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Tue Dec 1, 2015, 05:04 PM

A Wealthy Governor and His Friends Are Remaking Illinois

A Wealthy Governor and His Friends Are Remaking Illinois
Unprecedented political spending helped elect a fresh-faced financier. But his ideological vision has unsettled many in the state.


By NICHOLAS CONFESSORENOV. 29, 2015

The richest man in Illinois does not often give speeches. But on a warm spring day two years ago, Kenneth C. Griffin, the billionaire founder of one of the world’s largest hedge funds, rose before a black-tie dinner of the Economic Club of Chicago to deliver an urgent plea to the city’s elite.

They had stood silently, Mr. Griffin told them, as politicians spent too much and drove businesses and jobs from the state. They had refused to help those who would take on the reigning powers in the Illinois Capitol. “It is time for us to do something,” he implored.

Their response came quickly. In the months since, Mr. Griffin and a small group of rich supporters — not just from Chicago, but also from New York City and Los Angeles, southern Florida and Texas — have poured tens of millions of dollars into the state, a concentration of political money without precedent in Illinois history.

Their wealth has forcefully shifted the state’s balance of power. Last year, the families helped elect as governor Bruce Rauner, a Griffin friend and former private equity executive from the Chicago suburbs, who estimates his own fortune at more than $500 million. Now they are rallying behind Mr. Rauner’s agenda: to cut spending and overhaul the state’s pension system, impose term limits and weaken public employee unions.

“It was clear that they wanted to change the power structure, change the way business was conducted and change the status quo,” ...
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/30/us/politics/illinois-campaign-money-bruce-rauner.html

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Tue Dec 1, 2015, 09:05 PM

1. We need Bernie so we can put a stop to this un-American, un-Democratic

BULL SHITE!!!

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