Rauner pauses speech after teleprompter troubles

Feb 15, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -  Gov. Bruce Rauner put his annual budget speech on a short hold because of problems with the teleprompter.

The Republican was speaking Wednesday when the teleprompter where the speech is displayed for him to read apparently stopped working.

Credit Ted Schurter / AP Photo

A lawmaker handed Rauner a printed copy. But Rauner said he didn't have his reading glasses and "I'm a little old for this type."

 The delay lasted for several minutes, during which Rauner asked if anyone had "a good story" and told the audience he wouldn't sing because he's no good at it.

After turning briefly to Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, Rauner said Madigan had quipped: "It's the Russians." That remark drew laughter from across the chamber.