A storm hovers over an Illinois rural landscape on May 29, 2015. Extreme weather is likely to become more common in the Midwest under climate change conditions, according researchers and federal reports.
Photo by Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
July 21, 2015

GMOs, Monsanto And The Fight Against Climate Change

A Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting analysis of the USDA data found that Monsanto has been responsible for introducing 37 different genetically engineered seeds approved by the USDA. That number is about one-third of all USDA-approved GMOs. Most of those approved seeds have been for corn, soybean and cotton.

Governor Bruce Rauner at a press conference.
(Photo: Brian Mackey WUIS/Illinois Issues)
July 16, 2015

Illinois Issues: The Governor’s Money

In what appears to be a fundamentally new strategy in the use of campaign cash in Illinois, the state’s new Republican governor in May doled out $400,000 in a single day from his main campaign committee, giving to all 67 Republicans in both chambers of the legislature.

In this Jan. 9, 2015 file photo, Illinois lawmakers listen to Speaker of the House Michael Madigan in Springfield.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
July 08, 2015

Illinois House Moves Forward On Temporary Budget

Illinois House Democrats say they intend to pass a budget Thursday that would cover many state services through the month. But Governor Bruce Rauner would not say Wednesday if he would veto the plan.

Illinois State Capitol
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June 30, 2015

Rauner, Madigan ‘Circling Like Dogs’

Illinois legislators will return to Springfield Tuesday, leaving them one last day to get a budget deal in order. This year's spending plan expires at midnight on June 30. Not only is there no long-term agreement, there's no sign of a provisional one either.

Illinois State Capitol
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June 23, 2015

Continuous Summer Session Continues: A Look At Today’s Agenda

A series of House committees will meet; one hearing will focus on cuts Gov. Rauner says he's making to Community Care, a program that helps provide elderly and disabled individuals with home care help, to manage the budget during an impasse.  The salaries Rauner is paying his top staff is the subject of another hearing. It comes after questions about Rauner paying aides he calls "super-stars" salaries above that of people in those positions under former Gov. Pat Quinn's administration. 

 In this Feb. 4, 2015, file photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, right, reaches to shake the hand of House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, left, after delivering his first state of the state address at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Illinois&
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
June 19, 2015

Past Due: Budget Deal Could Bring Tax Increase

Democratic lawmakers and Rauner do not appear to be close to a budget deal. But if they can work out their differences, they will likely be looking for more revenue to help close the state's massive budget deficit. That could mean higher taxes for you. 

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