Bruce Rauner http://wuis.org en Republican Attorney General Candidate: Pension Changes Unconstitutional http://wuis.org/post/republican-attorney-general-candidate-pension-changes-unconstitutional <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Republican candidate for Illinois Attorney General is criticizing incumbent Lisa Madigan for defending the state's pension overhaul law, which he thinks is unconstitutional.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A clause in the state's constitution says that once earned, pension benefits shall not be diminished.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:29:36 +0000 Hannah Meisel 29817 at http://wuis.org Republican Attorney General Candidate: Pension Changes Unconstitutional Listen to State Week - July 18, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-july-18-2014 <p></p><p>This week, GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner proposed more ways to fix the state's budget woes.&nbsp; Also, a state legislative commission has pushed back the investigation into Governor pat Quinn's controversial Neighborhood Recovery Initiative until October.</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:53:15 +0000 Bob Meyer 29570 at http://wuis.org Listen to State Week - July 18, 2014 Supreme Court Won't Take Up Term Limits http://wuis.org/post/supreme-court-wont-take-term-limits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>An effort to institute term limits in Illinois has hit a major road block. The state Supreme Court says it will not rush to hear the case.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Supreme Court's decision could be the end of Republican Bruce </span>Rauner's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> term limits initiative.</span></p><p>Limiting how long legislators can be in Illinois' General Assembly has been a staple of his campaign for governor.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:22:22 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 29509 at http://wuis.org Supreme Court Won't Take Up Term Limits Rauner Proposes Tax Changes http://wuis.org/post/rauner-proposes-tax-changes <p>Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner has presented a plan he says will help grow Illinois' economy and create jobs.</p><p>The Winnetka businessman spoke today at a family-owned manufacturing company in Schaumburg.&nbsp;</p><p>Rauner wants to eliminate the income tax increase Democrats approved in 2011, phasing the rate back to 3 percent from 5 percent. He also says he would freeze property taxes and impose a sales tax on services such as charter flights, travel agencies and sewer service. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:50:48 +0000 Associated Press 29483 at http://wuis.org Rauner Proposes Tax Changes Governor Campaigns Rip Each Other's Records http://wuis.org/post/governor-campaigns-rip-each-others-records <p></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:11:38 +0000 Associated Press 29281 at http://wuis.org Governor Campaigns Rip Each Other's Records Republican Bruce Rauner Defends His Personal Tax Bill http://wuis.org/post/republican-bruce-rauner-defends-his-personal-tax-bill <p>Bruce Rauner -- the Republican nominee for Illinois governor -- says he followed the letter of the law when filing his taxes.&nbsp; But he won't say whether it was fair.</p><p>Rauner, a businessman, has said his wealth puts him in the top .01%.<br />Even so, a Chicago Tribune analysis showed that in several recent years, he paid no Social Security or Medicare taxes.<br />Rauner has released limited parts of his tax returns.</p><p>It's believed he took advantage of I-R-S rules to legally cut his tax burden.<br />Rauner defended that ...</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:20:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 29122 at http://wuis.org Republican Bruce Rauner Defends His Personal Tax Bill Voters In Bad Mood Shaping Gov's Race http://wuis.org/post/voters-bad-mood-shaping-govs-race <p>The people of Illinois are feeling particularly gloomy about their state, with its high unemployment, billions of dollars in debt and decades-long battles against corruption. &nbsp;</p><p>The bad mood surfaces in public-opinion polls that startle even the pollsters. And now it's shaping one of the nation's most competitive governor's races. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:08:53 +0000 Associated Press 28772 at http://wuis.org Voters In Bad Mood Shaping Gov's Race Democrats Hold Fundraising Edge http://wuis.org/post/democrats-hold-fundraising-edge <p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:44:56 +0000 Associated Press 28770 at http://wuis.org Democrats Hold Fundraising Edge Quinn Gets Teacher Union Nod http://wuis.org/post/quinn-gets-teacher-union-nod <p></p><p>Unions were upset with Governor Pat Quinn for his role in Illinois' pension overhaul.&nbsp; But that didn't stop the state's largest teachers' union from endorsing him. &nbsp;</p><p>The Illinois Education Association hasn't even had a year to get over the legislative equivalent of a knife-in-the-back.</p><p>Though the IEA endorsed Quinn in the 2010 governor's race, he both advocated for, and signed, the law that reduces public school teachers' pensions.