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Rauner assures gathering that he will persist with ‘turnaround agenda’

Rauner assures gathering that he will persist with ‘turnaround agenda’

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner said Wednesday he understands the frustration of Illinois residents tired of living without a state budget. “It’s frustrating we don’t have a budget. … When I started this job, I was 6-8 and had a full head of hair. It’s hard,” he said with a laugh. “I’m not patient, but I

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Why Was Rauner Budget Proposal Greeted With Confusion?

Why Was Rauner Budget Proposal Greeted With Confusion?

The Illinois House is set to return to Springfield this week. Meanwhile, policymakers are still puzzling through last week’s budget proposal by Gov, Bruce Rauner, partly because his administration made a significant break with tradition in rolling it out. Click here to read more…

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Rauner provides budget address update

Rauner provides budget address update

One day after his annual budget address before a joint session of the Illinois legislature, Gov. Bruce Rauner provided an update to his speech. He pulled out a few points to emphasize in the short statement released on Feb. 15. Click to read more…

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Lawmakers, Organizations Respond To Rauner’s Budget Address

Lawmakers, Organizations Respond To Rauner’s Budget Address

Sen. Andy Manar sent the following statement in response to the budegt address Click here to read more…

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner encourages ‘grand bargain’ with stronger reforms

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner encourages ‘grand bargain’ with stronger reforms

Gov. Bruce Rauner used his annual budget address Feb. 15 to encourage state lawmakers to reach a “grand bargain” budget deal, but said reforms that would accompany proposed tax increases need to be significant before he would sign it. Click here to read more…

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Gov. Bruce Rauner will break silence on ‘grand bargain’

Gov. Bruce Rauner will break silence on ‘grand bargain’

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Here’s a way to stop Illinois’ fiscal shame spiral

Here’s a way to stop Illinois’ fiscal shame spiral

It is clear that the two major sources of revenue for the state of Illinois income and sales taxes—are not adequate to fund government services. The state has $130 billion in unfunded pension liabilities, $11 billion in unpaid bills and a deficit of more than $5 billion. And if nothing is done, these daunting liabilities

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Will Gov. Rauner Carpe Diem in this Wednesday’s Budget Speech by proposing real reforms …

Will Gov. Rauner Carpe Diem in this Wednesday’s Budget Speech by proposing real reforms …

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Illinois Surrounded by Right-To-Work States

Illinois Surrounded by Right-To-Work States

Illinois is now surrounded by states that have a key attraction for job creators across the nation. Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens signed a bill Monday morning lifting the requirement for workers to pay union dues, making Missouri the 28th right-to-work state. Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kentucky and now Missouri all have the same rules giving workers

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Reform or distraction: Chicago sports teams seek workers comp changes for athletes in budget deal

Reform or distraction: Chicago sports teams seek workers comp changes for athletes in budget deal

Chicago sports teams have rolled the dice and are hoping for a big win if Illinois lawmakers decide they won’t have to pay workers’ compensation wage loss benefits to professional athletes beyond age 35. In an all-or-nothing gamble, the Illinois Senate has put together a grand compromise of bills meant to end the gridlock between

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