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Government State

Illinois senator Donne Trotter compares Bruce Rauner to 'ISIS warrior'

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner enters the House to applause to delivers his first budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Springfield Ill. Illinois Rep. Greg Harris is seen on the far right. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner enters the House to applause to delivers his first budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Springfield Ill. Illinois Rep. Greg Harris is seen on the far right. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

SPRINGFIELD – An Illinois state senator who previously apologized for inflammatory comments has compared Gov. Bruce Rauner to an Islamic State "warrior" following the Republican's budget address.

Sen. Donne Trotter said Wednesday Rauner has proposed a "slash-and-burn budget." The Chicago Democrat says Rauner acted "as if he was an ISIS warrior fighting a battle, not against the state of Illinois but against the people of Illinois."

Rauner spokesman Lance Trover says the administration welcomes dialogue with legislators. But he's urging lawmakers "to refrain from over the top rhetoric that demeans the process."

Trotter apologized in 2013 for likening a member of former Gov. Pat Quinn's cabinet and daughter of a Holocaust survivor to a Nazi.

Trotter declined to comment when asked later Wednesday about the ISIS comparison.

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