Gov. Bruce Rauner

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Quad Cities mayors, and the directors of the Iowa and Illinois Departments of Transportation turned over ceremonial dirt Monday at Leach Park in Bettendorf, Iowa, to

break ground for the I-74 bridge, a $400 million project which aims to replace the current twin bridges, widen the road to two lanes, and include a pedestrian and bike path. 

Gov. Rauner took a break from budget negotiations in Springfield to attend the ceremony.

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The Illinois Legislature wrapped up its third day of a special session. Gov. Bruce Rauner called the meeting to force a budget deal before July 1, when the state crosses into its second year without a full spending plan.

A northwest Illinois state senator said the special session so far has been an exercise in frustration.

Tim Bivins, R-Dixon, likened the session to a classic sitcom.  


Judges will be encouraged to prescribe longer sentences for repeat gun offenders under a plan signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner.


The idea is to help curb street violence in Chicago. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson attended the bill signing Friday at the Capitol with the Republican governor.  

The law also introduces a diversion program for non-violent first-time offenders and creates a State Police-led violent crime intelligence task force.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has called state legislators back to Springfield this week to begin 10 special sessions through the end of June.


He says he wants a budget deal, but he also is spending money attacking Democrats. The attacks have come in at least three forms: online ads, direct mail, and TV commercials.

Central Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis was not hurt during the shooting of five people at a practice for the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity in Alexandria, Virginia.

Davis plays catcher on the Republican team and was interviewed on CNN still in his baseball t-shirt, with blood on his elbow and hand. The wounded GOP baseball players are in good condition.