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Madigan To Rauner: You're Making 'False Statements'

Gov. Bruce Rauner
Brian Mackey
NPR Illinois
Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks with reporters in Springfield on Wednesday, March 28, 2017.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says Gov. Bruce Rauner is making “false statements” about the speaker’s position on selling a state building in Chicago.

On Tuesday, Rauner repeatedly declined opportunities to refute Madigan’s allegations.

Madigan says two things happened at about the same time on Monday: his staff had a “productive “ meeting with the Rauner administration on selling the Thompson Center. And Rauner went before cameras to accuse the speaker of holding up his plan to sell the Thompson Center.

In an open letter, Madigan told Rauner it was "disingenuous of you and beneath your office to make such false statements.”

Madigan also told Rauner that members of his administration were still working out details over zoning and CTA stations in the building.

Asked about the letter, Rauner would not say whether Madigan’s assertions were true or false. Instead, he once again accused Madigan of blocking his agenda.

Brian Mackey formerly reported on state government and politics for NPR Illinois and a dozen other public radio stations across the state. Before that, he was A&E editor at The State Journal-Register and Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
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