Rauner, Madigan in talks about state budget

Jul 9, 2015

Two of the state's top leaders met this morning, even as they feud over the state’s future.

Illinois is on day ten of having no budget in place. The Democratic Speaker of the House, Michael Madigan, said he spoke with Governor Bruce Rauner, a Republican.

"I had a frank discussion with the governor and I gave him what I considered to be good solid advice. I'm not going to share it with you -- it was a private conversation. But we left on good terms."

It comes a day after Rauner publicly accused Madigan of standing in the way of compromise.

The Speaker says it's time for Rauner to move off of his long-term agenda, and focus on putting a spending plan in place.  Madigan says he believes Rauner is trying to use a "divide and conquer" strategy against him, but that it isn't working.

The Illinois House today approved a plan that would partially fund state services for July.  Democrats say without it, vulnerable populations will be hurt. Rauner says it's unbalanced, and is proof that Madigan can control Democratic legislators.