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Rauner Pleased Others Are Negotiating A Budget

May 2, 2016

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As the state budget impasse has entered an eleventh month, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he's hopeful a "grand bargain" can be worked out by the end of May.  But, he's leaving the bargaining to others.

Groups of legislators have been meeting in private, attempting to hammer out compromises.

"I think the good news is they're talking about very significant reforms, I've been told," said Rauner.

He's been told. Rauner says he's not directly involved in talks. But, he's the governor. Should he be?

"This is a grass roots effort from members of the General Assembly. And it's just the right thing. I think they’re taking the bull by the horns," said Rauner.

Rauner, a Republican, wouldn't get into specifics. He says he doesn't want to get ahead of legislators.