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State budget cuts could close the National Guard Armory in Delavan. Governor Rauner's office has included the armory in a list of cuts. When students at the high school in the Tazewell County Village heard that, they decided to mount a letter writing campaign. A group of high school students will deliver the packages, letters, drawings, and other materials to Governor Bruce Rauner's office Friday.

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Many lawmakers are praising Governor Rauner's state of the state speech for its shift in rhetoric to more conciliatory tones. But, Democrats note there was little actual movement on the governor's turnaround agenda.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner is repeating his call for changes he says will make Illinois more competitive. The Republican gave his second State of the State speech Wednesday. He says Illinois should be leading the country in economic growth but ``we are losing the race for good paying jobs.'' Rauner says the key is to pass pro-business legislation that he's been pushing for more than a year. They include changes to workers' compensation and freezing property taxes. The agenda items are the center of a stalemate over the state budget that's approaching its eighth month.

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Wednesday Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner will deliver his second annual state of the state address. If you're curious about what Rauner will say, you're not alone. So is Senate President John Cullerton.


Illinois State University President Larry Dietz expressed frustration over the current budget stalemate during his appearance on GLT's Sound Ideas. The governor and legislative leaders have gone more than seven months without being able to agree on a state spending plan. Dietz talks about that, and the social media event hosted by Illinois State in association with President Obama's State of the Union Address.

Rauner Claims A Productive First Year

Jan 11, 2016

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he's taken steps to improve Illinois during his first year in office, but the job ``is nowhere near complete.'' Tomorrow/today marks one year since the Republican businessman's inauguration. Since then, Rauner and Democratic leaders have been unable to agree on a state budget or other major issues such as how to eliminate Illinois' $111 billion unfunded pension liability.  

More than 30-thousand state employees are members of AFSCME, Illinois' largest public employee union. The union says Governor Bruce Rauner has walked away from contract talks.

It was clear early on that Rauner, a Republican, was no fan of AFSCME. He once bestowed a nickname upon the union:

"the children in poverty. I'd rather have my tax dollars going to that, than SEIU or AFSCammy, who are out there for their own interests."

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New figures from Republican Governor Bruce Rauner's administration outline just how deep Illinois' deficit is, as the state's in is seventh month without a budget. Even without a budget in place, Illinois is spending million more than last year. Despite the fact that Illinois' taking in less revenue -- the income tax rate rolled back at the start of 2015.

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Come Friday,  when the New Year begins, 237 new laws will be in effect in Illinois – about half of those that passed during Gov. Bruce Rauner’s first term. But the state is still without a budget as Rauner and lawmakers fight over a handful more.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has pardoned a man who spent seven years in prison but was later judged innocent of attempted murder.  Rauner yesterday pardoned Robert Wilson. The 60-year-old Wilson was convicted in December 1999 for using a box cutter to slash the face and neck of a woman at a Chicago bus stop. Wilson testified at his trial that he was threatened with beating and denied needed medication unless he confessed.  

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is backing off of his much maligned cuts to state-subsidized child care for working parents. It's not expected to be enough to ward off the legislature Tuesday. IPR's Amanda Vinicky reports.

News Analysis — On September 18, 2012, the year before Bruce Rauner declared his candidacy for governor, he shared his vision for a crisis that could help reshape state government.

A year ago Thursday, then-Governor Pat Quinn conceded his race for re-election to Republican Bruce Rauner. Voters once again sent Democratic legislators back to Springfield with super-majorities. As IPR's Amanda Vinicky reports, the divided government has led to unprecedented gridlock.

Governor Bruce Rauner had $58.3 million dollars in income last year. The Republican has released tax returns for 2014, showing he paid more than $18 million in federal and state taxes.

His effective Federal tax rate was about 26%. His overall effective rate was 31%

The Rauner family foundation also gave more than $3.3 million to charity.

Rauner Tells Dems 'Time's Up'

Oct 7, 2015

Republican Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is picking up where he left off a few months ago: delivering a campaign-style stump speech as the state continues without a budget.

