Governor Bruce Rauner has released a bizarre list of ten supposed accomplishments in 2017, a number of which have not even happened and others that were the result of others’ work, and another that didn’t even occur this year.
Topping the list is “education funding reform,” which Rauner has already taken heat for attempting to take credit. A member of his own party, Rep. Avery Bourne, R-Raymond, gave the credit to legislative negotiations – not the governor.
“You know, I want to commend him for saying: Get a deal,” she said. “And I think that was the charge of the governor’s office…but I think that these negotiations really took place in the legislature,” she said, commending the Republican and Democratic leaders of the House and Senate.
Rauner had previously vetoed the General Assembly’s school funding bill. The Senate voted to override the veto and when the House voted on a separate bill comprised solely of Governor Rauner’s proposal for school funding, it failed to garner even a single vote in the House.
Rauner also pushed the state into a two-year budget impasse, during which over $1 billion in total was not paid out to school districts. Before legislators overruled Rauner’s veto of the budget, school administrators had warned they may not have been able to open in the fall.
The budget that Democrats and Republican lawmakers passed actually increased funding for education by $714 million. However, Rauner vetoed that funding. Oddly, Rauner actually cites vetoing this budget as an accomplishment.
Another odd inclusion on the list is “Amazon.” In fact, Illinois and Chicago were one of 238 applicants to house the company’s second headquarters. Another cites a bill that was actually passed in 2016, the Clean Energy Jobs Act.
Opponents of the Governor say that Rauner’s list indicates that he is oblivious to his own administration’s failures.