Bruce Rauner officially took the helm of Illinois Monday, Jan. 12, as the state’s 42nd governor.
“We must be united by our willingness to sacrifice and do what is right even if it is difficult,” said Rauner. “We must accept the challenge and the sacrifice, knowing that it will lead us to something greater.”
The governor also stated he will forgo the standard compensation while in office, cutting his salary to $1 and declining benefits.
He plans to make Illinois a competitive state once again by improving its management and budgeting practices.
“I will send a clear signal to everyone in our state, and to those watching from outside our borders, that business as usual is over,” Rauner said. “It stops now.”
Rauner’s first order of business includes freezing non-essential spending at all state agencies. In addition, he plans a review of every contract signed since November 1.
He told the crowd gathered in Springfield that in order to thrive, Illinois must prepare the next generation for success. Education is critical, “from cradle to career,” and the people of Illinois deserve “world-class educational opportunities.”
“A high-quality education is essential for higher lifetime earnings, a competitive, world-class workforce and strong economic growth,” Rauner said. “It is the key to bringing back the American dream for every family in Illinois; for making the American dream a reality for everyone here; a truly better life for the next generation.”