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Doug Finke

Veto session might gauge extent of Republican revolt

Some irked at Rauner’s bill decisions

Some irked at Rauner’s bill decisions

The General Assembly’s annual ritual known as the fall veto session begins today, and we’ll see what kind of fallout remains, if any, from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s decision to sign the bill that provides public funding of abortions.

Many Republicans were furious with Rauner for signing the bill and said they could no longer support the governor. The question is, does that somehow carry over when it comes time to vote on bills Rauner vetoed?

It’s one thing to dislike the governor. It’s something else to start voting with Democrats on things like workers compensation or the minimum wage.

J.B. has more

Given projections that Illinois is headed for the most expensive campaign for governor in the nation’s history, it would have been a terrific headline. Two candidates for governor among the very richest people in the country.

Alas, it wasn’t to be.

Democrat J.B. Pritzker made the Forbes list of the 400 richest people in the country. He’s worth about $3.4 billion, Forbes said, which was good enough for 219th nationally. It’s good for No. 5 among Illinoisans.

Rauner’s never said exactly how much he’s worth, but he’s said it could be around $1 billion depending on how his holdings are doing. But that’s not even close to getting him on the Forbes list. The person sitting at No. 400 and last on the national list was worth $2 billion.

A billion dollars isn’t what it used to be.

Hard times?

As long as you’re feeling sorry for Rauner, here’s some more bad financial information.

His income dropped by half in the past year.

Rauner released his income tax returns last week, which showed his income for 2016 was about $91 million. Just a year earlier it was $188 million.

If this keeps up, he may have to start collecting his $177,000 state salary.

Modern Madigan

Think for a moment about the places you’d never expect to see House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Guest speaker at an Illinois Republican legislative retreat? No. 1 entry on Rauner’s Christmas card list? On the web?

At one time, you would have been correct had you said “yes” to that last one. No more. Yes, the man who famously shuns a cellphone and email has a new website – – and a Facebook page. Coming on the heels of the total eclipse, this could be another sign the end is near.

The website has sections with titles like “Standing Up For Women’s Health” and “Standing Up For Our Schools” and “Standing Up For Our Values.” Click them on and you’ll get a rundown of what Madigan has done in those areas.

The site also has several pictures of Madigan with children, seniors and others. In each of them, Madigan is smiling broadly. It’s not that Madigan never smiles around the Capitol; it just doesn’t seem to happen all that often.

Not impressed

Of course, the Illinois GOP wasn’t impressed. It quickly put out a news release declaring Madigan’s venture into 21st century communications a failure and something that wouldn’t cover up Madigan’s single-handed efforts to destroy the state.

And as proof that voters weren’t being fooled, the release provided a helpful link to comments that were filed on Madigan’s Facebook page.

As you can probably guess, many of them were the thoughtful, reasoned comments that often show up in comments sections.