Rauner: November Meeting With Leaders More For Media

 
In this Oct. 16, 2015 file photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters about the Illinois budget at the State Capitol in Springfield.

In this Oct. 16, 2015 file photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters about the Illinois budget at the State Capitol in Springfield.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner doesn’t appear to have high hopes for his next meeting with Democratic leadership.  Rauner and his political opponents have agreed to meet in public in the coming weeks.  They're scheduled for a public meeting on November 18.

There, Rauner says they’ll talk about his priorities, which may include limits on collective bargaining.  Also, raising taxes, and how much the state government spends.

All of those topics have been non-starters, which is why Rauner told reporters in Chicago Friday he thinks the meeting is more for show, than to come up with a deal.

"It’s more for, you know, your benefit than it is for real compromise," he said.  "Because compromising in front of a television camera tends not to be what people do."

Despite the rivalry and the stress after five months of no movement - Rauner says he and Democrats still have cordial conversations.

Illinois is about to enter its fifth month without a budget.

Story source: Illinois Public Radio