While Illinois’ governor tours the Land of Lincoln to focus on term limits and redistricting reform, Illinois Democrats and their supporters are out of state blasting the chief executive.
The Chicago Tribune reports national labor leaders called out Gov. Bruce Rauner by name at this week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees called Rauner a "jackass" and vowed to "take him out" in the next election. Rauner responded saying he’s focused on making Illinois grow.
“We need major reforms. We’ve been losing our jobs. Our taxes keep going through the roof. We keep having budget deficits and we cut our school funding. Our system is broken and it’s broken because our political system is broken,” Rauner said.
Meanwhile Democratic U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, who is being considered as a possible competitor to Rauner in 2018, reportedly attacked Rauner as being divisive. Rauner said he’s not focused on the election right now.
“For me the election is years away and I’m not focused on that at all,” Rauner said.
Democrats conclude their national convention today (July 28) with an acceptance speech from nominee Hillary Clinton.