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Head Of Chicago Teachers Union Calls Gov. Rauner A 'New ISIS Recruit'

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The head of the Chicago Teachers Union has harsh words for Gov. Bruce Rauner and his leadership.

Union President Karen Lewis calls the first-term Republican a "recruit for ISIS" for "acts of terror" when it comes to dealing with poor people.

Lewis made the comments during a Wednesday speech to the City Club of Chicago. It comes during a 10-month state budget standoff between Rauner and legislative Democrats.

The union also is in contentious contract negotiations with the Chicago Public Schools, which opposes Rauner's school funding plan and its reduced funding for the district.

Rauner's office said Lewis' choice of words have "no place in American discourse." The governor has called for structural changes before a budget and a school funding plan that he says will benefit most Illinois districts.

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