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Rauner Learning More About Legislature
Rauner Learning More About Legislature

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner – a venture capitalist who is the only one of the five candidates who is not in elective office now – has changed his message.

He has been staking out the position of being an β€œoutsider” who is going to β€œshake up Springfield.” After remarks to a Springfield Republican luncheon today (Thursday), he was more conciliatory toward one of the other thirds of state government.

β€œI’m excited to transform the government. I need to work with the legislature. I need to understand them. I’ve spent a lot of time getting to know the legislative leaders over the last couple of years,” Rauner said. β€œI’m going to get to know every member of the legislature,” he continued. β€œI am going to find ways to get legislation passed.”

He also came closer to articulating a strategy on same-sex marriage; he said he would, if as governor the legislature gave him a bill, veto it if it did not follow a statewide referendum.