5:00 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Rauner May Bring More Than Just Dogs, Van To Springfield

Gov. Bruce Rauner poses for a picture with his dogs and his van after moving into the executive mansion on January 24, 2015.
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If Illinois had political gravity, it could be said that all things orbit around Chicago. Gov. Bruce Rauner and his wife Diana vow to change all that by living in the mansion and running state government from Springfield.

  Some might find it surprising that a governor would need to make such a statement. The historic mansion, 150 years old and just a few blocks from the statehouse, is considered the official residence of the governor, but not all have made it their home.

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11:05 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Illinois Governor's Race May Turn Blue State Red

WUIS Statehouse Bureau Chief joined the Takeaway's John Hockenberry to discuss the close Illinois Gubernatorial election.
Across the nation, voters in 36 states will cast their ballots in gubernatorial elections this November, and the race for the governor of Illinois is turning out to be one of the most competitive in the nation. Republican businessman Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire who earned his fortune in private equity firms, is challenging Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn.
Election 2014
5:15 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Poll: It's Anyone's Governor's Race

Seven candidates filed for governor earlier this week: four Republicans (Treasurer Dan Rutherford, whose lieutenant governor pick, Steve Kim, is pictured on the far left; Sen. Kirk Dillard, R-HInsdale, who is on the top right; Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, on the bottom right; and Bruce Rauner) and two Democrats, Gov. Pat Quinn and Tio Hardiman, of Chicago.
Credit Amanda Vinicky

Gov. Pat Quinn has been surpassed as the nation's least-liked governor, according to a new poll by Public Policy Polling. Pennsylvania's Pennsylvania's Republican Gov., Tom Corbett, can now claim that title. But the new poll shows Quinn could still have a hard time holding on to his seat.

It was about this time last year, that numbers from Public Policy Polling showed Democrat Pat Quinn as the most unpopular governor in the country.

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State Week
3:39 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Listen To State Week - November 15, 2013

More on Paul Vallas, the other gubernatorial candidates, a possible legislative session in December, and same sex marriages

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Wed October 1, 2003

Editor's Notebook: More power to the states. But do governors and lawmakers really want it?

Peggy Boyer Long
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Governors may have reason to remember the old adage on being careful about wishes.

The move to shift responsibility for social welfare programs from the federal government to the states has definitely picked up steam under President George W. Bush. 

Proponents of devolution, so called, promote it as a way to give the states flexibility to reinvent social policy, to tailor it to local needs. And that’s something state officials have devoutly wished for. 

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