IL Gov. Rauner says he's been in budget talks during spring recess

Governor Bruce Rauner talks economic growth at Cordova Library

CORDOVA, Ill. - Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner visited the Cordova Library where he talked about how important the Exelon plant is to the community.

Local 4's Krista Burris got a TV exclusive, sit down interview with the governor.

She asked him how budget talks were going.

Rauner says he's in constant communication with state legislators.

"Everyday, even on break I've been calling them. I talk to them on the phone," said Gov. Bruce Rauner, (R) Illinois.

Legislators are on a two-week spring break, but Rauner says he's still working to move budget talks forward.

"I've been talking to legislators, Republicans and Democrats. I applaud the Senators. The Senate Democrats have been trying to compromise and come up with pro-growth changes," said Rauner.

Rauner says he's been touring the state seven days a week.

That included a stop in Rock Island last week.

During his visit at the Cordova Library Monday, Rauner talked about the impact of saving the Exelon plants in Cordova and Clinton, Illinois.

"We got in and negotiated hard and changed the bill quite a bit. We put in caps as far as how much energy costs could go up. We made sure that the plants would stay open for at least ten years," said Rauner.

Opponents to the Exelon legislation say the state should've invested in renewable energy instead of subsidies for the corporation.

But Cordova Library Director Sue Hebel says the plant helps keep their doors open.

"To have them close would just be devastating, devastating. It was very stressful," said Hebel. 

She says the library is a crucial part of the community.

"We have a wide variety of programming, and we also have groups that meet here at the library. The American Legion meets here. We have a quilt group that meets here. We have a writing club that meets here," said Hebel.

Rauner admits state leaders have a lot of work to do.

A comprehensive budget hasn't been passed in the two years Rauner's been in office.

The Illinois Senate put together a budget plan, but it didn't have the votes to pass in early March.

Democrats blame the governor for interfering.

Rauner says he's optimistic that he'll soon sign a budget deal.

"So far, the House Democrats have just said no to changes. They don't seem to want change, but we're trying to get the Senate Democrats to come to a balanced budget with changes, and I think we'll get there. I hope they will."

Governor Rauner has made various stops across the state in past few weeks.

Rauner has not yet confirmed if he will run for re-election.

 

 


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