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A Republican candidate for Illinois Attorney General says there should be an independent investigation into the state’s handling of Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks at a veterans’ home.

Erika Harold is supported by Governor Bruce Rauner, who has defended his administration’s response to the outbreaks even though residents there keep getting sick.

At a forum for attorney general candidates today streamed on facebook - Harold was asked if there’s potentially a case for criminal negligence by state officials. Harold says it’s too soon to know.

The Republican candidates for Illinois governor met before the Chicago Tribune editorial board Monday for their only joint-appearance of the primary campaign.

Governor Bruce Rauner called Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan a crook when the editorial board asked about his inability to build a relationship.

RAUNER: What hurts all of us is to take the focus away from Madigan and his network of corruption.

Rauner’s primary challenger - State Representative Jeanne Ives responded by calling Rauner’s tenure as governor “embarrassing.”

For the past month, the Rauner Administration has been working to implement a tax credit program for individuals and corporations who choose to donate up to a million dollars to private schools. But one state senator has proposed legislation to shift the focus to public schools.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has wrapped up a nine-day trade mission to China. 

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is in Japan to promote the state’s universities and transportation infrastructure in hopes of attracting businesses.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner says children shouldn't be left in limbo, but addressing issues raised by ending a program aimed at protecting young immigrants from deportation is up to Congress. 


A tentative deal on state school funding includes money to pay Chicago teacher pension costs for the first time, Mayor Rahm Emanuel made clear Thursday evening. The deal also includes a new tax credit program to fund private school scholarships, a source tells Illinois Public Radio member station WBEZ.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has named a former Republican state lawmaker as his deputy chief of staff for legislative affairs. 

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CHICAGO (AP) - The home state of former President Barack Obama will commemorate his birthday under a new law. 

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 Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says he will send the governor a bill Mon. that overhauls the way the state distributes money to schools.

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As lawmakers battle over school funding in Springfield, Illinois’ First Lady is stepping into the ring.

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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."


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

Jan 4, 2016
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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: