Madigan office finds Rauner’s voicemail days after election

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Illinois Governor-elect Bruce Rauner may have called House Speaker Michael Madigan after all.

Rauner will be the state’s first republican governor in 13 years.

After he defeated Governor Pat Quinn in the election Tuesday, he told a crowd of supporters, “I placed two very important phone calls. I called Speaker Madigan. I called [Senate] President [John] Cullerton, and I said to them ‘This is an opportunity for us to work together.'”

Cullerton’s office said his aide did talk to one of Rauner’s aides.

Madigan’s office said it didn’t know about any phone calls.

But then two days later, Madigan’s staff found Rauner’s voice-mail.

“We found a voice-mail from an unknown number,” Madigan spokesman Steve Brown said on Thursday. “The bottom line is, they never talked on election night.”


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