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:01:33 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 28519 at http://wuis.org Quinn Gets Teacher Union Nod Rauner's Discarded Term Limit Initiative Mirrors Quinn's 1994 Effort http://wuis.org/post/rauners-discarded-term-limit-initiative-mirrors-quinns-1994-effort <p>Governor Pat Quinn and his Republican challenger, Bruce Rauner, disagree about plenty -- everything from gun rights and restrictions, to what Illinois' income tax should be. But with Friday's ruling by a Cook County judge knocking a term limits initiative off the ballot, the candidates have something in common.</p><p></p><p>Though there has been a lot of turnover in the General Assembly in recent years, some politicians have been serving in Springfield for decades.</p><p>Chief among them House Speaker Michael Madigan, who has been a state representative since 1971.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:27:04 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 28209 at http://wuis.org Rauner's Discarded Term Limit Initiative Mirrors Quinn's 1994 Effort Listen To State Week - June 27, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-june-27-2014 <p></p><p>Topics this week include gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner's latest statements on how to balance the state budget and the latest questions about why his daughter was accepted as a student at an elite Chicago high school.&nbsp; Also, Governor Pat Quinn facing criticism after a disastrous audit of his Chicago anti-violence program.</p><p></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:13:07 +0000 Bob Meyer 28180 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - June 27, 2014 Judge Nixes Term Limit, Remap Initiatives http://wuis.org/post/judge-nixes-term-limit-remap-initiatives <p>A Cook County judge has ruled that signature-driven ballot measures calling for legislative term limits and a new political redistricting process can't appear on the November ballot.<br />&nbsp;<br />Cook County Circuit Court Judge Mary Mikva says in a Friday ruling the measures don't meet constitutional requirements to make the ballot.<br />&nbsp;<br />The ruling is a setback for groups advocating the measures, including one led by Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner.&nbsp; He's made term limits<br />a cornerstone of his campaign to unseat Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:32:24 +0000 Associated Press 28171 at http://wuis.org Judge Nixes Term Limit, Remap Initiatives Rauner's Daughter School Admission Under Scrutiny http://wuis.org/post/rauners-daughter-school-admission-under-scrutiny <p>The issue of how Republican Bruce Rauner's daughter got into an elite Chicago public high school has resurfaced in the Illinois governor's race.</p><p><br />Rauner has maintained that he didn't use his money or influence to get a daughter into Walter Payton College Prep in 2008. Initially, she was rejected despite having top grades. Rauner has said his family appealed through a principals' discretionary process. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:16:30 +0000 Associated Press 28150 at http://wuis.org Rauner's Daughter School Admission Under Scrutiny Rauner Plans To Close Tax "Loopholes," Change EDGE Credits http://wuis.org/post/rauner-plans-close-tax-loopholes-change-edge-credits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner has unveiled what he says is phase three of his plans to "Restore Illinois." It's focused on how the state taxes businesses.</p><p>In a statement — he released the plan via social media, rather than at a live event — Rauner says he wants to close "special interest loopholes."</p><p>Like a tax break for buying a racehorse.</p><p>And, in a risky move as he seeks to win newspaper editorial boards' endorsements, he wants Illinois to begin taxing newsprint.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:12:57 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 28024 at http://wuis.org Rauner Plans To Close Tax "Loopholes," Change EDGE Credits Term Limit, Political Map Lawsuit Unfolds In Court http://wuis.org/post/term-limit-political-map-lawsuit-unfolds-court <p>The decision of whether two November ballot measures dealing with term limits and redistricting are constitutional is in the hands of a Cook<br />County judge.<br />&nbsp;<br />Oral arguments were Wednesday in a lawsuit attempting to keep both measures off<br />the ballot.<br />&nbsp;<br />Cook County Circuit Court Judge Mary Mikva says she'll issue a written decision by noon on June 27.<br />&nbsp;<br />Mikva has said she wants to expedite a ruling because it will affect the November election. Ballots are certified in August.<br />&nbsp; Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:16:49 +0000 Associated Press 27541 at http://wuis.org Term Limit, Political Map Lawsuit Unfolds In Court Listen To State Week - June 13, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-june-13-2014 <p></p><p>This week, gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner chimes in on how to fix the state's budget woes.&nbsp; Also, State Representative Derrick Smith loses his seat after his conviction on Federal corruption charges, and new developments in the case leveled against state Treasurer Dan Rutherford.