Bruce Rauner

With the Illinois General Assembly’s spring session over, lawmakers aren’t scheduled to return to the Capitol until November. Two months of fierce debate over state spending and taxes culminated in a stalemate, so they passed a placeholder budget that will likely have to be revisited at the end of the year.

After a weekend break, legislators begin to return to Springfield Monday as the calendar draws closer to the scheduled May 31st adjournment. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky catches us up.

While the end of the month is a key date, it's another one, about a half a year away, that will largely guide much of what happens these next few weeks: the election.

Diana Rauner distances herself from budget requests

May 6, 2014

Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is a Republican, but his wife says she is not. As Rauner's campaign continues to criticize Governor Quinn's stance on taxes, Rauner's wife has a stake in the cause. IPR'S Hannah Meisel has more.

Just after the March primary election, Illinois was introduced to Diana Rauner, Bruce Rauner's wife. She introduced herself as...

The Republican nominee for governor says he wants to roll back Illinois' income tax hike. But he has yet to say much else about how he would handle the resulting budget deficit. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.

Illinois' temporary income tax hike would become permanent if Democratic Governor Pat Quinn has his way.

Rauner files term limit petition

Apr 30, 2014
Brian Mackey / Illinois Public Radio/WUIS

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner has filed his term limit petition with Illinois election officials. If approved by voters in November, legislators would be capped at eight years in office. 

Rutherford staffer resigns over harrasment allegations

Feb 3, 2014

A man who says he was a victim of sexual harassment by Treasurer Dan Rutherford has submitted a letter of resignation. Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky reports.

The man ... who does not want to be identified ... submitted the letter today ... but did not release a copy of it. The alleged victim describes unwanted advances by Treasurer Rutherford ... and accuses Rutherford of  trying to force state employees to work on behalf of his campaign for governor. Rutherford denies the allegations. Here he is at a Chicago Tribune editorial board meeting Monday:

Rauner chooses running mate

Oct 8, 2013

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner Tuesday is announcing his running mate. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, she's a Wheaton city councilwoman with little experience in statewide politics.

Her name is Evelyn Pacino Sanguinetti. She studied piano performance and went on to become a lawyer, including a stint working for former Republican attorney general Jim Ryan.

Some political strategists say a competitive Republican primary for governor could help challengers further down the ballot, like for state representative or senator.  Four candidates are seeking the GOP nomination for governor.

Illinois republican gubernatorial candidates have mixed reactions to Democrat Bill Daley’s decision to drop out of the race. IPR'S Lauren Chooljian reports.

The news about Daley came just weeks after he announced his candidacy. Daley says he realized he wasn’t up for the quote “enormity” of campaigning.

Governor Pat Quinn says he does not support an opponent's proposal to change the Illinois Constitution.

Today is the first day candidates for elected office in Illinois can start gathering signatures to get on next year’s primary ballot. IPR'S Alex Keefe reports how some Republican candidates spent their holiday.

NAT: (Marching band scales...)

Illinois republicans come together at State Fair

Aug 15, 2013

Illinois Republicans were in Springfield Thursday for a meeting of party officials this morning and an afternoon rally at the State Fair.  As IPR's Brian Mackey reports, GOP candidates say the party needs to come together in order to have any hope of breaking the Democratic Party's dominance in Illinois: 

Republican endorsment question

Jul 17, 2013

A second-time Republican gubernatorial candidate is weighing-in on the Caterpillar CEO endorsement of one of his opponents. 

Bill Brady announces another bid for governor

Jun 26, 2013

Illinois State Senator Bill Brady is hoping his third campaign for governor is a charm. The Bloomington Republican announced Wednesday he’s running for the executive branch again. IPR’S Tony Arnold reports.

Bill Brady lost to incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn in 2010 by about 32,000 votes.  Four years earlier, he didn’t make it out of the Republican primary.  Brady says now, he’s learned where he needs to do better.

Political scientist says not to underestimate Quinn

Jun 12, 2013

Politicians looking to take over the governor's mansion have gotten a lot of attention lately, but a politician scientist warns not to discount the man occupying it now.  IPR’S Amanda Vinicky has more.

Most voters are less than impressed by Governor Pat Quinn's performance and according to polls, they haven't been for a while. Which helps explain why he's got so many challengers.