Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar

State News
3:32 pm
Fri August 7, 2015

Former IL governor to Rauner: back down and compromise

Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar

Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar says he doesn't see a way out of Illinois' budget standoff any time soon. A continued fight between Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan has brought Illinois into its sixth week operating without a budget.

But it hasn't been an all-out government shutdown. Edgar, a Republican, says that would've hastened a budget compromise.

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6:46 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Rauner's PAC begins airing TV ads

Federal records show that Illinois television stations will begin to air ads Tuesday, paid for by Governor Bruce Rauner's political action committee. 

When the depths of the dispute between Republican Gov. Rauner and the General Assembly's Democratic leaders really became public at the end of last month, Senate President John Cullerton said the governor had warned a media blitz was on the way.

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State News
10:32 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Former Gov. Dan Walker Dead at 92

Walker greets Chicago constituents during the Bud Billiken Day Parade, 1973.
Credit John H. White. / National Archives

Former Illinois Governor Dan Walker died early Wednesday morning in California. He was 92.  Walker, the state's 36th governor, served for one term from 1973 to 1977. In the run-up to office Walker made news by walking some 1,100 miles across Illinois. He narrowly defeated then-Lieutenant Governor Paul Simon in the Democratic primary. 

Walker's political career had wrapped up by 1987 when he pleaded guilty to bank fraud and other charges, and later spent time in federal prison for illegal activities after leaving office.  

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State News
5:43 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Former IL Gov backs Rauner

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

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