- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner took to the airwaves to criticize Illinois Democrats the morning after the state Legislature passed a spending bill the Republican said he wouldn’t sign.

Rauner spoke Monday on WBEZ radio (https://bit.ly/1K4oUGt ), saying Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan was “fighting to protect his interest.” He also criticized lawmakers and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for supporting a measure to lower Chicago’s payments to its police and fire pension plans for each of the next five years.

On Sunday, the Democratic-led General Assembly passed a spending plan that is $3 billion out of balance. Rauner has said he won’t sign an unbalanced budget.

Lawmakers will return to Springfield as soon as Thursday, when the House reconvenes. But members won’t be reimbursed for expenses. The Senate returns June 9.

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Information from: WBEZ-FM.

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