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Rauner tries to jump-start dead CPS takeover plan

chicagotribune.com — SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner said Tuesday he's directed his State Board of Education to begin a financial review of Chicago Public Schools and start the search for a new superintendent, even though legislation he wants to authorize a state takeover is dead on arrival in the Democratic-controlled legislature.
Feb 02, 2016

RT @chicagotribune: Rauner tries to revive CPS takeover; "It's ridiculous, he does not" have power: Claypool trib.in/1QZxPwK pic.twitter.com/0kZkXNLQ6O

Feb 02, 2016

Rauner tries to jump-start dead CPS takeover plan - Gov. Bruce Rauner said Tuesday he's directed his State Boar... ow.ly/3aSgfx

Feb 02, 2016

RT @chicagotribune: Rauner tries to revive CPS takeover; "It's ridiculous, he does not" have power: Claypool trib.in/1QZxPwK pic.twitter.com/0kZkXNLQ6O

Former Illinois Senate President Phil Rock dies at 78

chicagotribune.com — SPRINGFIELD - Former Democratic Senate President Philip J. Rock has died at the age of 78, the chamber's longest-serving leader who was known as a champion for the underprivileged and a willingness to work on both sides of the aisle. Born in Chicago in 1937, Rock first took office in 1971, and was elected to lead the Senate in 1979.

Obama to address Illinois lawmakers in Springfield next month

chicagotribune.com — SPRINGFIELD — President Barack Obama will return to his old stomping grounds on Feb. 10 and deliver an address to the Illinois General Assembly .
Jan 29, 2016

RT @ChiTribCloutSt: Obama to address Illinois lawmakers in Springfield next month chicagotribune.com/news/local/pol…

Jan 29, 2016

Obama to address Illinois lawmakers in Springfield next month trib.in/1PJXlY1

Jan 29, 2016

Obama to deliver address to Illinois General Assembly Feb. 10. chicagotribune.com/news/local/pol… #twill

Jan 29, 2016

Obama to address Illinois lawmakers in Springfield next month trib.in/1PJXlY1

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Rauner to talk reshaping government in second State of the State speech

chicagotribune.com — Gov. Bruce Rauner is set to give his second State of the State speech Wednesday, one that aides say will focus on reshaping state government, even as distrust runs rampant at the Capitol following a week of campaign-style attacks the Republican launched against ruling Democrats .
Jan 26, 2016

RT @chicagotribune: Rauner to talk reshaping government in second State of the State speech trib.in/1PCkImf pic.twitter.com/t9Ew3PS5wC

Jan 27, 2016

Rauner to talk reshaping government in second State of the State speech ow.ly/3aCzAA

Jan 27, 2016

Gov. Rauner gives State of the State speech today at noon, focuses on reshaping government. trib.in/1KF9iXj pic.twitter.com/wpEEx62wAU

Rauner: 'No good excuse' for latest social service cuts

chicagotribune.com — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner said Monday that there is "no good excuse" for major cuts to social service programs that have resulted from the budget impasse, blaming Democrats. SPRINGFIELD - Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner said Monday that there is "no good excuse" for major cuts to social service...
Jan 25, 2016

#Illinois budget #catastrophe leads social service agency to cut 30 programs, 750 jobs as state owes it $6 million chicagotribune.com/news/local/pol…

Jan 25, 2016

Rauner: 'No good excuse' for latest social service cuts via @moniquegarcia and @celestebott trib.in/1ZZlKO2

In year one, Rauner learned difference between statehouse and board room

chicagotribune.com — One year after Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner took over as Illinois' chief executive, the venture capitalist and rookie politician who pledged to make government more effective and efficient now concedes that the challenges at the statehouse are much different than those he'd faced in the boardroom.
Jan 11, 2016

RT @ChiTribCloutSt: In year one, Rauner learned difference between statehouse and board room chicagotribune.com/news/local/pol…

Jan 11, 2016

RT @ChiTribCloutSt: In year one, Rauner learned difference between statehouse and board room chicagotribune.com/news/local/pol…

Jan 11, 2016

RT @chicagotribune: Gov. Rauner on year-one gridlock: "I am one of the most persistent people in the world." trib.in/1PTebjR pic.twitter.com/W2bqyyHkL8

Jan 11, 2016

RT @chicagotribune: Gov. Rauner on year-one gridlock: "I am one of the most persistent people in the world." trib.in/1PTebjR pic.twitter.com/W2bqyyHkL8

