Rauner’s proposed cuts show difficulty in reducing spending

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — While pressure grows on Gov. Bruce Rauner to identify where he would cut state spending, an Associated Press analysis shows that much more cutting would be needed to make a real difference. The AP reviewed the Republican governor’s latest annual fiscal plan released in February. It found at least 40 programs Rauner wants to eliminate or curtail. Altogether they represent only $242 million in savings. That’s one-half of 1 percent of what Illinois spends in a year.