Days before being sworn into office, Rauner releases transition report

Bruce RaunerSPRINGFIELD — Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner’s Transition Committee released its report Friday afternoon on the state of Illinois, but the report does not give any specific budget recommendations.

The committee, chaired by Lieutenant Governor-elect Evelyn Sanguinetti, and co-chaired by 28 of the top business, civic and non-profit leaders in Illinois, has outlined key recommendations they say will return the state to a position of prominence in the United States.

The committee says in its report that they are not in a position to provide specific recommendations on budgetary solutions, but that Illinois’ ability to improve hinges upon addressing the state’s “dismal fiscal condition.”

The report details the challenges the committee says must be overcome, and sets forth recommendations to for Illinois. Nearly 200 committee members, representing all aspects of the state, assisted the team to figure out how to best move the state forward, says a press release from the Rauner administration. They reviewed more than 1,400 pages of policy memos, and interviewed local and national policy experts to come to their conclusions.

In addition, they asked the people of Illinois for their recommendations and ideas, generating more than 2,500 responses through the website,

“The state of Illinois is in a death spiral and in desperate need of a turnaround. I look forward to reviewing these recommendations to ensure my administration can hit the ground running,” said Bruce Rauner. “I appreciate the hard work from Evelyn and the transition team, and am ready to work with all levels of government, business and civic leaders and residents throughout the state to bring back Illinois.”

A full copy of the report can be found here.