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Gov. Rauner's Mike Madigan fantasy

Gov. Rauner's Mike Madigan fantasy

Last week, Gov. Bruce Rauner declared to reporters that if it wasn't for House Speaker Michael Madigan the state budget impasse would've been resolved. And perhaps if the sky were green, then grass might be blue. For starters, what the governor said was highly doubtful. It's not like that without Madigan, D-Chicago, that Senate President John Cullerton and his liberal Democratic caucus would've eagerly gone along with the harshly anti-union aspects of Rauner's "Turnaround Agenda" in exchange for a budget deal and state income tax increase, as the governor is demanding. Cullerton confirmed that fact just a day after Rauner made his remarks. ...