunter of Marion said.

 

ROBINSON

WTHI - Gov. Rauner stops in Robinson

As part of his tour of the state, Rauner stopped at the Tuscany Grill in Robinson, where he was greeted outside by protesters.

"I'm extremely frustrated," said Bryon Steadman, Union President of Local 3649 Robinson Correctional Center, "There's no reason the state should be in this particular shape."

Retired teacher Barbara Ross was also there protesting on behalf of educators. Ross serves as the president of the Crawford County Retired Teachers Association.

"I continue to sub in the schools and I'm seeing what's happening with the lack of funding in the school system," she said, "The schools are suffering and we're suffering from not being able to have our pensions fully funded."

"There has to be a solution out there, absolutely has to be a solution," Ross continued, "and we've got to have that budget passed."

WTWO - Gov. Rauner visits Robinson

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner made a stop in Robinson on Wednesday afternoon.

He was greeted by some protestors, holding signs about the state's budget stalemate.

WTYE - Not Everyone Was Glad to See Governor Rauner

"We all came out today because none of us are happy with the job Gov. Rauner is doing. He is not serving the people of Illinois, and he is refusing to even come to the table and make any compromises or negotiate."


SPRINGFIELD
WICS - Rauner Says Democrats Have Blocked Progress

While Governor Rauner spoke inside, a crowd of protesters gathered outside chanting for Rauner to "do his job."

"I wish he would do his job. He can't dictate to people," said JoAnn Conrad, a Springfield resident and retired special education teacher. "He has to have a budget in place, he can't say, 'I'm going to shut down government and not have a budget because you people won't negotiate the way I want you to."

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Rauner puts campaigning ahead of doing his job

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Tuesday April 11, 2017
Contact: Jake Lewis, Illinois Working Together
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Rauner puts campaigning ahead of doing his job

Gov. Rauner should put the people of Illinois first


Illinois Working Together Campaign Director Jake Lewis released the following statement in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner's "campaign tour":

"With the state in the midst of a fiscal emergency and Election Day more than 18 months away, it is downright shameful that Gov. Rauner would rather campaign for his re-election than do his job. Rauner's refusal to compromise has hurt students, seniors, and the Illinois economy.

"The question Illinois residents should be asking is: why is Rauner campaigning for re-election when he has failed to propose a balanced budget, his most basic responsibility as governor? Instead of campaigning, the governor should drop the political games, propose a balanced budget, and do his job."

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Rauner ads another example of the governor's wrong priorities

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Tuesday March 28, 2017
Contact: Jake Lewis, Illinois Working Together
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Rauner ads another example of the governor's wrong priorities

Gov. Rauner should stop playing political games and do his job


CHICAGO — Illinois Working Together Campaign Director Jake Lewis released the following statement in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner's new television ads:
         
"Governor Rauner's new television ad blitz is just another reminder of the governor's wrong priorities, putting political games ahead of getting the job done for the people of Illinois. 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's "balanced budget" claims have already been deemed "pants-on-fire" false by Politifact Illinois.

"What Rauner fails to mention in his ads are his accomplishments in more than two years as governor — because he has none. Rauner's wrong priorities have resulted in disruptions to school funding, cuts to services for seniors, and an Illinois economy hobbled by uncertainty. Enough with the political games, governor. Do your job."

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About Illinois Working Together
Illinois Working Together is a coalition defending all working families from anti-worker attacks. Illinois Working Together believes that Governor Rauner's wrong priorities seek to harm hardworking families and communities throughout Illinois while protecting the wealthiest. The Coalition's goal is to stand up and fight back against the governor's political attacks and threats - and protect the vital services all Illinoisans rely on. It is time to get Illinois working together.

For more information, visit www.illinoisworkingtogether.org

In the midst of the budget crisis, Gov. Rauner hits the slopes in Utah

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Wednesday February 22, 2017
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In the midst of the budget crisis, Gov. Rauner hits the slopes in Utah

Yet again, the governor puts the people of Illinois last


CHICAGO — Illinois Working Together Campaign Director Jake Lewis released the following statement in response to the news that Gov. Bruce Rauner took a secret ski trip to Utah last weekend:
         
“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. Unfortunately, most Illinois families don't enjoy the same jet-setting lifestyle as they continue to feel the pain of the 20-month Rauner-imposed impasse. 

