Hope of Illinois Budget Agreement Dimming Before DeadlineIllinois is hurtling toward another fiscal year without a budget as lawmakers and the governor appear no closer to a deal with one day left before a key deadline.
Rauner Says Many Illinois Democrats Back Reforms, Held Back By LeadersGovernor says Democrats who support his reforms are being used as 'pawns' and 'puppets'.
Illinois Dems, GOP Back Talking Day After Shouting, BooingNegotiations remain tenuous and lawmakers conclude their spring session Tuesday.
Nixon Pushing Back on Newly Passed Tax BreaksThe biggest disagreement between Nixon and legislative researchers is over an income tax deduction for federal agricultural disaster payments.
Missouri House Speaker Proud of First Legislative SessionTodd Richardson hopes a new bill to give businesses "religious freedom" another go next year.
Local Group Pushes to Unify St. Louis City, CountyThose calling for the unification of St. Louis City and County say they're steadily gaining steam, especially on social media.
Illinois Schools Warn of Closures, Layoffs Without BudgetThe challenge facing superintendents is that the epic partisan gridlock that has left the state without a budget for 11 months is spilling over into education.
Ferguson's New Police Chief Swears In MondayDelrish Moss' 32 years of experience in police work, include time as a patrol officer and undercover investigator.
Illinois Senate Approves $454 Million More for CollegesLawmakers approved the bill on a near unanimous vote and sent the measure to the House, which can take it up as soon as Tuesday when state representatives return to Springfield.
City of STL Makes Finishing Touches to $489M Balanced BudgetThe city of St. Louis is finalizing a $489 million balanced budget for the fiscal year that starts July first.
Governor Signs Mid-Year Budget BoostGov. Jay Nixon on Friday approved the additional spending, of which more than $150 comes from the federal government.
Rauner Optimistic About Reaching Budget DealAgreement has been elusive during the more than 10 months the Republican governor has faced off with Democrats who control the Legislature.

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