Gov. Bruce Rauner doubled down on his push to get union busting policies passed as a condition to ending the ongoing budget stalemate in Illinois.
In a visit to the Quad-Cities Monday, Rauner said he does not expect a budget agreement to come out of a November 18 meeting with state leaders, saying that labor reforms outlined in his "Turnaround Agenda" are "critical" to reaching a deal on the budget. The state has gone without a budget since the start of the fiscal year on July 1.
Some of the reforms Rauner is holding the state budget hostage over include an opt-out option for local governments when it comes to collective bargaining for county and municipal employees, stricter workers' compensation rules, term limits for politicians and changes to the way legislative districts are mapped out. Rauner says he does not expect to see a resolution to the budget battle until January.
Rauner, who says he has pulled back from the idea of installing right-to-work zones in the state and prohibiting attorneys from contributing to the campaigns of judges, stated that he is open to passing legislation that brings in new revenues if his reforms are put into place.
"I've said all along that I will support tax reform and some new revenues if we do it the conjunction of major structural reform," said Rauner.