Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner joined us on the show this week to discuss where we stand in Springfield on getting a budget deal done.

Rauner stressed to us that he's open to negotiate as long as lawmakers agree to go along with portions of his Turnaround Agenda. And, contrary to what Senate President John Cullerton said last week, the Governor says his plan still has the support of Republicans in the House and Senate as well as from Democrats and Independents around the state.

The Governor ripped Democrats for their stewardship of the state's economy while in power and told us he is the one who will protect and grow the middle class in Illinois.

We also asked the Governor for an update on contract talks between the state and AFSCME and whether a strike or lockout could be on the horizon.

Here's our full conversation with the Governor: