Union launches TV ads ripping Rauner for budget cuts

CHICAGO (AP) — A health care workers union is launching television ads criticizing Gov. Bruce Rauner for proposed budget cuts. Service Employees International Union Healthcare began airing 30-second ads Monday. It’s the day before contracts technically expire for roughly 57,000-member union representing child and home health care workers. Vice president James Muhammad says the Republican has “never personally understood” struggles faced by everyday Illinoisans. Rauner is running his own ads blasting Democratic lawmakers for not doing enough to draft a sound budget. Last week he vetoed budget legislation because he said it exceeded spending means. In response to the union ads, a spokeswoman says Rauner’s agenda will help the economy to protect middle class families. Democrats acknowledged the budget is billions short on revenue and want Rauner to support taxes to prevent cuts.