Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner made a stop in the Metro East yesterday, pushing for a balanced and responsible state budget before meeting with members of the local business community in O’Fallon. The governor also made a push for bringing the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to a location near Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County.
The NGA announced last year it was planning on moving their headquarters from their St. Louis facility. The governor was pushing his Turnaround Agenda during the stop, which has concerned many local city and village leaders since it will potentially cut tens of thousands of dollars or more in state funding for local governments. Rauner also said he would be in favor of bringing the Rams to the Metro East if a plan for downtown St. Louis stadium fell through. Local Congressmen John Shimkus and Rodney Davis were among area Republicans who attended the event with the governor.