Expect to hear from Gov. Bruce Rauner a few more times in the next month as he prepares to hand over the executive office keys to his replacement.

It’s not just the annual state of the state address Illinois’ governor is constitutionally required to give. Whoever it is is supposed to also give a report to the General Assembly at the close of their term.

“The Governor, at the beginning of each annual session of the General Assembly and at the close of his term of office, shall report to the General Assembly on the condition of the State and recommend such measures as he deems desirable,” the Illinois Constitution says.

Rauner vows to do just that.

“Governors haven’t done it for, I don’t know how long, a long time,” Rauner said. “But we’re going to be issuing a report of our term; initiatives, activities, services, accomplishments, incompletes.”

Democrat J.B. Pritzker is inaugurated Jan. 14. Rauner said he’s got a lot still to do in the remaining 30 days.

Rauner said he plans to clear any clemency request backlog and ensure each department is leaving the systems in the best order possible so operations don’t miss a beat.

Rauner said he also will have policy recommendations for Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker.

“Policy recommendations that I’ve been saying for six years,” Rauner said. “They will not be new or different ones. But the answers to fixing our problems are clear and need to be emphasized and consistently just brought pressure to bear to try and change the systems.”

There are some things Rauner said he won't do before leaving office.

“I will not be issuing many executive orders that could undermine the efforts of the new administration,” Rauner said. “I will not be rushing to make appointments to fill positions with cronies as was done with prior administrations. That’s just not proper policy.”

The governor said he will be working with elected officials to issue reports in the final weeks to lay out what he said is a vision of what needs to be done for the state’s best interest.


Greg Bishop reports on Illinois government and other statewide issues for INN. Bishop has years of award-winning broadcast experience, and previously hosted “The Council Roundup,” as well as “Bishop On Air,” a morning-drive current events talk show.

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