One of the speakers at this afternoon's event was the vitriolic Father Michael Pfleger, the longtime pastor of St. Sabina's Church on Chicago's South Side. He used the occasion to attack Winnetka's most prominent citizen, Bruce Rauner, a Republican.
"And I can't be here without saying this," the left-wing activist began, "because I wouldn't be true to myself. But one of the reasons that we have so much unemployment and poverty right now in the state is one of the residents of Winnetka--Governor Bruce Rauner. Governor Rauner you need to care about the people on the South Side of Chicago and the West Side of Chicago. Governor Rauner--you need to be out here today and learn from the people in your community."
Who says the Republican reformer doesn't care?
And since Rauner was sworn into office in January, the jobless rate in the Land of Lincoln has gone down.
Pfleger needs to learn the facts.
Rauner pulled state funding from a youth program that the meddlesome priest controlled earlier this year--Illinois is broke, by the way. That's something Pfleger didn't mention in his speech.
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Seven years ago Pfleger was suspended by then-Cardinal Francis George for mocking Hillary Clinton from the pulpit of Trinity United Church of Christ--then the home of Obama's toxic minister, the Reverend Jeremiach Wright. President Obama has cited Pfleger as one of his spiritual mentors.
Pfleger's social service groups received over $1 million in funds from the controversial Neighborhood Recovery Initiative--which has been called a political slush fund--from Rauner's Democratic predecessor, Pat Quinn. The NRI was unveiled shortly before Election Day five years ago.