Rauner: ‘Bad’ lawmakers stand in the way of change

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Gov. Bruce Rauner is asking farmers to help him go after troublesome lawmakers and protect those who support his agenda for reshaping Illinois.

The Republican governor told attendees at an Illinois Farm Bureau conference on Wednesday that lawmakers who oppose reform create enemies among farmers and within the business community.

Rauner wants famers to help him ”protect the good ones and go after the bad ones” as he pushes for legislation in line with his agenda over the coming months. His plans for Illinois include freezing property taxes, hiring more prison guards, increasing school funding and cutting billions in state spending.

Rauner’s comments follow his move late last year to expand his campaign funds by $20 million to support what he calls legislative “reformers” and to compete with special interests.