Bradley says Rauner is disrespecting process

Republican Bruce Rauner smiles after winning the midterm elections in Chicago, Illinois, November 4, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young

From Illinois News Network

A leading Democrat says the Republican governor is not helping solve the budget impasse by not sending administration officials to testify at a recent committee hearing in Chicago.

Democratic Representative John Bradley said the absence of anyone from the Governor Bruce Rauner’s office at Monday’s House Revenue and Finance Committee was disrespectful.

“We’re all duly elected officials. This committee has a reputation for integrity and for bipartisanship, and working together and a failure to offer any attempt to cooperate is an afront to the entire state.”

Rauner said rather than debating his proposed Turnaround agenda, some members want to debate “side issues” in Chicago, not in the state’s Capitol.

The hearing sought information from the Governor about current levels of state employment, whether any wage increases have been issued and how employee travel reimbursements are being handled.

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