Metro East Democrats: We're Ready for Tough Votes, But...Will they be willing to take the tough votes they don't agree with?
Rauner Opposes Stopgap Spending PlanIllinois House Democrats are working on a proposal to fund social service agencies and higher education running desperately short on money due to the ongoing budget impasse.
Missouri Auditor Says State Struggles With Handling of Federal MoneyAuditor Nicole Galloway says nearly $1 million was given out to residents, without proper documentation.
How to Deal With Struggling Parents Out in PublicMost people turn away and assume it's not their problem, or even worse – take out their phone and post a video on Facebook.
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.
Illinois Senate OKs $3.8B Spending Bill Amid Budget ImpasseIllinois Senate Democrats passed a $3.8 billion funding bill for colleges and social services Thursday amid Republican objections that the state doesn't have the money to fulfill the proposal's promises.
Missouri Lawmakers Consider Welfare Verification BillThe bill's critics say it's a way to take away people's benefits under the pretense of efficiency and combating fraud.
Possible Mo. Budget Cuts Due Out TodayMissouri universities and social services programs may soon learn whether their budgets will be cut for the upcoming year
Missouri Settles Lawsuit Over Deaf ServicesSettlement provides improved state services
Budget Deadline Drawing Near for Missouri LawmakersHouse and Senate Republicans continue to be divided on many issues in the budget, including the passage of a $70 million tax amnesty program.
Stalemate Over, Missouri Senate Passes BudgetThe Senate ended a two day gridlock and passed the state's $24 billion budget early Wednesday morning.
Mo. Budget Blocked by Senate ConservativesThe Senate adjourned near midnight after eight hours without a compromise on Missouri's $24 billion budget.

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