12/05/2014 02:21 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Rauner's Union Leader Dilemma

When Bruce Rauner won the Republican nomination for governor on March 18, he abruptly dropped one term from his campaign vernacular: "union bosses."

Long an outspoken critic of public sector unions, Rauner first entered the governor's race in 2013 with a campaign built largely on a message of blunting the influence of "union bosses" on the political process in Springfield...

Beginning with his victory speech on election night, Rauner has gone a step further, urging bipartisan cooperation as he prepares to take office and dropping any negative comments about any topic except the state budget. On that subject, Rauner was outspoken this week as he described the current budget in a variety of highly negative terms.

Read more about Rauner's relationship with unions at Reboot Illinois.

Rauner has been considering how to work with other kinds of leaders, too. On Dec. 4, the governor-elect travelled to Washington, D.C. to meet with Illinois congressional members and President Obama and Vice President Biden, plus other members of the administration. Learn more about Rauner's trip to the nation's capital at Reboot Illinois.