Christine Radogno

Illinois governor's 'turnaround budget' targets pensions, universities

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner dubbed his first spending plan a “turnaround budget” for a financially shaky state, targeting for cuts government worker pensions, healthcare for the poor, state universities, mass transit and cities.

“This is our last, best chance to get our house in order,” the Republican governor told lawmakers during a speech that drew tepid applause. “Let’s get it done, together.”

Rauner went after some of state government’s political sacred cows: Medicaid, money for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s beleaguered city budget, public transit, public employee health insurance and retirement benefits, and the University of Illinois.

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