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A Tale of Two Midwestern States and Their Wealthy Governors

John A. Tures | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Minnesota and Illinois share a common region, a similar economy, and even the same athletic conference (the Big 10). They both have billionaire governors. One launched a series of progressive policies, with great results for the business climate in the state, a stark contrast to the anti-working class agenda of the other.

How Many Millionaires Are There in Illinois?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 02.24.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

After Gov. Bruce Rauner's Feb. 18 budget address that called for steep cuts to spending in order to recover the state's financial stability, House Speak Michael Madigan revived talk of a "millionaire tax" in Illinois.

IL Governor Rauner Gets $750,000 Tax Break, Proposes Slashing Services to Middle Class and Poor

Robert Creamer | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Bruce Rauner may think that he is auditioning for a spot on the 2016 GOP ticket or a cabinet post in a Bush, Walker or Christie administration. In fact he could easily become the national symbol of the trickle down economic theory that has failed to produce benefits for everyday Americans.

Rauner's Illinois Pension Plan a Budget 'Booby Trap'?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.23.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Back in December, Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner said Democrats had concocted a "booby-trap budget" that would detonate just as he took office. He was right. But is Rauner setting another trap with a new pension reform plan he proposed last week? Rich Miller of Capitol Fax explains.

13 Million Illinois Citizens Named Bruce

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The billionaire Republican Governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, injected himself into ceremonies in Chicago last week presided over by the city's Democratic mayor and the nation's Democratic president.

6 Spending Cuts Proposed for Illinois by Gov. Bruce Rauner

Reboot Illinois | Posted 02.20.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered his first budget address to the General Assembly Feb . 18, outlining his plans for getting the state's finances back on track.

How Many Union Members Are in Illinois?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 02.20.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has made his criticism of public unions clear, signing an executive order to stop mandatory "fair share" fees and expressing support for local "right-to-work zones" throughout the state.

Watch: What Does Gov. Rauner's Budget Proposal Mean for Illinois?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.20.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner didn't just deliver his Budget Address on Wednesday. He detonated a bomb over state budgeting practices and philosophy that have guided Illinois government finances for at least 12 years.

Another Republican Governor Proposes Big Cuts In Higher Education

Chronicle Of Higher Education | Posted 02.19.2015 | College

The chopping-block tour of 2015 made its third stop, in Illinois, on Wednesday, where Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed cutting a $1.5-billion deficit by sla...

Reinventing America, The Forbes Summit in Chicago Part II

Sugar Rautbord | Posted 02.19.2015 | Business
Sugar Rautbord

These small, invitation-only congresses bring together Wealth, Politics, Business, and Government as well as Education and Disruptive Innovation and are a winning formula for stimulating growth, forging new partnerships, and in this case, the reinvention of industrial power.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner Suggests Widespread Spending Cuts in Budget Address

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.18.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner introduced his plan for the state's Fiscal Year 2016 budget during an address in front of the General Assembly Feb. 18. Rauner outlined a plan that his administration says would eliminate a $6.2-billion budget deficit.

Illinois Governor Unveils Bleak Budget Plan With Billions In Cuts

AP | SARA BURNETT AND KERRY LESTER | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois' new Republican governor called Wednesday for deep spending cuts to Medicaid, pensions and other programs to fix th...

Watch: How Will Rauner's Union Plans in Illinois Impact National Law?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.17.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The more important part of Rauner's action Monday was a motion he filed in federal court that is intended to elicit a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on Rauner's belief that forcing non-union employees to pay any fee to a public-sector union is a First Amendment violation.

In Order to Form a Less Perfect Union...

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

When Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) went out and gutted unions in Wisconsin, he knew that the state legislature had his back. The state government was pretty closely divided between parties, but Republicans had the majority, and so they could ramrod most any decisions down the gut of the state. Which as we now know is just what they did.

Poll: Gov. Bruce Rauner's Approval Rating Tumbles

David Ormsby | Posted 02.15.2015 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Polls may confirm the angst that some GOP lawmakers are feeling about the governor's full-throated attack on the unions, fearing that slippage of Rauner's approval rating could hit their own numbers, particularly those labor-friendly Republican legislators who may be forced to vote for anti-labor initiatives.

Is Bruce Rauner Sneaking a Tax Increase Past Illinois Voters?

John A. Tures | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

When Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner was elected in 2014, he ran on an anti-tax platform. But is he trying to sneak a tax increase past voters that he never called for in last year's campaign?

Rauner Criminal Justice Reform Plan Draws Praise, Advice

David Ormsby | Posted 02.11.2015 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Governor Bruce Rauner on Wednesday took his first step to reform Illinois' criminal justice system by proposing a new commission, a plan that drew bi-partisan praise, but not one without potential pitfalls.

Both Sides Dig In For Fight Over Illinois Governor's Anti-Union Push

AP | SARA BURNETT AND SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) -- A fight is brewing over Gov. Bruce Rauner's decision to end a requirement that Illinois state workers pay union dues even if they don'...

Gov. Bruce Rauner's Executive Order Stops Mandatory 'Fair Share' Illinois Public Employee Union Fees

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.10.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday declared that Illinois state employees who do not wish to belong to a union can no longer have "fair share" fees deducted from their paychecks. In doing so, he likely set in motion a legal proceeding that will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court and could have a major effect in labor law across the country.

Illinois Governor Takes Another Step To Weaken Unions

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) continued his campaign against labor unions on Monday, using executive authority to block public employee unions from c...

Gov. Bruce Rauner faced Democratic laughter during minimum wage increase proposal at Illinois State of the State speech

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.09.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

When Gov. Bruce Rauner suggested in his State of the State Address raising the minimum wage to $10 over seven years, Democrats in the audience laughed...

What Bruce Rauner Said During the State of the State Address and What It Really Means

Reboot Illinois | Posted 02.06.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Speaking in the Illinois House chamber to a joint session of a Legislature in which Democrats hold a veto-proof supermajority, Rauner reminded lawmakers pointedly that in electing their first Republican governor in 12 years, "voters made it clear they want bipartisan government."

Watch: Analysis of the Reactions to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's State of the State Address

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.06.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Business groups that have complained for years about high workers' compensation and liability insurance costs cheered. The traditional Democratic labor base jeered, as did trial attorneys, who also were singled out by Rauner in his speech.

Newest Wave of GOP Governors Should Support Prison Reform

Alexa Van Brunt | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics
Alexa Van Brunt

With a wave of new Republican governors taking office -- including Larry Hogan of Maryland, Greg Abbott of Texas, and Bruce Rauner of Illinois -- the question on the minds of every criminal justice advocate is this: which brand of Republican will they be?

Legislators and Media React to Gov. Bruce Rauner's State of the State Address

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.05.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

In his first State of the State Address, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner took aim at the forces he believes are responsible for the state's dysfunction: public-sector unions, trial lawyers, excessive regulation on business.