State of the State

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1:27 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

In Gov. Rauner, Echoes Of Gov. Walker

Govs. Dan Walker, left, and Bruce Rauner.

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 3:05 pm

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.

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State News
5:55 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Rauner proposes lifting cap on charter schools

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.

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State News
5:15 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Governor Rauner talks about worker's compensation

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.   

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State News
5:03 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Governor Rauner lays out ambitious agenda

Credit 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.

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State News
3:00 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

State of the State proposals met with opposition

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.

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State News
1:44 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Rauner says his agenda will make Illinois more competitive

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.  

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State News
5:59 am
Wed February 4, 2015

A preview of Rauner's first State of the State Address

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. 

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State News
5:56 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Forget Pensions And Salaries: Medicaid Biggest Piece Of Rauner’s Budget Pie

Credit 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. 

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State News
10:43 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Fact Check: Rauner arguments for reform don't all add up

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

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State News
6:12 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Cullerton opposing Rauner union proposal

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.

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