Madigan spokesman Steve Brown says that's inaccurate and that Rauner gave no proof to back that claim. Brown says the governor's office had been warned days before that Madigan had a conflict, and could have rescheduled.
Rauner says the recent meeting was productive, but talks did not include the budget. School funding, pension debt, and Rauner's so-called "Turnaround Agenda" were the topics.
The Governor and lawmakers went seven months without getting together, but have met three times in as many weeks.