Gov. Pat Quinn claims Bruce Rauner offered campaign contributions to lawmakers in exchange for voting against pension reform. Quinn says that’s what he heard from House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs). “He said Rauner was throwing campaign money around to try and sabotage the pension reform bill that was bipartisan, had Republican and Democratic support,” Quinn said.
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Quinn claims that Rauner was promising financial support, not just endorsements. Rauner has made no secret of his opposition to the pension reform law, but says whatever Quinn heard, it isn’t true. “I don’t know what Jim Durkin said. I never, ever…would offer somebody cash for a vote. That’s ridiculous, I would never do that,” Rauner said. In a joint statement with Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont), Durkin called Quinn’s claim “outrageous and unfounded.”