Jim Edgar


On the state's 113th day without a budget, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner sloughed off critical comments Thursday made by his a pair of his predecessors.

Former Gov. Jim Edgar's still a popular figure within the Illinois GOP, which is why the harsh nature of his recent remarks garnered a lot of attention. Edgar scolded Rauner for putting his pro-business agenda ahead of the budget.

Then another Republican Governor from the past - James Thompson -- also said that Illinois is in the worst position it's ever been.

"Fire Madigan" Campaign: Hit or Miss?

Oct 29, 2012
University of Illinois

The Illinois Republican Party has been trying to tie Democratic candidates to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. But at least one former party leader isn't optimistic about that strategy. Former governor Jim Edgar says the "fire Madigan" campaign is a gimmick.

Winnebago Village Trustee Kris Kieper has been named to the first class of Edgar Fellows to address issues facing the future of Illinois.

Kieper is CEO of the Rockford YWCA and writes a blog for the Rockford Register Star.