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A look back on Rauner's first year

Illinois Gov. BruceRauneris marking his one-year anniversary in office. 

Rauner campaigned on a promise to shake-up Springfield. And on that account, at least, he has succeeded.

Illinois' in the midst of a historic budget impasse -- with no signs of coming to an end.

Critics, including Democratic Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie, lay the blame on the governor.

"He tends to think that member of the House and Senate, of both political parties, are his middle management are his minions, but we aren't," Lang said. "We are separately elected officials, under a separate body that is a co-equal branch of government under the constitution. "

But Rauner's allies, such as Kim Maisch, who's director of a statewide organization for small businesses, applaud his tenacity.

"We are 100 percent behind Gov. Rauner and his efforts - in general making Illinois a better state to do business -- but certainly reforming workers' compensation is always at the top of my members' lists," Maisch said. 

Rauner blames Democrats for stalling his agenda, but says in the year he's been in charge, Illinois has taken steps in the right direction.

Copyright 2016 WCBU

Amanda Vinicky
Amanda Vinicky moved to Chicago Tonight on WTTW-TV PBS in 2017.