Illinois lawmaker says Rauner has changed on budget issues

SPRINGFIELD — One Illinois lawmaker says it’s not the same Governor Bruce Rauner talking about the budget now as it was a few months ago.

State Senator Andy Manar says he recalls being criticized by fellow Democrats for giving Rauner some positive marks not long after he first took office.

Manar says he thought the Governor did a good job early on of reaching out to lawmakers, and reaching out to even local officials on the local level to ask what are their priorities and needs and what do their districts need to accomplish in the upcoming session.

He thinks that started the process well, but Rauner’s demeanor has changed dramatically, insisting on things like prevailing wage and right to work legislation before any compromise on a budget.

Manar says he and his colleagues on the Senate Appropriations Committee did their part to form a spending plan despite cries of it being “phony” or a “sham.”

Manar says he’s willing to compromise, and Rauner should be, too.