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  • Illinois Senate on spot to back measure plugging budget gap

    Illinois Senate leaders are on the spot to find enough votes for a proposed deal to close a $1.6 billion gap in this year's budget and save state programs and agencies from running out of money.
  • Senate Democrats emerge as top foes of Rauner budget cuts

     Senate Democrats emerge as top foes of Rauner budget cuts
    As Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner tries to win approval for a state budget with severe spending cuts, Senate Democrats have emerged as the loudest opponents, holding news conferences and committee hearings to denounce the governor's proposals as...

    Senate Democrats introduce bill to plug part of budget hole

    Democrats in the Illinois Senate on Tuesday introduced a plan that would allow special funds to be used to help plug part of a $1.6 billion budget hole, a proposal that Gov. Bruce Rauner's deputy chief of staff immediately rejected as a "half-baked"...

    Senate Democrats offer $580 million fund sweep, but GOP sees it as a stunt

    Senate Democrats offer $580 million fund sweep, but GOP sees it as a stunt
    Senate Democrats gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a plan that would sweep $580 million from special funds to help plug a gaping budget hole, a move Republicans decried as a political stunt that undermines negotiations with new GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner....

    Illinois falls short in $20 million effort to develop 1,000 teachers

    Illinois falls short in $20 million effort to develop 1,000 teachers
    The state has spent more than $20 million in the past decade to develop 1,000 teachers who would work in distressed public schools and boost the number of minority educators in Illinois. But since the Grow Your Own Teacher program was launched in...