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Governor Bruce Rauner

Rauner Explains Signing Abortion Bill

Sep 28, 2017
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner says he understands the moral objections to abortion but signed into law expanded coverage for them because he believes all women should have the same health care options.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner said Monday that athletes who are protesting during the National Anthem are insulting the country.

Children's Home + Aid

The state has restored funding for one of the programs Children's Home and Aid cut two years ago, the Butterfly Project.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner stopped in Lexington on Saturday during his annual Route 66 motorcycle ride from the Chicago area to Springfield.

Seth Perlman / The Associated Press

There has been another high-level departure from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration.

Toby Talbot / The Associated Press

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed an executive order Wednesday assembling a task force to fight the state’s opioid crisis.

Illinois State University

Illinois spent $14 million on planning for state universities' construction projects that have been mothballed.

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A wide-reaching overhaul of the way Illinois funds schools has been signed into law.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Democratic candidate for governor JB Pritzker stopped in Bloomington on Thursday to pick up a big union endorsement and lay out his plan for creating jobs in Illinois.

Illinois State University

Illinois State University's Board of Trustees must vote again on the contract employing President Larry Dietz.

When the board approved the contract Aug. 6, it turns out four of them weren't trustees at all.

Legislative leaders Thursday announced a tentative compromise on the thorny issue of school funding, but opposition is mounting to one part of that deal.

Republican Bill Brady on the Senate floor.
Courtesy / Sen. Brady's Office

Illinois' legislative leaders said Thursday they've reached a tentative agreement in the state's school funding fight, but details are still being worked out.

Seth Perlman / The Associated Press

Four members of Gov. Bruce Rauner's communications team have resigned weeks after being hired in the wake of the Republican's conflicting response to a political cartoon that critics call racist.  

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State Sen. Daniel Biss said the reason the state government is broke is not because Illinois is a poor state. He said Illinois has a lot of economic activity.

Superintendents, Mayors Push For School Funding Fix

Aug 23, 2017
John O'Connor / The Associated Press

School superintendents from central and southern Illinois are pushing lawmakers to reach an agreement on overhauling the state's school funding formula.

Mike Madigan walks
Seth Perlman / The Associated Press

The Illinois House speaker said Wednesday that his chamber will take a vote next week on overriding Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a school funding plan.

John Cullerton
Seth Perlman / Associated Press

The Illinois Senate will meet Sunday to deal with Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a school funding measure.

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza is urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to step up the pace in dealing with the state’s debt.

Seth Perlman / The Associated Press

Schools are set to receive payment from the state in just three days, but that can’t happen until the Illinois legislature approves a new evidence-based funding model.

Seth Perlman / The Associated Press

With schools set to open in just a few weeks, Illinois still doesn't have any way to send money to schools.

K-12 funding has become the latest partisan battleground at the statehouse, and Tuesday one procedural misstep may have inadvertently made the gridlock even worse.

Bruce Rauner speaks at event
G-Jun Yam / The Associated Press

Gov. Bruce Rauner said Tuesday the way public schools get money in Illinois will be more "fair and equitable" with his changes to a school funding bill.

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The future of state funding for Illinois schools was still up in the air late Monday.

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State Sen. Jason Barickman issued a clarifying statement Thursday after implying during a press conference that Gov. Bruce Rauner would “hold” the controversial school funding bill after it lands on his desk instead of immediately vetoing it.

G-Jun Yam / The Associated Press

Illinois comptroller Susana Mendoza is pushing back against accusations that she has withheld money schools need to open.

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Democratic candidate for governor Daniel Biss took aim at Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday for trying to “drive a wedge in the middle of Illinois” over school funding and urged his own party to avoid nominating its own billionaire to challenge Rauner next November.

Bruce Rauner speaks at event
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Illinois students are set to return to the classroom within a matter of weeks, but the state can’t send money to schools until a new funding plan gets signed into law.

Rich Saal / The State Journal-Register/Pool

The shakeup in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office could signal a tougher stance on school funding.

The state spending plan requires adoption of a new funding formula, but Rauner has promised to veto the plan that got legislative approval.

S&P Removes Illinois From Credit Watch With Budget In Place

Jul 12, 2017
Bruce Rauner speaks at event
G-Jun Yam / The Associated Press

A credit ratings agency has removed Illinois from a credit watch since legislators approved a budget and ended a more than two-year impasse.

S&P Global Ratings said Wednesday the outlook on debt ratings is stable.

Larry Dietz speaks to crowd
Lyndsie Schlink / Illinois State University

The president of Illinois State University said Thursday's passage of a state budget is a welcome relief. Larry Dietz said more work remains to be done, but at least there is a way forward.

"It makes life a lot easier in terms of the planning. Frankly we have felt that nobody cares much about education because there has been no scheme and no plan to fund it," said Dietz.

It's Over: Illinois Has First Budget Since 2015

Jul 6, 2017
Mike Madigan walks
Seth Perlman / The Associated Press

The Illinois House voted Thursday to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's vetoes of a budget package. The action gives Illinois its first annual spending plan since 2015.

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