- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - New Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has told supporters at a private gathering he’ll need their help pushing a pro-business agenda through the Legislature.

More than 350 donors, supporters, friends and family are attending Monday night’s reception and dinner at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Rauner thanked the crowd for their support. The Republican businessman says he’ll need to call on them again to help advance “tough” legislation in the Democratic-controlled Legislature.

He says: “We’ve got to persuade some folks who … don’t see the point of view of many in the business community.”

Rauner was sworn into office earlier Monday.

He said during his inaugural address he wants to lower taxes and reduce regulations on business.

He’s scheduled to attend an evening concert with country singer Toby Keith.

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