ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he doesn't expect a budget agreement to come out of a planned meeting next month with legislative leaders.
The Rock Island Argus reports (http://bit.ly/1XuKxVs) that during a visit Monday to Rock Island, the Republican is insisting he won't agree to a budget deal unless it includes reforms from his "turnaround agenda."
Rauner and the Democrats have been at odds over a budget which should have taken effect July 1. The first-year governor wants changes to the business and political climates, such as tighter workers' compensation rules and term limits for officeholders. Democratic leaders have said they want a balanced approach that includes cutbacks in spending.
The governor has said he would circulate an agenda for a Nov. 18 meeting.
Both Republican leaders said they'll be there. Spokesmen said Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton were willing to attend.
Information from: The Rock Island Argus, http://www.qconline.com/index.shtml