Bruce Rauner

Rauner Questions Unions
8:08 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Rauner Raises Unions' Ire With Right-To-Work Plan

Gov. Bruce Rauner says there's a "corrupt bargain" between unions and politicians; he singles out Gov. Pat Quinn for getting campaign contributions from labor, then working out deals that Rauner says advantaged unions. One labor leader called the "corrupt bargain" notion illegal, and questioned if Rauner's beholden to the businessmen who've put millions of dollars into his campaign fund.

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 8:39 pm

Gov. Bruce Rauner amped up his anti-union rhetoric Tuesday at a speech in Decatur, a city with deep labor roots.  The Republican bemoaned prevailing wage  requirements on public projects for costing the state extra, said Project Labor Agreements are synonymous with "uncompetitive bidding" and introduced a plan to create local right-to-work zones.  

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The Wait Continues
10:22 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Top Scorers for Medical Marijuana Licenses in Illinois

Documents show Pat Quinn was ready to grant at least a dozen medical marijuana licenses before leaving the governor's office but didn't complete the task.
Credit Flickr

Documents obtained by the Associated Press include a list of top-scoring applicants for marijuana cultivation licenses, sorted by state police district.

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Transition to New Governor
6:58 am
Mon January 19, 2015

New Governor Brings New Material For Political Cartoonists

portrayal of Gov. Rauner
(Scott Stantis)

This week's inauguration of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner marks a change in leadership for lawmakers and employees at state agencies. But it's also a big transition for people who will deal with the new governor in a very different capacity over the next four years: political cartoonists.

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Legislators Sworn In
8:13 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Bipartisan Beginnings; But Will The Champagne Bubbles Burst?

Gov. Bruce Rauner presided over the swearing in of Senators to the 99th General Assembly.

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 12:01 pm

A new class of legislators were sworn into office Wednesday, making the start of a new, two-year legislative session. It's also the official beginning of a new period in Illinois politics.

With Republican Bruce Rauner in the governor's mansion, Illinois will have a divided government for the first time in a dozen years.

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No Licenses Issued
1:47 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Lawmaker Paranoid About Future of Medical Marijuana in Illinois

A cannabis plant
Credit Wiki Commons

The sponsor of Illinois' medical marijuana pilot program is unsure whether it will come to fruition.

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Republican Takes Oath of Office
3:53 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Text of Bruce Rauner's Inaugural Speech

Bruce Rauner
Credit Huffington Post

Bruce Rauner has been sworn in as Illinois' 42nd governor.

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Illinois Legislature
2:47 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

What Rauner's Been Telling Rank And File Legislators

During his first capitol press conference, Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner vowed to get to know every legislator; he's making progress.

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 7:37 pm

If you listened to Bruce Rauner on the campaign trail, you'd think that he would want to steer clear of Illinois' lawmakers. He reviled them. Especially those who had long careers in Springfield. Rauner, remember, ran on a platform advocating for term limits. But that was before he won election. Now, as he prepares to be Illinois' next governor, Rauner has spent a time reaching out to the politicians he'd once vilified. Amanda Vinicky checked in with some of them about how it went.

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Bill Approved Quickly
6:04 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Special Election for Illinois Comptroller

The Illinois Capitol building

Governor Pat Quinn said he will sign into a law a measure the Illinois House and Senate rapidly approved Thursday.

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Illinois Legislature
12:37 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Renewed Efforts To Merge Offices Of Comptroller And Treasurer

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 7:06 am

Illinois lawmakers will be back in Springfield Thursday for a special session. They're set to debate holding a special election for the office of Comptroller. Other ideas are on the table too.

The stir over what to do about the Comptroller's office began when, just before she was to be sworn in for a second term, Judy Baar Topinka suddenly passed away.

Next week, Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner will appoint Leslie Munger -- a businesswoman and failed candidate for state representative -- to fill Topinka's spot for the next four years.

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Political Newcomer
5:48 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Rauner Chooses Topinka Successor

Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner's choice as successor to the late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, Leslie Munger of Lincolnshire.
Credit Munger '14 Campaign website

Illinois Governor-elect Bruce Rauner is choosing a relative newcomer to state politics to be the next comptroller.

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