- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois’ new Republican governor says he held a “very productive” Tuesday afternoon meeting with state legislative leaders.

Bruce Rauner met with Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, and Republican House Leader Jim Durkin and Senate Leader Christine Radogno in his office shortly before issuing an executive order on ethical practices for state employees.

Rauner says the leaders discussed their various communication styles as Illinois enters its first divided government in more than a decade.

Legislative leaders leaving the meeting expressed some optimism about working with the new governor.

Madigan says “no hard decisions were made,” but “we all agreed to work together to solve some problems.”

Durkin says it’s the first joint leaders meeting with the governor since he was named to his position in 2013.

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