Governor Bruce Rauner says he’s learned a lot in the first year of his first time holding elected office.


Reflecting on one full year as the governor, the Republican said his administration has accomplished a lot, including finding efficiency in state government operations and getting innovative contracts with 17 unions. However, Rauner says he’s worried the administration is spinning its wheels in talks with the AFSCME union and is investigating the next step, though he didn’t say they’re at an impasse.

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As for some self reflection, during an interview this week with Illinois News Network Rauner said sometimes he can be “too blunt, too direct.”

“I call it like I see it and sometimes that can alienate somebody, or a group,” Rauner said. “Sometimes I’m impatient, I’ve just got to be more patient. I’m just not that way, by nature. I am persistent and that’s not going to change.”    


Meanwhile the governor says he’s going to stay the course to bring economic and political reforms.


“We will never give up on anything we’ve recommended,” the governor said. “We may have to delay. Delay is not giving up. Delay is just tactics. We have to keep an eye on the fact that we’re not going to win every battle. We have to win the long term struggle to improve the state.”   


Without a balanced budget from lawmakers for the current fiscal year the governor is set to deliver his State of the State speech January 27th and a budget address a few weeks after that.


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