With his wife Diana holding a Bible and surrounded by his children, Bruce Rauner took the oath of office Monday, becoming Illinois' 42nd governor.
Right away Rauner spoke of cultural and fiscal changes.
"To conduct business as we've been doing it would be morally corrupt," Rauner said. "Instead, we have an opportunity to accomplish something historic."
The first Republican to hold the office in 12 years, Rauner took to the stage to highlight his first rounds of actions.
First, a freeze on nonessential spending by all state agencies.
"I don't know exactly what that means, and I don't know if he does either -- but it sounds great," said Senate President John Cullerton.
Rauner said he would work with the Democrats' majority in both houses of the General Assembly and create growth in Illinois.
"In the weeks ahead, I'll be asking the legislature to work with me to pass a comprehensive jobs and economic package that will get Illinois working again," Rauner said.
But some Democrats remained critical of the new governor's statements.
"[Rauner] said very little or nothing about health care, very little or nothing about some of the other problems we have in Illinois -- pensions and other things. But we'll accept this as the best first effort of a new governor," said State Rep. Lou Lang.
Republicans say the Democratic-controlled general assembly is in for a rude awakening.
“It’s going to be a change for the Democrats," said State Sen. Bill Brady. "They got control of the executive office. But I think by and large they too realize that the last 12 years haven’t served them well or the people of Illinois well.”
Governor Rauner now has 38 days to get together a budget to present to the General Assembly in February.