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  • Rauner OKs school spending plan amid Springfield budget fight

    Rauner OKs school spending plan amid Springfield budget fight
    Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday signed a small portion of the pending state budget aimed at ensuring elementary and high schools can open on time this fall, eliminating a key pressure point in his ongoing conflict with ruling Democratic lawmakers.
  • Excerpts from editorials by Illinois newspapers

    June 15, 2015 Chicago Sun-Times Springfield's secret to criminal justice reform — compromise People who work with troubled kids will tell you that it does no good to put a child as young as 10 in a county detention facility. Talk about setting...

    Rauner launches ads blasting Democrats as legislators meet

    Gov. Bruce Rauner launched television ads blasting House Speaker Michael Madigan and other Illinois Democrats as unwilling to cut spending as state legislators returned to Springfield on Tuesday in an overtime session amid a budget stalemate. The ads &#...

    Rauner rattles saber on budget cuts again

    Rauner rattles saber on budget cuts again
    For the second time in as many weeks, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has fired off a long list of threatened spending cuts if no budget is in place by July 1, a move Democrats dismissed as largely symbolic since money for the programs will dry up...

    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. Democrats have passed a...