Today's meeting between the governor and four legislative leaders will be aired for the public in part, but the real negotiations are expected behind closed doors. The meeting at Governor Bruce Rauner’s office was called for by various government reform groups. Rauner took the lead and announced a format that will be part public, part private. Rauner previously said he doesn’t expect compromise to happen in front of TV cameras.
Speaker Michael Madigan spokesman Steve Brown says Madigan wants the meeting to take place in the open.
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The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, which originally called for the meeting, also urged for negotiations to be public. The governor said he wants the first hour to be in front of cameras, and each attendee will be given ten minutes to state his or her case. Then the leaders and the governor will hold a negotiating session behind closed doors.