Governor Rauner advocates bipartisan reforms amid budget gridlock

By Harvard Zhang Springfield — Republican Governor Bruce Rauner called on the Democrat-controlled legislature to put aside political disagreements to institute business-building reforms together with cost reductions and revenue increases during his budget address Wednesday for the next fiscal year. Addressing a joint session of the General Assembly, the governor stressed that his budget is about jobs, opportunities and economic […]

Governor agrees, but Cullerton responds: “Not my plan”

By Harvard Zhang An unusual state bipartisan move took a turn Thursday as Illinois Democratic Senate President John Cullerton said a pension proposal Republican Governor Bruce Rauner attributed to him and endorsed was not what they talked about and didn’t have his support. Sen. Cullerton declared that he and the governor still have “fundamental disagreement” over the role […]