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Rauner Dogged by Repeated Rivian Automotive Lie

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Peoria Journal-Star Editorial Slams Rauner’s Lies as Typical in the Age of Trump

Ever since last Friday, Governor Bruce Rauner’s been dogged by one of his many lies. This time he told a crowd that no one wanted a car plant in Bloomington-Normal, despite the fact that he had visited the plant and its new occupant, Rivian Automotive. The hits kept on coming Thursday as the Mayor of Normal wondered “why the governor is criticizing” the deal that brought Rivian to the plant and the Peoria Journal-Star lamented Rauner’s penchant for lying in the age of President Donald Trump:
“As [Michael] Bloomberg put it, ‘How did we go from a president who could not tell a lie to politicians who cannot tell the truth?’ We’ve fallen a long way in almost 230 years. Evidently Illinois’ governor would not be outdone. Last week Bruce Rauner told something of a whopper at an event in Chicago regarding the status of the former Mitsubishi plant in Normal, according to reporting in Springfield’s State Journal-Register.”
The Peoria Journal-Star continued:
“Nonetheless, the governor’s information was clearly wrong. It wasn’t the first time. He continues to dance around it. When the facts don’t fit the narrative — Illinois is broken, only I can fix it, in this case — you make something up.”
“Another week and instead of leadership, we get more lies from this failed Governor,” said DGA Illinois Communications Director Sam Salustro. “The fact is that Bruce Rauner’s entire election campaign is built upon lies and deflections to explain away three years of failed leadership.”