Rauner talks Schock, budget proposals in Peoria

Apr 9, 2015

Governor Bruce Rauner continues to call the resignation of former U.S. Congressman Aaron Schock an 'unfortunate situation.' Some are calling for Schock to use his own money to pay for a special election to fill the 18th District seat.  But Rauner wouldn't weigh-in either way on that possibility:

Rauner plan for DJJ spares some from prison

Mar 23, 2015
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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he has a plan to fix the state’s juvenile justice system. It calls for barring kids convicted of a misdemeanor from being sentenced to prison. Illinois Public Radio's Patrick Smith reports.

Rauner and Department of Juvenile Justice officials on Friday unveiled a 32-point plan for the future. The governor focused on the incredibly high number of kids who leave Illinois youth prisons only to be arrested again.

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Proposed budget cuts to Illinois human service providers took center stage in a heated committee debate Monday. IPR's Tony Arnold reports.



BASSI: Reducing mental health care coordination by 18 million. We’re discontinuing the psychiatriatric leadership capacity grant….

Spain named to IL gov’t consolidation team

Mar 13, 2015

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.  

State universities preparing for big budget cuts

Mar 12, 2015
Peoria Public Radio

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. 

Crafting a budget is never easy. Lawmakers will have nearly $2 billion less to work with as they craft next year's. 

Governor Bruce Rauner traveled outside Springfield Wednesday to continue his push to let voters decide whether to allow collective bargaining for local unions.  

Rob Parks makes local school board choice

Mar 3, 2015

Rob Parks’s name was withdrawn as Governor Rauner’s appointment to serve on the State Board of Education. 

Rauner: ‘I am not anti-union’

Mar 2, 2015

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he wants to clear up his stance about government unions. Rauner says he’s been portrayed unfairly in the news media.

Gov. Rauner holds first cabinet meeting

Feb 25, 2015

Just over 50 top state officials came together Wednesday afternoon for their first cabinet meeting with Illinois' new governor, Bruce Rauner.  

Peoria City and County say Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget carries significant financial impacts. 

Moody’s offers blunt take on Rauner budget

Feb 24, 2015

A major credit rating agency has come out with a blunt assessment of Governor Bruce Rauner's proposed budget for Illinois. 

Rauner's plans for budget remains a mystery

Feb 17, 2015
Peoria Public Radio

Just how Republican Governor Bruce Rauner plans to deal with Illinois' budget remains a mystery.  

IL education czar fields tough questions

Feb 17, 2015

Governor Bruce Rauner was scheduled to deliver the keynote address at a meeting of public school leaders Tuesday in Springfield. Instead, he sent his new education czar.

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.

Illinois lawmakers sworn-in

Jan 14, 2015

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:

Uncertainty following Rauner appointment changes

Jan 14, 2015

There’s some uncertainty about who will be leading several state groups under Governor Bruce Rauner. He’s undone the appointments of more than a hundred people from the previous governor. 

Republican Bruce Rauner spent his first full day as Illinois' governor at the Statehouse, where his agenda included leading a meeting with the General Assembly's four legislative leaders.

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.


In one of his first acts as Illinois' new governor, Republican Bruce Rauner Monday has issued an executive order requiring all state agencies to stop spending money they don't have to. 

Illinois officially has a new governor. Republican Bruce Rauner took the oath of office in Springfield Monday while making a big show of it.  

For the first time in a dozen years, Illinois has a Republican governor.  


Democratic Governor Pat Quinn has chosen longtime friend Jerry Stermer -- his former chief of staff and current budget director -- to take over as Illinois' Comptroller.

Rauner suggests farmer could lead Ag department

Dec 8, 2014

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.  

Rauner could follow income tax drop schedule

Dec 8, 2014

Illinois Governor-elect Bruce Rauner seems to be serious about letting the state’s income tax drop next year.  

IL lawmakers out…for now

Dec 4, 2014

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.  

Rauner weighs-in on immigration debate

Nov 21, 2014

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.:

Ardis, Oberhelman on Rauner transition teams

Nov 19, 2014

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.

Quinn makes first public appearance since conceding

Nov 11, 2014

In his first public appearance since conceding in his bid for re-election, Governor Pat Quinn attended a Veteran's Day ceremony in Chicago.