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Sat Oct 22, 2016, 04:11 PM

Gov. Rauner pours in nearly $46 million as part of bid to cut Speaker Madigan's power

th little more than two weeks until Election Day, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's personal investment in eroding the ranks of legislative Democrats led by House Speaker Michael Madigan has grown to nearly $46 million, state campaign finance records show.

The massive influx of cash represents the election-year battle lines playing out in Illinois after more than a year of fighting between Rauner, the first-term governor, and Madigan, the nationís longest-serving speaker, over the future of the state.

Democrats hold supermajorities in the House and Senate and have been able to stymie Raunerís economic agenda, which calls for changes in laws that would weaken traditional Democratic allies in organized labor and among workersí compensation attorneys. The Democrats' refusal to move on those issues led to a lengthy budget stalemate, which culminated in a temporary spending plan that expires Jan. 1.

State filings show the governor and wife Diana Rauner donated another $9 million Thursday to the campaign fund of House Republican leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs. Durkin almost immediately transferred $5 million to the House Republican Organization, the campaign arm of the House GOP, and $3 million to the Illinois Republican Party.

The latest influx comes after Raunerís campaign fund about a week earlier sent an additional $3 million to Durkin, to be funneled to individual Republican House campaigns.

Durkinís campaign fund also benefited from a $3 million donation Friday from billionaire hedge-fund founder Ken Griffin, a Rauner ally.

All told, Rauner, his family and his campaign fund have doled out $45.8 million in political contributions this year. Of the $29 million the Illinois Republican Party has raised this year, nearly $21 million has come from Rauner and $4 million this month through Durkinís campaign fund.

More : Chicago Tribune
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***I don't care that much for Madigan, but I hate Rauner with a purple passion. He came in throwing his money all over the state just what I expected from Republican and won Governor. A lot of ministers sold us out in the city.

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Stellar Oct 2016 OP
murielm99 Oct 2016 #1
Hayduke Bomgarte Oct 2016 #2
Stellar Oct 2016 #3
raising2moredems Nov 2016 #4
Stuart G Nov 2016 #5

Response to Stellar (Original post)

Sat Oct 22, 2016, 04:38 PM

1. Let Madigan do his job.

He is the only thing standing between us and Rauner turning this state into the equivalent of a third world country.

That is one of the troubles with our party: When we have strong, organized and disciplined leaders, people find something wrong with them. We lose elections because of it.

Rauner will be a one-term governor. But it will take years to clean up his mess.

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Response to Stellar (Original post)

Sat Oct 22, 2016, 04:51 PM

2. "won Governor"

No. He BOUGHT Governor.

FWIW, I doubt your hatred of this POS bastard surpasses my own.

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Response to Hayduke Bomgarte (Reply #2)

Sat Oct 22, 2016, 05:25 PM

3. rotflmao!

Then we are in agreement!



I hate that m..f.. for supporting Donald Trump and just for being who he is!

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Response to Stellar (Original post)

Sun Nov 6, 2016, 11:59 PM

4. hypocrites

Nary a republican in IL said a word when TX gerrymandered their state and SCOTUS gave their stamp of approval. All of a sudden it is a an "issue" when their party does not benefit from gerrymandering. And until SCOTUS squashes gerrymandering, why should IL change how we draw districts?

What our idiot gov neglects to realize is the districts in S IL like their dem rep/senator. We should remind the puke party that if they hadn't deemed Judy Baar-Topinka as "impure", she'd have been governor. Sadly she was the last real Republican IL had.

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Response to Stellar (Original post)

Fri Nov 18, 2016, 10:29 PM

5. Oh just to let everyone know...It did not work

Democrats still control both houses of the state legislature.. Nothing has changed!!!

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