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State Week: Rauner Pledges $1m to AG Candidate, Says She'll 'Prosecute Madigan'

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Brian Mackey
NPR Illinois

Gov. Bruce Rauner pledged to contribute $1 million to Republican attorney general nominee Erika Harold so she “will prosecute (House Speaker Michael) Madigan.” But when pressed by reporters, Rauner would not identify a crime with which he thinks Madigan should be charged. Did the governor cross a line?

Rauner made those remarks in an interview on WJPF-AM, where he also declared Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is “corrupt” and a “failure” and has “got to go.” An Emanuel spokesman told the Chicago Sun-Times the remarks were “high praise from the man named the worst governor in America.” What happened to men who were once close enough to vacation together?

Finally, Rauner signed outgoing state Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez’s legislation to make Springfield the default site for new and vacant state jobs. But with the state workforce cut by 27,000 positions since 2001, will it make a difference?

Sean Crawford hosts with regular panelists Charlie Wheeler, Brian Mackey and Daisy Contreras, and guest Bernard Schoenburg, political reporter and columnist for The State Journal-Register in Springfield.

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.
The former director of the Public Affairs Reporting (PAR) graduate program is Professor Charles N. Wheeler III, a veteran newsman who came to the University of Illinois at Springfield following a 24-year career at the Chicago Sun-Times.
Daisy reported on statehouse issues for our Illinois Issues project. She's a Public Affairs Reporting program graduate from the University of Illinois Springfield. She also graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and has an associates degrees from Truman College. Daisy is from Chicago where she attended Lane Tech High School.
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