The minority leader in the Illinois House says there’s no truth to claims that Bruce Rauner offered money to legislators to vote against last year’s pension reform law. Gov. Pat Quinn’s source on that claim is Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), but Durkin says he never told Quinn that Rauner was promising campaign contributions to legislators who opposed the bill.
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“Didn’t happen,” Durkin said today (Friday) in Glendale Heights. “Bruce Rauner was opposed to it, he felt that the bill could have gone further, but I stand by what I did on S.B. 1 and I know (Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno) does as well, but the fact is, this conversation never occurred.”
Durkin doesn’t see any problem with Rauner talking to legislators about his concerns with the proposal, saying many public-sector employees did the same.