Bruce Rauner and the Republican leadership of the Illinois legislature said yesterday that they want to pass legislation allowing them to take over the Chicago Public Schools and declare it bankrupt.
Rauner can’t manage the State of Illinois. Now he wants to operate CPS too?
We have seen what Republican state takeovers of local government can do.
Exhibit A: Flint, Michigan.
Maybe this is all posturing.
Or maybe this was the plan all along.
“Boss” Madigan has proven his veto-proof legislature isn’t exactly as veto-proof as some thought.
But Republicans can’t pass squat without Democratic Party support. As of this morning we haven’t heard from Madigan or Senate President Cullerton.
Update: Natasha Korecki reports:
Rauner is in the midst of a political war with Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan, whose spokesman Tuesday night likened the takeover proposal to the state of Michigan’s takeover of Flint, Michigan which is now in the midst of a water lead poisoning crisis.
“I would say that anybody worried about state takeovers should look at Flint, that’s what takeovers look like,” Brown told POLITICO. “That may be the template you may want to use when you evaluate whether it’s a good idea to take over. Look at what happened to the people in Flint and try not to repeat mistakes.”
We are justified in being concerned when the union leadership has totally conceded the fight against Rauner to Madigan and Cullerton.
Mayor Rahm says he is “100% against it.”
That could very well mean he has already agreed to it in a private meeting with Rauner over a couple of glasses of expensive wine.
As the Flint drinking water disaster reaches epic proportions, Michigan’s Republican governor Snyder says it is his Hurricane Katrina.
Katrina was a natural disaster that political opportunists took advantage of to destroy public institutions in New Orleans.
In Michigan it was political opportunists who destroyed democratic control over public institutions that created the disaster.
And now it has come to Illinois and to Chicago.
This is as good a place for us to stop it as anywhere.