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Chicago Tribune

Wednesday, December 6, 2017  |  Editorial  |  Editorial Board

Rauner, Bruce Madigan, Michael--State House, 22

A day after declaring "I am not in charge" of Illinois and suggesting House Speaker Michael Madigan is, Gov. Bruce Rauner was asked by reporters if he wanted to revisit the comment.

He did not.

"No, not really," Rauner said at an unrelated news conference Tuesday. "I think everyone in the state knows what I'm talking about. We've had one person in power, one person in charge of the vast amounts of the government for 35 years.

"There's too much concentration of power in one individual," he said.

That one person being Rauner's chief rival, Madigan. The governor's original comment came after a reporter on Monday asked him if the speaker has been around for more than three decades, hasn’t the governor been in charge for the last three years.

“I wish I had. We would have our problems fixed. Illinois would be on a great future,” Rauner said Monday. “We’d have 200,000 more jobs in this state, we would have lower property taxes in this state, we would have term limits in this state, if I was in charge. I am not in charge. I’m trying to get to be in charge.”

 

 

What's on tap

*Mayor Rahm Emanuel will announce at Gage Park that the Chicago Fire is joining with the Chicago Park District to build 50 soccer fields throughout the city over five years. Citadel chief Ken Griffin's foundation is providing $3 million toward the cause.

*Gov. Rauner will have a tollway event in the morning to draw attention to the state's move-over law. Later, he'll have a clean energy event in the Loop.

*Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will moderate a City Club of Chicago panel titled "The Opioid Epidemic."

*The Chicago Teachers Union has called a morning news conference at Chicago Public Schools headquarters to talk about potential school closures.

*Democratic candidate for governor state Sen. Daniel Biss will announce his LGBTQ platform at the Pride Arts Center in Chicago.

*Two City Council committees will meet.

*U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky will be part of a D.C. news conference on the Republican tax plan featuring House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.

 

From the notebook

*Quick spin: Cook County Clerk David Orr's communications director Nick Shields had filed to run to succeed his boss, but his petitions are now listed as "withdrawn."

 

 

What we're writing

*Rauner hits Pritzker on offshore assets but could have some of his own.

*Obama at climate event doesn't mention Trump's name; says U.S. in an "unusual time."

*Layoffs in Cook County chief judge's office averted for now.

*1992 bar fight, arrest threatens to derail cop's trial focusing on code of silence.

*Hirsch High students attempt walkout to protest plan for charter school in building.

*Journalist could be called to witness stand at hearing on Laquan McDonald shooting.

 

What we're reading

*Ex-deputy marshal who leaked info in "Family Secrets" mob case is punched by teen wrestler.

*Starbucks' Chicago offices to more than double in size.

*City loses out on Mars Wrigley U.S. candy headquarters. 200 Chicago jobs likely headed to New Jersey.

 

Follow the money

*Madigan reported $153,600 in contributions, including a $55,400 donation from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union.

*Liberty Principles PAC reported spending $101,978 to support Burr Ridge Village President Mickey Straub's primary challenge to House Republican leader Jim Durkin.

*Track Illinois campaign contributions in real time here and here.

 

Beyond Chicago

*Russian team can't participate in 2018 Olympics.

*Supreme Court hears arguments in case of same-sex couple's wedding cake.

*Conyers resigns following sexual harassment allegations.

*Bannon to rally voters for Moore.