Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, speaks to lawmakers while on the House floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday in Springfield. Democrats in the General Assembly continue attempts at flanking the Republican
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October 22, 2015

Moody’s Downgrades Rating On Illinois Bonds, Second Downgrade This Week

For the second time this week, a credit rating agency has downgraded Illinois' bond rating over the state budget stalemate.  Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan said the news means Governor Bruce Rauner should 'put aside his agenda that Democrats and Republicans alike oppose.'

In this Nov. 7, 2014, file photo, Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner, right, greets former Republican Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar in Springfield, Ill. Pressure is building for Republican Gov. Rauner and majority Democrats to end their months-long stalemate
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October 22, 2015

Rauner Bites Back At Edgar, Thompson Critiques

On the state's 113th day without a budget, Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner Thursday sloughed off critical comments made by his a pair of his predecessors, former GOP governors Jim Edgar and James Thompson.

University of Illinois Urbana campus interim Provost Edward Feser
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October 20, 2015

Provost: U of I Urbana Campus Coping With State Budget Impasse

Interim Provost Edward Feser says the University of Illinois Urbana campus is making cuts in both administration and faculty hiring, as part of efforts to cope with the state budget impasse.

Champaign County METCAD 911 logo
October 19, 2015

Urbana Budget Amendment For METCAD Deferred

Mayor Laurel Prussing says the two-week deferral called for by two opponents of the measure will give her more time to negotiate a longer payment schedule to cover a sharp increase in Urbana's fee for the 911 dispatch service provided by METCAD.

In this Nov. 3, 2014 file photo, former Governor of Illinois Jim Edgar, left, shows his support of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, right, during a campaign rally in Springfield. Edgar, who ran the state from 1991 to 1999, is pressing
Seth Perlman/AP
October 19, 2015

Pressure Mounts For Lawmakers To End Budget Impasse

Legislators appears no closer to a budget deal as they return to Springfield Tuesday.  Last week, former Republican Gov. Jim Edgar, who supported Gov. Bruce Rauner during his campaign, said the governor shouldn't "hold the budget hostage'' waiting for business reforms.

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