Gov. Bruce Rauner says he can ease the pain of a state government shutdown by paying state employees for as long as takes to enact a state budget. House Speaker Madigan suddenly is the most media-friendly figure in Springfield. He's presenting himself as the genteel, moderate figure in the budget standoff.
Last week, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner released a TV ad campaign aiming to convince regular Illinoisans to side with him, and not House Speaker Michael Madigan, on the state's budget debate. Capitol Fax's Rich Miller says the governor's ad was not as foreceful as some might have expected them to be, but it still wasn't not necessarily productive.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has assembled a team of budget and education experts since taking office in January. He says these staffers, whom he calls "superstars," are vital to helping him get the state government back on track. Questions have been raised over the pay of some members of his leadership team, particularly the funds from which they're drawing their salaries.