Rauner calls for unity ahead of special session
June 20, 2017

“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 signs bail relief legislation in Chicago
June 9, 2017

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. […]

Gov. Rauner calls for 10-day special legislative session
June 15, 2017

“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 tax divide
June 7, 2017

“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
June 7, 2017

“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, […]