American Bridge Statement on Bruce Rauner’s Victory

Today, American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp made the following statement in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s victory in the Illinois Republican gubernatorial election:

“Tonight, Illinois Republicans humiliated Bruce Rauner — showing once and for all that Illinoisans across the political spectrum reject Rauner’s record of mismanagement. Rauner spent the primary running scared. To distract from his record of pushing Illinois to the brink of financial collapse he careened to the right, putting children’s lives at risk with his veto of a commonsense gun safety bill. All he won was an approval rating even lower than Donald Trump’s and a one-way ticket to Milan come November. Bruce, arrivederci — I hope your bags are packed and your private jet fully stocked.”

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Will Bruce Rauner Continue to Stick With Trump Despite Mismanaging the Opioid Crisis?

A recent cavalcade of stories have reported on Trump’s mismanagement of Drug Policy – putting a 24 year-old whose only experience was working on Trump’s campaign in one of the most senior positions at the drug policy epidemic in the midst of a nation-wide opioid epidemic. Meanwhile, Gov. Rauner has been sitting on the sidelines of this crisis – and his silence speaks volumes.

In Illinois, opioid deaths have increased by 7.6% between 2015 and 2016.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“As Illinois faces an alarming opioid epidemic that is only getting worse, Gov. Rauner has failed to stand up to Donald Trump’s mismanagement of the opioid crisis. Will he continue to stick with Trump’s administration as more and more of his constituents are dying?”

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Rauner “Applauds” Bill that Would Endanger Illinois Jobs

Yesterday, Governor Rauner said he was “applauding Congress” for tackling tax reform, which could potentially give Gov. Rauner HUGE kickbacks off his tax bill. But beyond the fact that Rauner is “applauding” tax breaks for the wealthy, the Senate tax bill as written could cost Illinois thousands of jobs.

By eliminating the state and local tax (SALT) deduction, the Senate bill could demolish public schools in Illinois. New data shows that this bill puts over $1.6 billion dollars in annual state revenue for public schools at risk, totalling $802 per student and endangering the jobs of 9,309 teachers. Further, the Senate bill would jeopardize donations to nonprofits, putting at risk $429 million in donations to 61,653 nonprofits in Illinois that could hurt over half a million (549,092) Illinois employees.

Given that Rauner has claimed he’s talked to Congress about the bill and asked to […]

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Gov. Rauner’s Politically Convenient Decision Means Nothing For Illinois Women

Today, Governor Rauner announced he would sign HB40, a decision he made after vowing to anti-choice groups that he would veto the legislation. This isn’t the first time he’s made the politically convenient choice… and he certainly has refused to stand up for Illinois women before.

Just last week, Rauner refused to stand up to the Graham-Cassidy plan, which would have rolled back Medicaid support, particularly disrupting states like Illinois that expanded Medicaid.  Rauner wouldn’t even sign on to a letter from a group of bipartisan governors opposing the plan, fearing political backlash from conservative donors.

In Illinois, more than 3 million residents were enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP programs, and the eligibility levels were highest for pregnant women and children. Additionally, 71% of public fundingfor family planning in the state came from Medicaid in 2010 and those services provided a […]

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American Bridge Responds to Bruce Rauner’s Statement On Cassidy-Graham

Bruce Rauner is digging himself a deeper hole with his latest non-response to Republicans’ disastrous healthcare plan. After twice failing to join other Republican governors in a public letter opposing Trumpcare, Rauner claimed he had “expressed” his “concerns to members of Congress and members of the administration” — but he’s refusing to even say who he has contacted.

Here’s what we do know: Rauner has not contacted Dick Durbin, Illinois’ senior senator, about the bill, twice failed to join other governors in speaking out, and did not respond to Illinois representatives who called on him to oppose a past iteration of Trumpcare.

