Rauner plays to local crowd in Peoria
Gov. Bruce Rauner maintained his refusal to raise taxes, pushed for reducing government and spoke of his support for small business during a stop in Peoria recently, according to Peoria Public Radio.
Rauner spoke to a group of 50 supporters at Brewers Distributing, a locally owned Anheuser-Busch distribution center. The stop was part of Rauner's two-day, nine-stop tour of Illinois.
“It’s an exciting time but a difficult time," Rauner said. "We need your help. We need you to talk to your friends, neighbors, relatives, fellow church members -- make sure to advocate for the changes.”
Rauner explained his efforts to change "Illinois' broken system," as the state continues to struggle with a budget stalemate that has lasted 21 months, leaving many employees, social service agencies and vendors unpaid.
"I’m supportive of what he’s trying to do; he needs some help from our senators and our representatives to get behind him and convince the other side to work with us to get Illinois back on track," Mary Hanes, a Republican and former Peoria city clerk, told the radio station.