Jan 11, 2016

RT @chicagotribune: Gov. Rauner on year-one gridlock: "I am one of the most persistent people in the world." trib.in/1PTebjR pic.twitter.com/W2bqyyHkL8

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Rauner 'very disappointed' in Emanuel, Alvarez on cop shootings

chicagotribune.com — SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner started off the new year swinging, offering vague criticism of Mayor Rahm Emanuel 's over his handling of police-involved shootings and vowing to sign legislation that would allow voters to recall Chicago mayors in the unlikely event the measure reaches his desk.
Jan 04, 2016

RT @ChiTribCloutSt: Rauner 'very disappointed' in Emanuel, Alvarez on cop shootings chicagotribune.com/news/local/pol…

Jan 04, 2016

"I am very disappointed in the mayor and the state's attorney of Cook County, very disappointed." chicagotribune.com/news/local/pol…

Jan 04, 2016

RT @Charliemagne: "I am very disappointed in the mayor and the state's attorney of Cook County, very disappointed." chicagotribune.com/news/local/pol…

Rauner plans to borrow $480 million this month for construction projects

chicagotribune.com — SPRINGFIELD - Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration plans to borrow $480 million this month to pay for construction projects. The state plans to make the general obligation bond sale on Jan. 14, Rauner spokeswoman Catherine Kelly said Sunday. The money would be used for road and transit projects and to pay related costs, she said.
Jan 04, 2016

RT @ColonelTribune: Rauner borrowing $480 million this month to fund construction projects. trib.in/1OGCZrV pic.twitter.com/9UnC5TGcAO

Illinois 2016 new laws: police body camera fee, pet owner penalties, gay conversion therapy ban

chicagotribune.com — SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers still haven't agreed on a state budget, but they did come together to approve more than 230 new laws that take effect with the new year, from charging a $5 police body camera fee to outlawing so-called "gay conversion" therapy for minors to designating an official state pie.
Dec 30, 2015

Breakdown of new Illinois laws starting in 2016. Lawmaker concedes 2015 "not a year for tremendous accomplishment" chicagotribune.com/news/local/pol…

Dec 30, 2015

RT @TribGeoff: New 2016 Illinois laws: Police body camera fee, gay conversion therapy ban trib.in/1OsUf3u by @moniquegarcia

Dec 30, 2015

New 2016 Illinois laws: Police body camera fee, gay conversion therapy ban trib.in/1OsUf3u by @moniquegarcia

Dec 31, 2015

RT @ChicagoBreaking: New 2016 Illinois laws: Police body camera fee, gay conversion therapy ban chicagotribune.com/news/local/bre…

Dec 31, 2015

New Illinois laws in 2016 - one protects pets from extreme weather. And there are many more. trib.in/1NW0Sfu pic.twitter.com/QV9ZJce9i1

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New laws aim to keeping teens out of prison system

chicagotribune.com — SPRINGFIELD - A package of new laws taking effect Friday aim to keep more juveniles out of the prison system, including changes that stop youth from being detained for misdemeanor crimes and give judges more discretion on whether teens should be tried as adults.
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Feb 05, 2016

Memo to lawmakers says President Obama's speech will take place in the House chamber next week. Security will be tight.

Feb 04, 2016

Chicago State University declares financial crisis due to state budget mess t.co/aZ7g1uP5OM

Feb 04, 2016

Tribune Publishing's top shareholder is now Michael Ferro, owner of Chicago Sun-Times fw.to/Ayj18PF

Feb 04, 2016

RT @ChiTribCloutSt: Morning Spin: Alvarez, challengers to spar today in state's attorney's race chicagotribune.com/news/local/pol…

Feb 03, 2016

CPS borrows $725 million at extraordinarily high interest rate fw.to/McRp2CB

Feb 03, 2016

But while video gaming on upswing, casino revenues have dropped by a combined 12.2 percent over last three years. Des Plaines is exception.

Feb 03, 2016

Despite ban in Chicago, Cook County has most terminals of any other county, with 3,540. Brought in $172.7 million last year.

Feb 03, 2016

Fun fact from recent COGFA report: Springfield has most video gaming terminals in state, with 574. Brought in $27.3 million last year.

Feb 02, 2016

Gov. Rauner also said he'd sign whatever pension language President Cullerton would send him.

Feb 02, 2016

Rauner says he has directed board of Ed to see if CPS meets criteria for takeover, and asked they look for possible superintendents.


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