Gov. Bruce Rauner says a partial state government shutdown is worth the pain if it brings fundamental change to business and politics in Illinois.
The Republican told reporters Tuesday morning that "change is hard ... but we need to have change." Rauner addressed workers at the Illinois Emergency Management Agency one day before the state begins a new fiscal year without a budget agreement.
Rauner insists on changes he says will make it cheaper to do business and to free politics from corruption before agreeing with the Democratic-controlled legislature. Democrats say it's more important to have a budget in place so state services aren't interrupted.
The Illinois House later Tuesday plans to hear testimony from agency officials about preparations for a disruption in state services because of the budget impasse.