Back in 2014, when Crain's endorsed Bruce Rauner in the primary and general elections, we saw him as a pragmatic businessman who would bring long-overdue solutions to a state government in serious need of reform.
We agreed that a shake-up was most definitely in order, and we agreed with many of the ideas Rauner championed, including workers' compensation reforms, fairer taxes, a sensible solution to the state's pension crisis, less red tape, increased spending on education and reinvigorating the state's economic development agency.
At the time, we were skeptical that the governor could accomplish much with a Democratic-controlled Legislature. But Rauner assured us that he'd dedicate himself to persuading his opponents—and he promised he would wield his executive powers to work around House Speaker Michael Madigan if he had to.
Categories: State Issues
Tags: 2016 Elections
The Illinois General Assembly is expected to return Wednesday to Springfield, where it’s anticipated that a six-month stopgap budget will be discussed and voted on.
If approved, it would be the first fiscal blueprint for the state in nearly a year. Illinois has operated without a budget for the fiscal year that started July 1, 2015 – a year that ends Thursday.
State Sens. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, D-Shorewood, Pat McGuire, D-Joliet and Sue Rezin, R-Morris, along with state Rep. Mark Batinick, R-Plainfield, all confirmed Friday that they have been called to Springfield for a vote.
Tags: Budget, General Assembly, Bruce Rauner
Will County officials took a look at a rendering and potential floor plan for its new sheriff's department complex, but still need to zero in on its total cost.
Construction on the 85,000 square foot building, which will house the sheriff's department, a new consolidated 911 dispatch center and offices of the Emergency Telephone System Board,(ETSB) which administers the county-wide 911 system, is scheduled to begin later this summer or early fall, once the board finalizes the facility's design and cost.
Following a presentation by the architectural firm, DLR Group, at Tuesday's capital improvements committee meeting, officials said they need to take a hard look at the breakdown of costs for each entity.
Categories: Local Issues
Gov. Bruce Rauner has stopped biting his tongue on what he really thinks about Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago. Of course, Emanuel isn't known for civility, either.
Categories: Local Issues, State Issues
With the presidential election nearly five months away, Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots is already trying to address potential problems, such as long lines at polling places.
She has encouraged more residents to take advantage of early voting, including recently mailing vote-by-mail forms with new voter registration cards. She also plans to buy more electronic poll books to aid with voter registration on Election Day.
Since the village of Bolingbrook — one of the busiest sites — stopped offering early voting in the March primary season because its staff couldn't handle the volume, Voots has searched for another site in that town.
Bolingbrook Village Clerk Carol Penning sent a letter to Voots in December saying Bolingbrook had lines outside and around the village hall, with people waiting their turn to vote in the last presidential election, and she has a "limited staff."
Tags: Bolingbrook, Voting Laws, 2016 Elections, Voter Suppression
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