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  • If there's a shutdown, guess who won't feel it?

    If there's a shutdown, guess who won't feel it?
    Significant portions of state government could shut down soon because state legislators and Gov. Bruce Rauner haven't come to agreement on a budget. State workers could have their hours slashed or be laid off. The parties are far from agreement, as the governor rightly pushes back against House Speaker Michael Madigan's unbalanced and unconstitutional budget.
  • Madigan sends message to 'triangulators'

    Madigan sends message to 'triangulators'
    House Speaker Michael Madigan likes to send "messages." He doesn't often explain what those messages are, but last week's surprising defeat of a bill to give the Chicago Public Schools a 40-day extension on its $634 million pension payment that was due...

    Democrats battle themselves on Chicago schools pension bill

    Illinois Democrats' cross-party dispute in the state Capitol turned internal Tuesday when the majority party in the House failed to approve giving cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools a six-week reprieve on making a $634 million pension contribution....

    Rauner's divide-and-conquer strategy hits Downstate, suburban Democrats

    Rauner's divide-and-conquer strategy hits Downstate, suburban Democrats
    As he tries to win public support and gain leverage during an extended budget stalemate, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is seizing upon long-standing tensions pitting Chicago against the rest of the state in an attempt to peel Democratic legislators away...

    Rauner criticizes Democratic lawmakers' loyalties to Chicago

    Gov. Bruce Rauner has latched onto the longtime rivalry between Chicago and the rest of the state as he tries to negotiate with Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, both from Chicago, in the Illinois Legislature...