Attorney General Lisa Madigan files a court motion, moving the battle over what Illinois state government can spend money on - and if government employees can get paid - into the hands of a Cook County judge
The Senate passes a short-term, one-month budget to fund some state services, but a separate plan fails in the House of Representatives
Senate Pres. Cullerton introduces a measure that includes an eventual two-year property tax freeze for Chicago in exchange for several financial changes to Chicago Public Schools. Republicans say it doesn't go far enough for Rauner's Turnaround Agenda
Gov. Rauner tells state employees he thinks they should continue working and getting paid as the government begins to shut down
In a sign continuing sign of the rivalry between Speaker Madigan and Gov. Rauner, a Madigan spokesman criticizes Rauner's idea of having the state pay Chicago Public Schools' teacher pensions, saying he wants local school districts across the state to pay for their own pensions, and not rely on the state
After signing Democrats' budget plan for schools, Rauner vetoes their budget for the rest of state government, setting the stage for a government shut down
A Democratic state senator says she's 'mad as hell' that Rauner vetoed the bduget, saying people will suffer if there's a government shut down
Rauner signs the Democrats' spending plan for Illinois' schools, in effect keeping schools open if a budget impasse continues into the Fall
Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger says if there's no budget deal by July 1, new Medicaid provider payments will stop and nonprofits that depend on state money won't receive expedited payments
Rauner's administration initiates about $400 million in cuts in response to the spending plan passed by Democrats, including suspending tax credits to companies, payments for low income people to keep their heat on and closing state museums
As a stalemate over the state budget and Gov. Rauner's Turnaround Agenda policy items continues, both Republicans and Democrats frame the fight is over the quality of life for Illinois' middle class.
He has chosen to hold the budget hostage.
– John Cullerton, criticizing Gov. Rauner for advocating for a property tax freeze and changes to workers compensation over a spending plan
Speaker Madigan has been the one constant in Illinois politics for more than 30 years. We've been driven into the ditch.
– Bruce Rauner, addressing reporters on the final day of session after not reaching a deal with Democratic leadership
Final day scheduled for legislative session. Bills passed after May 31 require more votes to gain approval
Senate Democrats reject other elements of Gov. Rauner's policies about changing regulations over civil lawsuits, freezing property taxes and limiting collective bargaining. Republicans say Democrats aren't willing to compromise. Democrats say it's not that they aren't willing to compromise, but that they simply oppose the policies
I fully anticipated that this would be a difficult and long process because again, it's not only difficult issues, but it's a complete change in dynamic that people need to get used to
– Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno, on Democrats and Gov. Rauner not agreeing on many issues
Senate Democrats vote down Gov. Rauner's proposal to change workers compensation regulations
Democrats begin passing their own spending plans for next year, over the objections of Republicans who say their budget runs an almost $4 billion deficit. Democrats say they will debate tax increases later to avoid massive cuts that Rauner proposed
The so-called "millionaire's tax," a proposed change to the Illinois state constitution that would raise taxes on income more than $1 million, falls three votes short to pass the Illinois House of Representatives. Democratic Speaker Michael Madigan supported the measure, and after the vote criticized "Rauner Republicans" for not voting in favor of it.
Illinois Democrats target some Republican House members with negative campaign mailers based on a vote just days before on freezing property taxes around the state - a vote that Republicans called a political stunt, and not a real proposal.
Democratic representatives call a bill calling for "right to work" laws in Illinois, even though they don't support it, since Gov. Rauner has advocated for "empowerment zones." Republican House Leader Jim Durkin called the process "Branson, Illinois," referring to the bill being a fake proposal. Zero representatives vote in favor of it.
Crisis is not an excuse to abandon the rule of law. It is a summons to defend it.
– Illinois State Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier, in the opinion for all seven justices in striking down the pension law
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan calls some of Gov. Rauner's proposed cuts for social services for a vote. The measures fail with zero votes in support of Rauner's proposed budget. A spokesman for the governor's office calls the vote a political stunt.
