Internal Rauner Document Shows Clownish, Ideological Approach to Budget

$300K “Superstar” Authored Bizarre Slide Show With Misspellings, Comic Sans Font, Ronald Reagan, Cartoons and Right-Wing Catchphrases

An internal document that was forced over earlier this week by Attorney General Lisa Madigan to SEIU Healthcare Illinois shows a bizarre and oftentimes clownish approach to budgeting by the Bruce Rauner administration.

Belying his reputation as a shrewd businessman, the 47-page slide show created by $300,000-per-year hired hand Donna Arduin (attached) is rife with misspellings, comic sans font, two pictures of a bear, an image of Ronald Reagan and a racially-loaded statement about government and assertions that the Illinois State Fair, home healthcare for people with disabilities, the state university system and state museums are wasteful.

The sloppy presentation foreshadows Rauner’s disastrous approach to the budget and was authored some time in August. The administration fought its release, and for good reason.

The embarrassing communication was first reported on by Crain’s Chicago Business. Read about it here.

Said SEIU Healthcare Illinois Executive Vice President Greg Kelley:

“While cutting child care for working families, Bruce Rauner was wasting taxpayer dollars to create a right-wing motivational seminar that is more interested in Ronald Reagan than the people of Illinois. It is no wonder that he fought for months to keep this embarrassment from the public.”

“In the midst of a budget crisis he created, Bruce Rauner should explain why scarce public money was spent on this thing.”

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