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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has unveiled a broad-based cybersecurity plan that would cost $1 billion to implement.

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The airing of grievances over the ongoing state budget impasse continued today between Governor Bruce Rauner and Comptroller Susana Mendoza.   As comptroller, Mendoza signs the checks connected to the state’s bank accounts.

Rauner Takes AFSCME to State Supreme Court

Mar 20, 2017

Gov. Bruce Rauner is taking his fight with Illinois’ biggest government labor union to the state Supreme Court. 

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A group of Illinois contractors is accusing Gov. Bruce Rauner of violating the state Constitution.

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The Illinois House is set to return to Springfield this week. Policymakers are still puzzling through last week's budget proposal by Governor Bruce Rauner. That’s partly because the Rauner administration made a significant break with tradition.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -  Gov. Bruce Rauner put his annual budget speech on a short hold because of problems with the teleprompter.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner will push for state funding to put more state troopers on Chicago-expressways in an effort to combat gun violence. 

Rauner Brings in Mediator to Help Strike a Deal

Feb 10, 2017

Bruce Rauner says an undisclosed third party tried to help strike a budget deal between the Illinois governor and his main political rival - House Speaker Michael Madigan.  Governor Rauner was asked this morning whether he’s tried a mediator with Democratic House Speaker Madigan.  Rauner says he did bring in someone who...

Gov. Rauner Celebrates New Minority Business Incubator

Feb 9, 2017
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Minority business entrepreneurs in Peoria have a new place to take root.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Members of Illinois' largest public-employee union are voting on whether to authorize a strike as contract talks with Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration remain stalled. 

Sounding Off: Lawmakers React to Governor's Address

Jan 26, 2017
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Illinois legislators on both sides of the aisle are responding to the governor's State of the State address, Wed. 

  Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner delivered his third State of the State speech WEDNESDAY. Brian Mackey reports it comes amid a protracted political fight that's decimated parts of state government.


The State of the State address is usually a time when governors tout accomplishments.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner will strike an optimistic tone in his State of the State address, while acknowledging Illinois faces "significant challenges." 

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CHICAGO (AP) - Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he won't be in Washington later this month for GOP President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Despite a standstill over the Illinois budget, a group of bipartisan lawmakers has been meeting more often in recent weeks to devise a plan to overhaul state funding for public schools.

Although Illinois' top leaders aren't meeting to discuss the state budget, members of Gov. Bruce Rauner's education funding reform commission says they're optimistic that the group will be able to come up with at least outlines of a new school funding formula.

Republican state Sen. Jason Barickman says that if reform is going to happen, the group, and ultimately the Legislature, must come to a consensus on complex issues, such as property taxes and achieving parity among school districts.

Illinois' wealthy governor is calling for state legislators to go without pay. 

State legislators last received paychecks in June.

That's according to the comptroller's office, which is responsible for the delay.  The comptroller has put elected officials' pay in a queue, along with $10 billion of other overdue bills Illinois can't afford to immediately pay.

A group of Democratic representatives are suing to reinstate their monthly income.

Gov. Bruce Rauner criticized them in a video message.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A judge in southern Illinois has issued a temporary restraining order to keep Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration from imposing contract terms onto state workers.

The order this week from Judge Robert LeChien comes after the Illinois Labor Relations Board last month issued an opinion saying contract talks between the state and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union were at an impasse. That ruling let the state impose final contract terms. 

The major public-employee union recently went to labor-friendly St. Clair County asking the court to bar Republican Rauner from taking action to implement the contract.

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan may not agree on much when it comes to the Illinois budget. As they negotiate both men apparently find it helpful to accuse the other of pushing for a tax increase. Rauner, Madigan and the legislature’s other top leaders discussed the budget privately Tuesday in Chicago.

Rauner Releases Tax Returns

Nov 11, 2016

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner made $188 million last year.  That’s according to tax returns released today.  Rauner’s income this year was more than 3 times the $58 million he made last year.  He earned his fortune as a venture capitalist before taking office in 2014.  

A new poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIU Carbondale finds Hillary Clinton and Tammy Duckworth leading their respective races.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Republicans are vastly outspending Democrats in fall legislative races with the help of a wealthy governor determined to upend the state's political establishment.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has contributed $16 million to fund GOP candidates in House and Senate races to try to loosen the Democrats' supermajorities in each chamber. Of that money, $13 million has already been disbursed to various candidates. That's four times what the Illinois Republican Party Committee spent on races in all of 2012.

The sponsor of legislation to expand Illinois' child care program says she's hopeful it will happen, despite Gov. Bruce Rauner's recent veto.

Democratic Sen. Kim Lightford of Maywood says she'll try to override the veto after November's election.

Lightford wants to increase the amount of money a parent can make to receive a state subsidy for child care.

Her measure would raise the limit to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or less than $24,000 a year for a single parent with one child.  It'd rise in later years.

BEDFORD PARK, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says there's time for Republicans and rank-and-file Democrats to accomplish "a grand compromise" on a balanced budget before the Legislature adjourns May 31.

The Republican spoke Sunday at a manufacturing plant in suburban Chicago. He says he believes many Democrats are ready to accept economic reforms along with new revenue and "all we can do is keep trying."


URBANA, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner's choice to fill the college faculty slot on the Illinois Board of Higher Education has prompted backlash from faculty at the University of Illinois. 

Rauner announced John Bambenek, a former Champaign school board member and a onetime Republican state Senate candidate, as his faculty choice in mid-April.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has suggested that a private foundation could help pay for $180 million in repairs and maintenance at the state's two fairgrounds amid a state budget impasse. 

States surrounding Illinois - like Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Indiana - take many different approaches to fair foundations, including a mix of public and private funding. Their fundraising campaigns often focus on capital projects and rely on techniques from corndogs to decorative bricks to pay for the annual events.

Gov. Rauner turns up the heat on Speaker Madigan

Mar 1, 2016

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is cranking up his criticisms of Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan - trying to pit other Democrats against him.

Republican Governor Rauner says a lot of people are afraid to cross the Democratic House Speaker - Michael Madigan.

  Including Madigan’s fellow Democrats - like the Senate majority leader - John Cullerton.

Bruce Rauner takes pride in not being like any of Illinois' previous governors.  A multimillionaire in his first public office, the former businessman stops at bars in the state capital and orders a lowbrow Stag beer. It's not unusual for him to be the worst-dressed man in a room.  

When Rauner Met Emanuel

Jan 25, 2016

This is not a political love story. 

Shortly before Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner announced he wanted to take control of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s school district last week, Rauner fondly told the story of how he first met Emanuel.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he spent his nearly two-week holiday vacation in Spain and Morocco with his family. He says the family rode camels in the Sahara desert and slept in tents.

CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has repeatedly pledged to save taxpayers money by eliminating some of Illinois' nearly 7,000 units of government.   Now a task force the Republican governor named to put that idea in motion is preparing its final recommendations. 

Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, the commission's chairwoman, says its suggestions could make government more efficient and effective if the Legislature and Rauner choose to implement them. They include letting voters decide whether a unit of government should be eliminated.