Rauner Claims Emanuel Secretly Backs Him

(Springfield, IL) — The governor of Illinois says Chicago’s mayor secretly backs him. In a round of interviews marking his first year in office, Governor Bruce Rauner continues to hammer Mayor Emanuel for failing to back his push for governmental changes. Rauner says that in private Mayor Emanuel and Senate president John Cullerton are supportive of his anti-union, pro-business plans, but are afraid to cross House Speaker Michael Madigan in public. Rauner blames the budget impasse not on his own lack of leadership, but on Madigan and his unwillingness to compromise. Rauner says many Democrats are secretly telling him not to back down in his confrontation with Madigan.