GOP Leader Says Room To Compromise With Rauner

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ILLINOIS - The top Republican in the Illinois House says there is room to work with Democrats on the conservative agenda Gov. Bruce Rauner is pushing.

 Jim Durkin, a Republican from Western Springs, told a meeting of the City Club in Chicago that he wants Democrats who control the General Assembly to negotiate "with open minds" on a balanced budget.

   The state has been without a spending plan for all of this fiscal year and the next one is fast approaching.

   The stalemate is over Republican Rauner's insistence on pro-business reforms such as lowering workers compensation costs.

   Durkin says there are steps within a workers comp reform package that could be agreed upon, such as adopting American Medical Association guidelines for compensating worker injury.

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