GOVERNMENT PROGRESS

2015 - PRESENT

Governor Rauner has changed the dynamic in Springfield by placing a renewed emphasis on the taxpayer as a key stakeholder in state government. Since coming to office, Governor Rauner has achieved the following:

EMPOWERING VOTERS

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REFORMING PENSIONS

  • Forced entrenched politicians to agree to comprehensive pension reform. The proposed pension reforms could save taxpayers billions of dollars for years to come.

IMPROVING EDUCATION

  • Provided record funding for elementary and secondary schools statewide.
  • Ended the unfair practice of proration, ensuring every school receives the same funding or more as the previous year.
  • Created a bipartisan commission to revamp Illinois’ school funding formula.

CREATING JOBS

  • Created Intersect Illinois, a private economic development entity to lead the state’s economic development and business recruitment efforts.
  • Negotiated and signed historic unemployment insurance reforms that crack down on benefit fraud and support fairness for all workers. 

PROTECTING TAXPAYERS

  • Signed new agreements with 18 labor unions, providing fair deals for state employees. The state now encourages worker initiative by offering salary increases and bonuses for employees based on a worker’s merit and taxpayer savings, instead of unfairly giving automatic raises to employees with seniority.
  • Kept taxpayer voices in the conversation and blocked repeated attempts to raise taxes. Special interest groups tried - and failed - to force a $3 billion tax hike on Illinois families to fund additional generous perks and benefits for government employees.
  • Saved taxpayers millions of dollars by terminating a last-minute, insider deal with the state’s lottery manager signed by the previous administration.
  • Reformed the Economic Development for a Growing Economy, or EDGE, tax credit program to eliminate special deals to the politically connected and to only provide credits for actual job creation.
  • Defeated a $7 billion out-of-balance spending plan that would have required crippling tax increases to pay for all of its promises.
  • Launched a new state transparency portal to increase taxpayer access to state contracts, vendor expenditures and Rutan-exempt employee salaries
  • Signed legislation to make Judy Baar Topinka's government salary transparency website a permanent legacy.  

CARING FOR ILLINOISANS’ MOST VULNERABLE

  • Launched a Health and Human Services transformation to improve care and move Illinois residents in the care of the state from institutional settings to community-based settings.  
  • Re-determined Medicaid eligibility to ensure the most vulnerable citizens receive the highest level of care.

REFORMING THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

  • Established a historic commission to reform Illinois’ broken criminal justice system, decrease prison populations and reduce recidivism. 
  • Removed occupational-licensing barriers, making it easier for former offenders to support themselves and their families after paying their debts to society.

GETTING RID OF CORRUPTION

  • Tightened ethics rules for executive branch employees, including limits on gifts from lobbyists, lobbyist-funded travel and a one-year revolving door ban. 
  • Established a task force on government consolidation to recommend ways to reduce red tape and consolidate layers of Illinois government.