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.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
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.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
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
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.


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