Gov. Bruce Rauner touts stopgap success

"We’ve changed the culture in a dramatic way," said Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Rauner says since he’s taken office he’s helped institute additional funding for your child’s education and pension reforms, but says he still wants to see more done to improve the budget and the financial health of Illinois.

In a visit to Du Quoin Friday, Gov. Rauner says more changes are coming. Schools will open in the fall on time and with more funding.

"And we’re funding the full foundation level for the first time in seven years, so that’s a big deal. And we got that done without having to bail out Chicago Public Schools," Rauner said.

Rauner said the stopgap funding passed by lawmakers June 30 is giving universities and human services some relief through partial program funding. But for groups like the Women’s Center in Carbondale, who could soon lose programs and staff due lack of funding for their rape crisis services, Rauner said more needs to be done.

"It’s a tragedy that we are not funding our human services properly," Rauner said.

Rauner said thanks to a compromise in stopgap funding, vendors here at the Du Quoin State Fair are finally going to be paid for last year’s services. He said he’s working to do more here, by working to implement changes to the way fairs are funded.

"We need a foundation to fund our fairgrounds here in Du Quoin, fix them up, same thing in Springfield. So we’re going to keep working hard to get that done," he said.

Rauner said from fairs to funding other state programs, he feels reform needs to happen to move Illinois forward.

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