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  • Emanuel's pension plan: Relief on payments, casino to pay for it

    Emanuel's pension plan: Relief on payments, casino to pay for it
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to solve his police and fire pension problem by paying less upfront, taking longer to pay off the debt and getting some of the money to cover what the city owes from a Chicago casino.
  • Democrats show priorities as they advance 2016 budget plan

    Democrats show priorities as they advance 2016 budget plan
    A plan Illinois Democrats are proposing as an alternative to the steep cuts sought by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner would keep budget levels flat for local governments and Medicaid and only modestly reduce higher education assistance, committee leaders...

    Illinois Democrats push ahead with budget that's $3 billion short

    Illinois Democrats push ahead with budget that's $3 billion short
    House Democrats worked into the evening Tuesday to push through major parts of a new budget they acknowledge is at least $3 billion short in an effort to force new Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner to eventually go along with a tax increase to fill the...

    Campaign-style tactics fueling Illinois legislative gridlock

    An already challenging legislative session has grown even trickier as Democrats and Republicans have begun targeting lawmakers with campaign-style mailers, TV ads and new multimillion-dollar political committees. The Democratic Party, led by House...

    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. House Democrats...