State of the State

If you follow state government long enough, you start to hear the same things over and over again. That holds even across four decades.

Last week, I produced an obituary for the late Gov. Dan Walker, who died at the age of 92. In listening to several of his speeches from 1975 and '76, I was struck by the similarities to the sorts of things we hear from politicians today — particularly Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Aside from his successful career in the business world, Governor Bruce Rauner's other pre-election claim to fame was his work in the education community. Rauner ran for office on a promise to increase funding to classrooms, and rethink how money is funneled from the state down to schools.

Despite a decline in unemployment in the past year, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says changes are needed to prevent the loss of jobs in the state.   

Brian Mackey

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner laid out an ambitious, pro-business agenda Thursday during his first State of the State address. The Republican was addressing a legislature that’s still dominated by Democrats, and the reaction was mixed.

State of the State proposals met with opposition

Feb 4, 2015

Some of the big ideas Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner outlined Thursday in his State of the State Address aren’t likely to get very far. Rauner acknowledged up front that voters elected him, a Republican, and a super majority of Democrats in the legislature.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has laid out a first-year agenda he says will make Illinois more competitive and "empower" people and local governments.  He says Illinois must make changes to become more welcoming to businesses.  

A series of speeches around the state gave a preview of what Governor Bruce Rauner will say Wednesday for his first "State of the State" address. 

Peoria Public Radio

Governor Bruce Rauner will deliver his state of the state address Wednesday, and if his preview speeches are any indication, the governor will continue to blame part of Illinois' budget problems on the salaries and benefits of state workers. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner has been previewing his legislative priorities in advance of his first State of the State address.

Cullerton opposing Rauner union proposal

Feb 2, 2015

One of Illinois’ top Democratic leaders is pushing back on one of the first ideas from the new governor. Republican Governor Bruce Rauner says he wants to ban unions from giving campaign contributions to politicians.

Gov. Bruce Rauner is tapping former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle to serve in his administration. A spokesman for Rauner confirmed Thursday that Lingle will be the Republican governor's senior adviser.

Something notable was missing from Governor Pat Quinn’s State of the State address this week: talk about Illinois’ finances. Presumably that’ll come when he gives his budget address next month. This got IPR'S Lee Strubinger wondering: why not have just one speech?

Like Quinn, Senator John Sullivan of Rushville is a Democrat. Still, he says the State of the State speech was lacking detail, and it left him wondering what will happen to the state's budget.

Local lawmakers react to State of the State

Jan 30, 2014

State Senator Darin LaHood says the governor’s rhetoric does not match Illinois’ reality.