Rauner Says His Agenda Will Make Illinois More CompetitiveGov. Bruce Rauner laid out a first-year agenda Wednesday he said will help Illinois better compete with its neighbors, largely by stripping power from labor unions, shrinking the size of government and making the state more attractive to companies looking to create jobs.
Rauner Set To Lay Out His Solutions For Illinois' ChallengesThe Republican's first State of the State address, scheduled for noon Wednesday before the General Assembly in Springfield, comes as some state agencies and programs already are running out of money this year and with Illinois facing an even greater budget gap next year.
Illinois Democrats Content To Wait For Rauner ProposalsHouse and Senate Democrats will seek to protect their own interests and constituencies in eventual negotiations with Rauner. While he speaks of the need for steep budget cuts, they'll likely seek to protect social services, state workers and Medicaid recipients.
Rauner Previews 1st-Year Priorities: Cut Taxes, MedicaidGov. Bruce Rauner said he will propose a number of reforms to turn the state around, and indicated they would involve making Illinois more attractive to businesses while slashing spending on everything from health insurance for the poor to public-worker pensions and the state's payroll.
Gov. Quinn Says He's Worked To 'Rebuild Illinois'Gov. Pat Quinn focused on ways to create jobs and trumpeted his accomplishments with election-year flair Wednesday in an annual speech that fell on the five-year anniversary of when lawmakers booted his predecessor, now imprisoned ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, from office.
Quinn’s State Of The State Address To Focus On Opportunity, EducationIllinois Governor Pat Quinn will give his State of the State address and this year it has a dual purpose, serving as the kick-off for the Governor's re-election campaign.
Governor Seeking Mandatory School Shooting DrillsGov. Pat Quinn has called for all of the state’s schools to hold annual drills to help students prepare for the possibility of a school shooting.
Quinn Calls For Higher Minimum Wage, Assault Weapons Ban, Pension ReformGovernor Pat Quinn has told Illinois lawmakers the state is at a critical juncture, and he's outlined an ambitious legislative wish list.
Quinn Focuses On Jobs In State Of The State AddressTax credits for companies that hire veterans and investment in early childhood education were among the visions Gov. Pat Quinn laid out in his State of the State Address Wednesday.
Small Business Owners Seek 'Big, Bold Changes' From StateA lobbying group for Illinois' small business owners says it's time for major reforms from state government to improve the state's deteriorating business climate.
Civic Federation: State Could End Up With $35M In Unpaid BillsAhead of Gov. Pat Quinn's state of the state address this Wednesday and his budget address next month, a tax watchdog group is sounding the alarm about Illinois' looming financial disaster.