Rauner 'Very Optimistic' About BudgetSays legislature is focusing on the "right things."
Illinois Senate Returns, Promises to Push Budget DealLawmakers' feud with Gov. Rauner has kept the state from approving a budget for nearly two years.
Right-to-Work Bill Advances in Missouri HouseHouse Economic Development Committee members voted 8-4 in favor of the bill Wednesday.
New Legislature, Same Old Problem in Illinois: No BudgetIllinois' financial crisis is being handed off from one set of lawmakers to another this week a problem that, at 18 months, is the nation's longest-running budget stalemate.
Illinois Senate Plan to End Budget Standoff Could Get VoteBut there are just two work days remaining for the current General Assembly no time to seek a House vote.
Ex-Missouri Treasurer Tapped for Greitens' AdministrationMissouri's incoming Republican Gov. Eric Greitens is tapping former GOP state Treasurer Sarah Steelman to be his administration commissioner.
UPDATE: Missouri GOP Starts 2017 Legislative Session With New AllyRepublicans still hold a commanding majority in both the House & Senate, but now there is no Democratic Governor to keep a balance.
Report: Illinois' Unpaid Bills Could Reach $14B Next YearThe temporary budget agreement between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who run the Legislature adds to the state's fiscal problems.
Nixon Appoints 3 New Curators to Lead University of MissouriMissouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday appointed three new members to the board of curators.
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.
Missouri Senate Republicans Blast Planned Parenthood RulingLawmakers argued that they had a right to question a state-funded hospital's decision to provide such privileges.

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