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Edgar critical of fellow Republican Rauner's budget strategy

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Jim Edgar, former governor of Illinois, is critical of the way Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is conducting budget talks. COURTESY: Chicago Sun-Times Jim Edgar, former governor of Illinois, is critical of the way Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is conducting budget talks. COURTESY: Chicago Sun-Times

CHICAGO -- Jim Edgar is not letting up in criticizing his fellow Republican and current Illinois governor, Bruce Rauner.

Edgar spoke Tuesday afternoon at a gathering organized by the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform. He said Rauner shouldn't refer to political rivals as "corrupt" because these are the same people he has to make a deal with on the budget. As he has in the past, Edgar also called on Rauner to set-aside his Turnaround Agenda until after a budget deal is reached.

Edgar praised Gov. Rauner for setting aside the issues, which include term limits, redistricting reform, and weakening the power of government employee unions, in an effort to reach a short-term deal.

"Now I think the next good thing he ought to do is set aside the Turnaround Agenda until they get a real budget done," he told the crowd.

Edgar, who served as Illinois' governor during the 1990's, predicted programs will have to be cut and taxes will have to be raised, painful votes for both parties, he noted. He said he wishes he could say he sees a "light at the end of the tunnel." But doesn't.

"I'm afraid we're going to end-up with a makeshift --- what they call a temporary budget. And we still aren't going to solve a lot of the problems out there," Edgar said. "And it's just going to dig the hole deeper."

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