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Gov. Rauner must face reality of perception he caused budget compromise to collapse

Madeleine DoubekReboot Illinois

Mar 06, 2017

Opinion

We’ll probably never know for certain what happened last week after five of the 12 so-called “grand bargain” bills passed the Senate and it looked like the big ones — with tax increases, pension changes, workers’ comp reform and school funding changes — might follow the same course.

We know what we were told.

We were told Gov. Bruce Rauner or aides representing him started talking to Republican state senators. The talks came after some of Rauner’s closest allies and campaign finance associates started criticizing the bargain that already had been tweaked and…

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