U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says he has had good relationships with Republican governors in the past, and the same should hold true for Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner. Durbin says the two have spoken since Rauner won the election. “He called me on the Wednesday after the election,” Durbin said. “We had a brief conversation, and I’m planning, once things settle down a little bit, to sit down with him and talk about his challenges and some ideas I might have.”
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During Durbin’s 32 years in Congress, he has had to work with several Republican governors, and says he usually got along with Jim Thompson and Jim Edgar. The only governor he didn’t get along with was from his own party, adding “and it wasn’t Pat Quinn.” U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) says he’s hoping to arrange a lunch with Durbin, Rauner, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the near future.