At least sixteen of Illinois' 97 public health departments have laid off employees or cut back service hours,  and more are expected unless the state comes through with funding. It comes as flu season approaches, after regional outbreaks of Legionnaire's Disease and the mumps, and after the state announced that it will no longer pay for testing S-T-D specimens --- meaning the local departments have to take on an additional cost.

An advisory board has voted to add chronic pain syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, osteoarthritis and three other pain conditions to the list of illnesses that can be treated by marijuana in Illinois. The state's Medical Cannabis Advisory Board made the recommendations Wednesday at a meeting in suburban Chicago.

Low-income, working parents are fighting to once again have help from the state for childcare. IPR's Amanda Vinicky reports.

Since July, Illinois has drastically reduced who's eligible for the state's daycare assistance program. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner made the change - he says to save money. For nearly two hours at a recent hearing in Springfield, daycare providers and parents -- like Chante Morrison -- pressed Rauner to cancel the rollbacks.

Morrison's a single mother of two girls from Galesburg.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says the standoff over a state budget "could go on for a while" but his administration is prepared to continue managing state finances without one. The Republican spoke Friday following a manufacturing expo in Effingham.  

He says he remains committed to getting Democrats to approve some of his pro-business agenda. He repeated that if Democrats don't want to work with him they can balance the budget _ by passing a tax increase _ without his support.  

The presidents of Illinois' nine public universities are urging Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and leaders in the Democrat-controlled General Assembly to end the ongoing state-budget stalemate. The presidents said in a letter to the governor and lawmakers on Thursday that uncertainty over how much state money the schools will get this fiscal year and when they'll get it is beginning to damage their ability to teach and do research.

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ConAgra Foods will receive an unspecified amount of Illinois tax credits in exchange for 150 new jobs in the state as it moves its headquarters from Omaha, Nebraska, to Chicago. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity confirmed Thursday that Con Agra will benefit from a corporate-recruitment tool that Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner put on hold in June amid an ongoing budget impasse with Democratic state lawmakers.

There is a lot of repetition going on at the state capitol these days.  And it has a political purpose.

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By now you probably have a sense that things in Illinois state politics have gotten downright nasty - even if it's not completely clear what all the fighting is about. But there's more to that fight than the public gets to see. There's squabbling and gamesmanship and backbiting that rarely makes the news. Democrats have been using tactics to get under the skin of Governor Bruce Rauner.  But as IPR's Tony Arnold reports, Rauner has also been doing something that's really been getting under Democrats skin.

A recent agreement means that -- despite the budget impasse -- Illinois WILL fund services for babies with disabilities. But as IPR's Amanda Vinicky reports, therapists and children who rallied at the Statehouse today say their worries aren't over.

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There was a bit of commotion in the Illinois Capitol when an activist hijacked a committee hearing. He called for the impeachment of Governor Bruce Rauner. IPR's Brian Mackey has more.

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Labor unions are going on the road to make their case against Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s pro-business agenda. The latest in a series of events took place in Springfield. IPR's Brian Mackey has more.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's office is warning lawmakers that the Republican will veto a $3.8 billion spending bill pending in the Illinois House. The measure approved by the Senate this month would provide funds for breast cancer screenings, autism treatment, lottery payouts and more during the state budget stalemate.

Unionized workers in several state agencies were set to lose their jobs in a week. But they'll keep them, at least for awhile longer. IPR's Amanda Vinicky reports.

Governor Bruce Rauner's office confirms: layoffs of unionized state employees are on hold. That's due to a lawsuit filed by a trio of unions.

"While it's within the authority of the governor to initiate a layoff, under the contract they can only do so for a legitimate reason." Anders Lindall is the spokesman for AFSCME, which represents some 107 workers affected by the news.

Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that three people in Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration began doing work for him while on the state comptroller's payroll. Emails show that two employees were arranging hiring for the governor's Cabinet agencies just weeks after the Republican was elected.