Bruce Rauner

Gov. Bruce Rauner asks lawmakers to "let me do my job" and continue negotiating.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has eliminated the need for the chief executive to approve non-political state government hires. Rauner signed an executive order Thursday rescinding another signed by former Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich more than 12 years ago.      

Justice laments Rauner characterization of Supreme Court

Jul 15, 2015

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke says it's "regrettable" Gov. Bruce Rauner has characterized the high court as untrustworthy and part of a "corrupt system."

After a speech in Chicago on Tuesday, Burke said her colleagues are outstanding legal educators. She also said the justices are "good people, honest, moral and ethical."

  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has borrowed $454 million from special state funds to help manage cash flow as Illinois begins a new fiscal year without a budget. The Republican borrowed the money from more than two dozen funds designated for other purposes. The largest amounts came from an account for school infrastructure and a fund to help low-income people pay utility bills. Rauner criticized former Gov. Pat Quinn and other Democrats for the practice in the past, saying it was among the "gimmicks" that got Illinois into its huge financial mess.

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Illinois is without a spending plan, with less than a week until the new fiscal year begins. Democrats in the General Assembly approved one, but today Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed nearly the whole thing.

The Illinois Legislature could give final approval to parts of a $36.3 billion budget as lawmakers head toward the end of their spring session. Democrats who control the Legislature are advancing a 2016 budget that's more than $3 billion short of anticipated revenues. Republicans have criticized the spending plan as irresponsible. The Legislature is approaching its Sunday deadline for adjournment with the two parties deeply divided. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner wants Democrats to pass some of his pro-business agenda.

Bruce Rauner's campaign spent at least 65 million dollars to win the governor's office.  State election authorities are looking into whether he missed a deadline to report some of that fundraising success.

If you follow state government long enough, you start to hear the same things over and over again. That holds even across four decades.

Last week, I produced an obituary for the late Gov. Dan Walker, who died at the age of 92. In listening to several of his speeches from 1975 and '76, I was struck by the similarities to the sorts of things we hear from politicians today — particularly Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Illinois' high court is opening its doors for a special evening session and the justices want the governor and legislators to be there. 

State records show at least five Illinois prisons don't appear to have enough money to pay workers through June 30, the end of the fiscal year.

Illinois' top Republicans are calling for comprehensive immigration reform, but there have been few details about what that would entail. 

Rauner talks about Chicago mayoral candidate

Feb 27, 2015

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he’s not getting involved in the run-off election for Chicago mayor.  But he says he does speak with one of the candidates almost every day. Bruce Rauner wouldn’t say if he has a horse in the run-off race between incumbent mayor Rahm Emanuel - or Cook County Commissioner Chuy Garcia.

A measure introduced in the Illinois legislature would make students pay back certain tuition breaks from the state if they leave Illinois within five years of graduation.

Rauner fights prison crowding

Feb 11, 2015

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is doubling down on his pledge to cut the state’s prison population by 25 percent.  Today, Rauner signed an executive order creating a commission tasked with finding ways to trim more than 12 thousand prisoners from the rolls in the next 10 years.  

Since his election in November, Governor Bruce Rauner has expressed surprise about what he says he's "discovering" in the state's budget. As it turns out, Rauner has been setting himself up to ask for special budgeting powers.

The Center for Public Integrity says Illinois' new governor is one of the "sugar daddies of states politics." 

A new study says multimillionaire Bruce Rauner was among the largest donors to political campaigns in the U.S. in last fall's election.

Chancellor Phyllis Wise says the budget at the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus is her top priority for the coming year.

Rauner outlines Illinois' biggest problems

Jan 22, 2015

Governor Bruce Rauner is outlining what he sees as Illinois’ biggest problems. He picked an usual setting today to make his case. The governor spoke to a group of business school students.

Governor Bruce Rauner is okay, after he was involved in a car accident Wednesday in Chicago. Gov. Rauner's motorcade was stopped at a red light on E. Randolph Street in Chicago, when two cars got into accident in front of him in the intersection, at Michigan Avenue. 

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner's state-government hiring freeze apparently began the month before he took office, under his predecessor Democrat Pat Quinn. 

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner has announced his choice for Illinois' next comptroller.

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.  

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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.