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Rauner reboots rhetoric to campaign mode in Year 2

Rauner reboots rhetoric to campaign mode in Year 2

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner took aim Thursday at the Democratic legislative leaders he has been warring with in Springfield, announcing he had struck a deal with Senate President John Cullerton on pension legislation while blasting House Speaker Michael Madigan as "unreasonable" and "irresponsible."

That claim of an agreement was quickly rejected by Cullerton, who said Rauner's pension proposal was "not my plan, not the plan we discussed," and by Madigan, who repeated his refrain that the governor is anti-middle class.

The back-and-forth was not unusual for a trio of politicians who have spent the past year jockeying for the upper hand in a...

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