Rauner calls for unity ahead of special session

“As Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield with a goal of ending a two-year budget stalemate, Gov. Bruce Rauner Tuesday issued a call for unity. In a brief speech delivered in the House chamber of the Old State Capitol that was closed to the public and news media — but was broadcast on Rauner’s Facebook page […]

Gov. Rauner calls for 10-day special legislative session

“Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday called lawmakers back to Springfield for a 10-day special session beginning next week, to try to put an end to the historic budget impasse. Rauner made the announcement in a Facebook video in which he also pushed for a Republican-backed ‘compromise’ budget plan. The clock is ticking toward the end […]

The Illinois Executive Mansion Gets a Makeover

“A leaky roof, rotting walls and crumbling stairs. Not exactly the scenes that come to mind when you think ‘mansion,’ let alone one known as the ‘executive mansion.’ But that’s the condition Bruce Rauner found it in when he became governor, back in January 2015. ‘It’s livable,’ Rauner called it, adding ‘that’s a subjective term.’ […]

Cook County residents’ property taxes going up, especially in Chicago

“A big property tax increase is coming to Cook County. And those bills will start showing up in your mailboxes soon. While homeowners in the Cook County suburbs will see an increase, it is not as high as the hike in Chicago. But, city taxpayers should have seen this coming. The property tax increase passed […]

Chicago homeowners can expect 10 percent hike in property-tax bills

“For the second year in a row, the property-tax man is about to dig deeper into Chicagoans wallets. On average, Chicago homeowners can expect a 10 percent increase — about $360 — when the second installment of their property tax bills arrive later this month, according to a new report from Cook County Clerk David […]

Gov. Rauner signs bail relief legislation in Chicago

CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to reduce county jail crowding by granting bail relief to non-violent offenders. The Republican governor signed the measure Friday in Chicago. Legislative sponsors joined him. They were Chicago Democratic state Sen. Donne Trotter, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs and Chicago Democratic state Rep. […]

Amazon unveils Romeoville facility, may hire 8,000 workers by next year

“Gov. Bruce Rauner, Romeoville Mayor John Noak and others who helped lure Amazon to Illinois, gathered Thursday to get a look inside the e-commerce giant’s new fulfillment center in Romeoville. The Romeoville facility is one of nine that will employ more than 8,000 workers in Illinois by next year. Two also are operating in Joliet, […]

Moline visit promotes Rauner’s proposed property tax freeze

“MOLINE — The sidewalk that leads from the deck to the pool behind a little brick house with green trim served as the stage for Gov. Bruce Rauner to discuss his plan to freeze property taxes. ‘We’re going to talk to your family about getting their property tax down,’ Gov. Rauner told Harrison Anderson, 11, […]

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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  

Rauner spells out his terms to end budget standoff

“Gov. Bruce Rauner today lays out his terms for finally ending the state’s two-year budget war, and they appear to be both more detailed and closer to a compromise than anything he’s produced up to now.” Read more ► http://bit.ly/2lmZz55

Is Bruce Rauner the only grown-up in Springfield?

“Rauner took the boldest steps we have seen yet to meet his Democratic opponents somewhere near the middle.” Read more ► http://bit.ly/2kB2fwR

Rauner to revamp Medicaid program in hopes of saving money, improving care

“Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday announced plans to revamp the state’s system for insuring many of its poorest residents, saying the changes could save taxpayers money and improve health.” Read more ► http://trib.in/2mF1KyD

Rauner opens up on religion in launching hate-crimes plan

“Gov. Bruce Rauner plans to step up big time to fight hate crimes in Illinois. ‘To me, social justice and equal treatment and respect for each other’s religious freedom is so important, it has become a topic which makes me very emotional,’ said Rauner, who presented a four-point plan on the issue at the Holocaust […]

Rauner signs Gordon-Booth crime reform package into law

“Aiming to reduce the state’s prison population by 25 percent, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law Friday a major criminal justice reform package sponsored by state Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth…   Rauner said Friday, ‘By signing the bill, we’re doing what’s right for the people of Illinois. For years our criminal justice system has been broken. […]

