Gov. Bruce Rauner

Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation to overhaul a Chicago public employee pension program.  He says it creates a fiscal cliff that will boost taxes beginning in 2023. 

The governor's office says about 1.4 million Illinois job seekers are affected after one of the state's employment security agency vendors was hacked.  Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's office says the Illinois Department of Employment Security notified the Illinois General Assembly about the hack. 

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to replace guards in prison watchtowers with security cameras. It's an effort to cut down on overtime costs for the cash-strapped state.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Nicole Wilson says officials expect to save $4 million annually. She says no security officers will be laid off.

Rauner spokeswoman Eleni Demertzis says savings will come from reduced overtime and "more efficient management."

Illinois State Treasurer Mike Frerichs says he’s frustrated with the Trump Administration’s lack of transparency on medical marijuana.

Frerichs says he’s written the president twice since US Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the drug ‘dangerous’… but didn’t further explain if he was referring to medicinal, or recreational use. He says he’s still waiting for a response … and that’s hurting financial institutions, which federal law currently bans from processing money used in the medical cannabis industry:

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has unveiled a broad-based cybersecurity plan. He says cybersecurity is one of the most pressing issues facing the nation and Illinois. The plan outlines goals to protect state information systems. 

Two state workers who joined Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's lawsuit arguing labor unions shouldn't be allowed to collect fees from non-members say they're appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower-court ruling that allowed unions to collect the "fair share" fees from workers covered by collective bargaining agreements. 

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration says it plans to lay off state prison nurses to streamline medical services and coordinate them with the current health care vendor.  Rauner's office informed the Illinois Nurses Association that in June it will lay off 124 nurses at 12 prisons. Their jobs would be privatized. 

A feud between Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Comptroller Susana Mendoza is escalating over spending priorities during the state's unprecedented budget standoff.  Mendoza is a Democrat in charge of paying Illinois' bills. In a speech she accused Rauner of being a terrible governor and paying consultants from a health care fund, among other things.   

The Illinois Supreme Court won't immediately consider Attorney General Lisa Madigan's appeal of a circuit court ruling that state workers must be paid during the state budget impasse.  Justices denied Madigan's request to bypass the appellate court and take the matter directly to the Supreme Court.

A new poll says Illinois voters are divided on what to do about the state’s financial problems.

The poll puts Illinois' deficit at $10 billion, and gives voters three choices for how to fix it: raise taxes, cut "waste and inefficiency," or both.

Cuts were the most popular answer at 45 percent. Just 11 percent favored only raising taxes; about a third said do both.

Paradoxically, when you ask voters about specific areas to cut, most are rejected. Support was strongest for spending on education, poor people, and individuals with disabilities.

As Illinois remains mired in gridlock and nearing two years without a full budget, voters are pinning the blame on state leaders.

NEIU Students Rally to Protest Budget Cuts

Mar 16, 2017

Students at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago rallied today ahead of a week-long university shutdown.

Northeastern is requiring its employees take five unpaid days off next week during Spring Break. It’s another money-saving measure in a string of budget cuts the university has made during the nearly 2-year-long state budget impasse.

Students like senior Patricia Burchfield primarily blamed Governor Bruce Rauner, saying she shouldn’t have to be protesting.

Bernard Thomas / AP Photo

Immigrant and refugee groups were pushing their legislative agenda today in the Illinois Capitol. They want the state to restore adult English classes and limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

Governor Bruce Rauner’s new rules restricting overtime pay for home health aids passed a major test today.

Starting August 1st, caretakers will be limited to a 45-hour work-week. If people require more care, they’ll have to find an additional worker.

A news release touted the administration’s “cost saving efforts.” But Fred Flather, chief of staff for the Illinois Department of Human Services, says money is not the driving factor.

Illinois House members are picking up education funding reform where they say a commission convened by the governor left off.
 
Lawmakers gathered Tuesday to discuss proposals to revise the way Illinois finances its public schools. They plan this spring to write legislation to overhaul what many say is an outdated education funding model.
 

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's office has filed paperwork to ensure a new deputy governor isn't paid from an insurance fund that is $4 billion behind on medical payments.  The state comptroller received a letter from Rauner's fiscal officer. It requests that a portion of Leslie Munger's $138,000 salary come from a professional services fund. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner has little to say to journalists, and that's not just a problem for reporters.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's office arranged to pay half of the salary for the political ally he hired last month from an employee health care account that is $4 billion-dollars behind on paying bills.  Republican Leslie Munger is one of Rauner's deputy governors. Half her $138,000 salary is set to come from health insurance premiums paid by state employees.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan is taking her case over state employee pay to the Illinois Supreme Court.

Madigan is asking the justices to review a lower court order that’s kept state workers getting paid during the 20-month budget stalemate.

She says the order has enabled Gov. Bruce Rauner and the General Assembly to shirk their constitutional  obligation, avoiding tough decisions about state spending.

A judge has ruled that the Illinois state comptroller may direct which accounts should be used to pay state employees.  

Democratic Comptroller Susana Mendoza reported yesterday that St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien ruled against Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. She may decide how to pay 600 employees.

Rauner wanted the Department of Central Management Services workers paid from general revenue. But there's a two-year budget stalemate and no appropriations for that fund.

Illinois' Republican governor says he is very concerned that the state's residents might be left in the lurch under the health care plan proposed by congressional Republicans.  Gov. Bruce Rauner says he is talking with his fellow GOP governors and members of Congress on ideas for changing the proposal. He declined to discuss his specific recommendations.

Chance the Rapper is on a mission to better fund education in the state, particularly in Chicago. The musician, who grew up on the south side of the city, has won three Grammys at the young age of 23, making him well-known outside just the hip hop world. He's been using that fame to hold Gov. Bruce Rauner's feet to the fire when it comes to the education funding issue. 

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he's urged Republican state senators to keep negotiating for a budget compromise that's a good deal for taxpayers.  The Illinois Senate has been working for months to pass a so-called "grand bargain" that could resolve a nearly two-year state budget impasse. 

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has filed a lawsuit over the way Illinois' comptroller is handling employee pay. The lawsuit says Democratic Comptroller Suzanna Mendoza is violating a 2015 court order. It contends the paychecks of 587 Central Management Services employees could be disrupted if the matter is not resolved by Wednesday. 

An Illinois appellate court has temporarily barred Gov. Bruce Rauner from imposing his contract terms on the state's largest public employee union.  The 4th District Court of Appeals sided with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31. The court issued an order prohibiting immediate action by the Republican governor.

The Illinois Senate has adjourned without pushing its stalled budget compromise further. But a Senate Democrat filed legislation today spelling out services that could be subject to the state sales tax to battle a budget deficit. 

Ottawa is recovering from a tornado that struck Tuesday afternoon, killing an elderly man.

The Illinois Senate has moved forward on pieces of a budget compromise. But the tough votes are scheduled for tomorrow.  The Senate approved non-contentious parts of what's called the "grand bargain" today. It's an effort to find a breakthrough on a two-year stalemate between Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Legislature. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has made it easier to find temporary workers in case a major public-employee union strikes.  The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees state council says hiring replacements would be illegal.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration is seeking to offer more Medicaid services through managed-care programs. The plan involves choosing a vendor that'll provide managed-care services to 80% of Medicaid clients.  That's up from 65% now. 

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