Almost a month removed from his election to the highest post in Illinois, Governor Elect Bruce Rauner spent part of his time in Springfield last week, and one local lawmaker feels it's a nice change.
Governor Elect Rauner spent the day talking with lawmakers on both sides of the isle last week as lawmakers congregated for a short session. According to Sen. Chapin Rose, having Rauner on campus gave a feel of change coming to Springfield.
Sen. Rose feels the current state of Illinois can draw very similar comparisons to when Gov. Jim Edgar took over as Governor in 1990. He explains both he and now Bruce Rauner have to deal with a Democrat majority, however, he feels like Edgar, Rauner can also bring Illinois out of it's financial hole.
Rauner has assembled a transition team as he prepares to take over the Governor's office. According to Sen. Rose, the people on his transition team carry a lot of clout in their respective areas of expertise.
Sen. Rose says there are many local leaders who are a part of the Rauner transition team. He says a leader from Decatur Memorial Hospital and the Chancellor of the University of Illinois is on the transition team as well.