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It has been a big week for Governor Rauner. The governor signed a bipartisan budget that included funding to rebuild the Quincy Veteran’s Home, announced vital new infrastructure upgrades, and launched new statewide TV ads highlighting JB Pritzker’s relationship with corrupt ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich.
Check out coverage from across the state:
Signing Bipartisan Budget
- Chicago Tribune:Flanked by Republican and Democratic lawmakers, Rauner touted the legislation as the product of “a great team effort, a great bipartisan effort.”
“Today we are having a small celebration,” Rauner said at a signing ceremony at the James R. Thompson Center in the Loop, adding that the budget was “a compromise, it is not perfect but it’s a good step in the right direction.”
The budget legislation is the product of negotiations between the Democrats who control the General Assembly and Republican lawmakers allied with the governor.
The proposal does raise spending on early childhood and K-12 education with a combined $407 million.
It also includes $53 million to cover the first-year costs of building a new veterans home in Quincy, where there have been deadly incidents of Legionnaires’ disease.
- Amanda Vinicky, WTTW:
Something that hasn’t gotten much attention: Illinois budget contains funding for a new $5k tax credit for adoption services. Rauner calls it “major” and “historic” in helping bring down high cost of #adoption
Quincy Veteran’s Home Funding
- Quincy Herald-Whig:
Pledging to rebuild the Illinois Veterans Home for “our heroes,” Gov. Bruce Rauner said $53 million in startup funding for new campus construction was in the state budget he signed Monday.“We’re going to invest and make this the best veterans home in America,” Rauner said.Several veterans from the home applauded Rauner’s comments and said they’re looking forward to new residence halls and other facilities.“I can’t wait for them to get started. I live down at Fifer so I’ll be able to see all the tearing down and rebuilding,” said Jack Gustison, a Quincy native who has lived at the home for four months and worked in the dietary department for more than 16 years before he retired in 2010.
- The Southern:
Illinois officials are investing $240 million in two dozen projects designed to improve freight mobility throughout the state and relieve congestion.The Illinois Department of Transportation grants announced Tuesday should also increase safety, draw private investment and improve connections between freight transport methods and commerce.Gov. Bruce Rauner announced 23 grants at the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis intermodal facility in East St. Louis. The facility will receive a grant of nearly $2 million. It’s leveraging $500,000 in private investment to re-establish previous track alignment to eliminate conflicts with four nearby highway crossings.
New Pritzker-Blagojevich Ads
- Illinois Politico Playbook:
Blagojevich plays a starring role in the new ad, alongside J.B. Pritzker. In the spot, Blagojevich is heard on the 2008 FBI wiretap dropping F-bombs and suggesting he should appoint controversial Chicago Rev. Jeremiah Wright to replace Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate.
- Chicago Tribune:
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s re-election campaign returns to the TV airwaves on Tuesday with a new ad based on a familiar target — a government recording between imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Democratic governor nominee J.B. Pritzker. … “Right there on the Senate floor. ‘It’s not God Bless America. It’s God Damn America.’ ” Blagojevich says, though the ad bleeps out the vulgarity. “God Damn America,” Pritzker replies, though the ad also bleeps again. The ad then repeats those two lines.
- Chicago Sun-Times:
Kicking off the TV air war, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner plans to begin running his first post-primary statewide television ad Tuesday, once again seeking to link Democrat J.B. Pritzker to imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. … The audio recording ends with Pritzker and Blagojevich both mocking one of Wright’s most notorious statements. “God Damn America,” both Blagojevich and Pritzker say in the tapes.