State’s keys pass to Rauner
Republican businessman Bruce Rauner takes the oath Monday as governor, marking the end of 12 years of total Democratic control of state government.

LIVE BLOG: Bruce Rauner inaugurated as Illinois’ 42nd governor
Chicago Sun-Times – (Jan. 12, 2015)

Rauner will have an Old State Capitol open house and the night will be capped by a concert by country star Toby Keith. Follow along here for live updates from Jon Seidel, Natasha Korecki, Tina Sfondeles and others covering the events in Springfield.

Today is Rauner’s day: 10 things to know
Chicago Daily Herald – Jan 12, 2015

Republican Bruce Rauner is set to be sworn in as Illinois governor at about 11 a.m. today. The inauguration of a new governor brings new faces to a Capitol often full of conflict. But first, today, there will be a party. Here’s what you need to know about the new governor’s and his first day.

Festivities begin for Bruce Rauner’s inauguration as Illinois governor
Northwest Herald – (Jan. 11, 2015)

Rauner told attendees at Sunday’s dinner – including numerous elected officials, former U.S. Transportation Secretary Samuel Skinner and Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago – that it was time to enjoy the festivities because there was a lot of work ahead.

Governor-Elect Rauner hosts inaugural dinner in Springfield
WLS-TV– (Jan. 11, 2015)

Bruce Rauner will be sworn into office as Illinois’ next governor on Monday in Springfield and Sunday night the governor-elect hosted a lavish $1,000-a-plate inaugural dinner. Among those in attendance was Chicago’s new archbishop Blase Cupich.

Celebrations Begin Ahead Of Rauner Inauguration
CBS Local– (Jan. 11, 2015)

CHICAGO (CBS) – Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner’s inauguration festivities kicked off Sunday night, with a Springfield dinner in his honor. “Let’s celebrate tonight,” Rauner told nearly 800 guests at the $1,000-a-plate dinner at the Illinois State Capitol rotunda.

Rauner: No conflict of interest in groups paying for inauguration
Chicago Sun-Times – (Jan. 12, 2015)

Rauner made the comments during a visit to an Uptown soup kitchen, where he and his wife, Diana, served a lunch of chicken and steamed vegetables to the needy. “Service. Giving back to the community, helping those in need and working for all the families …

See who donated to Rauner’s inaugural, transition
Crain’s Chicago Business– (Jan. 12, 2015)

As Bruce Rauner prepares to take the oath today as the 42nd Illinois governor, donors to the celebratory day include established supporters—and some that might want to become new friends. Among the 162 individuals and groups that raised …

New Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s Inauguration Raises Questions …
Huffington Post – ‎– (Jan. 12, 2015)

These groups say Rauner’s inauguration festival -with a total tab estimated to reach $10 million – is emblematic of a trend in other states. The costly celebrations, funded by private donors, skirt ethics laws and open conflicts of interest for elected officials, the …

Rauner appoints Meeks, others to state posts
Crain’s Chicago Business – (Jan. 12, 2015)

Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner named a Democrat, a former Republican legislator, campaign workers and ex-employees of an Indiana governor to top staff and cabinet positions.

Gov. Quinn exits as Rauner is sworn in
(WJBC AM 1230 Bloomington © 01/12/2015)

For the first time in 16 years, an Illinois governor is leaving office and not heading into prison. Pat Quinn wakes up this morning as governor, but he’ll go to bed tonight as a private citizen…

Quinn leaves mixed legacy after 6 years in office
(Bloomington Pantagraph © 01/11/2015)

After years on the fringes of power, Pat Quinn was in the right place when the bottom dropped out of Illinois state government. At a time when the citizens of the nation’s 5th largest state were grappling with the election of a favorite son president in Barack Obama and the subsequent downfall of Rod Blagojevich,

Pat Quinn looks back on 6 years as governor
(CLTV-Chicago © 01/09/2015)

Pat Quinn’s tenure as Illinois governor is drawing to a close. Republican challenger and governor elect, Bruce Rauner, will be sworn in Monday. But the outgoing Governor is weighing in on his six years in office, looking back at a bewildering set of challenges.

Quinn not attending Rauner inaugural; will be finishing work as governor
(Springfield State Journal Register © 01/09/2015)

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn will not be attending Monday’s inauguration ceremony for his successor, Republican Bruce Rauner.”Gov. Quinn was invited, but we are told (he) is not attending,” said Mike Schrimpf, spokesman for Rauner.