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  • Rauner wants to set spending record on roads, bridges Mar 10, 2015 4:33 PM
    Gov. Bruce Rauner said Tuesday he wants the state to set a spending record on roads and bridges during his term in office. Rauner told the Illinois Asphalt Pavement Association at a lunch speech that infrastructure is key to the state’s economic growth.“We are going to put more money into our infrastructure in the next four years than has ever been done in Illinois,” Rauner said.

  • Rauner exploring ways to consolidate local governments Feb 13, 2015 6:21 PM
    Gov. Bruce Rauner says he wants to reduce the massive number of local government agencies in Illinois after previous consolidation efforts by state lawmakers stalled. Rauner signed an executive order Friday creating a Local Government and Unfunded Mandate Task Force that will be headed by Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti of Wheaton. The panel will be charged with finding efficiencies and encouraging streamlining of local government functions, officials said.

  • Obama signs Duckworth bill to prevent veteran suicides Feb 12, 2015 7:19 PM
    A new law co-written by U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth aims to get veterans struggling with their mental health more help from the Department of Veterans Affairs. It's named after Clay Hunt, a former Marine who helped other veterans with their demons but ultimately took his own life in 2011.

  • Your Illinois license won't be enough to fly Feb 12, 2015 6:19 AM
    Illinois residents soon might not be able to use their driver's licenses to board commercial airliners because the cards don't meet federal security standards. But a multimillion-dollar price tag might keep the state from meeting those requirements. “Currently, we do not require birth certificates,” said Jesse White spokesman Henry Haupt. “One factor under the Real ID Act would require us to verify birth certificates

  • Chris Christie event in suburbs nearly sold out Feb 9, 2015 3:24 PM
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s planned visit to Rolling Meadows Thursday is set to break an attendance record for the Republican event he’ll headline. As of this morning, 850 people had registered to hear Christie speak at the Northwest Suburban Republican Lincoln Day Dinner at The Meadows Club.

  • Rauner executive order takes aim at unions Feb 10, 2015 1:29 PM
    Gov. Bruce Rauner Monday signed an executive order declaring state workers don't have to pay fees to support union bargaining if they're not in the union. In making his case, the Winnetka Republican pointed to a key high court decision from last year concerning a Lake County mom.

  • Rauner dismisses ‘anti-union’ criticism in Lombard Feb 9, 2015 6:36 PM
    Gov. Bruce Rauner shot back at critics who’ve characterized him as being “anti-union,” during a speech Sunday at the Westin hotel in Lombard. “Let me be clear, I am not anti-union. I do believe you should be able to join a union or not join a union. You should have the freedom to choose,” he said.

  • What did he mean by that? Lawmakers debate phrase from Rauner's speech Feb 6, 2015 5:31 AM
    Gov. Bruce Rauner says he wants to work with lawmakers, but is he presenting his proposals as a package deal with no room for compromise? Republicans don't see it that way, but a couple lines of his speech had Democrats raising their eyebrows.

  • Rauner details property tax freeze, but will it happen? Feb 5, 2015 4:53 AM
    Gov. Bruce Rauner took aim at property taxes Wednesday, rejuvenating his campaign call to freeze rising costs and saying local governments have to cut expenses to make it happen. He pointed to DuPage County as an example of cutting layers of government. “By implementing these reforms, we will give taxpayers and local governments the tools they need to freeze property taxes,” Rauner said.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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