Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner News

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.

Despite outflow of high earners, Dem gov. candidates push progressive tax

By Benjamin Yount, Illinois News Network | Nov 13, 2017

With an entire year until the 2018 election for Illinois governor, instituting a progressive tax is already emerging as a battleground topic in the race.

Appeals court: State must give union workers their pay raises while negotiating new contract

By Scott Holland | Nov 7, 2017

The Fifth District Appellate Court dealt Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner a setback Nov. 6 by ruling in favor of union employees on the question of stepped salary increases, saying whether or not there is a collective bargaining agreement in place, the union workers are owed the regular pay raises, which the state hasn't paid since a contract expired in 2015.

SCOTUS to take up Illinois case challenging power of unions to collect fees from non-union state workers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 29, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court will again wade into the question of whether public sector worker unions can force government employees who don’t wish to join their union to still pay fees, ostensibly for collective bargaining representation.

Rauner's statement on signing abortion funding bill

By The Madison County Record | Sep 28, 2017

I understand abortion is a very emotional issue with passionate opinions on both sides. I sincerely respect those who believe abortion is morally wrong. They are good people motivated by principle.

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