Since Democrats in the General Assembly aren’t keen on considering the governor’s so-called “turnaound agenda,” Gov. Bruce Rauner is trying to get their constituents to convince them otherwise.
Rauner has made several stops this week in districts represented by Democrats. Friday, he gave speeches in Vernon Hills and Elk Grove Village, asking voters to call their legislators and urge them to back his proposals. Rauner frames it as a “they’re either with me or against me” situation.
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“Are they going to represent your interests or the interests of (House Speaker Michael) Madigan and (Senate President John) Cullerton and the Chicago political machine? We’ve got to ask them the question,” Rauner said.
While he’s been touring the state, Rauner says his staff has continued meeting with the staffs of legislative leaders, though he doesn’t think much progress is being made.
During his speech in Vernon Hills, Rauner didn’t single out any Democratic state lawmakers from the area, saying his agenda isn’t about partisanship, but rather “good government vs. bad government.” However, the Illinois Republican Party issued a press release coinciding with Rauner’s stop attacking Democrats from the area for being “controlled by the heavy hand of Mike Madigan and John Cullerton.”