The Livingston C. Lord Administration Building at Eastern Illinois University.
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June 06, 2016

Without Budget, Eastern Illinois May Need Short-Term Layoffs

EIU President David Glassman sent out a mass e-mail Monday to students and staff, saying there were no longer any plans at the school for additional large-scale layoffs, but said those lasting up to 29 days may be needed.  Glassman said more cost-cutting measures may be needed to bridge the school in Charleston through the summer.


Gov. Bruce Rauner is joined by Republican Senators Chapin Rose and Jason Barickman at a stop at Middletown Prairie Elementary School in Mahomet Wednesday
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June 01, 2016

Rauner: Dems Should Break Ranks With Madigan, Cullerton

Governor Bruce Rauner says he was 'stunned' at Democrats' inability to agree on budget measures as the legislative session ended Tuesday, but says he's also starting see more Democrats break ranks with the House Speaker and Senate President. The Republican governor is hitting a number of cities on a 2-day road trip, drumming up support for a stopgap funding measure with some GOP lawmakers.


Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar speaks in support of GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner during a campaign rally outside the state Capitol on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in Springfield.
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May 31, 2016

Former Gov Edgar Weighs In On Rauner’s Stopgap Budget Plan

Former Republican Governor Jim Edgar says stopgap spending measures like the one proposed Tuesday by Gov. Bruce Rauner is "the worst kind of budget you can have" and takes the pressure off legislative leaders' efforts to come up with a real spending plan.  He appeared on WILL's 'The 21st' Tuesday.


Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, center, listens to House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, speaks to lawmakers at the state Capitol on Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Springfield.
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May 30, 2016

Rauner, Lawmakers Remain Deadlocked On Budget; Time Is Short

Lawmakers were working Memorial Day and legislative leaders were meeting with Rauner in the afternoon, but the chances for an agreement are becoming slimmer by the hour.  On Sunday, Gov. Bruce Rauner vowed to veto the spending plan approved by House Democrats last week.


Sylvia, a Champaign resident, uses a medical cannabis vaporizer pen to treat Multiple Sclerosis.
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May 26, 2016

Where Illinois’ Medical Marijuana Program Stands

The pilot program currently has about 6,000 patients, not close to what advocates were hoping for at this point.  They say there are number of reasons behind that - including the application process, and the state's failure to expand the list of qualifying conditions.  Without legislative action, it will expire in January 2018. 


Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan reaches out to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner
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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
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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.
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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.
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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. 


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