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John J Cullerton

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  • Gov. Rauner signs law to extend utility rate hikes

    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed into law a measure that grants two more years for the state's electric utilities to recover the cost of upgrading their delivery systems. The law extends a "smart grid" oversight program that would have ended in 2017...
  • Duckworth to join race for Kirk's Senate seat

    Duckworth to join race for Kirk's Senate seat
    Second-term U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth is expected to announce her candidacy Monday for the U.S. Senate and a potential challenge to Republican Sen. Mark Kirk, a source familiar with her plans said. Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran, will be the first...
  • Village officials relieved, but schools leery of state budget deal

    As Illinois lawmakers came to an agreement last week on a short-term fix of the Illinois budget, a sigh of relief could be heard from the Glencoe Village Hall, but School District 35 may take a hit. To get the state through the rest of the budget year...
  • Meeks still battling for more school funding

    Meeks still battling for more school funding
    After years of fighting with fellow Democrats to improve public school funding in Illinois, former state Sen. James Meeks has switched sides. He's now chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education, appointed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, whom he...
  • To balance budgets, governors seek higher education cuts

    WASHINGTON Governors in nearly a half-dozen states want to cut state spending on colleges and universities to help close budget shortfalls, often sparking vehement opposition among state lawmakers of both parties. Republican governors in Arizona, Kansas,...
  • Budget-patching deal dips into various state funds

    A bipartisan agreement to plug a $1.6 billion budget hole includes more than $1.3 billion in fund transfers from a variety of sources to avert shutdowns of Illinois state programs and services. The move, signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday,...
  • A push for change in DUI law

    A push for change in DUI law
    Illinois law says that if you're arrested for drunken driving, you're supposed to serve the driver's version of "hard time." That is, you can't drive, period. This "hard time" is supposed to be 30 days for first-time offenders and up to three years for...
  • With no bloodshed, Illinois lawmakers solve a crisis. More of this, please.

    With no bloodshed, Illinois lawmakers solve a crisis. More of this, please.
    Some Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly voted last week to make cuts to education and other spending they favor. The Earth did not fly into the sun. In votes on the same measures, Republican legislators agreed to raid money from funds that...
  • Senate passes budget deal to close $1.6B deficit

    Senate passes budget deal to close $1.6B deficit
    In an early major test of Illinois' newly divided government, the Senate passed a compromise plan Thursday to plug a $1.6 billion hole in this year's budget and avert shutdowns of state programs and services. The legislation passed the Democratic-led...
  • New Democratic group looks like Rauner front

    A newly formed group of self-described "center-left" Democrats claims to have secured $20 million in commitments to spend on state legislative races. But that $20 million apparently isn't meant to counter Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's infamous $20...
  • 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...