Illinois Budget Special Session UnderwayIllinois lawmakers are back in Springfield today to start a 10 day special session the governor hopes results in a budget agreement.
Rauner: Stopping State-Worker Paychecks Would Hurt FamiliesThe Republican governor filed an appellate-court brief Friday arguing that Democrat Madigan should have acted sooner.
Rauner Says 'Don't Give Up' on Day Senate Tests Budget Plan``It's heartening to see the Senate coming together on a bipartisan basis to acknowledge these changes are needed,'' Rauner said, then, going off script, ``Please don't give up. Please keep working. The people of Illinois need you to succeed.''
Federal Cuts in Madison County Impact Social ServicesWith no budget passed at the state level and a recent $225,000 decrease in funds from the federal level, officials are calling this a crisis.
Crisis Calls To St. Louis Transgender Group On the RiseIncrease started when the debate over bathroom use heated up.
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.
Rauner: Changing Rules for State-Bought Goods Can Save $514MRauner is urging lawmakers to pass legislation he said will reduce the time it takes to buy products by eliminating redundant steps in the procurement process.
Pension Bill on Hold Despite Rauner, Cullerton AgreementRauner announced last month that he's backing a Cullerton plan to give workers a choice in retirement benefits as a way to chip away at Illinois' $111 billion unfunded pension liability.
Was There Adequate Warning About Rainstorm, Flooding Severity?NWS: "We knew we were going to get a lot of rain. Did we know we were going to set records? No."
Rauner Says He Will Send Emanuel Dead Fish After Budget SpatThe two lawmakers who have previously worked and vacationed together and describe themselves as friends have been in a back-and-forth over a months-long state budget impasse, city finances and Rauner's push to curb public-employee union influence.
Illinois Political Leaders May Meet on Budget Next MonthA meeting between Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders to discuss the four-month-old budget impasse could occur next month and in public.
Pressure Mounts for Illinois Lawmakers to End Budget Impasse Pressure is building for Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and majority Democrats to end their months-long stalemate over Illinois' budget, though lawmakers appear no closer to a deal as they reconvene on Tuesday for the first time in weeks.