Bruce Rauner

The Republican nominee for president will have Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's support, no matter who he is.

Back when Rauner was running for governor, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was often in Illinois, helping him campaign.

Rauner didn't return the favor when Christie tried to win the White House.

Illinois lawmakers are working on a budget for next year, but the state has gone nine months without a budget for this year. Governor Bruce Rauner's office made its case Wednesday before members of the Senate.

  A majority of Illinois voters do not believe that Illinois is headed in the right direction. That's according to a new poll, from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

Illinois House Fails To Override Veto Of MAP Funding

Mar 3, 2016

The Illinois House has failed to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of funding for college grants and two-year schools. 

The House debated restoring hundreds of millions of dollars in college funding for two hours Wednesday afternoon. But overcoming Republican Rauner's rejection of the spending required 71 votes. It failed 69-48. 

The legislation involved $397 million for the income-based Monetary Award Program and $324 million for community colleges. 

Rich Egger

Western Illinois University said its plan requiring non-negotiated administrative employees to take unpaid days off the will save $4 million.  The furlough days will begin next month and continue through June 30, which is the end of the fiscal year.

Illinois groups that help homeless youths recently asked Gov. Bruce Rauner to support legislation releasing money state money to them. They had hoped he would supporting funding they say they need to continue operating, but they said Rauner turned them down.

The vitriol and finger-pointing over the gridlock in state government has amplified. University leaders are trying to keep their distance, even as they fight for funding.

Rich Egger

Representatives from across the higher education spectrum gathered at Western Illinois University in Macomb to urge the state to provide funding for colleges and universities. But just hours afterward, Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed a measure (SB 2043) that would have funded MAP grants and provided at least a bit of income for the schools.

Rich Egger

Low-income college students who were promised state help paying for their tuition will continue to go without it. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has followed through on his pledge to reject funding for the Monetary Award Program (MAP).

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Gov. Bruce Rauner's plan for next fiscal year seeks to fix the foundation while the house is on fire.

Rachel Otwell

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner delivered a roughly 30 minute budget speech to the Illinois General Assembly during the noon hour Wednesday.  The state is now in its eighth month without a budget for the current fiscal year, and he said the state hasn't had a truly balanced budget for decades.

Rich Egger

Roughly 200 people marched through the Western Illinois University campus Tuesday afternoon.  They wanted to make a public statement about their dissatisfaction with decision-makers in Springfield.

Gov. Bruce Rauner is scheduled to deliver his budget message to the Illinois General Assembly this Wednesday. In advance of that, interest groups are lining up to plead their case for state funding. On Monday, representatives of the state’s colleges and universities made one such pitch.

Kewanee Juvenile Center To Close

Feb 15, 2016

Governor Bruce Rauner's administration says it will close the youth correctional facility in Kewanee.

Illinois lawmakers are once again considering an intervention in state labor negotiations.

Contract talks have stalled between Illinois' biggest government labor union -- AFSCME -- 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 yesterday, such failed negotiations would be resolved by an arbitrator on whom both sides agree.

AFSCME says it’s willing to give up its right to strike to get that change.

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