Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner intends to run for re-election in 2018.
He made that announcement during an appearance before the Chicago Tribune editorial board as he spoke about his administration's contentious contract negotiations with AFSCME Council 31.
Rauner claimed that the union is seeking to delay talks over a new contract until his term has ended.
"The union wants nothing. They just want to delay. They want to delay (contract talks) for another two-and-a-half years and hope that I'm gone, but I'm going to run again, so, you know," the governor said.
SEIU* Healthcare Illinois Vice President Greg Kelley is one labor leader reacting to Rauner's re-election bid announcement, which comes amid a nearly one-year state budget impasse in Illinois.
"Bruce Rauner has been a failure as a governor in his brief time in office, has made the long-term structural problems facing Illinois even worse, has sought to instigate an end to labor peace and has deliberately used the human suffering of others as a bargaining chip to enact a divisive political program," Kelley said. "What's more, he has been unwilling to fulfill his obligation to pass a budget and continues to tour the state in a perpetual political blame game.
"It is the height of hubris for Bruce Rauner to suggest he deserves another term when we can scarcely begin to describe the damage he is doing in his first. The people he is harming can't stand one more day of the suffering caused by Rauner, to say nothing of the nightmare prospect of four more years."
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