Governor-elect Bruce Rauner met with House Speaker Mike Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton for the first time Thursday morning at the Chicago Club.
Madigan spokesman Steve Brown said the meeting was “cordial” and “professional.”
There was “consensus the biggest problem is what to do about the state’s temporary income tax hike” that’s due to expire in January, Brown said.
“Bruce had a positive meeting," Rauner’s spokesman said, adding the governor-elect “expressed his interest in working with them to forge bipartisan solutions to make Illinois the most compassionate and competitive state in the nation.”
Rauner also emphasized he would prefer the General Assembly wait until after he is sworn in to deal with the state’s budget issues, rather than during the lame duck session next week.
The meeting was the first of what's likely to be many with Madigan and Cullerton.