Rauner Calls for Hiring Freeze

 SPRINGFIELD - Calling the state's financial condition "stunningly bad," Governor-elect Bruce Rauner visited the capitol and called for swift action.

Rauner called on the Quinn administration to immediately place a freeze on new hiring and reclassifying new jobs, and to freeze new appointments.

He also reiterated his request that legislators not take any substantive action before he assumes control. Legislators meanwhile wrapped up their first week of a quiet fall veto session, cutting it short by one day and not taking any major action on issues such as increasing Illinois' minimum wage.

Rauner says in past transitions, governors have rewarded people with jobs on their way out the door. He says he doesn't have reason to believe Quinn is doing so, but that a freeze is "good management practice."

"Our financial situation is dire," Rauner said during a news conference.
Rauner is meeting with the state's top leaders throughout the day. Quinn's office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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