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11/24/2014 01:11 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Jim Edgar remembers his own time as an Republican governor working with a Democratic legislature in Illinois

Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner will follow in the footsteps of former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar when he takes control of a state in a fiscal crisis with a Democratically controlled legislature.

Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek spoke with Edgar about his time in office, Rauner's upcoming term and compromising with Democratic legislative leadership.

From their conversation:

Q: You've been out there talking a lot lately about Gov. Rauner's election and you're serving on the transition committee. You told the story about how, after your election, Mike Madigan wouldn't talk to you for four months after you won the first time. Looks like Rauner's off to a better start.

A: I told him, "You're lucky." Plus, they talked for an hour and a half, which is an hour longer than I thought they'd talk, so that's good.

Check out the rest of the Q & A at Reboot Illinois and read Edgar's advice to Rauner and how he thinks government is or is not like business.

With Rauner's inaguration quickly approaching, the governor-elect may want to soak up as much of Edgar's input as possible. The impending date of the new gubernatorial term has left many Illinoisans with questions about Rauner's plans. Watch Doubek and Matt Dietrich discuss whether or not Rauner's comments Friday about the state's "stunningly bad" assessment of the state's finances offer any clues about where his head is at regarding the state's income tax and budget.

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