If Gov. Bruce Rauner defeats Democratic candidate for governor J.B. Pritzker, he’ll have to buck President Donald Trump’s dismal approval ratings in Illinois, as reported by a new poll. State Rep. Peter Breen (R-Lombard) asked an appeals court to block HB40, which permits taxpayer money to be used for abortions in some cases. Union leaders claimed another victory in their battle with Rauner over raises blocked by the governor in 2015, and a suburban lawmaker introduced a bill designed to protect Chicago Public School students from abuse.

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