Damage Done: Rauner Ignores Cairo Housing Crisis

Southern Illinoisan: Where's Gov. Rauner on Cairo Housing Crisis?

Chicago, IL – While Cairo weathers a housing crisis that caught the attention of a federal cabinet official, Bruce Rauner is ignoring Illinois’ southernmost city and has quite the list of excuses for doing so. Here’s some context for Rauner’s bogus attempts to justify his failure:

  • Rauner claims the Cairo housing crisis is a federal issue, but the Southern Illinoisan notes “housing authorities are entities of state and local government.”
  • The Rauner administration claims he's been tethered to Springfield because of longer sessions… created by the failed governor’s budget crisis.
  • The Rauner administration claims “given the distance” it was hard for Rauner to visit southern Illinois, but he made several international trips during the same period.
  • And, while local officials are working to remedy the situation, funding is unclear after Rauner’s budget crisis has “dramatically slowed infrastructure projects.”

“Bruce Rauner is riding his motorcycle in campaign ads and jet-setting to foreign countries to bad mouth our state, but can’t be bothered to make his way to Cairo,” said Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh. “There is a housing crisis in a city Rauner represents, and the best he can offer is a scatterbrained defense of his absence while Illinoisans continue to suffer from the damage he’s done.”

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Michael Berger