Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - MICHAEL SNEED msneed@sun­ | @sneedlings

The Edgar award . . . Repub­li­can for­mer Gov. Jim Edgar, who has been named a mem­ber of Demo­crat Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker’s tran­si­tion team, tells Sneed he’s “look­ing for­ward to help­ing him [J.B.] get the state back on track.”

Reached by phone while on va­ca­tion out of the coun­try early Thurs­day morn­ing, Edgar, a tee­to­taler who was known for the art of com­pro­mise — ex­cept when it came to per­mit­ting al­co­hol in the gover­nor’s man­sion — told Sneed:

“Well, we are not go­ing to agree on ev­ery­thing — but I will tell you one thing that struck me about J.B., whom I’ve known for a long time since we served on a board to­gether.

“He knows what he doesn’t know,” said Edgar, who had been crit­i­cal of in­cum­bent GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner’s lead­er­ship style.

“That qual­ity is huge,” he said. “It’s the trait or char­ac­ter­is­tic of some­one who is a suc­cess at what he does ... and is very savvy,” added Edgar, a pop­u­lar gover­nor who served two terms in the ’90s.

“He [J.B.] asked me if I’d be a part of the tran­si­tion team about a week ago,” said Edgar, who said he talked to Pritzker on Wed­nes­day morn­ing af­ter the elec­tion. Pritzker told him he had al­ready talked to the Repub­li­can lead­ers (Illi­nois House Repub­li­can leader Jim Durkin and Illi­nois Se­nate Repub­li­can leader Bill Brady).

“I felt that was a very, very good sign. A great sign he wants to reach out and talk to both par­ties.

“I know we will have our dif­fer­ences, but J.B. knows how im­por­tant it is to reach out to both sides and work on the art of com­pro­mise.

“This guy lis­tens. Re­ally lis­tens. And is will­ing to com­pro­mise.”

One of Pritzker’s most con­tro­ver­sial pro­pos­als is a grad­u­ated in­come tax, which has met re­sis­tance from both sides of the po­lit­i­cal aisle.

“Well, it’s a dilemma, and there are cer­tainly pros and cons,” Edgar said.

“Even if it was the right thing to do, the state wouldn’t re­ceive any money for at least four years be­cause you’d have to go through a long process to get it done,” he added.

“A con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment would have to be passed, then it would have to be voted on in the next elec­tion and then it would have to be im­ple­mented.

“That’s at least a four-year process be­fore the state would re­ceive any money,” Edgar said.


Man­sion mus­ings . . .

The big ques­tion?

Will the new old pile have new style?

When M.K. Pritzker, the state’s new first lady, hits the Gover­nor’s Man­sion — newly ren­o­vated un­der the watch­ful eye of for­mer first lady

Di­ana Rauner — will she add her own per­sonal touch?

(We are not talk­ing toi­let re­moval!)

Back­shot: M.K., a busy mother of two who plans to spend fam­ily time at the man­sion, was also a mem­ber of the Illi­nois Ex­ec­u­tive Man­sion ex­pan­sion project — and told Sneed in 2016 she felt “hon­ored” to be asked to work on “a project of his­toric sig­nif­i­cance, restor­ing the in­tegrity of the peo­ple’s house.”

Up­shot: Please note M.K. came well-qual­i­fied to do so: She stud­ied art and ar­chi­tec­ture at the Univer­sity of Ne­braska, and his­tor­i­cal ar­chi­tec­tural ren­o­va­tion at the Art In­sti­tute.

Sneedlings . . .

Oops! Apolo­gies to Emily

Miller, who tells Sneed she will not be join­ing any may­oral cam­paign, play­ing any role in any race and has not had any con­ver­sa­tions with any­one about play­ing a role ina Su­sana Men­doza may­oral cam­paign — con­trary to an item in Sneed’s Thurs­day col­umn. Becky

Car­roll, who had ad­vised J.B. Pritzker’s gu­ber­na­to­rial run, tells Sneed she works only in ad­vi­sory ca­pac­i­ties and doesn’t hold of­fi­cial cam­paign po­si­tions . ... To­day’s birth­days: French Mon­tana, 34;

Nick Lachey, 45; Eric Dane, 46.


Repub­li­can for­mer Gov. Jim Edgar (right) says Demo­cratic Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker un­der­stands ‘‘the art of com­pro­mise.’’

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