Bruce Rauner Sworn Into Office; Comes Out Swinging

“I’m nobody that nobody sent”

By Chinta Strausberg

After Archbishop Blasé Cupich and Rev. James Meeks prayed and after a 42-minute delay, Gov. Elect Gov. Bruce Rauner was sworn into office Monday at 12:09 announcing he is asking every state agency to freeze all non-essential spending and said “I’m nobody that nobody sent” and made it clear that “business as usual is over. It stops now.”

He also is asking state agencies to review every contract signed since November 1st. Rauner said Illinois is not only in a financial crisis but that “we have a moral and ethical crisis as well.”

Rauner, the first Republicans in nearly a decade, said few people have faith in state government and that those fears are “justified” especially since they see “insider deals and cronyism” being rewarded or lobbyists who write bills for special interests who then donate money to campaigns but “taxpayers being left with the tab….” Rauner says those days have ended.

While Rauner should have been sworn into office at 12 noon, he came out swinging promising to reform state government morally, ethically and economically he says are needed to attract more businesses to Illinois and to bring back those who left due to high taxes.

“We must prove every day that we have learned our lesson and have changed our ways,” said Rauner. “In every thing we do, we must ask ourselves what does this mean for the next generation for in order to thrive, we must prepare the next generation for success” in every aspect of life including from the cradle to higher education. “We need to invest adequately in every neighborhood,” he said.

On education, Rauner said, “Next to being a mother and father, teaching is the most important job in the world, and we must support our many good teachers. That means putting more directly into the classroom, reforming the educational process, rolling back costly mandates….”

He said a high quality education is key for a higher lifetime earning power needed for a strong economy growth. “It is the key to bring back the American dream for every family…for a truly better life for the next generation.”

“Every dollar we spent unnecessarily is a dollar we can’t put into classrooms and our social service providers and to Illinois’ hard-working families.

Rauner’s 27-minute speech cited a lot of reforms but lacked details of how he will bring back Illinois not just from the red column to the black but details on his reforms needed to prepare the next generation for success.

“I am ready to get to work for you. I’m ready to fight for you,” said  Rauner, a wealthy businessman, vowing to accept only a $1 salary. Rauner is refusing to take any benefits.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: