Bruce Rauner


  CHICAGO - The candidates for Illinois governor are clashing over taxes during their first televised debate.


Democrat J.B. Pritzker says he wants to change Illinois' flat tax to a graduated system, in which the highest earners are taxed at a higher rate than middle-class and low-income households. But he won't say what the new rates should be. He says it should be negotiated with the Legislature.


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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is changing his campaign strategy against Republican primary opponent Jeanne Ives. Previously, he dismissed her as a "fringe candidate.” But now he’s spending money on a TV attack ad, attempting to link Ives to Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan.

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The November election race for Illinois governor cost $28 million just for the last three months of 2017. Campaign finance disclosure reports filed this week show that $9 of every $10 was spent by two candidates - Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker.

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If you thought 2017 was an interesting year politically, 2018 is forecast to be intense. 

Rauner to Face Primary Challenger in 2018

Dec 5, 2017

It’s official: on Mon., Gov. Bruce Rauner drew an opponent in next year’s Republican primary. 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The University of Illinois has signed a research partnership with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem . 

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Governor Bruce Rauner has made his long awaited announcement that he is seeking re-election.  The first term Republican issued a video today that features him riding his motorcycle through Illinois.  It focuses on the agenda he has pushed since taking office, including property tax relief. In the video, he talks about battles waged with the General Assembly, adding that that he has won some and lost some.

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The head of a national group meant to help elect Democratic governors around the country says he expects President Trump to be a big factor for Illinois voters next year.

Jesse Ruiz Enters the Fold for Attorney General

Oct 18, 2017

Chicago Park District President Jesse Ruiz announced he’s running for Illinois Attorney General Wednesday.

Speaker Madigan Takes the Digital Plunge

Oct 17, 2017

Long-time Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is trying out a new way to connect with voters: the Internet. 

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Conservative anger over Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's expansion of taxpayer-funded abortion is prompting threats of a Republican primary challenge spring.

Governor Signs Procurement Reform Bill

Aug 10, 2017
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Gov. Bruce Rauner came to the University of Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign campus Wed. to sign a bill streamlining the procurement process for state institutions.

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Roughly 67 percent of Illinois families could qualify to send their children to private schools using diverted taxpayer money under a proposal being considered by legislators. 

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Both parties agree the 20-year-old formula Illinois uses to fund schools is unfair, but they disagree over how to change it.

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CHICAGO (AP) - The Democratic Illinois Senate president wants Gov. Bruce Rauner to forgo his planned veto of education-funding legislation. 

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Peoria-area state representatives voted mostly along party lines on the decision to override the Governor’s vetoes, giving the state its first budget in more than two years.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is urging Democrats to return to Springfield and pass a budget following a federal court ruling requiring the state to pay more toward Medicaid.

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 Gov. Bruce Rauner is touring the state calling for lawmakers to pass what he’s calling “true, lasting” property tax relief.

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Republican state Senator Kyle McCarter of Lebanon is proposing deep cuts to get to a balanced budget, without any accompanying tax hikes. 

The Republican’s proposal includes a 10 percent reduction across state government. McCarter says he has nothing to lose. He’s pledged to term limit himself out of the general assembly and is not seeking re-election. But he acknowledges that this sort of plan is difficult for many politicians to get behind. That’s why he says Gov. Rauner should lead the way by identifying specific cuts. 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois lawmakers are returning to the Capitol this week to resume work on trying to end the budget stalemate that has eluded them for almost two years.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Democrats are pushing an ambitious minimum wage hike despite opposition from Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

State Employees, Retirees to Rauner: Do Your Job

Apr 17, 2017

Around 50 protestors gathered in downtown Moline Monday afternoon to protest what they see as Bruce Rauner's failure to pass a budget.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - While pressure grows on Gov. Bruce Rauner to identify where he would cut state spending, an Associated Press analysis shows that much more cutting would be needed to make a real difference.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner wrapped a 10-city tour with a visit to a Champaign manufacturer Wednesday. As his call for budget reforms wrapped at HL Precision Manufacturing on the city's west side, about 25 members of state government unions called on the Republican governor to 'do your job', saying Rauner should come to the table to negotiate with AFSCME.

Members of the Service Employees International Union, Jobs with Justice, and AFSCME chanted as Rauner left the business. AFSCME is fighting Rauner’s claim in court that the two sides are an impasse.

Gov. Rauner Pushes for 'Change' During Visit in Peoria

Apr 11, 2017
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“Hope and Change” were the key words uttered by Illinois’ Republican governor, during a stop in Peoria on Tues.

CHICAGO (AP) - Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is launching the first official campaign tour of his re-election bid as Democrats line up to try to defeat him in 2018.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Democratic speaker of the Illinois House is upbraiding Gov. Bruce Rauner for comments the governor made about him. 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has unveiled a broad-based cybersecurity plan that would cost $1 billion to implement.

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The airing of grievances over the ongoing state budget impasse continued today between Governor Bruce Rauner and Comptroller Susana Mendoza.   As comptroller, Mendoza signs the checks connected to the state’s bank accounts.

Rauner Takes AFSCME to State Supreme Court

Mar 20, 2017

Gov. Bruce Rauner is taking his fight with Illinois’ biggest government labor union to the state Supreme Court.