Our opinion: Rauner right to hold firm on state budget

“The governor is holding firm in his belief that Illinois must have and can have a balanced budget, and that ‘structural change’ is needed to get the state back on track in the long term.” Read more ► http://bit.ly/2l1xT3D  

Gov. Rauner signs lead-testing law to protect children 

“Illinois elementary schools and day care centers will have to test drinking water sources for lead under legislation that Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed. Rauner signed the measure Monday with civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson in attendance. Rauner says the new law “is a step in protecting our children from the devastating effects of lead exposure.” […]

Gov. Rauner assures the convicted a chance at clemency

“[Gov. Rauner] is spending the time necessary to make sure convicted people have their chance at clemency. People can seek pardons after they’ve finished serving  their prison sentence. If a pardon is granted, the offender can go to court to have the conviction removed from their criminal record. With a commutation, a sentence is reduced […]

River Edge Tax Credits extended to spur economic development and restore historic buildings

Gov. Bruce Rauner gave historic buildings in Rockford, Aurora, Elgin, East St. Louis and Peoria new life today when he signed legislation to extend the River Edge Historic Tax Credits. “The River Edge Redevelopment Zone Program is an important tool for municipalities to utilize to spur economic development while saving and restoring historic buildings,” Rauner said […]

Gov. Rauner eliminated the backlog of clemency requests

Gov. Bruce Rauner has whittled down the good-sized backlog of clemency requests to zero that he inherited from past governors. “The pile had been around for a long time. It started during the administration of disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is better known for his conviction on federal corruption charges. When Blagojevich became governor […]

Previous administration’s allowed the historic fairground to deteriorate – Gov. Rauner will not allow it to happen again

Illinois has one of the largest and most historic state fairs in America. Unfortunately, previous administration’s allowed the fairgrounds to deteriorate and fall into disrepair. That’s why Gov. Rauner pushed to create a private foundation to give the fair the support it deserves. Now, the Fairgrounds Foundation is ready to take the next step. Read […]

Gov. Rauner changes man’s life by granting clemency

In 1999, Grayson Hendricks was arrested in Edwardsville at the age of 24 and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance–cocaine. That arrest led to an eventual conviction as Hendricks pleaded guilty and wound up being sentenced to two years probation as part of a plea bargain on Dec. 13, 1999. Nearly 17 years later, those […]

Governor Bruce Rauner Signed the Future Energy Jobs Bill

Governor Bruce Rauner today signed Senate Bill 2814, the Future Energy Jobs bill. The bipartisan legislation ensures the Quad Cities and Clinton power facilities remain open for another 10 years, saving thousands of good-paying jobs, while protecting working families, seniors, and thousands of other high-quality, good-paying jobs throughout the state by capping residential and business […]

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Gov. Rauner: Illinois Criminal Justice System Needs “More Compassion”

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a package of criminal justice legislation, in which the state is more responsible for “balancing punishment with rehabilitation and not needlessly tearing families and lives apart.” Read the full post here.

Illinois law will tackle gun trafficking

Governor Rauner is taking measures to protect Illinois communities from gun violence. Read more about the governor’s criminal justice reforms here.

Rauner: Top court redistricting ruling ‘affront to our democracy’

Governor Bruce Rauner was vocally disappointed by the IL Supreme Court ruling on Independent Maps. “It is an affront to our democracy that the courts struck down yet another citizen-led referendum drive to fix the system that only benefits the people in power.” Read more about the ruling here.

At last, criminal justice reforms — Don’t blow it

Governor Bruce Rauner has passed new criminal justice reforms. The goal is to keep people from going to prison in the first place, and to stop those who’ve done their time from going back. All of the new laws passed with bipartisan support. Read more here.

Redistricting reform takes center stage

When the IL Supreme Court struck down a ballot initiative for redistricting reform, it became clear that the best way to enact fair maps is thought the legislature.  Governor Rauner is encouraging legislators to take up redistricting reform when they return to session. Read more here.

Illinois prisons must adapt to address inmates’ mental illnesses

Governor Bruce Rauner has taken a proactive approach to address behavioral health issues in his contribution to the creation of a Health and Human Services Transformation Initiative. The initiative aims to create a holistic treatment approach for people who need resources from multiple state agencies. Read more about the initiative and its implications here.

