From dealing with a rush of job-seekers to a leaky roof and hard feelings among opponents he now needs, Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has been busily preparing to take over Illinois. His plans include staging a "big party" to celebrate "our great state" at his inauguration, even as he struggles to get a handle on the state's "horrible" budget situation.

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.

Official: transparency still lacking with FFCI

Aug 14, 2013

Focus Forward CI approved its bylaws as it transitions to an independent group.  The region's new economic development effort was originally a part of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission.  Tri-County chair Larry Whitaker was the only no vote against the bylaws.  He says the rules should specifically allow public attendance of FFCI meetings to be more transparent: