As inauguration approaches, Rauner ready to take reins

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Bruce Rauner is less than a day away from his inauguration, when he’ll become the 42nd governor of Illinois.

"It’s a new day in Illinois. We’re going to turn our government around and get it run right to benefit all the families of our wonderful state,” Rauner said Sunday.

Sunday marked a family affair at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, where Rauner was surrounded by his wife Diana, five of six children, and a son-in-law.

It was a kid-friendly event, open to the public. The governor-elect and his wife even carved out a few minutes for story time with about a half dozen children.

“We opened it up for free so families can come in and get to know the museum. We want this to be a place that’s really cherished and used for everybody,” Rauner said.

Lieutenant Governor-elect Evelyn Sanguinetti and Attorney General Lisa Madigan were also on hand with their families.

Monday is the big event, when Rauner will be sworn in during the 11 o’clock hour.

Rauner and his wife Diana also served meals of chicken and vegetables to families at the Presten Bradley Center on West Lawrence earlier Sunday, and the Governor-elect admitted having a few butterflies ahead of Monday’s inauguration.

“I have to admit I’m nervous ... and humbled,” Rauner said.

His said his appearance Sunday focused on what Illinois is all about: service, giving back to the community, and helping those in need.

Rauner didn’t comment on whether he’d try to fight the special election in 2016 where voters would choose a new state comptroller, but hinted that this won’t be the last voters hear of it.

Residents WGN talked to on Michigan Avenue were not so focused on who the new governor is, but rather the tasks that lie ahead of him -- and how he’s going to fix Illinois.


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