</p><p></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:57:59 +0000 Bob Meyer 27220 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - June 13, 2014 Quinn Campaign Distances Itself From Supporter After KKK Reference http://wuis.org/post/quinn-campaign-distances-itself-supporter-after-kkk-reference <p>The Reverend Walter “Slim” Coleman was one of several clergy who endorsed Quinn at an event on the South Side this morning.&nbsp; Coleman talked up the importance of registering “unlikely voters” - people who feel isolated from the political process.</p><p>But then, with the Democratic governor silently at his side, Coleman warned against another kind of “unlikely voter.”</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:43:59 +0000 Alex Keefe 27131 at http://wuis.org Bruce Rauner Offers Savings Ideas; Quinn Labels It A "Prank" http://wuis.org/post/bruce-rauner-offers-savings-ideas-quinn-labels-it-prank <p>Republican Bruce Rauner is presenting a few ideas of how he’d run the state if he becomes Illinois governor.</p><p>Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn has liked to rib his Republican rival over not presenting a budget plan yet.&nbsp; Rauner today didn’t unveil a budget… But did address some specific areas he sees where the state could save money - or at least embrace some good government reforms.</p><p>"What’s crystal clear, crystal clear, is there is major, major savings to be had. This first list of 10 is a great step in the right direction," he said.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:25:36 +0000 Tony Arnold 27130 at http://wuis.org Bruce Rauner Offers Savings Ideas; Quinn Labels It A "Prank" Term Limits Push Has Enough Signatures, But Lawsuit Still Threatens http://wuis.org/post/term-limits-push-has-enough-signatures-lawsuit-still-threatens <p>Illinois officials say a citizens' initiative to put term limits on state legislators has gathered enough signatures to appear on the ballot. But there are other roadblocks before that can happen.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Collecting nearly twice the number of required signatures paid off for the Term Limits and Reform group.</p><p>Rupert Borgsmiller, director of the Illinois State Board of Elections, says a sample validated roughly 61 percent of those signatures. He says he expects to present those findings to the board for final approval on June 17.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 22:22:10 +0000 Brian Mackey 26466 at http://wuis.org Term Limits Push Has Enough Signatures, But Lawsuit Still Threatens Rauner Says He Won't Push To Repeal Same Sex Marriage Law http://wuis.org/post/rauner-says-he-wont-push-repeal-same-sex-marriage-law <p></p><p>Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says Illinois voters should have decided whether same-sex marriage should be legal in the state. But now that it's the law he won't advocate changing it. &nbsp;<br />Illinois' law allowing same-sex marriage took effect Sunday. Gay rights groups say Rauner has opposed efforts for the law and has previously vowed to work against them.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 22:16:42 +0000 Associated Press 26465 at http://wuis.org Rauner Says He Won't Push To Repeal Same Sex Marriage Law Unfinished Budget To Become Campaign Issue http://wuis.org/post/unfinished-budget-become-campaign-issue <p>With the Illinois General Assembly’s spring session over, lawmakers aren’t scheduled to return to the Capitol until November. Two months of fierce debate over state spending and taxes culminated in a stalemate, so they passed a placeholder budget that will likely have to be revisited at the end of the year.</p><p>What they did — and more importantly, what they didn't do — will shape the political conversation heading into this fall’s general election.</p><p>This year began with Democrats outlining an ambitious, progressive agenda for Illinois.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 18:57:24 +0000 Brian Mackey 26431 at http://wuis.org Unfinished Budget To Become Campaign Issue Budget Fight Moves From Taxes To Spending — For Now http://wuis.org/post/budget-fight-moves-taxes-spending-now <p>Democrats in the Illinois House on Wednesday handed a significant defeat to Governor Pat Quinn. Fewer than half are willing to go along with his push to extend a higher income tax rate. That could mean significant cuts in state spending. Brian Mackey reports on how Democrats backed themselves into this corner, and where they go from here.</p><p>Quinn has for two months been asking lawmakers to make 2011’s temporary income tax hike permanent.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 06:46:31 +0000 Brian Mackey 25646 at http://wuis.org Budget Fight Moves From Taxes To Spending — For Now Rauner Wades Deeper Into Tax Debate, But Offers No Budget Plan http://wuis.org/post/rauner-wades-deeper-tax-debate-offers-no-budget-plan <p>Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner is wading deeper into the debate over whether Illinois ought to extend a higher income tax rate. He's still refusing to say how he would manage the state budget.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Rauner campaign says it's making <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_-1rWh218g">robo-calls</a> to voters in seven House districts. These are key Democrats in the budget debate — most have previously taken positions against the higher tax rate.