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Democrats in the Illinois Senate today made another attempt to meet the demands of Governor Bruce Rauner’s economic agenda.  The Republican governor has said the expense of workers compensation insurance has driven businesses out of the state.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is again saying today he needs a property tax freeze to end the budget impasse.  His comments came as Rauner and House Democrats can’t even agree to meet in private.  There are five days left before state lawmakers are supposed to adjourn for the year.  And Rauner is criticizing the Senate Democrats for not yet agreeing to a property tax freeze even though they’ve at least been meeting with Republicans to negotiate.

Rauner, Cullerton Point Blame for Budget Impasse

May 12, 2017

Illinois’ top political leaders continue to blame each other for the nearly two-year-long budget impasse.  Democratic Senate President John Cullerton held a press conference this week after Republicans wouldn’t take a vote to end the budget stalemate.  Cullerton said Governor Bruce Rauner doesn’t understand what it takes to pass a bill.

Governor Booed At Chicago State University

May 11, 2017
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The financially struggling Chicago State University celebrated commencement today at its campus on the South Side.  But the crowd did not celebrate the presence of Governor Bruce Rauner.   

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New Illinois tourism figures show about 110 million tourists from around the country visited the state last year, a more than 1 million increase compared to 2015.  Eighty three percent of visitors came for leisure and 17% came for business. 

Prison Nurses to Keep Jobs

Apr 27, 2017

Seven Republican lawmakers say they convinced Governor Bruce Rauner to go back on his decision to lay off 124 prison nurses. Instead, they say the governor will return to negotiations.  Rauner’s previous plan was to outsource the jobs to a private company called Wexford, which already provides healthcare to inmates at the Department of Corrections.  

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Illinois lawmakers returned to Springfield today as state government is closing on 22 months without a budget, and prospects for an overall deal look grim.  Governor Bruce Rauner has been saying he’s heard there's good progress on an overall budget deal.  But Democrats in the Senate say they don’t know what the Republican governor is talking about. Legislators have been on a two week recess, and say no high-level meetings have been taking place.

Governor Bruce Rauner was asked Friday why he’s changed his position on an abortion law since the 2014 campaign.

Rauner Talks to QC Chamber

Apr 17, 2017

Met by protestors outside and members of the business community inside, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner came to the Quad Cities Monday for the second time in a week.

Rauner Blames Grand Bargain Failure on Democrats

Apr 14, 2017

Governor Bruce Rauner is now accusing Illinois House Democrats of killing a deal to end the budget impasse. When the so-called grand bargain failed last month - Senate Democrats said it was because Rauner had pulled Republican votes away from the compromise. 

Rauner Visits QC

Apr 11, 2017

Hoping to bring pressure on the General Assembly to solve the budget crisis, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has started a two-day tour across the state.

Pritzker Officially Running for Governor

Apr 6, 2017
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J. B. Pritzker is officially running for Illinois governor.  He joins what’s turning into a crowded field of Democrats who are hoping to take on Republican Governor Bruce Rauner.  At a rally kicking off his campaign - Pritzker offered this explanation.

Democratic Governor Candidates Attack Rauner Agenda

Mar 27, 2017

Cook County Democratic leaders heard from the six candidates thinking of running for governor today ahead of a potential endorsement later this year, each candidate attacked Governor Bruce Rauner.

Lawmakers Relieved to Know They Will Get Paychecks

Mar 24, 2017

Some Illinois lawmakers who had their paychecks delayed by 9 months are expressing relief they’ll finally get their salaries.  There was a popular slogan during last year’s campaign for Comptroller.  No budget, no pay.

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A state senator from the Chicago suburb of Evanston is joining the race for Illinois governor.

Governor Bruce Rauner is predicting companies would flee the state if Illinois changed its income tax structure.  Currently the personal income tax rate is 3.75%.  Some Democratic candidates for governor are starting to campaign on changing to a graduated income tax rate - so wealthy people pay more.  Rauner says that proposal would result in business owners leaving Illinois.

