Rauner says union-opposed reforms 'critical' to budget deal

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ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he doesn't expect a budget agreement to come out of a planned meeting next month with legislative leaders.

The Rock Island Argus reports that during a visit Monday to Rock Island, the Republican is insisting he won't agree to a budget deal unless it includes reforms from his "turnaround agenda."

Rauner and the Democrats have been at odds over a budget which should have taken effect July 1. The first-year governor wants changes to the business and political climates, such as tighter workers' compensation rules and term limits for officeholders. Democratic leaders have said they want a balanced approach that includes cutbacks in spending.

The governor has said he would circulate an agenda for a Nov. 18 meeting.

Both Republican leaders said they'll be there. Spokesmen said Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton were willing to attend.


Information from: The Rock Island Argus, http://www.qconline.com/index.shtml