Governor Bruce Rauner

Rauner Staffers Resign Over Cartoon Controversy

Aug 24, 2017
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Four members of Gov. Bruce Rauner's communications team have resigned weeks after being hired in the wake of the Republican's conflicting response to a political cartoon that critics call racist.  

Rauner issued a statement Thursday saying Diana Rickert, Laurel Patrick, Meghan Keenan and Brittany Carl submitted resignations. They were hired last month in a staff shakeup that included several employees from the Illinois Policy Institute, a conservative think tank.

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State government came to the living room of a home on a tree-lined street in Lombard Tuesday morning. It was a rare scene. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle crowded around a kitchen table as Governor Bruce Rauner signed ‘Charlies’ Law’

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Governor Bruce Rauner has vetoed Illinois’ first complete budget legislation in more than two years. The Illinois Senate already voted to override him. Now the question is when the Illinois House will try to do the same thing. Bond rating agencies have warned of “junk” status if Illinois doesn’t act soon, but state Representative Lou Lang says he believes the rating agencies will see Illinois is moving in the right direction.

The budget plan includes spending cuts, changes to the state pension systems, and a tax increase. Sixteen Republicans broke with Rauner to get it passed.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has called a “special session” of the General Assembly scheduled for next week.

Illinois lawmakers continued the fight over the 2-year-long budget impasse in front of rape victims, sexual assault survivors, and people recovering from addiction.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is urging Democrats to return to Springfield and pass a budget following a federal court ruling requiring the state to pay more toward Medicaid.

Stories of misery were told at a hearing on Illinois’ failure to pass a state budget. As IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, Democrats used the opportunity to attack Governor Bruce Rauner.

Lawmakers Approve School Funding Formula

Jun 1, 2017

Illinois lawmakers this week approved a measure that would overhaul the state’s inequitable school funding formula.  It passed with Democratic support, and one Republican.  Michael McAuliffe is the only Republican in the statehouse who represents a part of Chicago, the city’s northwest side.  The GOP has labeled every proposed change to the funding formula as a bailout for Chicago Public Schools.

Democrats Divided as Budget Deadline Approaches

May 29, 2017

The Illinois General Assembly is just three days away from the traditional deadline for passing a budget.  The Democratic majority in the Illinois House is wrestling with what to do.  State Representative Jay Hoffman, from Swansea, says his fellow Democrats are divided about what to cut and whether to raise taxes.

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.

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