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Governor Bruce Rauner has received a lot of traction with his push for term limits. Voters seem to love the idea just as much as legislators hate it, even if the governor's plan doesn't seem all that practical. 

It's pretty clear Rauner's desire for term limits is at least partially rooted in animus for House Speaker Michael Madigan, who's been a state representative since 1971.

The earliest Illinois could amend its constitution to include term limits is 2018. Only then would the 10-year clock start ticking on lawmakers' careers.

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Illinois Republicans are vastly outspending Democrats in fall legislative races with the help of a wealthy governor determined to upend the state's political establishment.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has contributed $16 million to fund GOP candidates in House and Senate races to try to loosen the Democrats' super-majorities in each chamber.

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A state senator who staved off a primary fight is now also free from a complaint that he misused campaign contributions.

But, perhaps he’s not free for long.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner was on-hand Tuesday for an expansion of a food manufacturing company in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. The company’s growth in Illinois stands in contrast to Rauner’s constant criticism of the state’s business climate.

Since Rauner has taken office - he’s said there’s too many regulations, and it’s too expensive to do business in Illinois. Tuesday, Rauner took the unusual step of applauding a company for expanding in Illinois, while still criticizing the state government.

State Rep. Ron Sandack Abruptly Quits

Jul 25, 2016
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Top-ranking Republican state Rep. Ron Sandack from suburban Chicago has resigned from the Illinois House, citing ``cyber security issues.''  

The House Republican floor leader from Downers Grove issued a statement late Sunday that said he began to ``re-evaluate his continued public service'' his role ``after some cyber security issues arose.''


Illinois U. S. Senator Dick Durbin continues to tamp down speculation that he might run for governor in 2018.

Illinois is approaching a full year without a budget, owing largely to the stalemate between Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and the Democrats who control the legislature.

That has some Democrats looking ahead to 2018, whispering about Durbin as a possible candidate.

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Illinois State University President Larry Dietz said he is really disappointed lawmakers have failed to approve a budget for the second consecutive year. The spring session of the General Assembly ended Tuesday night without any viable spending plan. Dietz said this has been bad news for eleven months.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is spending Wednesday and Thursday taking his budget message on the road.  The legislature finished its spring session Tuesday evening without sending him a spending plan. 

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Illinois is heading toward a second year without a state budget, putting some schools and colleges in jeopardy of closing and all but ensuring more social services and state programs will be cut amid a legislative standoff unlike anything the state has ever seen. 

With the Legislature set to adjourn its spring session Tuesday night, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and majority Democrats remain deadlocked over a spending plan and business-friendly laws Rauner has made a condition of any budget deal.  

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Governor Bruce Rauner won't say what he'll do with a spending plan approved by House Democrats.  But he did decry it as wildly out-of-balance.

It's not Rauner's to deal with, yet -- the measure still has to be taken up by the Senate. But this much is clear already: Rauner won't sign the $40 billion budget into law. His office says he'll veto it. But he doesn't have to veto all of it.  The governor can selectively use his veto pen.


Even in an normal year - getting an Illinois state budget approved is complicated. But this is no normal year. And lawmakers have just a week left to get it all done.

Given that lawmakers never approved a budget last year, they now  have not one, but two state spending plans to finish up. A budget for last year, and a budget for next year. That means figuring out where to make cuts, and maybe where and how much to raise taxes.

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Governor Rauner says he's not sure whether he can support the legislation introduced last week designed to save the struggling Clinton nuclear power plant.

During an appearance in Bloomington Friday, Rauner said he generally supports nuclear power.

"Nuclear power plants are an important part of our overall energy mix. They're an important source of energy production and I want to make sure we have a broad energy mix in the state of Illinois. And nuclear power generation creates a lot of good paying jobs. I don't want to lose those jobs," Rauner said.


Governor Bruce Rauner has taken his turnaround agenda campaign to Bloomington calling for workers' compensation reform to save Caterpillar jobs that are moving to Arizona. During a mid-day stop at Nord Outdoor Power on Hamilton Road, Rauner used Caterpillar Incorporated's announcement this week it is moving its mining division operations from Illinois and other states to Arizona.

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Illinois health care providers say cutting Medicaid payments would bar low-income residents from getting the health care they need.

Republican House Minority Leader Jim Durkin has proposed legislation to give Governor Bruce Rauner extraordinary powers to cut the budget. That includes allowing the governor to adjust payment rates and to limit eligibility for services. 

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Yet again, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Governor Bruce Rauner are at odds.  This time, over a constitutional amendment introduced by the Speaker.