Rauner Accuses Comptroller of Leaking False Story

Mar 10, 2017

Governor Bruce Rauner is accusing Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza of leaking a false story about his administration.  The accusation comes a day after the AP published a story about Rauner paying his deputy governor’s salary out of an employee health care account.  That account is already more than 4 billion dollars in debt.  Rauner says the story was "a political plant that should never have been reported."

Illinois Senate Democrats are asking state agency heads to answer for Governor Bruce Rauner’s decision to pull votes off the “grand bargain.”  The governor’s own budget proposal depends on the grand bargain, otherwise it’s short by $4.6 billion.  

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is dismissing the governor’s latest ideas for funding Chicago Public Schools.   The latest chapter of the battle between Governor Bruce Rauner and Emanuel centers around $215 million dollars for CPS that Rauner vetoed in December.   

Chance The Rapper Meets With Governor Rauner

Mar 3, 2017
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Chicago musician Chance the Rapper met with Governor Bruce Rauner about funding for the city’s public schools.  After the meeting, Chance says he was flustered and frustrated.  He says the governor gave him vague answers about how to fix the CPS budget gap.

A day after the Illinois Senate failed to vote on its “grand bargain,” lawmakers are wondering how to pick up the pieces.  Democrats were angry when most Republicans refused to vote on the budget deal.  They blamed it on the intervention of Governor Bruce Rauner, who’s reportedly been meeting with Republicans this week.  Rauner says the deal isn’t good enough.

Members of Illinois government's biggest labor union have voted to allow a strike.  The margin was 81-19, though roughly 40% of AFSCME members chose not to vote or were not eligible.  Union director Roberta Lynch says her members do not want to strike. She says she hopes Governor Bruce Rauner will resume negotiating.

A federal law known as the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, requires every state to make sure kids become proficient in core subjects, and continue to learn more each year. The law further requires states to come up with a yardstick to measure that success, but allows some flexibility on how heavily test scores will count. Other numbers like graduation rates and college readiness can be factored in.

 

A member of Governor Bruce Rauner's school funding reform commission says he’s disappointed in the governor’s budget proposal, announced Wednesday.

  State Senator Andy Manar, a Democrat from Bunker Hill, says he hoped the group's recommendations would be reflected in Rauner’s plan. The governor instead suggested adding more money to the existing formula, which both Democrats and Republicans have denounced as inequitable.

Chicago's Civic Federation has laid out a map to lead Illinois out of the fiscal abyss.  The non-partisan government research organization says Illinois’ biggest problem is state government’s failure to pass a budget for going on two years.

Politicians of all parties often sidestep awkward questions.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner followed that tradition during a stop at Heartland Community College in Normal on Wednesday.

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After 19 months without a state budget, Illinois senators today were not yet ready to move forward on a compromise plan intended to end the impasse.  Democrats and Republicans spent hours behind closed doors, arguing about whether the deal negotiated by their leaders was good enough to end Illinois’ unprecedented budget fight.

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The Illinois Senate could begin voting tomorrow on a bipartisan compromise meant to end the state's budget standoff.  Senate President John Cullerton says for every day without a spending plan, Illinois goes 11 million dollars deeper in debt.

Former Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger has a new job as a deputy to Governor Bruce Rauner.  It was just a few months ago that voters turned Munger out of office. The Republican lost to Democrat Susana Mendoza by about five percentage points.  Rauner had appointed Munger to that job; now he's given her another.  

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner spoke in Rockford to tout a new school funding framework. 

The governor paid a visit to the Barbour Two-Way Immersion School, which provides instruction in both English and Spanish. After touring several classrooms, Rauner said he would double down on funding schools more equally.

“We are going to change the way schools are funded in Illinois, improve it, get more resources overall, and especially more resources for lower-income schools that don’t have access to the same advantages as higher-income schools," he said.

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