CHICAGO (CBS) — Gov. Bruce Rauner said he’s looking forward to hearing from President Barack Obama, who will visit the Illinois State Capitol next week, to speak to the General Assembly.
The Republican governor, who is in the midst of a months-long budget standoff with top Democratic lawmakers, said he’s curious to find out what the president will say in his remarks in Springfield on Feb. 10.
The White House has said the president will speak to the General Assembly about ”what we can do, together, to build a better politics – one that reflects our better selves.”
“I know he’s frustrated by the gridlock in Washington, and he’s talked about the importance of bipartisan compromise. We need that here, and I hope he’ll talk about that, and encourage the supermajority in the General Assembly to do some bipartisan compromise with us. I hope he’ll do that. It’s an exciting opportunity for the people of Illinois if he’ll speak up on these issues,” Rauner said.