SPRINGFIELD (Apr. 6, 2018) — Governor Bruce Rauner today signed legislation that makes it easier for teachers with out-of-state credentials to get licensed in Illinois. SB 863 is effective immediately.

“Our state needs to have ready access to qualified teachers,” Rauner said. “This law will help our schools meet shortages and fill other academic needs.”

CHICAGO (Apr. 9, 2018) – Governor Bruce Rauner today framed his legislative agenda for the upcoming session of the Illinois General Assembly around two key imperatives: a truly balanced, full-year FY19 budget. To start the process, Rauner asked House and Senate leaders to meet with him to agree on budget basics like certifying FY19 revenues and spending within the state’s means.

First Special Olympics was held July 20, 1968, at Soldier Field in Chicago

CARBONDALE (Apr. 6, 2018) — Gov. Bruce Rauner today joined athletes and volunteers for the Special Olympics Illinois 50th Anniversary Kickoff celebrations at the Touch of Nature Environmental Center in Carbondale.

Privately funded program to assist more than 9,800 students in learning about Illinois’ natural heritage

SPRINGFIELD (Apr. 5, 2018) — Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today announced $107,000 in Biodiversity Field Trip Grants that make it possible for 9,800 students from 35 counties to visit areas of the state where they can learn about nature and conservation this summer.


SPRINGFIELD (Apr. 5, 2018) - The Illinois State Police (ISP) is teaming up with the Save a Star Drug Awareness Foundation to help decrease prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse.

Governor Bruce Rauner announced today that five ISP District headquarters across the state will house receptacles for people to drop off their unused and unwanted prescription medications.

SPRINGFIELD (Mar. 14, 2018) —Gov. Bruce Rauner today announced he has appointed Susan Haling as Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor. Haling has more than six years of experience in the Office of the Inspector General (OEIG).

CHICAGO (Mar. 14, 2018) — The Illinois Bicentennial Commission today released its first video commercial promoting the state’s 200th birthday. The :30 second spot is the center point of a statewide multimedia campaign named after the theme of the yearlong celebration: BORN, BUILT & GROWN in Illinois.

Asks legislative leaders to join in broader effort to address crime prevention, school safety and mental health

CHICAGO (March 8, 2018) – The Governor’s Office today published the first of a series of blogs on the FY19 state budget. It argues that by enacting a budget with structural reforms, the state would have a surplus this year that it could use to start paying down its backlog of unpaid bills. The reforms would also ignite the Illinois economy, create more jobs and increase personal income. If legislators passed true pension reform, taxes could be reduced $1.0 billion this year.

SPRINGFIELD (Feb. 28, 2018) – Governor Bruce Rauner took action today on the following bill: 

Bill No.: HB 768

An Act Concerning Education

Action: Vetoed

Note: Veto message below.


February 28, 2018

To the Honorable Members of

The Illinois House of Representatives,

100th General Assembly: