Governor-elect Bruce Rauner visited Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood Sunday afternoon as part of his victory lap.
"We have been here in Pilsen many times during the campaign. We look forward to coming back when we take office,” he said.
Earlier in the day, he and wife Diana visited a west suburban church in Maywood. But as he transitions from campaigning the reality is he will soon find his greatest challenges lie ahead starting with now having to work or perhaps more correctly deal with a House and Senate firmly controlled by Democrats. It includes leadership of Speaker Mike Madigan and Senate president John Cullerton whom Rauner often criticized as corrupt in debates and ads. Rauner said Sunday an in-person meeting among the three will soon take place.
“We are scheduling a meeting among the three of us in the very near future,” Rauner said. “I believe it has been set for the coming days."
Sure to be discussed at the Rauner-Madigan-Cullerton sit down will be the pressing issues of money and state debt. With the reduction of the state income tax rate set to drop 25-percent, Illinois revenue will drop by $4 billion dollars a year beginning January 1st. However, Rauner hinted his strategy would be a gradual elimination not immediate.
"It's very important that we overhaul the entire tax code here in Illinois. Our property taxes are too high. They should be capped and reduced overtime,” he said. “It's also important that we roll back the Quinn-Madiagan income tax over the next four years. That's our policy and that's our plan.”
Once again he stated his preference to raise the state's minimum wage, something that passed overwhelmingly last Tuesday as an advisory referendum.