During a speech Thursday at the University of Illinois he said he'd like to put more money into the university. But he said first the university must make cuts in its own bureaucracy.
And Rauner said public-employee unions should be barred from making contributions to politicians they negotiate contracts with.
Rauner has stressed ideas such as right-to-work zones in speeches this month that have angered unions. The speeches are previews of his State of the State address.
University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise said university administrators will work with the governor to find places to cut bureaucracy.
As he spoke Thursday about 120 union members protested outside.