Gov. Bruce Rauner

The new session of the Illinois Legislature is underway with the largest percentage of Democratic lawmakers serving in Springfield in more than five decades. 

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says -- if re-elected -- he’ll work to decrease the personal income tax rate and make cuts to state spending.

The Republican incumbent says he’ll implement policies that will save the state billions. Speaking on the 21st show, Rauner says state government doesn’t need more taxes:

“We don’t need to cut human services, we don’t need to cut education. We need to make government more efficient, transparent, and less bureaucracy.”

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Republican Governor Bruce Rauner is traveling Illinois… trying to drum up last minute support for his re-election bid. He made a Thursday morning stop in Quincy.

The Governor spoke for about ten minutes to a crowd of about 30 people… including several current and former elected leaders.

He encouraged them to vote and reminded them that every vote for him in Adams County is one less vote he will need in Cook County.

Rauner won every county but Cook County in 2014. But he only narrowly won the popular vote.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has "failed horribly" on public safety after gunfire in the city last weekend injured more than 70 people and killed at least 11.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has rejected legislation that would prohibit retailers from charging fees on rebate cards. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law requiring public schools to allow parents to administer medical marijuana at school to eligible children.

Former President Barack Obama is endorsing Democrat J.B. Pritzker for Illinois governor. He's also backing Kwame Raoul for attorney general and three Illinois Democrats looking to unseat GOP congressmen.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law requiring his and future administrations to pay employees from the budgets of the agencies they're working for.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law protecting health professionals who provide police officers with life-saving epinephrine auto injections. 

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CHICAGO - A new Illinois lottery game will generate money to help the families of police officers killed or severely hurt in the line of duty.

State officials have opened an underpass in Galesburg to ease traffic and improve safety. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner has named his former general counsel to serve on the Illinois Racing Board.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he was "deeply troubled" by President Donald Trump's seeming support for Russia and President Vladimir Putin in public comments. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed into law measures aimed at replacing troublesome housing units at the Quincy veterans' home. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law allowing courts to take weapons away from people who pose a threat of violence to themselves or others.

Gov. Bruce Rauner and first lady Diana Rauner are officially reopening the Illinois Governor's Mansion after a more than two-year renovation.

Retiring State Rep. Patricia Bellock is taking over as the director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law making it easier for qualified teachers to be certified to teach in Illinois.

The federal government is giving Illinois $4.1 million to renovate a veterans' home where Legionnaires' disease has contributed to the deaths of 13 residents.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and first lady Diana Rauner have released a partial list of donors to a $15 million renovation of the Illinois Governor's Mansion.

The Illinois State Museum is launching a new exhibit featuring rare artifacts to celebrate the state's bicentennial.

A state senator has officially thrown his hat into Illinois' high-profile and expensive governor's race.

The federal government has agreed to match billions of dollars in Medicaid funding for Illinois hospitals around the state.

Illinois' Medicaid program will soon provide preventative dental care for almost half a million low-income residents.

The Illinois General Assembly has revived an effort to bridge the so-called “gender wage gap.”

The plan would ban employers from asking about salary history during interviews.

Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed a similar measure last year. The latest version still keeps prior salary out of the interview process, but tries to address concerns from business owners who are worried about their bottom line.

Wendy Pollack is with the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law in Chicago. She says no law is perfect and hopes Rauner acknowledges it’s a good starting point.

The Illinois Labor Relations Board is moving forward with giving step increases to unionized state workers. 

The latest skirmish between Governor Bruce Rauner and the AFSCME labor union took place in a Springfield courtroom today. This time it was before a panel of appellate judges.

It’s been just about three years since AFSCME workers were due for a new contract. But Gov. Rauner made tough demands — like a new pay structure, more expensive health insurance, and more power to outsource jobs.

Mike Newman is the No. 2 man in the Illinois branch of AFSCME.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed into law an overhaul in the handling of ethics complaints against Illinois legislators and staff members. 

An Army brigadier general who served in Afghanistan and Iraq has been named director of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs. 

The director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services is leaving her role for a job in the private sector.

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