Peoria City Councilman Ryan Spain has been named to a statewide government-consolidation task force. Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti is heading up the group. Former Stark County Board Chairman Michael Bigger is also on the new task force that aims to boost government efficiency in school districts and municipalities.
Public universities in Illinois are bracing for significant cuts in state funding if the General Assembly passes a budget anything like Governor Bruce Rauner's suggested spending plan. The governor has proposed cutting state money to universities by one third next year.
Governor Bruce Rauner lit a fire under labor unions in Illinois earlier this week when he suggested local governments -- like counties or cities -- should be able to implement their own right-to-work laws. Rauner went one step further Thursday, saying government unions should be banned from contributing to political campaigns.
Democrats have had a monopoly on state government the past twelve years. But the election of Republican Governor Bruce Rauner will bring the GOP back to the table. As lawmakers were sworn in Wednesday, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin called on both parties to join together:
State employees will have to be more forthcoming about their volunteer work, legal status and property holdings under an executive order Governor Bruce Rauner signed Tuesday afternoon. The new governor was unwilling to specify what more he'll disclose about his finances.
Illinois' next governor is looking for someone who has harvested corn and soy to be in charge of the state's agriculture department. Governor-elect Bruce Rauner has not yet made any public announcements about who he will appoint to Cabinet posts.
Illinois legislators are done with their work, until Republican Bruce Rauner becomes governor next month. Members of the Illinois House finished their work this week, and after a morning of debate, the state Senate adjourned Thursday afternoon.
Before State Senator Mike Frerichs is sworn in as Illinois' treasurer next month, he's got a few more votes to cast as a legislator. But Frerichs doesn't think one of them will be for extending the 2011 temporary income tax increase.
Illinois Governor-elect Bruce Rauner is weighing in on the national immigration debate. Rauner spoke to reporters at a conference for Latinos involved in state government Friday. Rauner - a Republican - says he’ll be talking with members of his own party who serve in Washington, D.C.:
Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis and Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman are on transition committees for the state’s governor-elect. Bruce Rauner announced the members of his 10 transition policy committees Wednesday.
Governor-elect Bruce Rauner says he wants the general assembly to avoid taking up any big issues during this month’s veto session. Rauner made his comment in Peoria Friday during a state-wide victory tour. Rauner repeated his call that lawmakers should wait until the new general assembly is seated before taking up major issues: