Black Illinois Lawmakers and Gov. Rauner Continue Their Quarrel

Jun 22, 2018

Governor Bruce Rauner and black state legislators on Friday escalated a fight that began earlier this week.

It started when Rauner told a Chicago radio station that — with his economic and education policies — he had done more for black Illinoisans than any other governor.

After black legislators objected, Rauner doubled down Friday morning on Springfield radio station WTAX.

“Not surprised they’re sensitive because the black legislators really have not been serving their community very well.”

State Rep. Juliana Stratton is a Democrat from Chicago and her party’s nominee for lieutenant governor.

“For all of history, we have heard white men, in their privilege, tell every racial and ethnic group that they know better than we do.”

Stratton says that is “offensive” and "wrong.”