Hard bargaining is ahead in Springfield before a budget is in place in Springfield and a political expert says a recent tour of downstate Illinois communities is politically motivated by Governor Bruce Rauner.
Dr. Kent Redfield is a political expert at the University of Illinois-Springfield and says the Governor's tour of downstate Illinois communities after an agreement deadline came and went for the budget might make coming to an agreement more difficult.
The Governor's speaking tour in recent weeks could be a sign of where Republicans feel they have an advantage in the November elections.
Dr. Redfield says the speaking tour is making the possibility of a grand bargain more difficult because of the lack of trust among lawmakers combined with the fact now a two-thirds majority is needed to anything done.
Dr. Redfield says a lot of the areas the Governor visited earlier in the month could be an indicator of what areas of the state Republicans will target during the upcoming election.