As governor, Bruce Rauner attacked funding for child care and early childhood education programs. During his 736-day budget crisis, child care organizations saw their funding dry up, eliminating critical positions and programs that give Illinois children an opportunity to achieve their potential and parents the tools they need to strengthen their families.
After forcing devastating cuts to early childhood education, K-12 schools, and Illinois’ colleges and universities with his 736-day budget crisis, Bruce Rauner vetoed historic school funding legislation. Rauner had the nerve to call the legislation an “accomplishment,” before once again using his veto pen to derail a fix that allows the legislation to take effect. He only implemented the new formula after forcing through a back-door voucher program.
As governor, Bruce Rauner has led an all-out assault on higher education in Illinois. By manufacturing a 736-day budget crisis, colleges and universities across the state were forced to make devastating cuts year after year. Students fled, tuition was hiked, employees were laid off, and even bond ratings and rankings plunged under Bruce Rauner’s failed governorship.