Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he does not use email because “nothing good” comes from using the mode of communication that is enjoyed by most everyone and also holds people accountable.
“Email causes all kinds of trouble, as you’ve seen,” Rauner reportedly said Wednesday, according to the Chicago Tribune. “I’ll talk to somebody, I want to look somebody in the eye.”
In order to dodge the use of email, the savvy businessman-turned politican uses a state-issued cellphone as well as a personal phone to reach his children.
The Rauner administration has been critized for a lack of transparancy, which caused reporters to turn to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office for help after his office would only supply them with heavily redacted versions of his daily schedule after originally refusing to do so altogether. Madigan’s opinion fell on the side of reporters, arguing that the information is part of the public record.
With Rauner’s lack of email use, information on potential policy proposals and plans that would typically be available to the public via open records laws will not exist.