Illinois Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur) has visited the White House and met with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
Rauner was one of seven newly elected governors visiting the White House Friday for a presidential briefing. Topics included education, health care and transportation.
The Winnetka businessman is the first Republican governor elected in Obama's home state in more than a decade. He says he has "close working relationships" with a number of senior White House officials, including Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Rauner told reporters that problems nationally and in Illinois must be solved on a bipartisan basis.
Rauner replaces outgoing Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. He will be sworn into office Jan. 12.