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Illinois’ First Lady urges override of hubby’s budget veto



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SPRINGFIELD – Oh, to be a fly on the wall of the Rauners' these days… Diana Rauner, the governor's wife, presides over an early childhood group that wants the Illinois General Assembly to diss her husband's budget veto.

Mrs. Rauner and the Ounce of Prevention Fund wants Illinois taxpayers to pay more – yes, more.

"Over the long holiday weekend, the Illinois General Assembly worked in a bipartisan manner to end the unprecedented budget impasse, passing a full-year budget for FY2018 and the revenue increases needed to fund that budget," a statement issued by Ounce of Prevention said Wednesday. "The governor vetoed the bills and the Senate has voted to override that veto. We strongly urge the House of Representatives to now follow the Senate in voting to override the governor’s veto."

They support the rejected budget because it provides "significant funding" for initiatives from which their group's efforts will benefit.

"We applaud the members of the General Assembly in both parties who took the tough vote to try to end this impasse. We hope the House can take one more important vote to move Illinois forward."

Mrs. Rauner was not private during her husband's 2014 campaign that she was a committed Democrat. 


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  1. I think Nancy Thorner is correct. This is all a work with the Republicans and Madigan and the Rauners all in on it. The people of Illinois have been played.
    Rauner will go back to making his billions off government pensions. The Illinois GOP will offer up some hapless schmuck of a candidate like they do for Attorney General or Secretary of State and the Democrats and teachers and government employees will laugh at the rest of us.
    I can’t wait to leave this state.

  2. It has to be a “life’s most embarrassing moment” for Bruce Rauner when his own wife publicly states that his plan is flawed and not well thought out. Bruce is probably seeking out his first wife about now and asking her if she would like to come back to work. I am now inclined to doubt that Diane Rauner even voted for Bruce when he first decided to run for Governor of Illinois. I sympathize with poor Bruce’s dilemma. His own wife is working against him!