Bruce Rauner

Illinois' next governor was back in the capital city Wednesday in part to meet with his budget team. Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has already tried to make the case that Illinois' finances are worse than he thought. Now he's adding to his list of examples.  

Peoria Public Radio

Officials at the University of Illinois say they're worried about the expiration of the state's temporary income tax hike, set to roll back partially in the New Year. 

Chicago Mayor wants support from Rauner

Nov 12, 2014

It’s no secret that Emanuel and Rauner have a long standing friendship even though they stand on opposite sides of the aisle politically. Take the state income tax debate.  Rauner campaigned on rolling it back, but Emanuel says he supports Governor Pat Quinn’s idea to keep it at 5 percent.

Former Il GOP leader says Rauner is helping rebuild party

Nov 5, 2014

The former head of the Illinois Republican Party says Bruce Rauner is helping rebuild the state GOP. Rauner’s victory over Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn is the first time a Republican has held the governor’s office since 2003. Former party chair Pat Brady says Rauner will be a magnet for voters the GOP needs.

Rauner makes the rounds before election day

Nov 3, 2014

It’s the final countdown to Election Day and the candidates are crisscrossing Illinois.   Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner makes his first stop of the day Lou Mitchell’s restaurant on Chicago’s near west side.  The diner is no stranger to political guests.

Candidates make final voter push in Peoria

Nov 2, 2014

Governor Quinn and his opponent Republican Bruce Rauner are making Peoria a stop on their final fly-arounds before Tuesday's election.

Both men are landing in Peoria in the next 12 hours for what campaign workers call a final Get Out the Vote push.

The greater Peoria region is a good spot to stop for such an effort not only because of it's airport access but also its population and the strength of both major party organizations.

Cronus Chemicals chooses Tuscola for new fertilizer plant

Oct 28, 2014

The location of a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant in Tuscola will include more than $50 million in incentives from the state Cronus Chemicals confirmed Tuesday it’s chosen the site west of the city creating up to 2,000 construction jobs and about 200 permanent ones. 

Quinn and Rauner disagree on flight bans

Oct 28, 2014

The candidates for Illinois Governor are disagreeing over the best way to protect citizens from Ebola.  Republican Bruce Rauner says he wants flights from three African countries to be banned from flying into Illinois.  And that Democratic Governor Pat Quinn should, too.

With the November Fourth election steadily approaching, polls continue to show a tight race between Governor Pat Quinn and Republican equity investor Bruce Rauner. 

Illinois Governor candidates woo women voters

Oct 24, 2014

Feminist activist Gloria Steinem is in Chicago today to stump for Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. But the Democratic incumbent isn’t the only one working hard to get women’s votes.

At least 53 million dollars has been spent so far on the race for Illinois governor making it one of the most expensive match-ups in the nation. Details on a new report shows that most of that comes from relatively few donors. 

Although he's dipping in polls, Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner is picking up newspaper endorsements. 

A suprising non-endorsement in Governor's Race

Oct 3, 2014
Peoria Public Radio

For the first time ever, a staunchly pro-business group is declining to make an endorsement in the race for Illinois Governor. 

Illinois' race for governor is shaping up as one of the most competitive in the nation. And it's impossible to tell who's winning. 

Democrats succeeded in getting a slate of Green Party candidates wiped from the November ballot. But the Libertarian Party had enough signatures to withstand a Republican challenge before the State Board of Elections. And now the Libertarians have withstood a court challenge as well. IPR's Amanda Vinicky has the latest.                                                                                              

Sometimes you can actually hear the smile in someone's voice. I didn't actually see Chad Grimm's face upon hearing the news that he'll remain on the ballot as the Libertarian nominee for governor. But, he sure sounds happy:

The Republican candidate for Illinois governor says he would have vetoed the legalization of medical marijuana.  

Quinn won't fire more IDOT workers

Sep 15, 2014

The Republican running against Governor Pat Quinn is slamming the Democrat for refusing to fire more than a-hundred state workers. They were hired in violation of anti-patronage rules. Quinn’s administration says the workers will remain at the state Department of Transportation.

Republicans across America have high hopes for Bruce Rauner's campaign to be the next governor of Illinois. Campaigning with him Wednesday in Springfield was New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. 

They no longer had to do it through campaign commercials. Tuesday, Governor Pat Quinn and his Republican opponent Bruce Rauner faced one another in a joint interview before the Chicago Tribune's Editorial Board. 

Quin accuses Rauner of trying to sabotage bill

Sep 9, 2014

An accusation of wrongdoing in the Illinois governor’s race is drawing a swift rebuke from Republicans today.  The accusation from Democratic Governor Pat Quinn came out of nowhere during a joint appearance before the Chicago Tribune editorial board.

Rauner reveals education initiatives

Sep 8, 2014

Bruce Rauner says he’ll be a “warrior” for education policy. The Republican candidate for Illinois governor revealed some new initiatives he’d take up if he wins in November’s election.  

Even though your property taxes pay for local services, not state ones, they've become an issue in Illinois' race for governor. 

The Illinois Libertarian Party has filed a criminal complaint against the state's Republican Party. The Libertarians allege the GOP hired armed private investigators to go to the homes of voters who hadsigned the petitions to put the Libertarian slate on the November election ballot. 

The candidates for governor are disputing how Illinois should pay for basic services like education.  The two candidates have drastically different views on how to pay for government.

Governor Pat Quinn's running mate is attacking Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's budget plan for Illinois. This time targeting its impact on schools. 

Rauner slams Quinn over I-DOT hiring practices

Aug 22, 2014

The Republican running for Illinois governor is slamming incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn over revelations of patronage hiring at the state Department of Transportation.

Voters will not have a chance to weigh in on legislative term limits in November. The Illinois Supreme Court this afternoon issued a brief order saying it will not hear the case. 

The candidates for Illinois governor both support term limits. But that hasn’t stopped them from criticizing each other for their stance on that issue. 

Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar says he's all in for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner.

A poll shows Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner has an edge on incumbent Governor Pat Quinn among older voters.  But that partisan leaning may take a backseat to other issues seniors indicate as factors in the November election.