Rauner Takes Turnaround Agenda Tour To Peoria

May 3, 2016

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner visited a startup incubator in Peoria Tuesday touting his pro-business agenda.
Governor Rauner greeted a room of young business owners, software developers and designers essentially saying 'I Was like you once.'
“I was a venture capitalist myself for 32 years before going into public service. I know firsthand how hard it is to start a business and build a business, how much risk and sacrifice and sweat and worry is involved in it,” said Rauner.

Rauner Heckled At U of Illinois Stop

Apr 28, 2016

Governor Bruce Rauner was met with a mixed reception Thursday, when he stopped at the University of Illinois Urbana campus. The governor was there to congratulate students who had won awards for innovative technology.

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Governor Bruce Rauner was elected on the promise he would "shake up" state politics. Thursday, he admitted he's struggling to make good on that pledge.

Rauner, a Republican who has never before held public office, told the nonpartisan Taxpayers Federation that Illinois began going "down the drain" a long time ago.

He says the state's problems were created by politicians who took the easy way out.

"Forcing a change in the system? I knew it was going to be hard. It's harder than I thought. And it takes longer."

Rauner Reveals K-12 Education Funding Plan

Apr 12, 2016

Governor Bruce Rauner wants to increase overall funding for public schools. Tuesday, lawmakers and educators found out which districts would lose money under his plan. Needy districts like East Saint Louis, North Chicago and Cairo would lose money; wealthy suburban districts like New Trier, Kenilworth and Rondout gain money.

State Representative Christian Mitchell, a Chicago Democrat, sees little bipartisan support for Rauner's bill.

Governor In LeRoy To Push Agenda

Mar 29, 2016

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner is keeping the pressure on Democrats with a series of stops through the state. One was at the LeRoy High School, still flush from winning the state 1-A boys basketball championship. Rauner stopped to chat with students and answer question in the library after a tour of the facility. When asked how the Illinois Supreme Court ruling on back-pay will affect negotiations with unions, Rauner said he'd like to do away with raises based on seniority, and replace it with a merit-based model. The Governor also said workers should make their own pension decisions, not the union. He said money saved through those measures would save the state's schools.

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Governor Bruce Rauner says 15th District Congressman John Shimkus can play a role in promoting his “Turnaround Agenda” in Washington.

The governor campaigned with Shimkus today in a six-city tour of the 15th Congressional District that began in Mahomet Monday morning. Rauner calls Shimkus a model for a party that seeks to help small business owners and farm families.

And the governor says Shimkus has helped Republicans in their fight against longtime Democratic House Speaker.

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Democrats in the Illinois legislature approved legislation Thursday to require arbitration for union contract disputes.

The state's biggest public employee union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, supports changing the process. Contract negotiations between AFSCME and Governor Bruce Rauner's office have stalled. Democratic Senator Don Harmon of Oak Park, says the legislation would help both sides get a deal done. 

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Even as Governor Bruce Rauner announced his first steps toward criminal justice reform Wednesday, a police group says the lack of a state budget is making Illinois a more dangerous place to live.

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State lawmakers are considering funding community colleges and MAP tuition grants for low-income students, despite Republican Governor Bruce Rauner's rejection of the legislation.

Governor Bruce Rauner has promoted his school-funding plan across the state. He says Democratic attempts to change the school funding formula are a Chicago school bailout. Some Democrats level the same charge against's Rauner’s proposed takeover of Chicago Public Schools.

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Journalists in Illinois have come up short trying to get information about Governor Bruce Rauner's state email.

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Governor Bruce Rauner's budget speech largely avoided specifics about state spending. Instead, he's still arguing Illinois should be more favorable to business. 

Rauner took pains to portray himself as open to working with majority Democrats -- he used the word "compromise" five times.

State agriculture director Raymond Poe was honored Tuesday by his former peers in the General Assembly. The Illinois House passed a resolution recognizing Poe, a Springfield area Republican, for his service. Representative Don Moffitt, a Knox County Republican, says it's bittersweet; bitter because Poe won't be in the house, sweet because Poe will do good things statewide.

Governor Bruce Rauner has spent more than a year promoting his business-friendly, anti-union Turnaround Agenda. Now a group of community organizations and labor unions are offering a counterproposal. They call it the People's Agenda.

Amisha Patel, with the Grassroots Collaborative, says investment in communities would help the Illinois economy grow. "A rising tide lifts all boats. But, the Governor has been draining the pool. It's time to pursue a different path and put people back on the agenda," she said.

Illinois House Committee Aims For Union Compromise

Feb 11, 2016
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Illinois lawmakers are once again considering an intervention in state labor negotiations. Contract talks have stalled between Illinois' biggest government labor union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, and Governor Bruce Rauner.

Rauner wants the state Labor Relations Board to decide whether negotiations are at an impasse; the union says that’s premature. Under legislation approved by a House committee Thursday, such failed negotiations would be resolved by an arbitrator on whom both sides agree.