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  • From wagging fingers to 'all ears,' GOP enters budget negotiations

     
    For now, the most important detail you need to know about the Illinois Senate Republicans' 21-page plan to get the state's finances in order is that it contains important details. That's huge. Most of what we've heard from the state...
  • Overdue reform: Signs of the times

     
    It's taken more than five years, but Illinois is now poised to outlaw the brazen use of state property for self-promotion that came to symbolize the egomaniacal reign of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. A small thing, really, considering the scale...

    On the 'Scholarship' list in Springfield

     
    Where do our lawmakers stand on the issue of legislative scholarships -- those tuition waivers that members of the state house and senate have traditionally been allowed to dispense to constituents? As part of the renewed effort to abolish that...

    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....