(CBS) – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is trying to distance himself from the hardships emanating from the two-year-old stalemate over a new state budget.
WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Rounding Out The Warmest Weekend Of The Winter
Rauner on Monday rejected any suggestion he’s using cash-strapped state colleges and universities and struggling social service agencies as leverage in his budget battle with Democratic lawmakers.READ MORE: MISSING: Khoshaba Dikyanos, 84, Last Seen In Lincoln Square
Rauner tells reporters all he’s doing is trying to pass a balanced budget. He says he’s taking the message to Illinoisans though speeches, news conferences, social media and paid commercials.
“The people of Illinois need to know what’s on the line: term limits, fair (legislative) maps, property tax freeze, pension reform, education funding reform. These are all important things to help us get balanced budgets for the long term.”MORE NEWS: Chicago Speed Cameras To Start Issuing $35 Tickets To Drivers Going 6 MPH Over The Limit On Monday
Still the Governor insists there’s no specific reform he needs to see in any budget deal before he agrees to support it.