Bruce Rauner

Illinois Politics
11:32 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Rauner, Illinois' 42nd Governor, Promises 'Business As Usual Is Over'

Bruce and Diane Rauner.
Credit File photo

It's party time today in Springfield, Ill., when Republican businessman Bruce Rauner is sworn in as the 42nd governor of Illinois, ending 12 years of Democratic gubernatorial control.

Rauner, who has never held elective office before, handily defeated Gov. Pat Quinn in the election in November.

Today's inaugural address is Rauner's first major opportunity to set forth his agenda. He will also have a budget address in mid-February and a state of the state address later that should offer more details.

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Pre-Inauguration Tour
5:01 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner Says Illinois' Finances Are Even Worse Than He Thought

Illinois Gov.-Elect Bruce Rauner shakes the hand of a diner at Red Apple Family Restaurant in Maryville, Ill.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

With the countdown to inauguration day down to two, Illinois Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner stepped into Red Apple Family Restaurant in the Metro East Saturday with a Carhartt jacket on his back and a smile on his face.

The discerning eye could note a silver Illinois-shaped pin stuck to the lapel of the tan work coat.

The crowded red-roofed eatery in the village of Maryville was the Republican’s first stop Saturday—the second day of his pre-inauguration tour.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:57 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Public Radio Reporters Review Tuesday's Election

St. Louis County Executive-elect Steve Stenger talks to St. Louis Public Radio reporters Wednesday during a recording of the 'Politically Speaking' podcast.
Credit Chris McDaniel / St. Louis Public Radio

Wednesday on “St. Louis on the Air,” we gathered our political reporters to recap Tuesday’s election. The consensus: Republicans ruled the night.

“It was a Republican bloodbath, nationally and regionally,” said Jo Mannies, St. Louis Public Radio political reporter. “But it also shows that St. Louis County is definitely Democratic turf because the only two Democratic candidates — big names — who remained standing were Steve Stenger and Jill Schupp.”

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Politics & Issues
10:07 am
Mon March 17, 2014

In Illinois, A Governor's Luck Gets Tested Again

Gov. Pat Quinn delivers the State of the State Address to a joint session of the General Assembly at the Illinois State Capitol on Jan. 29.
Seth Perlman AP

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 9:06 am

The numbers look bad for Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn.

Illinois has remained in lousy shape throughout Quinn's five years in office.

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Illinois Politics
5:20 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

One Illinois Gubernatorial Candidate Made More Than $53 Million In 2012

Bruce Rauner's 2012 tax returns show he made more than $53 million in 2012, most of it from interest and capital gains.
Brian Mackey/WUIS

Reporting from WUIS' Brian Mackey

One of the Republicans running for Illinois governor had a very good year in 2012. Bruce Rauner released his tax returns Monday, and says he made more than $53 million.

Rauner's 2012 tax returns show he and his wife made almost all of their money on interest, capital gains, and real estate.

The line on his tax form for W-2s, where most people report "wages, salaries, (and) tips," shows $0.

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