Governor Bruce Rauner

Democratic State Senator Andy Manar, of Bunker Hill, is accusing Gov. Bruce Rauner of trying to kill his school funding legislation.

He says the administration fed erroneous information to a Republican operative's website.

The Illinois Senate has scheduled a do-over for some pieces of legislation that are part of the so-called grand bargain budget compromise.

Democrats who control the Senate on Tuesday used a procedure to move bills that have already been approved by the Senate back into position for votes again.

Illinois’ top political leaders continue to blame each other for the nearly two-year-long budget impasse.

Democratic Senate President John Cullerton held a press conference this week after Republicans wouldn’t take a vote to end the budget stalemate.

The Democratic speaker of the Illinois House has appointed envoys to find areas of compromise on a state budget deal with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Speaker Michael Madigan said Monday that Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie of Chicago is one of four House Democrats who will seek common ground with the GOP administration on the state's first full budget since 2015.

Governor Bruce Rauner is less than thrilled with the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of the American Healthcare Act.

The administration of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says it wants a judge to decide whether state employees who were improperly hired under former Gov. Pat Quinn should keep union contract job protections.

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Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Governor Bruce Rauner brought his campaign tour to southern Illinois Wednesday.

Speaking to a group of supporters and workers at Aisin Manufacturing in Marion, the governor says Illinois government is broken and his turnaround agenda items are needed to fix it.

The Illinois Supreme Court will NOT take up the case of union negotiations in state government — at least not yet.

The administration of Gov. Bruce Rauner says it's gone as far as it can go in negotiations with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's office arranged to pay half of the salary for the political ally he hired last month from an employee health care account that is $4 billion behind on paying bills.

Republican Leslie Munger is one of Rauner's deputy governors. Documents reviewed by The Associated Press show that half her $138,000 salary is set to come from health insurance premiums paid by state employees.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan is taking her case over state employee pay to the Illinois Supreme Court.

Madigan is asking the justices to review a lower court order that’s kept state workers getting paid during the 20-month budget stalemate.

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CNN

Governor Bruce Rauner says Illinois wouldn't do very well under congressional Republicans' new health care proposal.

Some conservative groups have also criticized the House GOP's new plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

An Illinois appellate court has temporarily barred Governor Bruce Rauner from imposing his contract terms on the state's largest public-employee union. The 4th District Appellate Court sided with AFSCME ... issuing an order prohibiting immediate action by the Republican governor.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has made it easier to find temporary workers in case a major public-employee union strikes.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees state council says hiring replacements would be illegal.

Several months after first being mentioned as a possible candidate for governor of Illinois, Cheri Bustos has decided against it.

Monday, the 17th district congresswoman from East Moline said she will run for re-election next year instead.

Illinois State of the Budget Address (VIDEO)

Feb 15, 2017

Today at noon, Gov. Bruce Rauner will deliver his third annual State of the Budget Address to a joint session of the Illinois General Assembly.

Bruce Rauner says an undisclosed third party tried to help strike a budget deal between the Illinois governor and his main political rival - House Speaker Michael Madigan.

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Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Governor Bruce Rauner Tuesday visited Herrin Junior High School and discussed the need to pump more funding into K through 12 education.

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Chicago Sun-Times

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has hired former state Comptroller Leslie Munger to serve as a deputy governor.

In a written statement, Rauner says Munger will focus on long-term budgeting and work with human services organizations hit hard by the state budget impasse.

2017 State of the State Address (VIDEO)

Jan 25, 2017

Governor Bruce Rauner will deliver his third annual State of the State Address to a joint session of the Illinois General Assembly. Stay with us after the address for detailed discussion and analysis from veteran Statehouse Correspondent Jak Tichenor and for reactions from legislative leaders from both parties.

Live stream will begin at 12pm.

Illinois' largest state employee union says it's made significant concessions in hopes of resuming contract negotiations, including a wage freeze.

Governor Bruce Rauner's administration is accusing Illinois' biggest government union of an unfair labor practice.

Contract negotiations began nearly two years ago and ended in January, when Rauner walked away from the table. Last month, the administration finally persuaded a state labor board that the governor and the AFSCME union were at an impasse.

The number of inmates in Illinois prisons has dropped by nine percent since Governor Bruce Rauner took office nearly two years ago.

Governor Rauner set a goal of reducing the prison population by 25 percent by the year 2025.

The governor says they've really tried to focus on rehabilitating offenders.
 
Efforts to rehabilitate inmates include making sure they have a state ID card as they are released from prison and identifying offenders who might benefit more from substance abuse treatment than sitting in jail.

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Exelon

Hundreds of happy Exelon workers jammed into a high school gym near the Quad Cities Wednesday morning.

They turned out to watch Governor Bruce Rauner sign the bill that will save their jobs - at the nuclear plant in Cordova and one in Clinton, in central Illinois.

AFSCME Files Suit Against Gov. Rauner

Dec 1, 2016

The state's largest government labor union is asking a St. Clair County court to force Governor Bruce Rauner back to the bargaining table.

AFSMCE has filed a lawsuit on behalf of some 30-thousand state employees whose terms of employment, as of now anyway, are at Governor Rauner's whims.