</span></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 21:49:03 +0000 Brian Mackey 25555 at http://wuis.org Rauner Wades Deeper Into Tax Debate, But Offers No Budget Plan Rauner Blasts House Democrats On Budget Process http://wuis.org/post/rauner-blasts-house-democrats-budget-process <p></p><p>Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is criticizing House Democrats for adopting budget measures without an approved plan to pay for them. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 20:17:35 +0000 Associated Press 25455 at http://wuis.org Rauner Blasts House Democrats On Budget Process Democrats Ask Republicans: "Where's Your Budget Plan?" http://wuis.org/post/democrats-ask-republicans-wheres-your-budget-plan <p>Republicans are not happy with the budget pushed through the Illinois House Thursday by Democrats. But Democrats counter that Republicans aren't offering any proposals of their own.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">House Republicans denounced Democrats for passing an out-of-balance budget that relies on a tax increase.</span></p><p>Democrats, however, say Republicans only want to criticize, and haven't put forth a plan of their own.</p><p>Representative Jay Hoffman (D-Swansea) says he searched for the Republican budget everywhere. He even asked his dog.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 03:59:53 +0000 Hannah Meisel 25234 at http://wuis.org Democrats Ask Republicans: "Where's Your Budget Plan?" Nursing Home Lawsuit Dogs Rauner http://wuis.org/post/nursing-home-lawsuit-dogs-rauner <p>Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner has been able to self-fund much of his campaign. That's thanks to the fortune he made as a partner in a private equity firm. But some of his investments continue to haunt him politically.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawsuits attribute deaths at nursing homes to </span>Rauner's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> former investment company, </span>GTCR<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>They allege that cost-cutting at one of the company's subsidiaries led to patient neglect.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 11:31:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 24649 at http://wuis.org Nursing Home Lawsuit Dogs Rauner Quinn, Rauner On The Business Of The State Budget http://wuis.org/post/quinn-rauner-business-state-budget <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The two men dueling to be Illinois' next governor tried Thursday to win over business leaders with their plans for the state's finances. They both made appearances before a joint meeting of Illinois' retailers and manufacturers in Springfield.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Quinn got a standing ovation as he took the stage, but the response after that was lukewarm.</span></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 22:47:59 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 24645 at http://wuis.org Quinn, Rauner On The Business Of The State Budget Diana Rauner Distances Herself From Budget Requests http://wuis.org/post/diana-rauner-distances-herself-budget-requests <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is a Republican, but his wife says she is not. As Rauner's campaign continues to criticize Governor Quinn's stance on taxes, Rauner's wife has a stake in the cause.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Just after the March primary election, Illinois was introduced to Diana Rauner, Bruce Rauner's wife. She introduced herself as "a lifelong Democrat."</span></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 21:35:38 +0000 Hannah Meisel 24484 at http://wuis.org Diana Rauner Distances Herself From Budget Requests Still Waiting For Comprehensive Budget Plan From Rauner http://wuis.org/post/still-waiting-comprehensive-budget-plan-rauner <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The two men vying for governor disagree on a lot of issues, most notably what to do about Illinois' budget. Still, it's hard to compare the two, because one plan doesn't seem to exist.</span></p><p></p><p>It was nearly a month ago, at an event for Sangamon County Republicans that the party's nominee, Bruce Rauner, said "we'll be coming out with a comprehensive plan, that will be recommending about what we should change in our regulations and in our tax code and in our spending structure, in the, in … relatively near future."</p><p></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 11:01:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 24331 at http://wuis.org Still Waiting For Comprehensive Budget Plan From Rauner Listen To State Week - May 2, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-may-2-2014 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The panel discusses several investigations into Governor Pat Quinn's administration and allegations of corruption, also a couple ballot initiatives - one on term limits and another regarding redistricting.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 20:03:40 +0000 randy.eccles 24299 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - May 2, 2014