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  • Democrats giving no hint of compromise with Rauner on budget

    Majority Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly gave no hint on Friday that they are ready to budge from opposition to Gov. Bruce Rauner's pro-business reforms after the Republican softened some of his "Turnaround Illinois" demands.
  • Open Thread: The Week in Review

    Connected to Chicago (WLS-AM) -- - "This week's newsmaker is Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin. He discusses the state budget forecast. What will Governor Rauner do with an out of balance budget? Also will a casino in Chicago be a new source...

    Illinois lawmakers remain far apart on budget, Rauner agenda

    Illinois lawmakers signaled Tuesday they are far from agreement on a new state budget or Gov. Bruce Rauner's pro-business agenda, raising the possibility the divided Legislature will be forced into an even more politically difficult summer overtime...

    Illinois House Democrats craft their own budget plan

     Illinois House Democrats craft their own budget plan
    House Democrats say they're working behind the scenes to draw up their own budget plan they hope can pass before a May 31 deadline as Republican legislative leaders complained Tuesday that their counterparts across the aisle are failing to "seriously...

    Rauner, money talk in House right-to-work vote

    Rauner, money talk in House right-to-work vote
    Gov. Bruce Rauner had several House Republicans over to the governor's mansion last week to ask them to vote "present" when the House Democrats' called their right-to-work bill the following day. Right-to-work laws allow union members to not pay for any...