(Springfield, IL) — Governor Rauner today launched more verbal harpoons at Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, the man Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says is Rauner’s “Moby Dick.” At a Springfield news conference, Rauner accused Madigan of blocking school funding to create a crisis he can exploit to win passage of a tax hike to bail out Chicago. Rauner said the Speaker is not serious about taking any votes on any of the spending bills.
Rauner made another pitch for his version of a stopgap school funding bill and he said he doesn’t think his caustic rhetoric has an impact on negotiations with the Democratic leadership. Rauner says he won’t call a special session of the legislature because Madigan’s opposition would make it a waste of time.
David Stewart/jk IL) WDC) STL) MO)
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