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  • Illinois agencies asked to explain operations without budget

    The Illinois House has invited 15 state agencies to report on how they intend to carry out operations if there's no state budget in place by Wednesday. Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan of Chicago said Monday that the House would meet Tuesday...
  • Kane County Board gets legislative update

    Kane County Board gets legislative update
    Proposed legislation can speed along in the General Assembly in Springfield, or get stuck and not move forward. Kane County Board Legislative Committee Chairman Brian Pollock has experienced both extremes in recent months. "I have no idea what they...
  • Rauner offers olive branch, Cullerton and Madigan respond

    Rauner offers olive branch, Cullerton and Madigan respond
    Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner (rightly) vetoed the state budget. In his message the governor offered a number of compromises and quid pro quo's. Among them was assistance with Chicago Public Schools pension payments. in exchange, he asked for an up or...
  • Rauner serves a veto and a lifeline

    Rauner serves a veto and a lifeline
    Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Thursday he has vetoed the state budget that lawmakers passed in May, except for education appropriations, which he has approved. His rejection of a spending plan that was hopelessly unbalanced came with a significant offer...
  • Chicago officials reject Rauner's pension bone amid budget veto

    Chicago officials reject Rauner's pension bone amid budget veto
    Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner sought Thursday to ratchet up pressure on Democratic lawmakers to approve his pro-business, anti-union agenda, vetoing the bulk of the state budget while dangling an offer of pension relief for Chicago and Cook County. While...
  • The court and Illinois marriage law

    The court and Illinois marriage law
    On Nov. 20, 2013, Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Illinois. Since then, several thousand gay couples have gotten married here. That doesn't mean the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that legalized gay marriage nationwide isn't...
  • Rauner, Emanuel and Democratic lawmakers look for pension delay deal

    Rauner, Emanuel and Democratic lawmakers look for pension delay deal
    Lawmakers this week will take a second shot at approving short-term relief for Chicago's teacher pension nightmare amid a deepening fight between Democratic leaders and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, who vetoed their spending plans days before the start of...
  • Southland pols rally against 'Rauner Hood'

    Southland pols rally against 'Rauner Hood'
    A Southland mayor referred to the governor as "Rauner Hood" because he's the opposite of Robin Hood, "he steals from the poor and gives to the rich." Also Thursday, State Sen. Michael Hastings, D-Tinley Park, called on the head of the Illinois...
  • House of Delegates members paying while climbing the legislative ladder?

    House of Delegates members paying while climbing the legislative ladder?
    As members of the House of Delegates climb the ladder of power, they often pause to send a few thousand dollars to Speaker Bill Howell's political action committee shortly before ascending to the next rung. Since the speaker founded his Dominion...
  • CPS on the brink

    CPS on the brink
    After years of masking over a looming financial catastrophe, the Chicago Public Schools system has produced a report that says ... CPS has spent years masking over a looming financial catastrophe. Sober recognition is small consolation. Actually, it's...
  • Illinois House rejects cap on community college severance packages

    Illinois House rejects cap on community college severance packages
    Local community college boards may continue to award large severance packages to their presidents after the Illinois House rejected legislation Tuesday that would have prevented schools from giving the kind of pricey buyout deal that sparked outrage at...