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There was a rare meeting Thursday among Gov. Bruce Rauner and the top leaders of the Illinois General Assembly.

After what’s thought to be one of the most expensive primaries in Illinois history, billionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker is the Democratic nominee for governor.  Incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner won the Republican primary, narrowly beating his only opponent, state Representative Jeanne Ives.

An Illinois labor union is suing Gov. Bruce Rauner over an Illinois law. The case — filed Thursday afternoon in federal court — expects bad news for labor in the (potential) landmark Janus v. AFSCME case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Gov. Bruce Rauner is scheduled to unveil his fourth budget proposal Wednesday in a speech to the General Assembly.

Illinois lawmakers have only enacted a budget for one of the three years he’s been in office.

That led to service cuts and some layoffs, but the state didn’t collapse. For most people, life went on as normal.

So we asked Statehouse reporter Brian Mackey: Does it really matter if Illinois has a budget?

Governor Goofs Honest Abe Quote

Feb 2, 2018

As Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner built toward the crescendo of his State of the State address on Wednesday, he implored lawmakers to cut taxes and spending to ensure a more “prosperous future.”

To drive home his point, he ripped out a page from Speechwriting 101 for Illinois politicians.

He quoted Honest Abe.

“Abraham Lincoln once said: ‘The best way to predict the future is to create it,’” said the Republican governor.

But there’s a problem.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Illinois Lawmakers host Jak Tichenor about Gov. Bruce Rauner's 2018 State of the State Address.

Illinois’ senior Republican Congressman has declined to endorse Governor Bruce Rauner in next year's primary election.

State Rep. Jeanne Ives says she’s taking on Governor Bruce Rauner in the upcoming Republican primary.

The former Wheaton city councilwoman and West Point graduate acknowledges it will be tough going up against Rauner’s vast personal wealth. But she says the governor has betrayed Republican principles, and wants to give voters a choice.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has made official what's already widely known: He's seeking re-election for a second term.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has spent much of the past few years bad-mouthing the Illinois economy — saying his agenda would turn things around. But not everyone in his administration is sounding the alarm.

Governor Bruce Rauner's decision to sign House Bill 40 may have political implications for him in next year's election.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that would provide state health insurance and Medicaid coverage for abortions.

Gov. Bruce Rauner criticized Democrats' call Monday to borrow money to take a chunk out of a $14.4 billion pile of overdue bills.        

Illinois legislators are headed to the Capitol for a special session on school funding called by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Gov. Bruce Rauner is attempting to frame the debate heading into Wednesday's special session of the Illinois General Assembly.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has called state legislators back to Springfield this week. He says he wants a budget deal. But Rauner is also spending money attacking Democrats.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says Gov. Bruce Rauner is making “false statements” about the speaker’s position on selling a state building in Chicago.

On Tuesday, Rauner repeatedly declined opportunities to refute Madigan’s allegations.

The airing of grievances over the ongoing state budget impasse continued Monday between Governor Bruce Rauner and Comptroller Susana Mendoza.

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State Journal Register

Gov. Bruce Rauner has taken his confrontation with the state's largest public-employee union to the Supreme Court. 

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's office has filed paperwork to ensure a new deputy governor isn't paid from an insurance fund that is $4 billion behind on medical payments.

Governor Bruce Rauner is accusing three of Illinois’ top Democrats of “coordinating” to shut down state government. All three deny the charge.

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Governor Bruce Rauner toured some of the storm-ravaged areas in southern Illinois Thursday.

During his stop in Elkville in Jackson County, the governor said the state will provide all the assistance it can to help tornado victims deal with the disaster.

Democrats say no. Rauner says yes. Brian Mackey tries to figure out who's right.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is scheduled to make his third annual budget presentation this Wednesday.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says his annual budget message this month will be similar to one he delivered last year, asking legislators to work with him on crafting a balanced spending plan or allow him to make cuts of his own.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Interim Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Director and Illinois Lawmakers Host Jak Tichenor about expectations for the 2017 State of the State Address.

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Governor Bruce Rauner and other state education leaders visited Carbondale Community High School Friday, where he signed legislation aimed at helping schools hire more full-time and substitute teachers.

After calling for daily meetings with Illinois' top leaders ... Governor Bruce Rauner called off one that had been scheduled for Thursday.

In a statement ... his office said Democrats were unprepared for the next steps in budget talks.
Thursday, the Republican took that message to voters, with a video on social media.

Illinois legislative leaders have made little headway in the latest weekend meeting at Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's offices on a budget deal as Democrats broached the issue of how President-elect Donald Trump's policy's might alter some Illinois' financial calculations.

Gov. Rauner Meets With Democratic Leaders Again and Hopes to Work Well With Trump Administration

Nov 16, 2016

Gov. Bruce Rauner and Illinois lawmakers are contemplating dire economic forecasts as they meet in search of a state budget deal.

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