Gov. Bruce Rauner

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Rodger Heaton, Illinois Director of Public Safety since January 2015,  will become chief of staff for Gov. Bruce Rauner, effective Monday.

Heaton succeeds Kristina Rasmussen, the former CEO of the conservative-leaning Illinois Policy Institute, who has headed the governor’s staff since July 2017.

Rauner made the announcement Friday.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is talking about building a movement to improve the state’s political and economic climate.

But he still wouldn’t say whether he will run for re-election.

Several Republican lawmakers say Rauner lost their support after the governor signed a bill last week that allows state money to help pay for abortions.

One said a primary challenger is inevitable, though nobody has yet stepped forward.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed the controversial House Bill 40, which allows the use of taxpayer funds to pay for abortions. He announced his intention at a news conference Thursday in Chicago and signed the bill later that day.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a mobile phone consumer protection bill. 

The Geolocation Privacy Protection Act would require explicit consent from mobile phone users when companies want to use their geographical data gathered from mobile apps. Only then could companies collect, use, and sell this information.

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Seattle-based online retailer Amazon has announced it is building a second headquarters for 50,000 employees. Cities all over the country -- including Chicago -- are bidding for the chance to get the headquarters.

Rauner says he’s involved in the Chicago bid, but also in the Saint Louis effort.

“Chicago is clearly the more important,” Rauner said, “but we've got to make sure that we’re positioned to benefit Illinois if St. Louis ends up being very competitive.”

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