Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner moved quickly to address Illinois’ budget mess Monday, taking the oath of office and then ordering state agencies to immediately freeze all non-essential spending.
Rauner is first Republican governor in a dozen years and the state’s 42nd governor.
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The new governor’s swearing in was followed by those of Republican Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Secretary of State Jesse White, appointed Republican Comptroller Leslie Munger and Michael Frerichs, the Democratic treasurer.
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Rauner will have an Old State Capitol open house and the night will be capped by a concert by country star Toby Keith.
Follow along here for live updates from Jon Seidel, Natasha Korecki, Tina Sfondeles and others covering the events in Springfield.