“I just want to say how much I'm looking forward to being your new neighbor.” That’s how Diana Rauner opened the Springfield stop on her husband’s “thank you” tour of the state Friday. Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner made his first trip to Springfield since his election Tuesday.
Rauner has made a point of saying he is going to move to Springfield and live in the Governor’s Mansion a few blocks from the Capitol.
“You’re going to see a lot of new thinking, new ideas, new leadership,” Rauner said in defending his choice of people such as Jim Edgar – a former secretary of state and former governor who left office in 1999 – and William Daley – a member of two presidential cabinets and the son of a Chicago mayor and brother of another – to his transition team after running as an “outsider.”
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“The reality is, we need to talk with folks who have both been around government here a long time as well as (people who have) innovative thinking. We need big changes,” he said.
As for connecting with the leaders of the Democratic majorities in the General Assembly after bad-mouthing them for the past year, Rauner chalks it up to campaigning as opposed to governing. “The reality is: people know I’m a bi-partisan problem solver. I have been my whole life,” he said.