Rauner asks for Illinois leaders meeting before veto session

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CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 4: Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner declares victory during his election night gathering while incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is yet to concede on November 4, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Rauner leads by over 170,000 votes with 98 percent reporting. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has asked the top leaders in the Illinois General Assembly to meet ahead of the veto session next week.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Rauner’s office confirms that he sent the request Thursday, asking the leaders to meet in Chicago or Springfield. The veto session starts Tuesday.

The leaders include Democratic Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Illinois House Republican leader Jim Durkin. Democrat John Cullerton is president of the Illinois Senate and the Republican Illinois Senate leader is Christine Radogno.

Radogno says a meeting is the “prime opportunity” to discuss “comprehensive solutions.”

State legislators head into the veto session with hopes of coming to an agreement on a full state budget and pension reform. The state is operating on a temporary budget approved in July.
Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://chicago.suntimes.com/