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Rauner isn’t going to end the budget stalemate

Gov. Bruce Rauner made it clear during a speech in Oak Lawn on Wednesday that the budget stalemate in Springfield is unlikely to end soon by emphasizing once more his demand that Democrats pass laws undermining the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions

Speaking at an awards luncheon of the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau at the Oak Lawn Hilton, the Republican governor said he’s willing to support a tax increase if Democrats, who control the General Assembly in Springfield, are willing to support his calls for a property tax freeze, term limits, legislative redistricting reform and gut the abilities of public employee unions to collectively bargain on salaries, health care benefits and other key employment issues…Please click here to read Phil Kadner’s column in the Tribune/Daily Southtown.

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