Gov. Bruce Rauner

A former math professor who reported income of less than $35,000 last year is campaigning as a middle-class candidate in an Illinois governor's race that includes a couple millionaires and a billionaire.

Illinois school administrators say they cannot afford to pay teachers' pension costs as part of Gov. Bruce Rauner's plan to balance the state budget.

Senate President John Cullerton is urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to propose a budget plan that's balanced.

Courts across Illinois have had about a month to adjust to the requirements of the new bail reform law that took effect Jan. 1.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says lawmakers need to approve a supplemental spending bill to ensure the Department of Corrections can get through the rest of the fiscal year.

A task force created by Illinois' governor to address the deadly Legionnaires' disease at the Illinois Veterans Home will review the possibility for new construction at the facility.

State officials are challenging one million Illinois motorists to slow down and make room when they see a vehicle on the side of the road with hazard lights on.

Republican candidate for governor Jeanne Ives says her contentious campaign ad against Gov. Bruce Rauner is an "accurate representation" of policies her rival has endorsed.

The mayor of Springfield says he's lobbying Illinois legislators to let the city annex the State Fairgrounds and use some city sales tax revenue generated there to repair several of its buildings.

Six transgender inmates are suing the Illinois Department of Corrections in federal court, alleging inadequate medical care at state facilities.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says "no private business was conducted on public property" when he met with a former business partner at the Executive Mansion in May 2015.
 
But the Republican didn't answer directly Monday. The Chicago Tribune editorial board asked whether discussion with Harreld "Kip" Kirkpatrick included disbursing $67 million from a 2011 investment with Rauner.  
 
That's key because Rauner promised when elected in 2014 that he would have no day-to-day dealings with investment decisions.
 

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Governor Bruce Rauner delivers his annual State of the State address this week. Political watchers expect it to focus on issues critical to this year's elections.

Political analyst and Illinois Lawmakers host Jak Tichenor says in an election year, leaders in Springfield try to play it safe – they don't want to upset their base or any potential swing voters. He expects this year's State of the State address to follow that trend.

Advocates for the poor in Illinois are pushing state lawmakers and the Rauner administration to act quickly on a program that funds hospital care.

Safety Net Hospitals provide care for thousands of people who rely on Medicaid. Through the state's assessment program, hospitals in Illinois are taxed – and then that money is used to access federal matching funds.

State Representative Natalie Phelps Finnie points to Hardin County Hospital in her deep southern Illinois district. She says a loss of funding for that facility would be devastating on multiple levels.

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A southern Illinois Democrat in a crowded race for governor is making the case that he's got the best chance of winning in November.

Bob Daiber is a former city councilman and county board member who's now superintendent of schools in Madison County, near Saint Louis. Daiber says his pro-labor stances contrast nicely with Republican Governor Bruce Rauner's so-called Turnaround Agenda. And Daiber says his own middle-class pedigree is what the Democratic Party needs to win.

A newly unsealed lawsuit alleges Gov. Bruce Rauner participated in 2015 meetings to manage his personal wealth after his pledge to follow "blind trust" procedures while in office.   
 
The complaint made public Tuesday says the venture capitalist turned governor was unhappy about his cut of a $67.5 million settlement reached with a former investment partner.
 
Lawyers for Harreld "Kip" Kirkpatrick III say Kirkpatrick and Rauner met to discuss the matter, including a meeting on the patio of the governor's mansion in Springfield.
 

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An audit issued today shows Illinois government could not properly account for more than seven billion dollars paid to private medical insurance companies.

It comes as Governor Bruce Rauner's administration is planning to expand the program.

Medicaid is Illinois' health care program for the elderly, poor and disabled. And the Rauner administration wants more of it run by private insurance.

But Democratic Rep. Fred Crespo, from Hoffman Estates, says these Managed Care Organizations, or MCOs, are squeezing patients.

Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner will air campaign ads featuring 11 minutes of conversations between a top Democratic rival and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich captured on FBI wiretaps.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to change the climate for women in Illinois prisons.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's re-election campaign has pulled a TV ad featuring Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, who's facing allegations he blackmailed a woman to keep her quiet about their affair. 

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Illinois lawmakers appeared to act swiftly when they approved new ethical standards for sexual misconduct during the national flap over the issue last fall.
 
House Speaker Michael Madigan introduced legislation to add sexual harassment to a list of punishable charges. But the process revealed new problems along the way.
 
Questions surfaced about why past misconduct hadn't been addressed and who was monitoring lawmakers. The process also was clouded by a complaint against misconduct against a sitting state senator.
 

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has pledged federal support for fixing problematic water supplies at the Illinois Veterans' Home in Quincy where Legionnaires' disease has claimed 13 lives since 2015.

Gov. Bruce Rauner is staying at the Quincy Veterans Home where 13 people have died and dozens sickened from Legionnaires' disease. 

The new year will be one of big decisions in Illinois.

Hundreds of thousands of low-income Illinois residents moved into managed care health plans on Jan. 1.

Today, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he would “absolutely” drink the water at the state-run veterans home in Quincy.

That’s after a WBEZ investigation into repeated outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease at the facility - including as recently as last month.

Rauner defends his administration’s handling of repeated diagnoses of the outbreaks.

But when asked repeatedly by reporters if he himself had a moral responsibility for what’s happened there, Rauner didn’t give a direct answer.

Lawmakers question whether reimbursement rates in an expanded managed care health plan will be sufficient to keep insurers providing service.

Illinois has decided to join dozens of other states in a national communications network for first responders.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation aimed at combating fraudulent opioid prescriptions by requiring drug prescribers to use a database containing patient prescription histories.

An email shows Gov. Bruce Rauner's office recommended the appointment of a state purchasing regulator whom the Republican now claims is under his Democratic rival's thumb.

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