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  • 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...
  • 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. The approach is designed to soften a...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Letter: Durkin must represent all the school districts

    Who does state Rep. Jim Durkin represent? Lyons Township High School District 204 has enlisted state Durkin's support in passing legislation allowing District 204 to exit the Township Trustee of Schools structure. This is after District 204 shortchanged...
  • Elgin Mayor, staff spend day lobbying in Springfield

    Elgin Mayor, staff spend day lobbying in Springfield
    A recent trip to Springfield left Elgin Mayor Dave Kaptain and City Manager Sean Stegall with the impression that matters related to the state's budget are far from being settled. "I got the feeling that they are a long way from resolving their issues,"...