Outgoing Gov. Rauner highlights administration’s progress


Set to leave office Jan. 14, outgoing Gov. Bruce Rauner is highlighting his administration’s accomplishments with a constitutionally prescribed report to the 101st Illinois General Assembly. 

Rauner said that critical financial challenges are still present in Illinois, despite progress his administration made in education, government operations, healthcare services, and criminal justice.

“We have helped save billions of dollars for taxpayers and we’ve dramatically improved service,” Rauner said Tuesday. “But if state government spending continues to grow faster than our economy, we will not be able to avoid persistent deficits, tax increases, and the out-migration of jobs and families.” 

The full report will be delivered to the General Assembly later this week. 

The outgoing governor’s report asked the 101st General Assembly to consider reforms that have been on the administration’s agenda from the outset, including resisting further tax increases and promoting economic growth. 

Democrat J.B. Pritzker will takes his place Jan. 14. 

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