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Rauner plans stop at Eckert’s in Belleville on Monday

Gov. Bruce Rauner
Gov. Bruce Rauner AP

Gov. Bruce Rauner is scheduled to appear at Eckert’s in Belleville on Monday to discuss issues concerning Illinois.

According to an event flier sent out by State Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon, Rauner is scheduled to discuss his Turnaround Illinois Agenda.

Rauner, a Republican, has been pushing for reforms in workers’ compensation, prevailing wage requirements, unfunded mandates and giving local voters more control on collective bargaining issues.

He also has not been able to come to an agreement on a state budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year with the General Assembly controlled by Democrats. Rauner has proposed a cut in state funding for Medicaid by $1.5 billion and to local governments by roughly $600 million. The governor had also proposed cutting public universities’ individual budgets by roughly 31 percent, among other things to balance the state budget.

The legislature ended its regular session by passing a budget with a $3 billion deficit.

The governor says he won’t agree to any revenue increases unless Democrats agree to some of his proposals, which he says are necessary to improve the state’s economy.

The event is scheduled for 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. Monday at Eckert’s at 951 S. Green Mount Road.

According to a Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce notice about the event, no RSVP is required.