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John J Cullerton

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  • Rauner op-ed: I'm vetoing the budget, offering Chicago pension relief

    Rauner op-ed: I'm vetoing the budget, offering Chicago pension relief
    The people of Illinois sent me to Springfield to end the era of unbalanced budgets and runaway debt. The road back to fiscal sanity starts today with my veto of a budget that is nearly $4 billion out of balance and includes no reform. We cannot accept the...
  • Rauner offers olive branch, Cullerton and Madigan respond

    Rauner offers olive branch, Cullerton and Madigan respond
    Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner (rightly) vetoed the state budget. In his message the governor offered a number of compromises and quid pro quo's. Among them was assistance with Chicago Public Schools pension payments. in exchange, he asked for an up or...
  • Rauner serves a veto and a lifeline

    Rauner serves a veto and a lifeline
    Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Thursday he has vetoed the state budget that lawmakers passed in May, except for education appropriations, which he has approved. His rejection of a spending plan that was hopelessly unbalanced came with a significant offer...
  • Gov. Rauner vetoes Illinois budget; some services could stop

    State money for services from child care to road construction could stop in Illinois starting next week after Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed most of the Democratic Legislature's budget plan, a move that follows weeks of vitriolic exchanges in a state...
  • Rauner calls budget veto road to 'fiscal sanity'

    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he's vetoed budget bills lawmakers sent him in order to start the road back to "fiscal sanity." Legislative Democrats backed a spending plan that's as much as $4 billion short on revenue. But the Republican governor vetoed...
  • Democrats blast Illinois Gov. Rauner's budget vetoes

    Illinois Democrats are criticizing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's move to veto budget legislation. House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie says now lawmakers have to start from ground zero so close to the new fiscal year starting July 1....
  • Rauner moves to keep schools open during budget clash

    Rauner moves to keep schools open during budget clash
    Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Wednesday to increase state funding for education, ensuring that schools remain open even if a dispute between him and the Democrat-controlled Legislature leads to a partial government shutdown. The bill that...
  • Gov. Rauner moves to keep schools open during budget clash

    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Wednesday to increase state funding for education, ensuring schools remain open even if a dispute between the Republican governor and the Democrat-controlled Legislature leads to a partial government shutdown....
  • Letter: Rauner wrong to blame for state budget mess

    In reading all the articles about Gov. Bruce Rauner and the state budget, it seems many hold Rauner responsible for the budget mess. How can anyone who lives in or out of Cook County ignore the fact that it is House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate...
  • Long hot summer, politically, in Illinois

    Long hot summer, politically, in Illinois
    At the supper table the other night, my 9-year-old daughter, Grace, gave me a sad look and said, "Why are they closing the museum?" She and her two sisters love to visit the Illinois State Museum in Springfield and look at the collections of...
  • Rauner ad not as strident as many feared

    Rauner ad not as strident as many feared
    Gov. Bruce Rauner's much-anticipated TV commercial isn't as over-the-top negative as we might have thought. "Exactly," was the response from a Rauner official whom I spoke with after watching the ad and making an observation about its somewhat muted...