Governor Bruce Rauner

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner discussed several state issues at a news conference in Rockford Friday.

The event began as a private roundtable with small business owners at the Field Fastener company. They aired various grievances regarding state policy and how it affects their companies.  Field Fastener President Jim Derry said many of his current customers are outside the area or the state, compared with when he began the business 27 years ago, and said reforms are needed.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has made his long-awaited announcement that he is seeking re-election. The first term Republican issued a video Monday morning that features him riding his motorcycle through Illinois. It focuses on the agenda he has pushed since taking office, including property tax relief.     

In the video, he talks about battles waged with the General Assembly, adding that that he has won some and lost some, but “chooses to fight.”

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is calling on Congress to come up with a comprehensive immigration program. 

Speaking on The 21st, Rauner said it is "almost impossible" for someone to come to the U.S. legally, but he commented that illegal immigration is easy "and that causes challenges especially for less skilled workers."

He added, "It can push up unemployment."

The governor said the immigration system is broken and not helping anyone—either individuals or businesses.

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Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza said it's likely she will have to skip another payment to the state’s public school districts as the result of a political fight between Democrats in the legislature and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Mendoza said schools are expecting another payment from the state on Sunday.

"Every single child across the state of Illinois is being attacked right now because of nonsensical politics at play from Governor Rauner," Mendoza said.

Schools are not receiving state money while elected officials debate how best to distribute state money.

  Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is urging Democrats to return to Springfield and pass a budget following a federal court ruling requiring the state to pay more toward Medicaid.


A federal judge ruled Wednesday in favor of some Medicaid service providers who say the state's gotten so late with its healthcare reimbursements that doctors may stop treating those low-income patients. She ordered the state to negotiate with lawyers for Medicaid service providers to try to find a way to speed up payments.