Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is blasting Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s turnaround agenda as a “complete disaster for Illinois.”
Durbin spoke Thursday during Democrats’ Day at the Illinois State Fair. Republicans had events on Wednesday.
Durbin says the lack of a full budget agreement has left downstate communities, particularly those home to universities, in a “virtual recession.”
He also responded to questions about interest in a 2018 gubernatorial run. Rauner has said he plans to seek re-election.
Durbin says he already has a “great job” in Washington and thinks he can help the state more as a U.S. senator. He also says that he’s not going to “engage in speculation” during the 2016 election cycle.
Rauner’s spokeswoman didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.