Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner News

Pritzker price tag: Candidate's spending promises require doubling state income tax

By Adam Schuster, Orphe Divounguy and Bryce Hill, Illinois Policy Institute | Oct 17, 2018

Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker has promised a number of new spending programs as well as closing Illinois’ current structural deficit. To finance these promises, Pritzker has proposed a progressive income tax hike.

Vote Rauner, lest Illinois gain speed in downward spiral

By The Madison County Record | Oct 10, 2018

For most of my 90 years of life, Illinois was like heaven on earth for raising my children. Moderate Illinois tax rates made it possible for us to live comfortably.

IDOT worker fired for attempting to hire fellow Democrat - a county board member - sues Rauner admin

By Record News | Oct 2, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Former Illinois Department of Transportation human resources manager Shelly Shevlin of Freeburg, who lost her job after an ethics investigation, seeks reinstatement in St. Clair County circuit court.

Rauner signs bill shedding light on school district administrative spending

By Mindy Ruckman, Illinois Policy Institute | Aug 21, 2018

The new law will bring more transparency to Illinois school districts’ administrative costs, which are among the highest in the nation.

ILLINOIS GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER: New law removes small business barrier

By Press release submisssion | Aug 11, 2018

A new law signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner does away with an archaic and burdensome obstacle to small business development throughout the state.

Post-Janus Landscape: Decision will impact union coffers, membership; more litigation on its way, say lawyers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 2, 2018

In the wake of the U.S Supreme Court’s landmark decision to declare unconstitutional forced union fees, the legal and political landscape will undoubtedly change. But precisely what will change, and how and when those changes will roll out, remains anybody’s guess.

A budget for lawmakers, not Illinoisans

By Ted Dabrowski, Wirepoints | Jun 1, 2018

Earlier this week, Wirepoints warned that the eerie silence in Springfield augured bad news for Illinoisans. Sadly, we were right.

No fight over the budget is bad for Illinoisans

By Ted Dabrowski, Wirepoints | May 30, 2018

Illinois media is widely reporting that no news on Illinois’ budget negotiations is good news – that a quiet battleground in the statehouse means all is well. Especially after a nasty near three year impasse between Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Mike Madigan.

Progressive tax increase proposal faces uphill battle; Meier says he's always been against 'money grab'

By John Sammon | Apr 20, 2018

Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker is pushing a progressive tax increase plan for wealthier wage earners in the state and as Republicans line up against it, observers predicted the billionaire businessman’s attempt will be a tough sell.

Rauner must think twice before signing dangerous 5G 'small cell' wireless bill

By The Madison County Record | Apr 10, 2018

The impact of Fifth Generation (5G) small cell wireless facility bills becoming law will mean: it does not matter who you are, how affluent you are, where you live, or who you know in "high places," a cell tower can soon be looming in your front yard.

We're not sorry to see 'Sorry Works!' go

By The Madison County Record | Apr 4, 2018

Last Friday, in a move designed to chip away at our bloated state budget by streamlining government operations and eliminating unnecessary expenditures, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed an executive order abolishing 19 government bodies that have been inactive for five years or more.

Governor abolishes boards and committees, includes medical apology program that never was

By John Breslin | Apr 4, 2018

An executive order abolishing various bodies and committees was signed Friday, a move made to streamline government and save costs, according to Gov. Bruce Rauner's office.

Poll: 4 of 5 voters think Illinois on wrong track

By Cole Lauterbach, Illinois News Network | Mar 9, 2018

A new poll shows Illinoisans are upset with just about all things political.

Gubernatorial candidates hurling insults instead of addressing 10 trends driving Illinois towards insolvency

By Ted Dabrowski, Wirepoints | Mar 2, 2018

With Illinois’ decline in full display for the nation to see, proposals for fiscal and spending reforms should dominate the campaign and political landscape. After all, virtually every budget and economic trend in Illinois is pointing towards insolvency sometime in the near future.

Ives: The other reason Madigan should resign - Kevin Quinn 's $750k pension

By The Madison County Record | Feb 27, 2018

Thanks to the courage of women like Denise Rotheimer and Aliana Hampton the sexual harassment culture perpetuated by the Illinois political ruling class is being exposed and we have the beginnings of a reckoning.

IRMA responds to Rauner's budget address

By The Madison County Record | Feb 14, 2018

The Illinois Retail Merchants Association is concerned about the continued cuts and devaluing of Medicaid providers as well as its impact on the populations they serve. Pharmacies serve on the front lines when it comes to treating Medicaid patients, especially in areas with few medical options.

Hold on to your wallets, Springfield back in session for 2018

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Jan 22, 2018

With statewide elections in November, the 2018 forecast calls for gridlock.

Judge who overturned Rauner 'fair share' executive order had worked as Madigan staffer in earlier days

By Ann Maher | Jan 4, 2018

Critics of policy decisions that prop up labor organizations at the expense of taxpayers have said it’s no mistake that some of the state's most consequential and political legal battles - contract negotiations, worker pay and union dues - have been filed in “union friendly” St. Clair County.

Kolker sides with state labor in vacating Rauner's nullification of 'fair share'

By Ann Maher | Jan 2, 2018

St. Clair County Associate Judge Chris Kolker has ruled that Gov. Bruce Rauner's executive order prohibiting the collection of union dues from non-union state workers violates collective bargaining agreements.

Taxpayer Federation of Illinois president: 'Legitimate concern' state's middle class could see tax increase from federal bill

By Dee Thompson | Dec 1, 2017

CHICAGO – The Democrat-controlled Illinois legislature passed a state income tax increase on all working Illinoisans in July and experts say it could hurt the middle class in addition to the impact on the middle class that's expected to occur if the tax bill currently in Congress passes.

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