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Rauner received applause from those who came to see the awarding of the Illinois Innovation Prize. But he was heckled by demonstrators who blamed him for the budget impasse that’s held up state funding for higher education — except for some recently approved stopgap funding.

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I was at this. It is too bad that the protestors decided to show up in the actual room. They were not tolerant people. They seemed extremely childish-sort of like a two year old having a temper tantrum. I saw three sneak through the cafeteria and I almost got up to tackle them but thought better of it. The governor was standing next to me and I told him “You are doing a great fucking job, keep it up.” He chuckled. The security team did a tremendous job. One of my fellow judges got up and scolded the children. What really disappointed me about the protestors was… Read more »