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Is the governor preparing to push vouchers?

Though he’s always had an interest in education, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has been less active with regard to public schools than he has...

Opponent of academic freedom named to higher ed board

Governor Bruce Rauner is stepping up his assault on Illinois’ public colleges and universities by appointing to the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) a...

RAUNER REPORT: You call that “tragic?”

The words intelligent people choose to use in public are revealing. This is especially true of politicians, whose word choices are designed to convey...

RAUNER REPORT: Some elections can’t be bought

According to Winston Churchill, “There is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at with no result.” If that’s true, State Sen. Sam McCann (R-Plainview)...

Budget address another attack on families

Despite his highly touted proposal to increase education spending, the budget Governor Bruce Rauner talked about on Wednesday is another attack on Illinois working...

Governor gives Illinois “the business”

Candidate Bruce Rauner told virtually every audience he addressed in his successful 2014 campaign for governor, “I want to make Illinois government the most...

Grab your boots – It’s State of the State time

It might seem unfair to call bull before Governor Bruce Rauner gives his second State of the State speech, but the former and future...

Rauner takes pensions hostage in his war on working families

We Are One Illinois, the coalition of unions representing public service workers and retirees, issued this statement in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner's Jan....

Freshman year failure for Gov. Rauner

One of the worst cases of “buyers remorse” in Illinois history began one year ago this week. To mark the one-year anniversary of Bruce Rauner’s...

Rauner agenda criticized at town hall meeting

At a "town hall" meeting in Springfield on Wednesday, members of various unions spoke  of the ways Gov. Bruce Rauner's "Turnaround Agenda" would damage...

Rauner hopes to leverage state aid to eliminate union rights

“Desperate times call for desperate measures.” From Day 1, that platitude has been the subtext of the Rauner administration, which has worked tirelessly to create and maintain...

“Teachers are the voice of the students and IEA is the teachers’ voice”

Governor Rauner's vision for Illinois includes the elimination of public employee unions, especially education employee unions. "The critical issue is to separate the union from the...

Poll: Rauner’s popularity dropping

If you own a TV set, and maybe even if you don't, you've seen Governor Rauner's advertisement on which he's spent more than $1...

Rauner Report: Gov needs to hear how unions improve lives

It is a shame the governor wasn’t present when Jean Rogers testified at an Illinois Senate committee hearing last week. Gov. Rauner has made it...

Rauner Report: Education czar gets $ Gov didn’t want to spend on needy

Among the first hires for newly-elected Gov. Bruce Rauner was Beth Purvis who, apparently by virtue of her status as a former charter school...

Rauner Report: Bill proposed could reduce funding, bargaining rights

Gov. Bruce Rauner's campaign to eliminate the public school employees ability to advocate for students and schools took a serious turn with Friday's introduction of...

Who are you calling a “special interest”?

In private business, Bruce Rauner was used to having "yes men" (and women) do his bidding. So, it must have been a disappointment Thursday...

“Right to work” vote coming Thursday

While everyone believes Illinois can and should do better, Governor Bruce Rauner is learning that local leaders aren't willing to throw their own community’s...

President Klickna: End Rauner’s charade by voting down “right to work”

Statement by Cinda Klickna, President of the Illinois Education Association regarding the announcement that the Illinois House will vote on Gov. Rauner's "right to...

Madigan schedules vote on Rauner’s “right to work” plan

UPDATE: Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan announced today that he's scheduled a House vote on Gov. Rauner's anti-middle class "right to work" proposal for...