Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner

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The Illinois General Assembly’s new ethics watchdog can now begin investigating a backlog of 27 cases.
They’ve been piling up for nearly three years while the office has been vacant.

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a law yesterday that removes an expiration date on some of the complaints. Rauner wasn't satisfied with all of the bill's content.

“House Bill 137 is very flawed," he said.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said athletes who protest during the National Anthem are insulting the country.

The governor's most recent financial disclosure shows he’s a part-owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bulls. During Monday's Bears game against the Steelers, most of Pittsburgh stayed off the field during the National Anthem.

Rauner said athletes who protest during the anthem are insulting the country and veterans.

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A measure that would allow taxpayer funding for abortions was sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk today, and supporters want him to declare his support publicly before taking any further steps. 

In Rockford to visit a charter school Monday, Rauner again declined to reveal his specific position on the bill.

“There are passionate voices,” he said, “and I respect, frankly, both sides of the arguments. I am personally pro-choice, but I respect the moral arguments and the debate on the other side, and I am listening and we will make a decision in the near future."

Gov. Rauner Remains Silent On State Abortion Bill

Sep 20, 2017
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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he will comment on an abortion bill once it reaches his desk.

House Bill 40 is designed to strengthen the state’s abortion law. Appearing on The 21st, Rauner only said, "That bill hasn’t been sent to my desk. They’re playing political games with it. I don’t really have any comment on it. We’ll talk about it at the appropriate time."

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a law overhauling the state’s EDGE tax credit program. He says it’s now being extended to 2022, in hopes of attracting more businesses and creating more jobs.   

"It allows a company that hires a person, that employee's income tax they pay to the state, the state turns around and gives an income tax credit to the company itself," he said.

State Sen. Melinda Bush sponsored the legislation and says it now includes incentives for companies to expand or move to underserved areas of Illinois.