American Bridge Spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“Yet again, Bruce Rauner has shown he’s not up to the task of standing up to Trump. Rauner’s response is too little, too late, and driven purely by his personal interests […]

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Rauner Flunks Trumpcare Leadership Test, Even As Other Republicans Speak Out

Bruce Rauner is failing to speak out against a disastrous Republican plan to kick 965,000 Illinoisans off of their health insurance, gut protections for preexisting conditions, defund Planned Parenthood, and end Medicaid as we know it. On Tuesday, Rauner’s silence became all the more deafening when a bipartisan group of governors released a letter opposing the Graham-Cassidy bill — with Rauner’s name conspicuously missing.

This isn’t the first time Rauner has failed to oppose Republicans’ efforts to destroy the Affordable Care Act. In March, Rauner claimed he planned to craft a response to the American Health Care Act, but when a bipartisan group of governors sent a June letter opposing the bill, Rauner’s name was nowhere to be found.

The Graham-Cassidy bill is the worst version of Trumpcare yet. The bill would kick 965,000 Illinoisans off of their health insurance and rob the state of $9.26 billion in […]

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Bruce the Bully Fails Illinois Students

Rauner said he’d fix Illinois… but he’s done nothing of the sort. Rauner has spent his time bullying the state legislature to make a point, mismanaging his staff, flubbing basic policy procedures, going back on promises he made while campaigning, firing his staff, and most importantly, holding the state of Illinois back from economic growth. Because of Rauner, Illinois’ public colleges and universities have faced enormous hardships, forcing them to cut faculty and staff and leading to fewer options for Illinois students… and fewer students altogether.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“Bruce Rauner has failed at every aspect of leadership and his bullying tactics and mismanagement has led to economic and educational setbacks that only harm Illinois students and stunt their future growth. Rauner isn’t fixing Illinois – he’s dimming the lights on what would have been a bright future for Illinois students.”

Just take a look at the […]

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Bruce the Bully Creates More Chaos

The closer to the 2018 election, the more Trumpian Gov. Bruce Rauner becomes. Just last night, Rauner’s fury caused another staff shakeup, only a month after the last mass staff shakeup.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following comment:

“Rauner, like Trump, is a bully who sows chaos wherever he goes. But while Rauner storms around firing people and vetoing bills that fund Illinois schools, Illinois families pay the price. Rauner can continue to fire his staff, but if he wants to find the real problem with his chaotic administration, he should look in a mirror.”

Just take a look at the headlines below for striking similarities between Rauner and Trump.

High Staff Turnover
New York Magazine: ‘Trump Fires Anthony Scaramucci 10 Days After Hiring Him’
Forbes: ‘Donald Trump’s Communications Director Resigns After Just Three Months’
Chicagoist: Rauner Office Has Another […]

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American Bridge Launches “Bully” ad Targeting Rauner Veto

Governor Bruce Rauner’s disastrous veto of a school funding bill that would have re-worked a school funding formula currently considered to be the most inequitable in the country also leaves schools with no certainty of funding for the upcoming school year.

Rauner’s veto leaves schools administrators and teachers in the lurch, wondering how long before jobs are threatened. Rauner’s veto leaves Illinois schoolchildren unsure how long their school year might last – and what opportunities they’ll miss out on. Rauner’s veto leaves parents desperately concerned about what will happen if their school shuts down mid-year.

In response, American Bridge launched an online ad campaign that clarifies who really suffers from Governor Rauner’s bullying tactics – Illinois’ children.

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement: 

“Governor Rauner is the definition of a bully – he’s abused his veto power to intimidate and harm children and entire communities to make a political point. No […]

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Rauner Bullies, Illinois Schools To Open Without State Funding

Yesterday, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed a school funding bill that would not only fund schools for the upcoming school year, but was also aimed to re-work a school funding formula that is considered the most inequitable in the country. In fact, the Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board said the bill is “a historic chance to reform education funding, easing decades of financial inequities between rich and poor school districts.”

So Rauner could have signed it, assuring that Illinois schools would be funded for the entire year that begins in a matter of weeks.

But we all know that Governor Rauner doesn’t compromise… with anyone. It’s why he vetoed the budget again this year, putting Illinois at the brink of becoming the only state with a “junk bond” rating. And it’s why the state comptroller compared him to a “check-bouncer.” And, of course, Rauner’s […]

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