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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s choices for new top staff positions — from chief of staff to policy director to the head of his communications team — have created a firestorm in recent weeks.

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ALGONQUIN, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has added Cook County to a state disaster proclamation amid flooding in the northern portion of the state and warned that evacuations could take place this week.

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CROSSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner visited the tornado damaged community of Crossville, noting the recovery process in the town of about 750 has begun.

CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed more than three dozen people to lead the planning for Illinois' 200th birthday celebration. 

Among the Illinois Bicentennial Commission members named Friday are former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts, Springfield Mayor James Langfelder and Southern Illinois University System President Randy Dunn.

Chicago Bulls and White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and Dick Wolf, the creator and producer of the TV shows "Chicago Fire" and "Law and Order," also will serve on the commission. 

Microbrewery On Tap to Open Sept. 26

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A Springfield-based restaurant and craft brewery is opening its second location in Peoria next week. Obed & Isaac’s Microbrewery and Eatery announced it's set to open Mon., with a ceremony that includes comments from Mayor Jim Ardis and Gov. Bruce Rauner. 

Obed & Isaac's first location is just a few blocks away from the Governor's Mansion in the capital city. A spokesperson for the parent company, Conn's Hospitality Group, says Gov. Rauner is a regular, and he typically orders the brewery’s black IPA.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The board of Illinois' largest public-pension fund could take action that would increase the state's annual contribution by hundreds of millions of dollars amid a budget crisis. 

Teachers Retirement System trustees are expected to vote Friday to lower the assumed rate of return on the fund's investments. The move comes as pension systems across the United States are seeing lackluster returns and analysts are warning they should adjust expectations.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to try to curb gun violence in Chicago by punishing people convicted of firearm trafficking with long prison sentences.  

The bill the Republican governor signed Tuesday in Chicago will impose a sentence of up to 20 years for a first offense. A subsequent conviction for trafficking guns into Illinois from other states will be punishable by up to 30 years. 

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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a package of legislation involving criminal justice, saying the system needs to be approached "with more compassion."

The Republican governor signed the five bills Monday morning at an Illinois Department of Corrections adult transition center on Chicago's West Side.

Rauner's office says the measures are aimed at reducing recidivism and helping low-level offenders. Rauner says the state needs to be "balancing punishment with rehabilitation and not needlessly tearing families and lives apart."

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A Chicago non-profit dedicated to getting rape kits tested is sending sample kits out Mon. to every governor in the country.

Julie Smolyansky describes herself as a survivor of sexual assault.

She and her husband co-founded the non-profit Test 400K to draw attention to this county’s estimated 400,000 untested rape kits.

"It’s the biggest scandal that is happening in the United States with investigations around sexual assault over the last thirty years in every single state and every city," Smolyansky said.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner says there's general agreement on a partial-year budget to keep Illinois state government going past Thursday's end of the fiscal year. 

The Republican on Monday urged Democrats who run the General Assembly to approve that plan and one to open public schools on time. Rauner says his discussions with Democratic leaders indicate there's agreement on a stopgap funding plan. He didn't name the leaders he spoke with.

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Illinois' budget crisis will continue, unabated.  The regular, spring session came to an end Tues. night without any resolution to the stalemate that has the state entering its twelfth month without a complete spending plan.  There's no plan for next year, either.  

Lawmakers spent morning, to midnight at the capitol ... passing dozens of bills, and sending them on to the governor, who'll potentially sign them into law.

None of them were budget bills.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The governor's office says a new attempt by Illinois Democrats to fund colleges and tuition grants for low-income students is disingenuous because there's no money for it.  

Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget office said in a letter to lawmakers Thursday that what they're calling a compromise would plunge the state further into debt and is a "giant step backward."

      CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner is accusing House Speaker Michael Madigan of prolonging Illinois' higher education funding crisis for political gain.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner visited a vocational school in Peoria to plug his education plans Tuesday.

This wasn’t Rauner’s first time speaking to a group of students studying how to style hair:  

“I went to a barbering school in Springfield, and I got a student who was just six months in," Rauner said. "He did pretty good.”

But the governor’s visit to Woodruff Career and Technical Center was an opportunity to pitch his education ideas to students, teachers and school district officials.

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Governor Bruce Rauner’s budget address seemed to engender two primary responses: Those who support his message and those who indict it. Peoria Public Radio's Tanya Koonce reports:

The Illinois Manufacturers Association applauded it. The Illinois Policy Institute praised it and so did the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. But home health care works disagreed.

Nancee Custer works for Community Care. She picketed with other home health care workers yesterday outside Lutheran Social Services in Peoria. Cluster says the budget gridlock is the Governor’s fault:

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois lawmakers continue to struggle to find a viable solution to the state's 20-year-long problem funding education.

Members of the Illinois House Education Task Force heard from suburban Chicago superintendents at their first meeting Tuesday. Suburban superintendents in wealthy property districts say plans that take money from their schools to give to poorer ones could result in multimillion dollar losses and burden tax payers in wealthy areas.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he knows why General Electric decided NOT to move its corporate headquarters to Chicago. 

