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Bruce Rauner Makes Nice With Unions

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:04:00 CDT

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner says common perceptions about him have it all wrong, he's not against unions and doesn't want to take away public workers' pensions. Rauner was in Springfield for a Sangamon County Republican Foundation fundraiser. During his campaign for the Republican primary, he constantly talked about how "government union bosses" were to blame for much of Illinois' ills. Now that he's the nominee, not so much:

"Um, you know what, we have many issue and what we've got to talk about in the general election is bringing everybody together to solve problems. So I'm going to reach out to every constituent group. Every voting bloc. And bring them together to solve problems." (Including unions in some way?) Absolutely."

Rauner says he's already reaching out to labor, like to a major teachers union that he says should be more receptive to him than Democratic Governor Pat Quinn because, he says, Quinn has been a "massive failure" on education.

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