Bruce Rauner

Huffington Post

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

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.

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

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.

Munger '14 Campaign website

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

Gov. Pat Quinn enters his final week in office with a speech and special session on the agenda, but it's unclear how hard lawmakers and leaders will work with the Democrat on a possible special election or other issues.  

Quinn has called legislators to Springfield Thursday. He wants legislation for a special election to replace late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Senate President John Cullerton supports the idea, but House Speaker Michael Madigan says it's an executive branch issue.  

Rauner: Voters were Misled on Sorry State Finances

Dec 2, 2014
Brian Mackey

Illinois Governor-elect Bruce Rauner told reporters the state's finances are in terrible shape.

It looks like Illinois lawmakers will allow the temporary higher income tax rate to expire January 1.

Huffington Post

A phenomenon known as "Retrospective Voting" appears to have been at play when Bruce Rauner was elected governor of Illinois over incumbent Pat Quinn.

Amanda Vinicky/Illinois Public Radio

Even though the race for Illinois governor is over, Gov. Pat Quinn and Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner continue to be at odds, this time over the minimum wage.

Quinn Concedes

Nov 5, 2014
Rich Egger

Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn has conceded to Republican businessman Bruce Rauner in the Illinois governor's race.

Republican investor Bruce Rauner will be the next governor of Illinois — probably. He declared victory over incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn and is up by five percentage points, but the Democrat is refusing to concede.

Rauner made hundreds of millions of dollars as a private equity investor. Lately, though, he’s been investing in himself — spending $27 million of his vast fortune on a quest to become governor of Illinois.

Illinois Public Radio

Two major races in Illinois are going down to the wire.

Amanda Vinicky/Illinois Public Radio

2014 was going to be a banner year for direct democracy in Illinois.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

The Republican candidate for Lt. Governor wants to allow Illinois' temporary income tax increase to sunset.

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