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Rauner asks for one-on-one meeting with Speaker Madigan

Now that the Illinois primaries are over, could there be more meetings to try to resolve the budget impasse?


Gov. Rauner said at a news conference Monday he reached out to get a one-on-one meeting with House Speaker Michael Madigan to talk about a path out of the nearly 9-month-old budget impasse.



Madigan Spokesman Steve Brown said he is working to confirm whether the governor called and will provide an update soon. Meanwhile, Rauner said he’s apprehensive to call for meetings with all four legislative leaders because attempts last summer and fall produced zero results.


The governor said bipartisan measures on procurement reform and pension reform could help provide savings to pay for things like higher education and social services, but legislators need to bring the bills out of committee and vote on them. 

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