Gov. Rauner, Rahm Emanuel trade barbs during budget impasse


(CHICAGO) Gov. Bruce Rauner and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel are trading barbs amid Illinois’ budget impasse with Emanuel comparing Rauner to Donald Trump while the governor tours the state.

Emanuel began the exchange Thursday by saying Rauner “is following the Donald Trump playbook of demonizing one group of people for his political advantage.” The remark was a response to Rauner comments Wednesday accusing lawmakers of wanting a “massive bailout” for Chicago Public Schools at the expense of other areas of the state.

Rauner on Thursday called Emanuel’s comments a “goofy personal attack.”

Rauner is in a nearly yearlong standoff with Democratic lawmakers over a state budget.

Public schools worry they won’t have funds for the next school year. Without funding, the CEO of Chicago Public Schools says the district won’t open.

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