A flow chart laying out the goals of the Smart Energy Design Assistance Program.
(Smart Energy Design Assistance Center)
July 04, 2015

Budget Stalemate Extends To U of I Energy Research

The Smart Energy Design Assistance Center is one of a few areas funded differently on the U of I campus - with money passing through a state agency.   It shut its doors Tuesday, laying off 50 people.


Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks with Employees of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Springfield.  Rauner said a partial state government shutdown is worth the pain if it brings fundamental change to business and po
(Brian Mackey/WUIS)
June 30, 2015

Rauner: Shutdown Worth Pain If It Brings Change

Governor Bruce Rauner has told a group of state workers that a partial shutdown of Illinois government will be worth it if it brings change.  Meanwhile, Democrats will consider a temporary budget to fund essential state services for a month.


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.


Kristina Rath, whose 11-year old son is autistic, gets emotional when addressing a group at Champaign's Developmental Services Center Monday.
(Masaki Sugimoto/WILL)
June 29, 2015

Champaign Social Service Groups Issue Plea To Rauner

About 70 people attended a Monday news conference held by Champaign-Urbana Democratic lawmakers Carol Ammons and Scott Bennett.  They say Gov. Bruce Rauner needs to set aside his agenda of business reforms and negotiate for social services that stand to lose funding by the new fiscal year Wednesday.


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. 


Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves the Volunteers of America halfway house in Baltimore where he'd been living since his release from an Alabama federal prison in March, Monday, June 22, 2015.
(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
June 22, 2015

Ex-US Rep. Jackson Says He’s Happy To Be Home

Jesse Jackson Jr. has returned to his Washington D.C. home after leaving a Baltimore halfway house Monday.   The former congressman who went to prison for misspending campaign money still faces three years on supervised release, and 500 hours of community service.


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