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Illinois governor still won’t say Trump’s name in public, but they talked in private

Illinois governor still won’t say Trump’s name in public, but they talked in private

By Monique Garcia | Chicago Tribune

November 17, 2016


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Gov. Bruce Rauner still isn't uttering Donald Trump's name in public, but the governor did drop this nugget on Wednesday: He spoke to the president-elect for the first time late last week. The Republican governor told a group of business owners gathered in Springfield to discuss his stalled economic...

Illinois house speaker wants a new group to negotiate a budget

Illinois house speaker wants a new group to negotiate a budget

By Doug Finke | The State Journal-Register

November 16, 2016


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House Speaker Michael Madigan said Tuesday he wants to negotiate a spending plan for the last six months of the fiscal year that will focus just on the state budget and not incorporate parts of Gov. Bruce Rauner's turnaround agenda. Madigan's statement that he wants to appoint a new group to negotiate...

Illinois governor, house speaker to meet after days of post-election posturing

Illinois governor, house speaker to meet after days of post-election posturing

By Monique Garcia | Chicago Tribune

November 15, 2016


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A week after their respective political operations wrapped up tens of millions of dollars in ads vilifying the other guy, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan will be in the same room to resume discussions on Illinois' economic future. The Tuesday morning Capitol...

Aaron Schock, former Illinois congressman, indicted on 24 criminal counts

Aaron Schock, former Illinois congressman, indicted on 24 criminal counts

By Katherine Akiba | Chicago Tribune

November 10, 2016


Filed under More Headlines, State

CHICAGO — Former Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on 24 criminal counts including theft of government funds, fraud, making false statements and filing false tax returns. Schock, 35, a Republican from Peoria elected in 2008, resigned from the House last year...

What you need to know on Election Day in Illinois

What you need to know on Election Day in Illinois

By Chicago Tribune

November 8, 2016


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Here's (some) of what you need to know about Election Day in Illinois. — Polls are open statewide from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you're still in line at 7 p.m., you'll still be allowed to vote. — If you spot problems on Election Day (suspected improper or illegal activity), you can call the Illinois...

Illinois governor pours in nearly $46 million as part of bid to cut Speaker Madigan’s power

Illinois governor pours in nearly $46 million as part of bid to cut Speaker Madigan’s power

By Rick Pearson | Chicago Tribune

October 26, 2016


Filed under State

With little more than two weeks until Election Day, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's personal investment in eroding the ranks of legislative Democrats led by House Speaker Michael Madigan has grown to nearly $46 million, state campaign finance records show. The massive influx of cash represents the...

Video gambling has hot hand in Illinois

Video gambling has hot hand in Illinois

By Becky Yerak | Chicago Tribune

October 21, 2016


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The lounge at Bertrand Lanes bowling alley was the first Waukegan business to get a license to install video slot machines. Ask owner George Lawrence why he decided to offer gambling and he rubs his thumb and index finger together — the gesture for money. "It keeps the doors open," said the 78-year-old...

Illinois governor calls idea that he’s heartless ‘baloney’

Illinois governor calls idea that he’s heartless ‘baloney’

By Kim Geiger

October 21, 2016


Filed under More Headlines, State

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner fielded some friendly audience questions Monday at the College of DuPage, where he told business people he wants to cut red tape to make Illinois a destination for businesses. The governor also had to field a budget question. Ines Kutlesa, who runs Guardian Angel Community...

1,000 more people shot in Chicago compared with same time last year

1,000 more people shot in Chicago compared with same time last year

By Chicago Tribune staff

October 18, 2016


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CHICAGO — A thousand more people have been shot in Chicago this year compared with the same time last year after a weekend that saw eight people killed and at least 40 wounded, according to police and data compiled by the Tribune. At least 3,475 people had been shot in the city as of shortly after...

Illinois voters say protecting environment takes priority over economic growth

Illinois voters say protecting environment takes priority over economic growth

By Kevin Hoffman | Reboot Illinois

October 18, 2016


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More than half of Illinois voters believe human activity is to blame for global warming rather than natural climate cycles, according to a new poll. The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIU surveyed 1,000 registered voters between Sept. 27 and Oct. 2, and found 57 percent think Earth is warming...

Voters divided on how to fix Illinois budget deficit, poll finds

Voters divided on how to fix Illinois budget deficit, poll finds

By Kevin Hoffman | Reboot Illinois

October 14, 2016


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Much like Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democratic-controlled General Assembly, Illinois voters remain divided over how to fix the state's budget problems, according to a new Paul Simon Institute poll. The survey of 1,000 registered voters, conducted Sept. 27 through Oct. 2, found 44 percent...

Attack ad seeks to link Rauner with Trump’s comments on women, immigrants

Attack ad seeks to link Rauner with Trump’s comments on women, immigrants

By Kim Geiger | Chicago Tribune

October 11, 2016


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Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday sought to reiterate his support for immigrants and Americans of Hispanic origin against the backdrop of a tumultuous presidential campaign that has seen a series of anti-immigrant statements by GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. "America is the greatest...

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