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Rauner sticks to script in first Facebook Live session

chicagotribune.com — SPRINGFIELD - Gov. Bruce Rauner hosted his first Facebook Live session on Tuesday, fielding a series of carefully screened questions to once again make his case for everything from term limits for elected officials to lowering property taxes.

Rauner ally resigned as lawmaker after 'inappropriate online conversations,' extortion scheme

chicagotribune.com — A former state lawmaker who was once a top ally of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner issued a statement Friday saying he was extorted after engaging in "inappropriate online conversations." The disclosure from ex-Rep.

Judge hands Rauner, union split decision on contract talks

chicagotribune.com — A state labor law judge offered a mixed decision Friday on the question of whether Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Illinois' largest state employee union have exhausted their negotiations in a simmering contract dispute. Administrative Law Judge Sarah Kerley said the Rauner administration should be allowed to impose its wishes on some issues, but that the two sides should return to the bargaining table on others.

Illinois Governor Dumps 29 of Past Governors' Political Hires

governing.com — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration on Thursday sent layoff notices to 29 workers at the Illinois Department of Transportation who held controversial patronage positions, a move the governor's office said is aimed at ridding the agency of political hires made under Democratic predecessors.

Rauner moves to dump 29 political hires from Blagojevich, Quinn eras

chicagotribune.com — SPRINGFIELD - Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has issued layoff notices to 29 workers at the Illinois Department of Transportation, a move the governor's office says is aimed at ridding the agency of patronage hires that flourished under his Democratic predecessors.

Illinois' pile of unpaid bills could hit record high of $14 billion next summer

chicagotribune.com — The stopgap budget agreement struck by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the legislature is only adding to the state's financial problems, according to a new report from Moody's Investors Service, which estimated the state's backlog of unpaid bills could reach a new high of $14 billion by next summer.

Illinois Governor Vetoes Bills That Would Help Low-Income Families and Caregivers

governing.com — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday used his veto powers on several bills aimed at increasing help for the state's most vulnerable, rejecting measures that would increase wages for workers who care for people with developmental disabilities and expand a child care program for low-income families.

Rauner vetoes $15/hour wage for caregivers of developmentally disabled

chicagotribune.com — SPRINGFIELD - Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday used his veto powers on several bills aimed at increasing help for the state's most vulnerable, rejecting measures that would increase wages for workers who care for people with developmental disabilities and expand a child care program for low-income families.

Illinois comptroller candidates blame each other for budget mess

chicagotribune.com — Republican Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger and Democratic challenger Susana Mendoza pitched their independence on Thursday, arguing they should be judged on their own merits, not their close connections to the state's top political power brokers. Yet neither would back away from their party's respective leaders during a joint appearance before the Chicago Tribune editorial board.

Rauner approves repeal of sales tax on tampons

chicagotribune.com — Illinois joined a handful of states and the city of Chicago in repealing a so-called "tampon tax" as Gov. Bruce Rauner approved a bill that exempts feminine hygiene products from the state sales tax. Currently, tampons and sanitary napkins are taxed by the state of Illinois as "luxury items" at 6.25 percent.
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Sep 29, 2016

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Sep 26, 2016

The governor said issues have been simmering for a long time, best way to stop violence is to create job opportunities.

Sep 26, 2016

Rauner also pushed back against idea that violence spiking in state due to loss of intervention services because of budget fight.

Sep 26, 2016

Rauner also refused to say if he'd watch presidential debate tonight, he's repeatedly tried to avoid specifics re: support for Donald Trump.

Sep 26, 2016

Critics have said it would reduce budget flexibility while benefiting road builders, Rauner said there are "pros and cons" but up to voters.

Sep 26, 2016

As advocates launch TV ad for constitutional amendment to protect transportation $, Gov. Rauner said he didn't want to weigh in on issue.

Sep 23, 2016

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