"Illinois' students, seniors, and the economy are suffering because of Rauner's refusal to compromise, though the governor did not let the state's deteriorating fiscal condition interrupt his vacation. While Rauner celebrated, his campaign pressed donors for birthday contributions and a new report detailed the damage his impasse is having on K-12 education in Illinois. No matter to the governor, who would rather hit the slopes than actually work on finding solutions to the crisis he created."

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About Illinois Working Together
Illinois Working Together is a coalition defending all working families from anti-worker attacks. Illinois Working Together believes that Governor Rauner's wrong priorities seek to harm hardworking families and communities throughout Illinois while protecting the wealthiest. The Coalition's goal is to stand up and fight back against the governor's political attacks and threats - and protect the vital services all Illinoisans rely on. It is time to get Illinois working together.

For more information, visit www.illinoisworkingtogether.org

Illinois Working Together Statement on Gov. Rauner's Budget Address

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday February 15, 2017
Contact: Jake Lewis, Illinois Working Together
jake.lewis@illinoisworkingtogether.org
 

Illinois Working Together Statement on Gov. Rauner's Budget Address

Rauner again fails to propose a balanced budget, putting his political agenda ahead of Illinois' citizens

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Working Together Co-Chairs Michael Carrigan and Jorge Ramirez released the following statement in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget address:      
          
“For the third straight year, Gov. Rauner failed to satisfy his constitutional responsibility to propose a balanced budget. Because Rauner chooses not to do his job, students are abandoning Illinois’ public universities, the state's credit rating has been downgraded six times, and over a million people have lost access to critical services. Across Illinois, hardworking families are pleading with the governor to put people ahead of his personal agenda and finally choose to end this crisis. I call on the governor to propose a budget that invests in Illinois communities while making the wealthiest and corporations pay their fair share.” – Illinois Working Together Co-Chair Michael Carrigan (President, Illinois AFL-CIO)

“Once again, the governor is out of touch with what Illinoisans really need to thrive. For two years, he has sat on the sidelines, prolonging the crisis while pointing the finger at everyone around him for the consequences of his failure. Governor Rauner can choose to end the budget impasse if he would simply drop his personal agenda and do his job, but today’s speech shows he has no interest in doing what’s right for the people of Illinois. The budget he presented is not a thoughtful budget aimed at expanding the economy, increasing upward economic mobility for everyone and growing our middle class. Instead, it shields large corporations from their fiscal responsibilities and places the burden of fixing our economy on the backs of consumers, the real job creators in Illinois, and workers. Gov. Rauner should propose a real budget that puts middle class families first and makes corporations and the super-wealthy, like Rauner himself, finally pay their fair share.” – Illinois Working Together Co-Chair Jorge Ramirez (President, Chicago Federation of Labor)

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About Illinois Working Together
Illinois Working Together is a coalition defending all working families from anti-worker attacks. Illinois Working Together believes that Governor Rauner's wrong priorities seek to harm hardworking families and communities throughout Illinois while protecting the wealthiest. The Coalition's goal is to stand up and fight back against the governor's political attacks and threats - and protect the vital services all Illinoisans rely on. It is time to get Illinois working together.

For more information, visit www.illinoisworkingtogether.org

Illinois Working Together Statement on the Fitch Ratings Downgrade

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday February 1, 2017

Contact: Jake Lewis, Illinois Working Together

jake.lewis@illinoisworkingtogether.org

 

Illinois Working Together Campaign Director Jake Lewis released the following statement regarding Fitch Ratings downgrade of Illinois' credit rating: "To borrow a phrase from Fitch Ratings, Bruce Rauner has been an 'unprecedented failure' as the governor of Illinois. Today's downgrade, the sixth under Gov. Rauner, is yet another indicator of the damage the governor has inflicted on Illinois and its people during his time in office. According to Fitch, the budget impasse has 'fundamentally weakened' the state. It will take years for Illinois to recover from Rauner.

