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Springfield week in review: Rauner's war of words; medical marijuana; another IL bribery scandal

Oct 11, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — The war of words over the lack of a state budget and Gov. Bruce Rauner’s “Turnaround Agenda” continued this week, though the statehouse remained largely quiet with lawmakers not scheduled to return until Oct. 20.
In a speech Wednesday and a follow-up statement on Thursday, Rauner’s message was that restrictions on collective bargaining for public employees — one of his top agenda items — aren’t that unusual and, in fact, have been previously backed by Democrats.

Democrats responded the governor might want to check the outcomes of his examples and noted those pieces of legislation were of far more…

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