$1 million worth of TV ads aren’t likely to make Democratic legislators want to compromise with the governor. The ads, purchased by Gov. Bruce Rauner’s campaign committee, will begin airing today (Tuesday) across the state, specifically targeting House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago).
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State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago), who is the House majority leader, doesn’t think the attacks will help Rauner’s legislative agenda or the ongoing budget talks. “It would seem to me that it doesn’t set a very pleasant table for negotiation, and it doesn’t seem to me either that this works politically when the elections come around in November 2016. So what I don’t understand what he’s thinking,” Currie said. Currie suggests Rauner may have already soured relationships with Democratic legislators during his stops around the state last week, when he questioned whether certain lawmakers were only loyal to Madigan and his “Chicago machine.” As Currie put it, “My mother always told me to start politely.”