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Rauner, Kirk Team Up for Pre-Veterans Day Event

The governor-elect made a post-campaign stop at the Union League Club for a pre-Veterans Day event

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    Governor-elect Bruce Rauner showed his support for military veterans on the eve of Veterans Day. He was also joined by Sen. Mark Kirk to announce a partnership of sorts. (Published Monday, Nov. 10, 2014)

    Bruce Rauner made a public appearance Monday, nearly a week after beating Pat Quinn to become Illinois’ next governor.

    The governor-elect made a post-campaign stop at the Union League Club for a pre-Veterans Day event aimed at promoting entrepreneurship for those leaving the military.

    While taking questions after the event, Rauner discussed some of plans for working with the state legislature.

    “My strong recommendation is that the General Assembly really not take up any material issues at all that could impact long-term trajectory for that state,” he said. “I think it’s best done with the governor seated.”

    Rauner was joined Monday by military officer and Sen. Mar Kirk, who plans to help Rauner by building on an already-established relationship he has with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

    “I want to build on the good personal relationship that already exists between Rahm and the governor,” Kirk said.

    Rauner also discussed his plans for raising the minimum wage, saying incentives are the only way to make the raise work.

    “We need to help our small businesses compete,” he said. “So if we combine a rise in the minimum wage with workman’s comp reform and a tax reduction, that’s a win-win for everybody.”