â€œIâ€™m nobody that nobody sentâ€
By Chinta Strausberg
After Archbishop BlasÃ© 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 â€œIâ€™m nobody that nobody sentâ€ and made it clear that â€œbusiness as usual is over. It stops now.â€
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 â€œwe have a moral and ethical crisis as well.â€
Rauner, the first Republicans in nearly a decade, said few people have faith in state government and that those fears are â€œjustifiedâ€ especially since they see â€œinsider deals and cronyismâ€ being rewarded or lobbyists who write bills for special interests who then donate money to campaigns but â€œtaxpayers being left with the tabâ€¦.â€ 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.
â€œWe must prove every day that we have learned our lesson and have changed our ways,â€ said Rauner. â€œIn 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 successâ€ in every aspect of life including from the cradle to higher education. â€œWe need to invest adequately in every neighborhood,â€ he said.
On education, Rauner said, â€œNext 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 mandatesâ€¦.â€
He said a high quality education is key for a higher lifetime earning power needed for a strong economy growth. â€œIt is the key to bring back the American dream for every familyâ€¦for a truly better life for the next generation.â€
â€œEvery dollar we spent unnecessarily is a dollar we canâ€™t put into classrooms and our social service providers and to Illinoisâ€™ hard-working families.
Raunerâ€™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.
â€œI am ready to get to work for you. Iâ€™m ready to fight for you,â€ saidÂ 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: Chintabernie@aol.com.