A new sense of optimism radiated throughout the Prairie Capitol Convention Center on Monday, Jan. 12, as Governor Bruce Rauner became the first Republican governor in 12 years to be sworn into the state’s highest office.
After 12 years of one-party-Democrat rule, Senate Republicans hope to see bipartisanship restored in the legislative process with the gubernatorial changing of the guard. Governor Rauner has pledged his commitment to serving the people of Illinois by helping to reestablish the state’s once-thriving economy.
In his Inaugural Address, Governor Rauner emphasized the journey to fiscal recovery will not be easy. With a record high state employee pension deficit and the lowest credit rating in the nation, Governor Rauner stressed that tough decisions will have to be made to begin correcting the years of fiscal mismanagement, lackluster leadership and poor decisions that landed Illinois in its current economic crisis.
Joining Governor Rauner in the inaugural festivities was Republican Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, Democrat Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Democrat Secretary of State Jesse White, Republican Comptroller-Designee Leslie Munger and Democrat Treasurer Mike Frerichs who also took the oath of office on Jan. 12.