Security teams were busy at the governor's office in Springfield as the executive branch got to work on its first full day.
Security specialists swept the governor’s office, examining every inch with metal detectors, lifting up seat cushion, and even taking apart a light switch.
Governor Bruce Rauner, flanked by two lawmakers, signed new ethics requirements, banning those who work in the executive branch from lobbying and implementing gift restrictions. He also ordered a review former governor Pat Quinn’s last-minute appointments.
“For some appointments we may decide to re-appoint, for some actions we may decide to reinstitute,” Rauner said.
House Speaker Michael Madigan and three other legislative leaders held their first sit down with the new governor, both side of the aisle promoting positive vibes.
“We had someone that was actually capable of running a meeting and moving the discussion forward in a productive manner,” said minority leader Sen. Chris Radogno.
The new governor and his wife Diana will spend their first night at the Governor’s Mansion, even if it may not be what they’re used to.
“It’s livable, that’s a subjective term,” Rauner said. “I think it’s perfectly fine. As I told Diana the other night, it’s better than my fraternity house.”
Rauner said he plans to put money toward renovating the dwelling.