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Thursday, June 16, 2016 12:01 am

Editor’s note 6/16/16

 David Axelrod of Chicago, who was President Barack Obama’s chief political strategist and senior adviser, now a CNN commentator, was in Springfield last week for the Illinois Press Association conference.  He said he thought at first Bruce Rauner might be a progressive Republican as governor. Instead, Axelrod said, Rauner has made Illinois the “laughingstock” of the nation, with his political tactics that would “burn down the village in order to save it.” Axelrod said it is “terribly cynical” for Rauner to pit Chicago against downstate in what Axelrod’s former White House colleague, Rahm Emanuel, has told him is the governor’s “war on Chicago.” Axelrod said the Statehouse battle can’t wait until after the November elections to be resolved. “You can’t wait until November to open the schools.” –Fletcher Farrar, editor and publisher

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