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Gov. Bruce Rauner visits southern Illinois

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MARION, IL (KFVS) -

It's been four months and Illinois has yet to agree on a state budget.

Governor Bruce Rauner made quite a few stops in southern Illinois on Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Rauner talked about ‘Illinois' Path Forward’ - wanting to restore people's confidence in the state's government.

“The critical thing is that we make structural changes so we’re a growth state,” Rauner said.

Rauner spoke at the Marion Cultural and Civic center on Wednesday afternoon about how there’s been fewer jobs in the state since 1999.

 “We have not created a single net new job in 16 years. Think about that,” Rauner said. “And in the meantime our medicaid spending has bloomed by tripled our pension payments have tripled ten times.”

Just outside of the civic center, there were some people protesting.

Union member Chase Chauvin said wants to see Rauner to make a change. "The unions built America, we do a lot for this country and it's like we don't even exist."

For Harriet Baker, without a state budget, she said it’s another added stress that she doesn’t need.

“We need to support our family and that isn’t a democrat or republican. If our children go hungry, how is that legislation? They need to get a budget together,” Baker said.

Rauner said he's also frustrated a budget hasn't been passed.

 “I hope that people around the state can stay persistent and we can together find ways to minimize the damage that not having a budget can cause,” Rauner said. “We’re trying to help the communities that need essential services, help them come up with financing, or ways to get some cash to keep operating until we get a budget.”

Governor Rauner said the biggest change that’s needed to turn Illinois around and bring growth to the area is structural reforms.

“Workers comp reform, tort reform, tax reform, especially property taxes,” Rauner said. “And if we get local control so residents in Williamson County, or Marion, or Chicago can control their costs in their local governments, then we can have the confidence in business communities to come here and invest.”

Rauner said he’s hoping a budget will be passed soon, but believes there will not be a vote until January 2016.

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