SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Gov. Bruce Rauner is touting steps he's taken that he believes will help save Illinois money amid historic budget gridlock.
The first-term Republican governor reiterated ideas he's set into motion during a budget speech on Wednesday in Springfield.
He tells lawmakers that his plan to cut the time it takes to buy products by streamlining the procurement process will save over $500 million a year.
Rauner also says that selling the downtown Chicago building that houses state government officers, the James R. Thompson Center, will also cut costs for the state.
He adds that he's also been negotiating with unions "in good faith" on plans that could save taxpayers of $3 billion over the next three years.