Meeks, Koch being questioned this am in IL Sen. Approp. Comm. "I would support almost any revenue that would help us fund our schools."— WBEZeducation (@WBEZeducation) April 15, 2015
A St. Clair County judge rules against Rauner and determines that the state must continue to collect fair share fees - at least temporarily - while the courts decide if Rauner's executive order is constitutional
Gov Rauner: "I don't trust the Supreme Court to be rational in their decisions" http://t.co/OyA2hLp4sN— Illinois_Stage (@Illinois_Stage) April 7, 2015
A federal judge in Southern Illinois rules the issue over fair share fees should be decided in state court, not federal court, after unions sued Rauner over the issue. The case is moved to the courts in St. Clair County
House Speaker Michael Madigan tells reporters he's continuing his push for increasing income taxes solely on millionaires in Illinois, calling for a 3% surcharge on income that's more than $1 million
I’m not looking to start a fight with our new governor. I want to work with him. But I don’t work for him. And his budget doesn’t work for Illinois.
– John Cullerton
A group of unions sue Rauner in state court over his fair share fees executive order
Gov. Rauner speaks to a small group of business leaders about why he's trying to end fair share fees and have local governments adopt right to work zones instead of first negotiating a budget with legislative leaders
Rauner on budget talks: "The sausage will actually taste good in the end, but it's kinda nasty and ugly and a little smelly in the process"— Tony Arnold (@tonyjarnold) February 27, 2015
Gov. Rauner delivers the Budget Address
Gov. Rauner's budget recommends the state spend more on the Dept. of Juvenile Justice in Fiscal Year 2016 than the state had spent on the agency in 2014. Rauner's recommendation says the agency will spend more money on education of young people and on mental health services
Gov. Rauner proposes spending more more money on Illinois' overcrowded prisons system. He says that money can be used to hire more correctional officers, so employees work less overtime. He's also counting on the state saving money later based on a restructuring of the state's sentencing guidelines for certain penalties, in a proposal that's to be outlined by a commission he created by executive order on Feb. 11.
Gov. Rauner proposes adding more cash into the main fund that distributes state money to primary education schools.
Gov. Rauner proposes big cuts to the state's public universities. This affects all campuses of the University of Illinois, in addition to Illinois State and Chicago State Universities
House Speaker Michael Madigan tells reporters he thinks Gov. Rauner's budget proposal is "reckless" because it calls for $2 billion in savings this year based on changes to pension benefits that would be difficult to pass through the legislature, and would likely be challenged in court - meaning the savings would not go into effect right away
The budget outlined today is the budget Illinois can afford. And that in itself is an example of thinkin’ anew.
– Bruce Rauner
Gov. Rauner signs executive order creating a committee that will look at ways to consolidate local governments, in addition to an analysis of "unfunded mandates" on schools
Gov. Rauner signs executive order creating a committee that will look at the prison sentences for various types of crimes, and the relation between prison recidivism and length of time in prison
Gov. Rauner signs executive order that ends state employee unions' ability to collect fair share fees
Gov. Rauner sues government unions over fair share fees in federal court in Northern Illinois
Gov. Rauner delivers the State of the State Address
"The conditions in our prisons are unacceptable" - Rauner. One Dem says "that's right!" Calls for more prison guards; but how to pay?— Amanda Vinicky (@AmandaVinicky) February 4, 2015
Rauner: forced unionization states' residents have less disposable income than those with choice. "This is a big big deal" #unions— Amanda Vinicky (@AmandaVinicky) January 27, 2015
Gov. Rauner signs executive order asking for a report into state hiring and training of veterans, along with the awarding of state contracts to veteran-owned businesses
Gov. Rauner signs executive order undoing seven executive orders that were signed in the final days of his predecessor's time as governor. Those orders that were reversed called for several actions, including a ban on law enforcement detaining someone based on their immigration detainer, a mandate that the governor release federal and state income tax returns, and that state contractors pay at least a $10 minimum wage
Gov. Rauner signs executive order mandating that a list of state employees who are hired in policy-making or management positions and are exempt from unions is published online
Gov. Rauner signs executive order banning any state employee from becoming a lobbyist within one year of quitting their state job
Gov. Rauner signs executive order mandating a review of spending on contracts and grants entered into since his win in the November election, limited travel expenses, and watching out for energy waste in office buildings, like leaving the lights and air conditioning on
Bruce Rauner is sworn in as governor of Illinois
Income tax rates for Illinois residents and companies drop after Rauner campaigned on a lower tax platform
Bruce Rauner wins the race for Illinois governor