Pension reform key to solving state, CPS woes

“The governor has presented a win-win plan that jump-starts cost-saving reforms while helping Chicago Public Schools students.” Read more ► http://bit.ly/2nepl8W

Rauner decries ‘duct tape’ budget repairs at Peoria rally

“We need to all come together and push them to get a deal that’s actually good for taxpayers and good for growing the economy.” Read more ► http://bit.ly/2pqmWxa

Rauner brings balanced budget battle to the Quad-Cities

“We’re at a really critical point in our state’s history.” Read more ► http://bit.ly/2oy6sSU

Gov. Rauner Pushes for ‘Change’ During Visit in Peoria

“Rauner told his constituents he’s trying to change Illinois’ broken system.” Read more ► http://bit.ly/2omIvtS

Rauner Visits QC

“This is about whether we are going to be on the track of prosperity with outstanding economic opportunity for everybody and a great education system for everybody so our children have a better future in Illinois. That’s what this is about.” Read more ► http://bit.ly/2pJgbDd

Rauner campaigns in metro-east, touts need for balanced budget, reforms

“Rauner repeated his pitch that Illinois needs to grow its economy faster than government spending in order to maintain a balanced budget.” Read more ► http://bit.ly/2omJMkH

Rauner presses for balanced budget in visit to Champaign

“We need a budget that works for the people of Illinois” Read more ► http://bit.ly/2nHOMVv

Illinois Gov. Rauner talks budget in Metro East during state-wide tour

“Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner crisscrossed the state Wednesday to push for a balanced budget. It’s been 21 months since Illinois last had a permanent budget, and democrats and republicans remain at a standstill in negotiations. Speaking in East Alton, Rauner acknowledged his constituency is growing impatient. “Illinois is tops again on the charts of [outbound] […]

Rauner touts jobs, opposes tax hikes during Quincy visit

“Rauner’s solutions include a freeze on property taxes that can only be overridden by local voters. He wants caps on state spending, reforms on redistricting procedures and term limits so politicians are no longer ‘in office 30 or 40 years.’” Read more ► http://bit.ly/2oG3QSF

Rauner visits Bethalto, stumps for busting Springfield ‘machine’

“This isn’t about Democrats versus Republicans, it is about people coming together and standing up to a corrupt machine that’s running the government for their own benefit.”” Read more ► http://bit.ly/2pJjgDg

Gov. Rauner discusses job growth in Quincy

“Rauner also talked about his ‘Turnaround Agenda’, which is his multi-layered approach to improving the state’s economic growth. He said when it comes to core issues on this agenda, he is open to compromise with Democrats if it means progress.” Read more ► http://bit.ly/2omQEOU

Governor Rauner delivers message of Republican values at St. Louis Regional Airport

“The governor spoke about not only ‘Republican values’ such as small government, personal liberties and the popular mantra of ‘God and country,’ but also spoke of bipartisan reforms he would like to see occur in the State of Illinois.” Read more ► http://bit.ly/2oPjDyR

Gov. Rauner goes on balanced budget tour of Illinois

“Rauner called for restoring power to the people of Illinois, for job growth, better schools, and lower taxes.” Read more ► http://bit.ly/2oDR0CQ

For Small Business Week, Rauner says regulations, property taxes too burdensome

“Illinois needs to focus on making small businesses thrive. That’s the message from Gov. Bruce Rauner, who kicked off Small Business Week Monday with stops across the Land of Lincoln.” Read more ► http://bit.ly/2pRTf93

Rauner celebrates small businesses across state

“Gov. Bruce Rauner is kicking off the month by promoting the importance of small businesses.” Read more ► http://bit.ly/2pBMKUL

Gov. Rauner Tours Small Businesses in Central Illinois

“‘We need to highlight the importance of small business here in Illinois and across America,’ Gov. Rauner, R-Illinois, said. ‘The majority of Illinoisans work in small business, and 2 out of every 3 new jobs created in Illinois are created by small business. We need to help small businesses grow.’” Read more ► http://bit.ly/2oUnXOu

Rauner makes sweet toast to small business

“’We need to nurture small business’ in Illinois by reducing property taxes and cutting the red tape and regulations that hamper their ability to grow, said Rauner.” Read more ► http://bit.ly/2qtaZau

Rauner tells small business to ‘stay strong’ during budget impasse

“’I say to them the exact same thing they say to me: stay strong, stay persistent,’ Rauner said. ‘We’re in difficult times, but we’re in difficult times to get to a better day and a better future.’” Read more ► http://bit.ly/2pStyoC

Shop talk: Governor visits company to tout small business power

“Brad Floreth, one of the owners and operators of ILMO, said that he believes Rauner’s vision could be beneficial to his company and employees and that he was pleased by the visit.” Read more ► http://bit.ly/2p9GtxK

Editorial: Small businesses a lifeline for communities

“Gov. Bruce Rauner, who has been touring Illinois to tout the importance of small businesses, told a group of employees Tuesday in Jacksonville that the state must do more.” Read more ► http://bit.ly/2pJg7Vd

Governor kicks-off National Travel & Tourism Week

“Governor Bruce Rauner today kicked-off National Travel & Tourism Week and released domestic Illinois tourism figures that show robust growth in visitor spending in 2016. ‘Illinois welcomed 110 million visitors from around the country in 2016 and last year, tourism revenue grew three percent across the state,’ Governor Rauner said. ‘This is another example that […]

Tourism on the rise across state

“Gov. Bruce Rauner kicked off National Travel & Tourism Week on Monday and released domestic Illinois tourism figures that showed growth in visitor spending in 2016. ‘Illinois welcomed 110 million visitors from around the country in 2016 and last year, tourism revenue grew 3 percent across the state,’ Rauner said. Rauner and the Illinois Office […]

Voice of the Reader: I stand with Rauner

“To the Editor: Small businesses are the engine of Illinois’ economy. Collectively, small businesses are the state’s largest employer and offer a chance at the American dream for employers and employees alike. You’d think that Springfield politicians would be encouraging small business growth, not inhibiting it. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what politicians like Mike Madigan and […]

Our View: Illinois has a success story and that’s the tourism industry

“Visitors to Illinois invested $35 billion in the state’s economy in 2016. In the past two years, Illinois has created 20,000 tourism-related jobs, according to a news release from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office. Every $1 invested in tourism in Illinois generates $9 in economic impact. ‘This is another example that in areas where we can […]

Gov. Bruce Rauner Host Facebook Live for Questions from Viewers

  “Governor Bruce Rauner and his wife, Diana, hosted a Facebook live Tuesday evening.The live stream lasted about 30 minutes, and the Rauner’s took questions from Illinois residents commenting on the video. There was also a group in the room with the Governor and First Lady who asked questions in person. The topics ranged from […]

Gov. Rauner to John Cullerton: Don’t buckle under Madigan’s pressure. Let’s make a deal for taxpayers

“Everyone seems to have a powerful lobbyist in Springfield but you, the taxpayers. That’s why you elected me. I’m here to fight for you and stop career Chicago politicians from squeezing you dry. For the last two years, the career Chicago politicians who run the General Assembly have been focused on one thing: Raising your […]

Gov. Rauner: Property tax freeze ‘holding up’ budget deal

  “Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner took to Facebook Tuesday to say the Illinois Senate has agreed to number of pieces to a potential state budget. But, Rauner said, there is one thing missing. ‘We’ve got pension reform done through the Senate. We’ve got procurement reform done through the Senate. We’ve gotten some other things that […]

Senate Dems approve $5.4B tax increase; budget fight continues

  “Opting to stop waiting for Republican support, Illinois Senate Democrats Tuesday moved ahead with a tax-hike-and-spending plan aimed at finally trying to end a stalemate that has left the state without a permanent budget for nearly two years… The Democrats’ plan calls for about $5.4 billion in higher taxes, including raising the personal income […]

Session ends without budget deal

“Spring session ended with another thud Wednesday, as Democratic fear of blowback from raising taxes trumped a desire by some to put a spending plan on Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk. The end result is that for the second year in a row, partisan dysfunction at the Capitol sent lawmakers into a summer overtime session, […]

Biz groups blast lawmakers as budget clock runs out

“As state lawmakers prepare to run up the white flag on enacting a new Illinois budget by tonight’s deadline, major business groups are ripping the Democratic-dominated General Assembly for what it has done. In the past two days, measures to establish a $15-an-hour statewide minimum wage, mandate five days of paid sick leave a year […]

