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L-R: Charlie Hogan, Scott Marshall, Drunita Steward and Mary Edmonds
Senior citizens braved sub-zero temperatures in Chicago last week to protest Bruce Rauner, GOP front-runner for Illinois Governor. Outside the Republican Gubernatorial debate, they voiced their concern about Bruce Rauner's ties to dangerous nursing homes; they expressed strong concerns about his putting profits before people.

Recent news and ads raised alarm bells for Illinois residents, detailing issues of abuse and neglect in Florida nursing homes by a company that Bruce Rauner helped found and on whose Board of Directors he sat.

Charlie Hogan, a 73-year-old AFSCME retiree, took public transportation to the protest outside ABC studios in downtown Chicago. He said:

“Rauner needs to know that the seniors are on to him and we’re spreading the word. Today I’m sending an email to everyone I have an address for to tell them about the role of his corporation with the nursing homes.

We have to redefine what citizenship means these days. It used to be you stayed informed, you read the paper. Since Citizens United, it’s changed the nature of how we’re represented.” He said “We have to teach ourselves, we’re gonna have to teach our children and grandchildren to fight back. And we have to find new ways to do it."

Scott Marshall, a United Steelworkers/SOAR retiree, said:
"For all of us, particularly in the retiree movement, this guy is just scary.

When he talks about running the state like a business, that’s just scary as hell because we know what kind of business he does. ... It’s not just the nursing home thing although that is horrible. He’s a hedge fund guy; these guys are basically gamblers that don’t give a damn as long as it turns a profit."

They'll be at the University of Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts tomorrow at 4pm in advance of the 6pm debate.

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  •  Rauner's career reads much like Mitt Romney's (3+ / 0-)

    in that he used accounting gimmicks and vulture capitalism to make money.

    Rauner's crimes make him the quintessential Republican candidate for governor.

    The revelations about GTCR Nursing Home negligence are horrifying. And his willingness to kick old people to the curb and swipe their savings are in direct accordance with established Republican orthodoxy.

    “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 12:29:14 PM PST

    •  Funny you should say that... (0+ / 0-)

      I just posted this link under another diary

      Bruce Rouner the Mitt Romney of Illinois.  It's an interesting series.

      What's most baffling is how someone who profited off of the TRS, never spoke up about the under-funding, suddenly tries to paint himself as so "fiscally responsible".  Only when it's to his personal benefit.

      So, Rauner and the current state officials take out there mismanagement of TRS on the retired educators.  As my wife is one of those impacted by this,  I cannot adequately express my outrage at how she is being treated.

      Bruce would be running thru a parade of lawyers if he got screwed on a contract the way these retired teachers are getting screwed.

  •  I suspect Rauner is just another Scott Walker, (3+ / 0-)

    Rick Snyder, and a host of others who don't reveal what they really represent until after they are elected.

  •  Questions about Rauner's campaign $$$ (1+ / 0-)
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    Active Retirees

    Received these observations from a friend....
    First, Rauner hitting Dillard's endorsement by Illinois Retired Teachers Association (IRTA)

    “And Rauner hit Dillard over his endorsement by the state’s largest teachers union and the $50,000 in campaign
    cash that has come with it.”
    Funny when you consider that Rauner’s cash came from fees for “managing” the pension funds of those same teachers.

    The bulk of Rauner's campaign funds are his own $$$

    “An analysis of the legal merits of an AFL-CIO bid to keep Winnetka Republican Bruce Rauner from giving money to his own campaign is best left to someone else, but it's yet another twist in the roller-coaster primary race for governor.

    “The background: Campaign contributors to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich were ending up with lucrative state work. Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes helped lead a push to a 2008 law that banned people who wanted state contracts from giving campaign donations to candidates who could eventually control those contracts, an attempt to quell so-called pay-to-play politics.

    “The AFL-CIO argues Rauner is breaking that rule by giving his own campaign money.

    “His investment firm did work managing state pension funds. And he's running to be governor, the official who is ultimately responsible for most state contracts.

    “The one-time contractor — Rauner — is giving campaign cash to the would-be contract holder — also Rauner.
    Is that a conflict of interest?
    These are the kinds of questions you could have avoided if you'd already voted by mail.

    All the newspapers cited in Rauner’s latest ad are basically one-word references (“misleading”, “misguided”, etc.) of Rauner quoting himself (or his minions Chip and Mike).

    If Rauner’s GTCR LLC was supposed to be managing the TRS funds – since 1993 - why didn’t Rauner report that the TRS was underfunded, that the state wasn’t making its contributions and redirecting employee contributions?  
    Rauner mismanaged his fiduciary obligation re: the TRS and shouldn’t be permitted the opportunity to mismanage the entire state.
    So, is my friend's observation correct?  Is Rauner potentially liable and this attempt at a big CYA going to just bring more attention to the problem (or are there enough layers in the 'limited liability corp' that is GTCR to do the CYA-ing?

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