Illinois Lawmakers Approve Minimum Wage HikeA Democratic candidate for governor says Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan must negotiate a budget deal face-to-face or ``they both need to go.''
Illinois Legislature, Governor Set National Futility RecordAgreeing on a budget after May 31 requires a three-fifths majority vote, which would make it all the harder.
Last-Minute Exelon Subsidy Plan Goes to Illinois House FloorThe Energy Committee voted 9-1 late Wednesday evening to advance the legislation that funnels $235 million a year to power-producing giant Exelon Corp. for 13 years.
Rauner Vetoes Automatic Voter Sign-Up, Cites Fraud ConcernsAlthough embracing the concept and pledging to work on revisions, the Republican's veto message battered the plan for what he perceives as weaknesses that invite breakdowns in the system's integrity.
Rauner Announces Group to Study Education Funding FormulaGov.Bruce Rauner wouldn't specify what he thinks the commission should pursue.
Illinois Poised to Enter a 2nd Year Without a BudgetThe Senate is expected to consider a $40 billion budget on Tuesday that the House already passed.
Pres. Obama to Address Illinois General Assembly WednesdayIllinois Gov. Bruce Rauner hopes Wednesday's visit from President Obama will foster a renewed sense of bipartisanship.
Illinois Lawmaker Wants Chicago Police Under County ControlLaShawn Ford thinks the office of the Cook County Sheriff should have a greater role in policing the city of Chicago, and possibly even "take over" the department.
More Legislators Back a Renewed Death Penalty in IllinoisSome state legislators believe a heftier penalty should be set for killers of children or law enforcement.
Rauner Removes Medicaid Coverage from Heroin-Overdose BillGov. Bruce Rauner has returned legislation to the General Assembly that attempts to curtail heroin overdoses, fearing a burdensome cost to the state.
Rauner Opens Illinois State Fair Despite Not Having BudgetGov. Bruce Rauner, the former college football quarterback, presaged Friday's Illinois State Fair kickoff with a pep-rally cheer: "Let's have fun, let's open these gates up and celebrate with this fair. Let's go, 2015!''
Gov. Rauner Signs Lawmakers' Rejected Pay HikeGov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law barring Illinois lawmakers from receiving a pay raise this year.

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