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Reporter — Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune reporter, covering the spectacle that is Illinois state government

Bruce Rauner says he hopes Illinois Supreme Court gives clue on pension law

chicagotribune.com — Making his first post-election appearance at the Capitol on Thursday, Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner said he hopes the Illinois Supreme Court eventually will provide guidance on what changes are acceptable when it comes to fixing the state's more than $100 billion debt in the government worker pension system.

Rauner asks Quinn to freeze hiring, says state's finances 'horrible'

chicagotribune.com — SPRINGFIELD - Making his first post-election appearance at the Capitol, Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner on Thursday contended the state's finances are in dire shape and asked outgoing Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn to freeze hiring in preparation for a government transition that's nearly two months away.

New plan on Illinois minimum wage hike: $11 an hour by 2017

stltoday.com — SPRINGFIELD * Senate Democrats on Wednesday began advancing a measure to raise the state's minimum wage to $11 an hour by 2017, though doubts remain about whether lawmakers can muster enough votes to pass an increase before Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner in sworn into office in January.

New plan on Illinois minimum wage hike: $11 an hour by 2017

chicagotribune.com — SPRINGFIELD --- Senate Democrats have renewed their push to raise the state's minimum wage, unveiling updated legislation Wednesday that would raise the rate to $11 an hour by 2017. Sponsoring Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Maywood, said she'll call the measure for a vote before Jan.

Quinn-Rauner fight echoes as lawmakers return

chicagotribune.com — The campaign is over but remnants of the fight between Gov. Pat Quinn and Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner remain as lawmakers return to Springfield this week, with the Democrat looking to score a final victory by raising the state's minimum wage while the Republican pleads with legislators to hold off on major votes.

Rauner, Cullerton, Madigan, meeting, governor

chicagotribune.com — Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton held their first meeting with Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner on Thursday, emerging to say they will put the negativity of the campaign behind them and work together on the state's dire budget problems. "I think we had a very productive meeting this morning," Madigan said after a two-hour get-together at the private Chicago Club in Chicago.

Rauner, Cullerton, Madigan meeting

chicagotribune.com — Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton emerged from their first meeting with Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner on Thursday to say they will put the negativity of the campaign behind them and work together on the state's dire budget problems. "I think we had a very productive meeting this morning," Madigan said after a two-hour get-together at the private Chicago Club downtown.

Rauner adds Edgar, Daley, Meeks to transition team

chicagotribune.com — Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner introduced members of his transition team on Thursday, a group that includes business leaders, a former governor, a former congressman, a former White House chief of staff and South Side pastors who supported his campaign. "I believe we have a mandate to provide bipartisan solutions," he said at a news conference at a downtown hotel.

Illinois governor race: Rauner looks to future as Quinn concedes defeat

chicagotribune.com — Bruce Rauner moved forward Wednesday with plans to become Illinois' 42nd governor by selecting his running mate to lead his transition team, as Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn acknowledged he could not overcome a significant vote deficit.

Quinn concedes defeat to Rauner in Illinois governor's race

chicagotribune.com — Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn conceded Wednesday afternoon to Republican challenger Bruce Rauner, a day after the most expensive and bitter contest for chief executive in Illinois history. "It's clear that we do not have enough votes to win the election," Quinn said.
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Nov 23, 2014

How Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson mastered the disappearing act trib.in/1xPnfzE

Nov 21, 2014

Rauner statement: Ruling first step in legal process, will work w/ legis to "craft and implement effective, bipartisan pension reform.”

Nov 21, 2014

RT @rap30: The @iftaft @DanJMontgomery: Guidance from Belz court is that #ILCon pension protection clause is "clear, plain, unambiguous and absolute."

Nov 21, 2014

Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office says it will immediately appeal decision to Supreme Court, ask for expedited decision.

Nov 21, 2014

House GOP leader Durkin: Ruling "not unexpected" wants expedited review by Supremes, legislature needs certainty "sooner rather than later.”

Nov 21, 2014

Sen. Raoul: "evaluation of last year’s compromise pension reform plan is far from complete" awaits Supreme Court guidance to continue talks.

Nov 21, 2014

Gov. Pat Quinn's office says still confident pension law will ultimately be upheld by Supreme Court.

Nov 21, 2014

Landmark state pension law struck down by Springfield judge fw.to/KnbXmNX

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