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Rauner calls on Democratic legislators to withdraw lawsuit seeking paychecks

Press Release - Monday, December 05, 2016

Frivolous lawsuit by majority puts personal gain above taxpayers, critical services

CHICAGO - Governor Bruce Rauner today called on Democratic legislators to put taxpayers and critical human services ahead of their own personal gain by withdrawing their lawsuit seeking paychecks and join him in pushing for a balanced budget with reforms.

"This lawsuit is a stunning reminder of why we need change in Springfield," Governor Rauner said. "Only in Illinois would politicians who have failed to pass a balanced budget and reforms put their own personal gain before taxpayers and critical human services."

As promised, Governor Rauner does not accept a paycheck or benefits.

"Democrats should end this frivolous lawsuit, put taxpayers and human services ahead of themselves, and pressure their leadership to work with Republicans on passing a balanced budget with reforms that create jobs, lower property taxes and improve our schools," Rauner added.

Governor Rauner and Republican leaders are pushing for a balanced budget with reforms that will create jobs, lower property taxes and improve our schools.

Speaker Mike Madigan prefers a stopgap spending measure. While the speaker prefers calling it a budget, it is not. What the speaker advocates for is simply a short term, incomplete stopgap spending measure. Last week, the governor made clear that he will only support a stopgap measure if the Democrats pass term limits and a permanent property tax freeze.

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