Illinois lawmakers will meet in Springfield this week for the first time since the election, but things are already off to a rough start.
Gov. Bruce Rauner and his allies made a big public push last week about his wanting to meet with the General Assembly's for top leaders ... including Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Mind you, Rauner and his allies spent months making a much bigger public push -- in hundreds of campaign ads -- to paint Madigan as a greedy, corrupt insider.
Sunday evening, Madigan's spokesman issued a short statement.