Rauner says GE wanted to move to Chicago for its access to O’Hare Airport, the area universities, and the city’s cultural diversity.

And it wanted out of Connecticut - a state like Illinois in that it’s also been struggling with its finances and state pensions.

CHICAGO (AP) - A new University of Illinois analysis says Illinois received nearly $53 million less in a recent bond sale than it could have because of the state's poor financial shape. 

The University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs released the analysis Tuesday of the state's $480 million general obligation bond sale. It found Illinois received $53 million less in the Jan. 14 sale compared with bonds issued in 2006, when the state's credit rating was far better. 

Rauner Wraps 3-Day Tour Of Flood Damage

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Governor Bruce Rauner says state government has help for flood-damaged counties, but not in the form of money to cover flood-related expenses. Rauner visited the Douglas County town of Villa Grove Sunday, part of a three-day tour of flooded counties that have been declared state disaster areas. 

Rauner says the state's inability to provide flood-relief funding has nothing to do with Illinois’ budget impasse:

 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has postponed the Nov. 18 budget summit because a family matter will prevent House Speaker Michael Madigan from attending. 

Rauner deputy chief of staff Mike Schrimpf said Saturday that the meeting will instead be held Dec. 1 in Springfield. 

 The change came shortly after Madigan, a Chicago Democrat, released a statement saying he needed to attend an out-of-state family funeral next week. Schrimpf offered the governor's condolences. 

  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Five leading Illinois business groups are urging Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders to skip the public budget negotiation they've scheduled for next week.  In a letter released Thursday, the business leaders say a public meeting over the 18-week budget holdup would prevent "sincere and constructive" conversation necessary for successful negotiation. Several good government groups last month offered to host a meeting of Republican Rauner and legislative chiefs to spur bargaining over an unsettled state spending plan that should have taken effect July 1.

State services for battered women and children are being significantly impacted from the budget impasse and could be for years, according to organizations that help Illinois' domestic violence victims. A shelter in Olney in southern Illinois has closed its doors. The executive director at a Chicago-based group providing counseling is working without pay, as have directors at a Centralia organization. Others say they're laying off staff, spending reserves or borrowing.  Veteran advocates say it's unprecedented. Republican Gov.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The regular meetings of the Illinois House of Representatives on the state's budget impasse will happen less frequently over the next couple of months. Chris Maley is a spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan. He says the House will next meet Oct. 20 and then again on Nov. 10.

       

 

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Two Democrats in Illinois' congressional delegation are urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to release money they say the state pledged for improvements at Chicago Rockford International Airport. Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Cheri Bustos issued a letter to the Republican governor asking him to release $16.3 million for a midfield improvement project. Rauner and the Democrat-controlled Legislature haven't agreed on a budget for the fiscal year which began July 1. The airport project is under way and Congress is considering adding $2.5 million in federal money.

Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger says she's not just a "mouthpiece" for Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. Munger says some people have suggested she's promoting a business-friendly agenda similar to Rauner's because he tells her to. She says: "I say these things because I believe it." Rauner appointed Munger to fill Judy Baar Topinka's term after her death last year.

In the midst of a partisan impasse - Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he wants Republicans to become the majority party in Illinois within eight years.

Speaking to a group of Republicans who do the ground work for the party - Governor Rauner says the GOP can take over the Illinois House and Senate in the near future.

"My goal, how about the Republican Party become the majority party in the next eight years?," Rauner said.

Democrats currently have super majorities in both.

CHICAGO (AP) - Senate President John Cullerton says his chamber will consider overriding some of Gov. Bruce Rauner's vetoes this week, including one blocking public-employee strikes and management lockouts. 

Cullerton said Tuesday that senators will discuss it in caucus on Wednesday. The measure Rauner rejected would send contract-negotiation impasses to binding arbitration. 

A House override will be far more difficult, but House Speaker Michael Madigan's spokesman has said representatives will consider it. 

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and democratic lawmakers have each offered up budget plans for the state.  But an analysis found that both would leave the state in deficit. 

According to a recent report from bipartisan think tank, The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, the spending plan approved by Democrats would have left the state with a ten billion dollar deficit. Gov. Ranuer vetoed all of that plan except for K-12 education funding

CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has used his veto authority to set higher fines in a bill decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana. The Republican governor said in a veto letter Friday he supports "the fundamental purposes" of the bill, but "change must be made carefully and incrementally."

The legislation would fine those caught with up to 15 grams between $55 and $125. Rauner sets the threshold at 10 grams and fines from $100 to $200.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law barring Illinois lawmakers from receiving a pay raise this year.  

Rauner signed the measure Thursday after the General Assembly voted to reject the increase that would have paid each member of the House and Senate about $1,400 more per year.  

The hike was supposed to be automatic because of court decisions and a 2014 law. 

 But Rauner, a Republican, battered the Legislature for weeks in mid-summer over the 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment for lawmakers who haven't seen an increase in eight years. 

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