"As residents and college students flee Illinois in record numbers, it is time for the governor to do something he has failed to do in his first two years in office: listen. The governor must drop his extreme political agenda for good and work to pass a responsible, fully-funded budget."

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About Illinois Working Together

Illinois Working Together is a coalition defending all working families from antiworker attacks. Illinois Working Together believes that Governor Rauner's wrong priorities seek to harm hardworking families and communities throughout Illinois while protecting the wealthiest. The Coalition's goal is to stand up and fight back against the governor's political attacks and threats - and protect the vital services all Illinoisans rely on. It is time to get Illinois working together. For more information, visit www.illinoisworkingtogether.org

Illinois Working Together Statement on the State of the State Address

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday January 25, 2017
Contact: Jake Lewis, Illinois Working Together
jake.lewis@illinoisworkingtogether.org

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Working Together Co-Chairs Michael Carrigan and Jorge Ramirez released the following statement in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s State of the State address:

“The state of the state is worse now than when Gov. Rauner took office and it’s his fault. He is forcing the people of Illinois to pay a heavy price for his obstructionism. His obsession with getting a pound of flesh from working families before signing a budget is unconscionable.” – Illinois Working Together Co-Chair and Illinois AFL-CIO President Michael Carrigan

“After more than two years in office, Gov. Rauner has failed in his most basic responsibility as governor: introducing a balanced budget. Rauner’s failure has triggered draconian cuts that have harmed students, seniors, working families, and the Illinois economy. The only thing worse than the chaos the governor has inflicted on Illinois would be the devastation caused by enacting the Rauner agenda.” - Illinois Working Together Co-Chair and Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez

“We call on the governor to drop his agenda once and for all and work collaboratively to begin to reverse the harm he has caused to our state. The way to move Illinois forward is by raising wages, making the wealthiest and big corporations pay their fair share, fully funding schools, and ensuring a secure retirement for all working people in our state. Hardworking families in Illinois simply cannot afford another two years of hostage-taking and bullying from the governor.” - Illinois Working Together Co-Chairs Michael Carrigan and Jorge Ramirez

Illinois Working Together released a pre-State of the State video asking working people what they thought the state of Illinois was under Gov. Rauner. Click here to view the video.

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About Illinois Working Together
Illinois Working Together is a coalition defending all working families from anti-worker attacks. Illinois Working Together believes that Governor Rauner's wrong priorities seek to harm hardworking families and communities throughout Illinois while protecting the wealthiest. The Coalition's goal is to stand up and fight back against the governor's political attacks and threats - and protect the vital services all Illinoisans rely on. It is time to get Illinois working together.

For more information, visit www.illinoisworkingtogether.org

Illinois Working Together Statement on Illinois’ Population Decline

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday December 20, 2016
Contact: Jake Lewis, Illinois Working Together
jake.lewis@illinoisworkingtogether.org

CHICAGO - Illinois Working Together Campaign Director Jake Lewis released the following statement regarding the U.S. Census Bureau’s announcement of Illinois’ population decline.

“Illinois’ worst-in-the-nation population decline provides yet another example of the devastation caused by Governor Bruce Rauner. The economic uncertainty created by the Rauner budget impasse has stifled job growth, pushing middle class families to look elsewhere for opportunities. Meanwhile, Rauner’s draconian cuts to social services and public universities force both clients and employees to flee the state.

“The governor needs to realize that holding the budget hostage for his extreme agenda is simply the wrong way to go. Governor Rauner should drop his agenda once and for all and work to attract people to Illinois by providing economic stability and investing in our communities.”

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About Illinois Working Together
Illinois Working Together is a coalition defending all working families from anti-worker attacks. Illinois Working Together believes that Governor Rauner's wrong priorities seek to harm hardworking families and communities throughout Illinois while protecting the wealthiest. The Coalition's goal is to stand up and fight back against the governor's political attacks and threats - and protect the vital services all Illinoisans rely on. It is time to get Illinois working together.

For more information, visit www.illinoisworkingtogether.org