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.
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.
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.”