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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...

    Rauner cuts deepen budget divide at Capitol

    Rauner cuts deepen budget divide at Capitol
    As the Easter holiday weekend loomed, Gov. Bruce Rauner quietly trimmed $26 million from the state budget, including cuts in funding to bury the poor, help people with autism and aid smokers who want to quit. In the two weeks since, the move has...

    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...