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  • Democrats highlight potential obstacles in Rauner budget

    With just weeks left before Illinois' 2016 budget must be passed, Democratic leaders and GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner remain far apart on how to bridge a $6 billion revenue gap.
  • Rauner takes budget ax to health care for the poor

    Rauner takes budget ax to health care for the poor
    A month ago, new Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and state lawmakers agreed to $300 million in cuts as part of a plan to fix a budget passed last year that didn't have enough money to cover 12 months of spending. On Thursday, a few details of what those...

    Illinois Senate approves, Rauner signs short-term budget fix

    Illinois Senate approves, Rauner signs short-term budget fix
    The Illinois Senate on Thursday approved a measure that would resolve the state’s short-term budget woes, even as larger money problems loom over the rest of the spring session. The product of months of negotiations between Republican Gov. Bruce...

    Rauner's 'turnaround budget' has cuts called 'reckless,' 'wrong priorities'

    Rauner's 'turnaround budget' has cuts called 'reckless,' 'wrong priorities'
    Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday dubbed his first spending plan a “turnaround budget” for a financially shaky state, but Democrats rebuffed his proposed cuts to health care for the poor, government worker pensions, state universities,...

    Illinois Democratic legislators are suffering from memory loss

    Illinois Democratic legislators are suffering from memory loss
    Forget the measles outbreak. A more devastating medical condition is winding its way through the Capitol in Springfield. It's called amnesia. The symptoms began to manifest last week when Senate Democrats advanced legislation to pay for a child care...