Politics
5:22 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Rauner trying to court labor groups?

Now that he's Republicans nominee, it seems like Bruce Rauner is backing away from a campaign mantra. 

During the primary race, Rauner consistently repeated these three words:

"The government union bosses."

But that wasn't part of his victory speech Tuesday night. Nor did he single out unions at the GOP's unity lunch the next morning.  Rather, Rauner seemed to be trying to make nice with labor.

"All families are suffering. Especially workin' families. Truck drivers, electricians, carpenters, plumbers. They're suffering with high unemployment, high cost of living, high taxes and deteriorating schools. And our message of change and restoring our prosperity is going to resonate with all voters."

Now Rauner is pinning the blame for Illinois' financial woes squarely on his general election opponent: Gov. Pat Quinn. Public employee unions have their own issues with Quinn, who signed a law that cuts state workers' retirement benefits.