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  • Rauner, Democrats dig in for budget fight as effect on services is weeks off

    Rauner, Democrats dig in for budget fight as effect on services is weeks off
    As Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the General Assembly dig in for a summer of battling over the budget, the pressure points to cut a deal before state services are interrupted remain many weeks away.
  • 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...

    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...

    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...