Gov. Bruce Rauner campaigned on a promise to shake up Springfield. He started that process on Tuesday, his first full day in office, by seeking to rescind numerous appointments and hires by his predecessor and setting new ethics rules for employees of executive branch departments and agencies under his command.
The inaugural line snaked from the door of city hall around to a corner more than 500 yards away. This was not the city hall in Washington, D.C., nor one in any other American city. It was the Hotel de Ville in Paris, headquarters of the mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, and the hundreds of bureaucrats charged with administering the capital of France.