In 2010, lawmakers changed the rules for how the state picks its second-in-command. No longer would voters separately nominate candidates for lieutenant governor and governor in the primary, and hope for a successful match.
Illinois lawmakers ended the state budget impasse and made big changes to how the state pays for public schools. The state also wrestled with the debate over abortion and a nationwide rise in hate incidents.
A Republican state senator who had a high profile disagreement with Governor Bruce Rauner says he won’t run for re-election. Senator Sam McCann of Plainview would have faced his second opponent backed by the governor.