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  • Rauner agenda unveiled, splits Democrats and Republicans

    Rauner agenda unveiled, splits Democrats and Republicans
    As Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner formally unveiled his legislative agenda Friday, supportive GOP lawmakers and opposing Democrats who control the legislature took hard-line positions, foretelling what is expected to be a contentious and lengthy overtime session this summer.
  • Madigan, Rauner continue gamesmanship with millionaire tax, term limits

    Madigan, Rauner continue gamesmanship with millionaire tax, term limits
    The political gamesmanship continued Wednesday as Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan took aim at wealthy Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner by pushing a measure to raise taxes on millionaires while GOP lawmakers shot back with a call for term limits to...

    Illinois millionaire tax ballot question advances in House

    A House committee has approved a plan to ask voters whether Illinois should impose a tax on incomes of more than $1 million to help fund education. The legislation passed Wednesday 8-5. It now moves to the full Illinois House. Democratic House Speaker...

    Members of secret legislative groups ID'd

    Members of secret legislative groups ID'd
    I recently obtained a document distributed by Gov. Bruce Rauner's office detailing the membership lists and meeting times and locations of the secret state legislative "working groups." The governor's office has insisted that not only should legislators...

    Elgin Mayor, staff spend day lobbying in Springfield

    Elgin Mayor, staff spend day lobbying in Springfield
    A recent trip to Springfield left Elgin Mayor Dave Kaptain and City Manager Sean Stegall with the impression that matters related to the state's budget are far from being settled. "I got the feeling that they are a long way from resolving their issues,"...