Rauner pushes for property tax freeze as time winds down in Springfield

  “…’We’ve got to bring down our property tax burden,’ Rauner said, standing in the home’s back yard. ‘We cannot have the General Assembly pass a massive tax hike on income and sales and not provide property tax relief that is true and lasting.’” Read more ► http://trib.in/2qngmZE

Clinton nuclear plant back at full power

“CLINTON — The Clinton nuclear plant has returned to service after a refueling and maintenance outage that lasted about 29 days. Exelon Generation Co. crews returned the 30-year-old plant to full power Monday, completing a scheduled outage that began May 8, said Exelon spokesman Brett Nauman. More than 1,500 additional workers joined the plant’s nearly […]

Rauner blames Democrats for property tax rates, slow economic growth

“Speaking within walking distance of the state border with Indiana, Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday bemoaned property tax rates in Illinois as a prime hindrance to economic growth in the state and accused Democratic leaders in the General Assembly of being “happy to hurt” who they need for political gain. ‘We’re not competitive, and as […]

The tax divide

“Chicago has long been a city divided by race and class, a metropolis with starkly different crime rates, economic realities and educational opportunities depending on where you live. But there’s another division in Chicago and Cook County, one that for years has gone unexamined even as it pits rich against poor. An unprecedented analysis by […]

Moline visit promotes Rauner’s proposed property tax freeze

“MOLINE — The sidewalk that leads from the deck to the pool behind a little brick house with green trim served as the stage for Gov. Bruce Rauner to discuss his plan to freeze property taxes. ‘We’re going to talk to your family about getting their property tax down,’ Gov. Rauner told Harrison Anderson, 11, […]

Amazon unveils Romeoville facility, may hire 8,000 workers by next year

“Gov. Bruce Rauner, Romeoville Mayor John Noak and others who helped lure Amazon to Illinois, gathered Thursday to get a look inside the e-commerce giant’s new fulfillment center in Romeoville. The Romeoville facility is one of nine that will employ more than 8,000 workers in Illinois by next year. Two also are operating in Joliet, […]

Gov. Rauner signs bail relief legislation in Chicago

CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to reduce county jail crowding by granting bail relief to non-violent offenders. The Republican governor signed the measure Friday in Chicago. Legislative sponsors joined him. They were Chicago Democratic state Sen. Donne Trotter, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs and Chicago Democratic state Rep. […]

Chicago homeowners can expect 10 percent hike in property-tax bills

“For the second year in a row, the property-tax man is about to dig deeper into Chicagoans wallets. On average, Chicago homeowners can expect a 10 percent increase — about $360 — when the second installment of their property tax bills arrive later this month, according to a new report from Cook County Clerk David […]

Cook County residents’ property taxes going up, especially in Chicago

“A big property tax increase is coming to Cook County. And those bills will start showing up in your mailboxes soon. While homeowners in the Cook County suburbs will see an increase, it is not as high as the hike in Chicago. But, city taxpayers should have seen this coming. The property tax increase passed […]

The Illinois Executive Mansion Gets a Makeover

“A leaky roof, rotting walls and crumbling stairs. Not exactly the scenes that come to mind when you think ‘mansion,’ let alone one known as the ‘executive mansion.’ But that’s the condition Bruce Rauner found it in when he became governor, back in January 2015. ‘It’s livable,’ Rauner called it, adding ‘that’s a subjective term.’ […]

Gov. Rauner calls for 10-day special legislative session

“Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday called lawmakers back to Springfield for a 10-day special session beginning next week, to try to put an end to the historic budget impasse. Rauner made the announcement in a Facebook video in which he also pushed for a Republican-backed ‘compromise’ budget plan. The clock is ticking toward the end […]

Rauner calls for unity ahead of special session

“As Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield with a goal of ending a two-year budget stalemate, Gov. Bruce Rauner Tuesday issued a call for unity. In a brief speech delivered in the House chamber of the Old State Capitol that was closed to the public and news media — but was broadcast on Rauner’s Facebook page […]