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Governor Bruce Rauner has ordered Illinois National Guard soldiers to active duty to help with flood recovery efforts in the state.

Rauner says the step means soldiers will be ready at a moment's notice for local communities as flood waters could continue to rise over the weekend. About 20 soldiers were ordered to report to the guard's Marion Readiness Center.

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Governor Bruce Rauner and the legislative leaders went half a year without all getting together.
Thursday they met, for the third time in as many weeks. But a major player was missing. 

The Illinois budget impasse now in its sixth month will be at the center of discussions during another meeting between legislative leaders and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, is denouncing recent anti-Muslim statements from his party's front-runner for president, but he's sticking to his position on Syrian refugees, and he's even taking it a step further.

Rauner described Donald Trump's call for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. as "an extreme action."

"What he's proposing is just fundamentally counter to American values," Rauner said Tuesday in response to reporters' questions. "I strongly, strongly disagree with candidate Trump."

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is rebuffing a bid by the White House to assuage concerns over Syrian refugees.

Rauner's one of some 30 governors nationwide who've said no to taking in people fleeing war-ravaged Syria. Rauner, a Republican, cited security concerns following the terror attacks in Paris. "What matters is a coordinated, cooperative, highly communicative effort at a national scale to protect the people of America against terrorists," he said in November.

With Illinois in its sixth month without a budget, the state's top political leaders met Tuesday in Springfield. It was the first time they'd all gotten together in months. We asked Brian Mackey to tell us whether anything was accomplished.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders are scheduled to meet Tuesday in a highly publicized and partially public budget summit.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's office has reached four-year labor agreements with 11 unions and has criticized one of the larger state-employee unions for not doing the same.

Despite Gov. Bruce Rauner's statement that Illinois is temporarily closed off to Syrian refugees, immigration groups say resettling plans aren't changing.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner says the state of Illinois will temporarily stop accepting new Syrian refugees in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Governor Bruce Rauner has postponed the November 18th budget summit because a family matter will prevent House Speaker Michael Madigan from attending.

Governor Bruce Rauner is out with his plans for his meeting with the legislature's leaders on Wednesday.
Rauner's office sent his agenda Friday evening... and disclosed that he intends to hold it in his Springfield office.

Illinois has gone four and a half months without a budget. It's gone even longer -- five and a half months -- since the governor and leaders of the legislature have all gotten together to talk about it; the last time that happened was at the end of May. They're scheduled to finally come together next week, on Wed., Nov. 18 But the meeting's particulars have themselves become a subject of controversy.

Advocates for senior citizens and people with disabilities are assessing how action Friday by the Republican governor affects services they say they depend on.

Early this year, Gov. Bruce Rauner unveiled a plan to save money, by making it harder for the elderly and disabled individuals to qualify for government aid.

People not deemed needy enough would no longer receive state-provided home care workers, or state-paid nursing home care.

A year ago Thursday ... then Governor Pat Quinn conceded his race for re-election to Republican Bruce Rauner. 

Voters once again sent Democratic legislators back to Springfield with supermajorities.  The divided government has led to unprecedented gridlock.

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The effectiveness of a November 18th meeting between the governor and legislative leaders may rest on the meeting's agenda.

The same groups, which called for a public meeting to settle the budget impasse, are now calling for the negotiations to a have a "bipartisan agenda."

A long-awaited meeting between Governor Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders to discuss Illinois' budget impasse could materialize next month.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Governor Bruce Rauner spent most of Wednesday in southern Illinois, with stops at Rend Lake College, Mt. Vernon, Marion and Murphysboro.

During his stop in Marion, the governor met with a small group of community and business leaders, as well as municipal officer holders to talk about his agenda to turn Illinois around.

An opening in the state budget stalemate may come in the form of financial problems for the city of Chicago.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner wants to sell the state's office space in the heart of downtown Chicago. That could mean the demise of the iconic, 1985 structure known as the Thompson Center.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner wants to sell state government's central building in downtown Chicago to a private developer.

More than 50 percent of southern Illinois voters disapprove of Gov. Bruce Rauner's job performance, according to a new poll.

SIU's Paul Simon Public Policy Institute polled 400 registered voters in the state's 18 southernmost counties. The results show Rauner's approval rating stands at 37.4%.

One of Governor Bruce Rauner's Turnaround Agenda items involves a property tax freeze, but there are still questions about how it would work, and who it would affect.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has more than $19 million in his campaign fund after the most recent fundraising quarter.

It's the 100th day Illinois has been without a budget. The state has without a budget before -- but going this long is unprecedented.

As Illinois enters a second quarter without a budget in place ... Governor Bruce Rauner put the blame on legislators.  He made the remarks Friday following a manufacturing event in Effingham.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner's office is warning lawmakers that the Republican will veto a $3.8 billion spending bill pending in the Illinois House.

Illinois school districts have a new ally in Gov. Bruce Rauner as they try to eliminate state mandates they say drive up costs at a time when education funding is decreasing.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is calling on majority Democrats to support his legislative agenda or "immediately'' pass their own balanced budget.

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Employees for Illinois' comptroller who began hiring work for Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration last fall kept up the practice three months into the Republican's tenure.