Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan reaches out to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
May 25, 2016

Illinois House Speaker Writing Own Budget, Defying Governor

An attempt to reach a deal on Governor Bruce Rauner's pro-business, anti-labor demands isn't working out for House Democrats, who are set to go it alone on a new state budget.  House Speaker Michael Madigan says he told the Republican governor during a meeting Wednesday "he's not being real persuasive'' in negotiations that he's established with various groups of lawmakers. The measure passed later Wednesday, as House Republicans howled in protest.


Union supporters rally against Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's calls to change collective bargaining policies, in front of the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in Springfield, Ill. The march is organized by a coalition of
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
May 18, 2016

Thousands Protest Rauner’s Call To Change Labor Laws

On Wednesday, about 8,000 union supporters rallied at the Illinois Capitol to protest Gov. Bruce Rauner's calls to change collective bargaining policies. A coalition of labor groups marched by the governor's
mansion on their way to the Capitol.  Both Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton took the stage.


Urbana's 269-page fiscal 2017 budget proposal, released Monday.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
May 16, 2016

Urbana 2017 Budget Proposal ‘Holds The Line’ Based On Uncertainties

Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing says the proposed fiscal 2017 budget released Monday holds the line on the city's property tax rate, and has no new hires.  But she says the $49.5 million spending plan also includes investments like road repairs, including the partially grant-funded MCORE project, reconstructing a section of Green Street. 


RACES Executive Director Mary Evans addresses reporters outside her agency's Urbana office Thursday.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
May 12, 2016

Rape Crisis Center Reducing Operations To 24-Hour Hotline

Urbana-based RACES, or Rape Advocacy, Counseling, & Education Services, says the 11-month budget impasse has forced the agency to cut services like one-on-one counseling, and medical advocacy.  A part-time employee, funded by the local United Way, will help maintain the agency's 24-hour crisis hotline. 


Signs on the door for the RACES agency in Urbana.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
May 11, 2016

Illinois House Proposes $700M For Human Service Programs

Democrats are proposing $700 million to partially finance various human service programs that have gone without state funding since last summer because there's no budget. A House committee on
Wednesday unanimously advanced the bill to the full chamber.


Foellinger Auditorium at the University of Illinois' Urbana campus
Wikimedia Commons
May 09, 2016

U Of I’s Budget Plan To Include FY 2015 Figure From State

State law requires the University of Illinois to submit a budget by the end of the fiscal year.  But it's not clear what's coming from the state, if anything, due to the budget impasse.  In a U of I Trustees committee meeting Monday, Chief Financial Officer Walter Knorr said the school will rely on its fiscal 2015 figure when submitting its budget plan for FY 2017. 


Governor Rauner greets supporters at Nord's Outdoor Power in Bloomington
WGLT
May 06, 2016

Rauner Pushes Workers’ Comp Reform In Bloomington

Governor Bruce Rauner has taken his turnaround agenda campaign to Bloomington, calling for workers comp reform to save Caterpillar jobs that are moving to Arizona. He also repeatedly avoided answering questions about him not endorsing apparent GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump.


In this April 28, 2014 photo, students walk past the Alma Mater statue, a landmark on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana
(David Mercer/Associated Press)
May 05, 2016

Senate Approves 60-Percent Funding For Universities

A $454 million bill to increase funding for financially struggling Illinois colleges and universities has cleared the state Senate. Lawmakers approved the bill on a near unanimous vote and sent the measure to the House on Thursday.


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