Illinois Governor stops in Quad Cities Monday, protesters fed up

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MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) - Members of the Quad Cities business community met with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Monday.

Before he discussed working together for the future, more than 100 protesters were outside the I-Wireless Center, where the event was at.

Now going on two years without a budget, they say enough is enough.

"All of the citizens are being hurt, that's my biggest concern," Kathleen Rogers, of Rock Island, said.

Protesters showed their frustration with the state and their governor, by sharing personal stories and chanting "do your job," directed at Gov. Rauner.

"He has to answer to us, we're the ones that elect these people, they're responsible to us," Roneen Henn, of Rock Island, said.

Protesters said there are a number of issues concerning them.

"I have owed bills that haven't been paid because my insurance isn't being paid by the state of Illinois that i pay into," Rogers said. "Students are not being able to go to school because schools aren't getting funded."

They say those concerns all lead back to one big issue.

"He doesn't have a budget, a budget is extremely important so we know which way we're going, right now he doesn't know where he's going," Michael Kelly, of Rock Island said.

Inside the I-Wireless Center, Rauner said he's optimistic a budget will happen soon.

"I hope we're close, I know that there's negotiations going on right now," Rauner said.

He believes bipartisan support will help get them there.

"We [have to] compromise and we gotta get a balanced budget," Rauner said. The good news is the Senate Democrats are working on term limits, they're working on property tax relief, property tax freeze, pension reform, they're working on education funding reform, they're working on structural, workers comp reform which is a huge issue."

Protesters outside, though, have their doubts.

"I'm not really hoping for a lot from him, because he doesn't compromise, he doesn't seem to understand that we're not a business, we're a government," Henn said.

"He's got his agenda, and that's what he's sticking with and it's not good for us, the people, the state," Rogers said.

Lawmakers are on spring break, but Rauner said many of them are still working hard throughout the state. They will be back in Springfield next week.