Viewer Feedback: 4/16

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April 16, 2015 - Viewer Feedback: 4/16

We share what you had say about our one-on-one with Gov. Bruce Rauner and the possibility of ending some state tax breaks in tonight's viewer feedback.

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Cullerton Reacts to Rauner’s Budget Deal Projections

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April 14, 2015 - Cullerton Reacts to Rauner's Budget Deal

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton reacts to Gov. Bruce Rauner's rosy projections for a budget deal. We have the details.

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Gov. Rauner Appoints 2 Trustees to University of Illinois

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Gov. Bruce Rauner nominates Ramon Cepeda and Jill Smart for openings on the University of Illinois’ Board of Trustees.

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Gov. Rauner's Budget Cuts

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February 19, 2015 - Gov. Rauner's Budget Cuts

Gov. Rauner's budget cuts funding to Medicaid and public transportation, and recommends changes to public worker pension plans. We take a look at what would be the likely impact on services and public worker pensions should Gov. Rauner's proposed budget become law. 

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Unpacking Gov. Rauner's Budget Address

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February 18, 2015 - Unpacking Gov. Rauner's Budget Address

Gov. Bruce Rauner reveals his fiscal plans for the state today. What spending cuts should Illinois residents anticipate and how does Rauner plan to dig the state out of a colossal hole of debt? Illinois Public Radio's Statehouse Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky breaks down Rauner's budget address.

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Pain to be Felt in Governor's Budget Proposal

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Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has been tight-lipped about its first budget proposal, as it grapples with a potential $6 billion hole for next year. But, sources familiar with the plan say the pain will be spread far and wide, with $1.5 billion in cuts expected in the state's Medicaid program, and $387 million to higher education, a 31 percent reduction.

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Who is the “Superstar” On Gov. Rauner’s Team?

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February 17, 2015 - "Superstar" Linda Lingle

When Gov. Bruce Rauner announced the hiring of former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle, he called the two-term Republican a "superstar governor" with a proven track record. We'll learn more about Lingle's time in office and her legacy in Hawaii from Chad Blair, political reporter for the Honolulu Civil Beat.

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State Budget Crisis

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February 10, 2015 - State Budget Crisis

While the talk today is about the governor's executive order on unions, a projected $2 billion budget deficit still goes unsolved. We have the latest details.

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IL Lawmakers on What's Ahead After Rauner's First State of the State

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February 5, 2015 - Lawmakers on Rauner's Address

As Gov. Bruce Rauner lays out his policy priorities in his first State of the State address, Illinois lawmakers analyze what he had to say -- and what we can expect from his budget address later this month.

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One-on-One with Gov. Bruce Rauner

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April 13, 2015 - One-on-One with Gov. Bruce Rauner

Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed big cuts to try and close a $6 billion budget gap, all the while traveling the state promoting a right-to-work agenda. We go one-on-one with the governor about his many controversial proposals in his first Chicago Tonight interview since the election.

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Illinois Lawmakers Talk Budget Priorities & Challenges Ahead

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February 23, 2015 - Illinois Lawmakers Talk Budget

Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders are trying to find ways to close a gap in the current year's budget and will soon start debating the governor's austere proposal for the coming fiscal year. We talk with lawmakers about what to expect.

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Viewer Feedback: 2/19

Budget & Jackie Robinson West Lawyer

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February 19, 2015 - Viewer Feedback: 2/19

We share what you had to say about Gov. Rauner's budget address, the Civic Federation's five-year budget roadmap, and our interview with Victor Henderson, the attorney representing the Jackie Robinson West Little League, in tonight's viewer feedback.

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Gov. Rauner Unveils His Budget

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Gov. Bruce Rauner releases his budget for the coming fiscal year. We'll analyze his priorities with fiscal experts, and discuss how likely he is to get the Democratically controlled General Assembly to see things his way.

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State of the Budget

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February 17, 2015 - State of the Budget

Gov. Bruce Rauner is preparing for his first budget address. We get a preview from Illinois Public Radio's Statehouse Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky.

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Budget-Cutting Guru

Donna Arduin Praised, Panned for Work on State Finances

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Gov. Bruce Rauner lauds Donna Arduin as “the best [budget person] in America,” justifying an eye-opening four-month contract that will pay her firm $120,000 to provide “consulting services” on this year and next year’s budget.

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Analyzing Rauner’s Executive Order Aimed at Unions

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February 10, 2015 - Analyzing Rauner's Executive Order

The governor issued an executive order absolving state workers who don't want to be union members from paying so-called "fair share" fees. Is this the first step toward Illinois becoming a so-called "right-to-work state?"

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State of the State Address

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February 4, 2015 - Web Extra: State of the State Address

Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered his first State of the State address.

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