Gov. Bruce Rauner: Illinois legislature must pass redistricting this fall

Governor Bruce Rauner released a statement following the Illinois State Supreme Court rejection of the Independent Maps Amendment. The decision meant that IL voters will not be able to vote on redistricting reform this November. Governor Rauner encouraged individuals to contact their representatives and call for redistricting reforms in the General Assembly this fall. Read the full […]

Governor Rauner tours Reg-Ellen

Gov. Bruce Rauner was in Rockford last week to tour Reg-Ellen Machine Tour Corp. and spoke about how important it is for Illinois to fight back and compete for manufacturing jobs. Read more here from WIFR23.

Illinois first lady Diana Rauner, legislators show support for Rockford early childhood initiatives

Please take a moment to read more about how Illinois’ First Lady, Diana Rauner, is working to strengthen early childhood education and ensure that every child has an opportunity to realize their potential. Read more here from the Rockford Register Star.

Rauner: Lottery program shows ‘merit pay’ works

Workers at the Illinois Lottery have increased productivity and improved services thanks to merit pay. Rewarding employees for producing better results works in the private sector, and we are showing it works in government too. It’s all part of our efforts to deliver better value for you. Read more here from The Pantagraph.

Rauner meets with bomb technicians, says no imminent threat here

With a fresh wave of terrorist attacks in New York and New Jersey this past weekend, Gov. Rauner met with the International Association of Bomb Technicians & Investigators and spoke about the work Illinois is doing to keep its residents safe. Read more here from the Daily Herald.

Gov. Bruce Rauner: Illinois legislature must pass redistricting this fall

It’s time we return the power of Illinois government back to the people. Our current political system is broken. It’s rigged against us. Our government is unaccountable to the people. The people of Illinois deserve a more just and fair system. Unfortunately, the Illinois Supreme Court has now blocked a voter referendum that would have […]

Gold Star Family Day in Illinois

Gov. Rauner declared September 26, 2016 – the day following Gold Star Mother’s Day – the first Gold Star Family Day in Illinois. This day is set aside to honor families whose loved ones gave their lives in service of their country. It will be observed every year on the day after Gold Star Mother’s […]

Volunteer Service Project for Veterans

Gov. Rauner highlighted a new service project called Serving Those Who Served. The volunteer-based initiative will take place during the month of November and is meant to thank those who have served in the armed forces and their families. “We’re asking for residents from across the state to come together and volunteer their time and energy on […]

Gov. Rauner attends new restaurant and brewery opening in Peoria

Gov. Rauner attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Obed & Isaac’s microbrewery and eatery in Peoria. “Small businesses are the backbone of our communities. They make our communities livable and enjoyable, and provide high quality products and services and good jobs. This is what makes Illinois the greatest state in the country,” Rauner said. The new Obed […]

Rauner Talks Illinois Economy in Second Facebook Live Event

NBC Chicago covered Gov. Rauner’s second Facebook Live event, writing, “Gov. Bruce Rauner hosted his second Facebook Live event Thursday, focusing on Illinois manufacturing and job creation. Rauner, who called Illinois the ‘manufacturing heart of America for almost 200 years,’ repeatedly stressed the need to cut regulations and tax burdens to encourage job growth and business […]

High taxes are driving people out of Illinois

Illinois desperately needs reforms to grow our economy and become competitive with other states. A new poll shows just how dire the situation is. The poll, conducted by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, shows nearly half of Illinois residents would prefer to leave the state than continue to live […]

Rauners visit Starved Rock State Park

Gov. Rauner and First Lady Diana Rauner made their first trip together to Starved Rock State Park over the weekend, bringing family dog Stella along to hike the trails. It was the first time Gov. Rauner had been to the park since the early 1980s. “[The park] has been fixed up really well. This is […]

INMATES CAN EARN LICENSES WHILE SERVING TIME

Thanks to Gov. Rauner’s appointed Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform, inmates can now earn professional licenses while serving time, allowing for an easier transition when they leave prison. Last Tuesday, Landus Jackson became the first person to receive a certification upon his release. He received his cosmetology license and will start work at a […]

GOV. RAUNER MARCHES IN COLUMBUS DAY PARADE

Gov. Rauner joined DuPage County Board Member Peter DiCianni, the Knights of Columbus and many others while marching in the annual Columbus Day parade. The theme of this year’s parade was “Hello Italy.” “Today we celebrate the wonderful achievements and contributions of the wonderful Italian-Americans here in Illinois and across America,” said Gov. Rauner.

