Bruce Rauner sworn into office as Illinois’ 42nd governor

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Bruce Rauner has been sworn in as Illinois' 42nd governor.

The Republican businessman took the oath of office Monday during an inaugural ceremony in Springfield. He is the first Republican to lead the state in more than a decade.

During his inaugural speech, Rauner announced that his first official act as governor is ordering state agencies to freeze non-essential spending.

Rauner also says he's asking state agencies to review all contracts signed since Nov. 1. And the wealthy businessman is cutting his own salary to $1 and declining any benefits.

Rauner is the first Republican governor to lead Illinois in more than a decade. He faces a Democratic-controlled Legislature and a multibillion-dollar budget hole.

Rauner says lawmakers' history of spending money the state doesn't have has made Illinois less competitive.

He also promised to change the culture in state government to make the state more attractive to businesses.

"To the people of Illinois and the people outside of our state who've been reluctant to business here because of insider deals and cronyism, I say this: I'm nobody that nobody sent."

Rauner says he'll issue executive orders Tuesday to strengthen ethics in the executive branch.

Rauner's inaugural festivities kicked off Saturday with a dinner at the Capitol. He and his wife will greet people during an afternoon open house at the Old State Capitol. On Monday night country singer Toby Keith and bluesman Buddy Guy will headline an inaugural concert.

Rauner is a wealthy private equity investor who has never before held public office.

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