State earns perfect score 100/100; Tennessee second with 79/100 for a ‘C’

 SPRINGFIELD – Illinois has earned sole recognition for the strongest mental health parity laws and policies in the country, according to new state report cards released this week. 

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is receiving nearly $29 million in new federal funding to help the state fight the opioid crisis.

Cites importance of simple planning, lifesaving skills to ready for unexpected

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner today proclaimed September Preparedness Month in Illinois during closing ceremonies of the 2018 Illinois Emergency Management Agency Training Summit in Springfield, where the governor greeted a crowd of more than 600 first responders and emergency workers.

ISP canine officer died in 2017 construction zone accident

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner joined Illinois State Police (ISP) officers today to dedicate a portion of Interstate 74 in memory of a state trooper who was killed in a car crash in the line of duty.

Trooper Ryan Albin was traveling with his canine partner, Biko, on I-74 westbound near Farmer City on June 28, 2017, when his vehicle collided with a box truck as they entered a construction zone.  

Alternatives to Opioids Act of 2018 offers pain-management option

 CHICAGO — Gov. Bruce Rauner today signed the Alternatives to Opioids Act of 2018, adding those who might otherwise seek opioids for pain management to the list of those eligible for medical marijuana.


The following quote in today’s release should be attributed to former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, founder of The Kennedy Forum:

Hans Zigmund takes over Office of Management and Budget

SPRINGFIELD (Dec. 29, 2017) — Three state employees are assuming new roles in the Rauner Administration in the new year, the governor announced today.

SPRINGFIELD (Dec. 29, 2017) – Governor Bruce Rauner took action today on the following bills:

Bill No.: HB 0185

An Act Concerning Criminal Law

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately


Bill No.: HB 1424

An Act Concerning Public Aid

Action: Vetoed

Note: Veto message below.


Bill No.: SB 0521

An Act Concerning Finance

Gov. Rauner addresses environmental entrepreneurs, investors

CHICAGO (Dec. 6, 2017) — The Land of Lincoln is the Midwestern leader in the charge to add clean energy jobs.

Rauner attends roundtable at Big Prairie Farms in Carmi

CARMI (Dec. 14, 2017) — Gov. Bruce Rauner met today with farmers at a southern Illinois roundtable to learn more about efforts to thwart nutrient loss and advanced agriculture production and management, and to hear about the effects of policy decisions on agri-business.