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Springfield, IL
Reporter — Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune Statehouse reporter, covering the spectacle that is Illinois government.

Gov. Rauner tells Cabinet he'll "take the arrows" for budget cuts — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday convened what was billed as the first meeting of his cabinet, telling agency leaders that they'll be asked to do more with less, but that he's willing to "take the arrows" along the way. "I wish this year was going to be all happy, and you know, happy feet.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Gov. Bruce Rauner tested by money woes — The close relationship Gov. Bruce Rauner and Mayor Rahm Emanuel forged through a big private equity deal, support of charter schools and shared vacations with pricey bottles of wine has hit a rough patch.

Illinois governor's 'turnaround budget' targets pensions, universities — All of those interests sounded dire warnings and geared up their powerful lobbying operations to fight the proposed budget. Some Democratic leaders reacted angrily to the rookie governor's address, harking back to his days as a partner in a private equity investment firm. "One of the things Gov.

Rauner: Budget 'last, best chance to get our house in order' — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner opened a new battlefront against Illinois’ Democratic-controlled legislature, using his first budget address to call for cuts in health care for the poor and aid to cities and mass transit, and to start a new push to put state workers into a new lower-benefit pension plan.

Gov. Bruce Rauner plans to propose increasing school funding in first budget — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday plans to propose a 6.7 percent increase in general school spending despite signals that he'll call for major cuts elsewhere during his first budget speech. A Rauner adviser said the governor will suggest a $300 million boost in general state aid, the main pot of state dollars for education.

Rauner to offer Doomsday budget with major spending cuts — Rauner's budget proposal also relies on $2.2 billion in savings he hopes will result from a new plan to overhaul the state pension system, which will undoubtedly face legislative and legal hurdles. Under his plan, current workers would be moved to a second-tier retirement system, with more limited pension benefits.

Madigan says Rauner to deliver "tough medicine" in budget speech — Gov. Bruce Rauner met with the four legislative leaders Tuesday, and they said the governor warned them he's prepared to deliver some "tough medicine" in the form of major cuts during his first budget address on Wednesday.

Rauner dealt blow on blocking union fair share fees — Gov. Bruce Rauner's attempt to put in place right to work rules for state workers ran into its first challenge Friday when Comptroller Leslie Munger said she would continue to send to unions the fees paid by employees who decline membership.

Rauner looks at criminal justice reform — Gov. Bruce Rauner launched a commission Wednesday to overhaul the state's criminal justice system, ranging from arrest to sentencing and re-entry into society. "Illinois is in desperate need for criminal justice reform," Rauner said. He pointed to an overcrowded prison system and the tendency of too many criminals to return to prison once they leave.

Bruce Rauner tries to block fees for state workers who don't want to join union — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday ratcheted up his battle with government employee unions Monday, using his executive power to stop collecting "fair share" fees from workers who opted not to join the union. The new Republican governor said more than 6,500 state employees are paying fair share fees in lieu of union dues.
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Feb 28, 2015

Via @nprnews: A Rival's Retirement Prompts One-Word Statement From Aussie Politician

Feb 26, 2015

No, not after the former Illinois Gov. -- Vancouver finalizes plans to rename street Pat Quinn Way… via @metrowinnipeg

Feb 26, 2015

RT @jessiehellmann: 475 bills were filed (so far) in the House today. Is the deadline to file tomorrow or something? #sarcasm

Feb 26, 2015

Exelon wants $2 a month more for nuclear plants

Feb 26, 2015

State aims to strengthen driver's license security to avoid flying ban

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