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  • Rauner promises ‘competitive’ salaries for business leaders joining team Jan 23, 2015 10:13 PM
    Business leaders tapped to join Illinois’ new executive team will be offered “competitive” salaries to lure them out of the private sector, Gov. Bruce Rauner said Friday. The Winnetka Republican said he plans to announce more advisors in the next few weeks. “We’re going to pay what we need to to bring in talented people,” Rauner said.

  • Republicans playing the long game on term limits Jan 22, 2015 6:46 PM
    State Rep. Ron Sandack, a Downers Grove Republican, proposes an amendment to the Illinois Constitution calling for 10-year term limits for state lawmakers. Rauner tried to get a similar measure put before voters on the November ballot, but it was tossed in court. Still, it remained a major talking point for a campaign running against the Springfield establishment.

  • What Bruce Rauner can do without the Legislature Jan 18, 2015 7:30 AM
    Rauner has tried to promote the idea of bipartisanship in his first week in office. But what will be be able to do alone? Aside from executive orders, he doesn’t have to spend the money lawmakers give him. And he has broad powers to direct his agencies.

  • Rauner orders posting local government salaries online Jan 15, 2015 7:12 PM
    Gov. Bruce Rauner Thursday says he’s directing the state to start posting local government employment and salary data online. State Rep. Jack Franks won approval for that measure in 2012, but Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration never implemented it, Daily Herald Political Editor Mike Riopell writes.

  • Gaming Board chief on job status: ‘I have no idea’ Jan 14, 2015 2:52 PM
    The flurry of changes Gov. Bruce Rauner is making to state government is causing some confusion about who’s in and who’s out. Asked Wednesday morning if he is still chairman of the Gaming Board, which regulates casinos and video gambling in Illinois, Aaron Jaffe said: “I have no idea.”

  • Images: Inauguration Day in Springfield Jan 12, 2015 5:13 PM
    See images of inauguration day in Springfield, as Bruce Rauner was sworn in as the 42nd governor of Illinois. Michael Frerichs was sworn in as Illinois State Treasurer. Jesse White was sworn in as Secretary of State. Former Wheaton City Council member Evelyn Sanguinetti highlighted her Latino roots in giving part of her inaugural speech in Spanish after she was sworn in as Lt. Governor.

  • Half-dozen Kirk staffers move over to Rauner Jan 12, 2015 6:46 PM
    As Republican Bruce Rauner takes over as governor , he’ll have the help of more than a half-dozen top staff who used to work for U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk. Rauner’s chief of staff, Mike Zolnierowicz, worked as the Highland Park Republican’s deputy chief of staff. And three of Rauner’s four deputy chief of staff, as well as his downstate director and spokesman, are alumni of Kirk’s office, too.

  • Just before Rauner inaugural, Quinn signing bills Jan 12, 2015 6:29 PM
    Even as Gov. Bruce Rauner’s inauguration celebration was beginning, departing Gov. Pat Quinn was announcing action on bills and clemency petitions.

  • Glimpses of Rauner’s inauguration day Jan 12, 2015 7:10 PM
    Republican Bruce Rauner’s inauguration as Illinois governor Monday brings a new face to a Capitol often full of conflict. But before reality sets in, there was a party topping off a day of pomp and ceremony. Here are some glimpses.

  • Sanguinetti emphasizes Latina roots at inauguration Jan 12, 2015 4:33 PM
    Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti emphasized her Latina roots after being sworn into office Monday, taking her place as Gov. Bruce Rauner’s No. 2. “As the daughter of immigrant parents, and the first Latina lieutenant governor, I am the living embodiment that anything, absolutely anything is possible,” Sanguinetti said.

  • Top Rauner inaugural donors includes Duchossois Jan 11, 2015 12:36 PM
    Arlington International Racecourse Chairman Richard Duchossois and the CEO of a Bolingbrook company that makes floor mats for cars are among the top donors to Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner’s inauguration and transition committees.

  • Cross, Quinn and others exit next week Jan 8, 2015 5:06 PM
    Tom Cross on his way out, talks about a career leading a minority: "I would have loved to work with a Republican governor. But you work with what you have." Former Quinn budget director David Vaught says the governor's legacy will be that he wasn't re-elected because he made tough choices. Chris Christie is coming to the suburbs next month. And a federal lawsuit is filed over an anti-Sam Yingling mailer.

  • Wheaton now must fill Evelyn Sanguinetti’s spot on city council Dec 19, 2014 2:51 PM
    The Wheaton City Council will soon pick a resident to fill a seat vacated this week by Evelyn Pacino Sanguinetti, who next month will be sworn in as the state’s lieutenant governor. Sanguinetti’s resignation was effective Monday at the close of a city council meeting. She made it a point during the meeting to thank residents and city staff and council members.

  • Rauner: State agencies say they’ll run out of money Dec 16, 2014 4:21 PM
    Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner said Tuesday state agencies are asking for about $760 million to prevent running out of money by the summer, but he didn’t outline a plan to address it. The Winnetka businessman said agencies have been spending faster than they should instead of making their budgets last a full year.

  • Illinois governors have filled 16 vacancies since 1848 Dec 11, 2014 4:52 PM
    Illinois governors have filled 16 vacancies in statewide offices since 1848. None is as unusual as the one left this week by the death of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.

  • Memorial service for Topinka set for Wednesday Dec 11, 2014 5:26 PM
    A public memorial service for late Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is scheduled for next week. The comptroller’s office says the memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Operating Engineers’ Local 150 headquarters in Countryside.

  • Approved state checks limited after Topinka’s death Dec 11, 2014 5:27 PM
    As state officials contemplate replacing late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, the clock is running down for those dependent on the checks the office issues. There are a limited number of checks she approved before her death, raising the specter of a possible funding gap for schools and social service agencies should a successor not be chosen quickly.

  • Judy Baar Topinka remembered as good-humored truth-teller Dec 11, 2014 5:03 AM
    Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka died early Wednesday, less than 24 hours after having a stroke, according to her office. Tributes have been pouring in since. “Never without her signature sense of humor, Judy was a force of nature,” Gov. Pat Quinn said in a statement.

  • Images: Judy Baar Topinka through the years Dec 10, 2014 8:53 AM
    Images of Judy Baar Topkina through the years. The Illinois comptroller died early Wednesday. She was 70.

  • Rauner tackles full transition agenda Nov 22, 2014 12:00 PM
    From dealing with a rush of jobseekers to a leaky roof and hard feelings among opponents he now needs, Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has been busily preparing to take over Illinois. His plans include staging a “big party” to celebrate “our great state” at his inauguration, even as he struggles to get a handle on the state’s “horrible” budget situation.

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