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Governor Rauner makes stop in Marion to talk turnaround agenda

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MARION -- Governor Rauner stopped in Marion Wednesday to tour Aisin Manufacturing. He's been touring the state for the last two days, pushing his turnaround agenda. 

Although much wasn't said on when a budget will be passed, Rauner did say that he'd be willing to drop his demand for a property tax freeze or term limits to get a budget passed, but continues to insist on a balanced budget. 

Governor Rauner was greeted with applause as he walked into Aisin to talk economic growth in Illinois, but he didn't receive a warm greeting as he drove up to Aisin. 

Protesters like Debbie Gunter lined the street expressing their frustration with the governor and Illinois politicians. 

"It is ridiculous to me that he has the time to run around the state," said Gunter. 

But when asked why he's touring when he could be in Springfield, the governor had an explanation.

"What we've got to do around the state is get out and communicate with our residents about what's going on. This is communicating with Democrats as well as Republicans," said Rauner. 

Rauner said although the General Assembly is not in session for the next couple weeks, he's making calls to legislators daily, both Republican and Democrat. 

"Even if they're on vacation, I'll get them out of whatever beach chair they're on or whatever, we've got to get a balanced budget," said Rauner. 

The governor says he'll bend a little on what goes into a budget package as long as lawmakers pass a fully balanced budget that helps Illinois. 

"I've said in order to get a package passed, if you want to take some one thing out, take it out. But the key is that the package overall really moves the needle for the people of Illinois for job creation and more economic opportunity. The whole package has to really make a difference," said Rauner. 

Governor Rauner says the key to a balanced budget, that stays balanced, is to grow the economy and reduce wasteful spending. 

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