Strong economy, business at the heart of Rauner’s plans

Illinois governor-elect Bruce Rauner addressed several hundred people Tuesday afternoon at a Springfield (Illinois) Better Government Association luncheon.

Although Rauner didn’t provide detailed plans about how he’ll achieve success as the next Illinois governor, his remarks about improving the financial situation of the state produced applause and laughter from those in attendance at the event, titled “Bruce, Budget Blues & BGA.”

Among his points:

  • He will run state government from Springfield and he will not accept a salary or a pension for serving as governor;
  • Following his inauguration on Jan. 12, he will create a short-term task force of leaders from education, government, business and labor, etc. to help identify solutions for the state’s financial crisis;
  • Although he will agree to short-term solutions, his long-term goal is to structurally change government and eliminate redundancies;
  • He believes that in order for social services to support citizens effectively our state’s economy must be strong and vibrant; and
  • He has a plan to help the state’s business community and for battling opponents of the business community.

“I love Illinois,” said Rauner. “We have to become a growth state again.”

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