Rauner criticizes Democratic lawmakers’ loyalties to Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has latched onto the longtime rivalry between Chicago and the rest of Illinois as he tries to negotiate the budget with the Legislature’s top Democratic leaders. Last week Rauner visited several communities around the state to promote what he refers to as his “turnaround agenda.” At a Marion motorcycle shop he said, “This is about the Chicago machine running the state versus the people.” The Chicago Tribune reports that Rauner criticized Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, both of whom are from Chicago, as driving the “Chicago machine.” Rauner and the Illinois Republican Party also targeted more than a dozen Democratic state senators and representatives during the appearances. Democratic Rep. John Bradley of Marion countered by saying Republicans are more concerned with being loyal to their party.