Rauner trying to broker mega-deal in Illinois Legislature

April 18, 2015 4:57 PM

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Seizing on Illinois' budget crisis as a political opportunity, Republican businessman-turned-governor Bruce Rauner is trying to broker a master deal to advance his pro-business priorities through the Legislature in exchange for new revenue to save programs near and dear to the Democrats.

Democratic leaders who control the General Assembly say they're willing to negotiate, and talks with Republicans could begin in the next week. But they caution that some of Rauner's proposals are non-starters.

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