Rauner campaigns for 2nd chance: ‘I’m a better governor now’

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A humbled Gov. Bruce Rauner is promising a different kind of governor in a second term.

The Republican campaigned Thursday in Chicago with an address that was part apologia and part stump speech.

He says, “I’m a better governor now than when I took office because of what I’ve learned.”

He faces J.B. Pritzker in a difficult re-election campaign.

The speech was a rare acknowledgement by Rauner of his weaknesses in taking office in 2015.

Rauner says he was mistaken to demand an all-or-nothing conservative agenda in exchange for a state budget.

What followed was a two-year standoff with Democrats that cost billions of dollars in debt and devastated social services and other programs.

Pritzker calls it a “desperate speech” by a failed governor who spent years refusing to compromise.

 

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