ADMINISTRATION SAVES TAXPAYERS MILLIONS BY RENEGOTIATING BOND DEBT

Gov. Rauner’s administration saved Illinoisans millions of dollars by renegotiating interest rate swaps on government bonds, which were inherited from previous administrations. “The Rauner Administration has successfully negotiated better terms for Illinois’ taxpayers, which have reduced our financial exposure and increased our ability to direct the state’s limited resources to education and social services,” said […]

GOV. RAUNER CELEBRATES HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

Gov. Rauner and Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, the first Latina Lieutenant Governor in the country, celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month this week. Gov. Rauner has made it a priority to have Hispanic leaders throughout his Administration. “We are very blessed here in Illinois because we have one of the largest, most vibrant, most dynamic Hispanic communities […]

Gov. Rauner: In name of justice, I’m closing Stateville’s F House

For years, Illinois has been in critical need of criminal justice reform. Throughout the last 40 years we’ve seen our prison population spike from 10,000 to its high of nearly 49,000 inmates in 2015. And once offenders enter our criminal justice system, they experience a process that is out-of-date, costly, inhumane and ineffective. It doesn’t […]

Rauner calls on legislators to withdraw lawsuit seeking paychecks

Governor Bruce Rauner today called on legislators to put taxpayers and critical human services ahead of their own personal gain by withdrawing their lawsuit seeking paychecks and join him in pushing for a balanced budget with reforms.  Governor Rauner stated: “Only in Illinois would politicians – who have failed to pass a balanced budget and reforms – […]

Governor Bruce Rauner Signed the Future Energy Jobs Bill

Governor Bruce Rauner today signed Senate Bill 2814, the Future Energy Jobs bill. The bipartisan legislation ensures the Quad Cities and Clinton power facilities remain open for another 10 years, saving thousands of good-paying jobs, while protecting working families, seniors, and thousands of other high-quality, good-paying jobs throughout the state by capping residential and business […]

Gov. Rauner changes man’s life by granting clemency

In 1999, Grayson Hendricks was arrested in Edwardsville at the age of 24 and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance–cocaine. That arrest led to an eventual conviction as Hendricks pleaded guilty and wound up being sentenced to two years probation as part of a plea bargain on Dec. 13, 1999. Nearly 17 years later, those […]

Previous administration’s allowed the historic fairground to deteriorate – Gov. Rauner will not allow it to happen again

Illinois has one of the largest and most historic state fairs in America. Unfortunately, previous administration’s allowed the fairgrounds to deteriorate and fall into disrepair. That’s why Gov. Rauner pushed to create a private foundation to give the fair the support it deserves. Now, the Fairgrounds Foundation is ready to take the next step. Read […]

Gov. Rauner eliminated the backlog of clemency requests

Gov. Bruce Rauner has whittled down the good-sized backlog of clemency requests to zero that he inherited from past governors. “The pile had been around for a long time. It started during the administration of disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is better known for his conviction on federal corruption charges. When Blagojevich became governor […]

River Edge Tax Credits extended to spur economic development and restore historic buildings

Gov. Bruce Rauner gave historic buildings in Rockford, Aurora, Elgin, East St. Louis and Peoria new life today when he signed legislation to extend the River Edge Historic Tax Credits. “The River Edge Redevelopment Zone Program is an important tool for municipalities to utilize to spur economic development while saving and restoring historic buildings,” Rauner said […]

Gov. Rauner assures the convicted a chance at clemency

“[Gov. Rauner] is spending the time necessary to make sure convicted people have their chance at clemency. People can seek pardons after they’ve finished serving  their prison sentence. If a pardon is granted, the offender can go to court to have the conviction removed from their criminal record. With a commutation, a sentence is reduced […]

Gov. Rauner signs lead-testing law to protect children 

“Illinois elementary schools and day care centers will have to test drinking water sources for lead under legislation that Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed. Rauner signed the measure Monday with civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson in attendance. Rauner says the new law “is a step in protecting our children from the devastating effects of lead exposure.” […]

Our opinion: Rauner right to hold firm on state budget

“The governor is holding firm in his belief that Illinois must have and can have a balanced budget, and that ‘structural change’ is needed to get the state back on track in the long term.” Read more ► http://bit.ly/2l1xT3D