Democrats rallied at the Illinois State Fair on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015.
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August 21, 2015

Democrats: United Against Rauner, Fighting Over Senate

What Democrats say they're organizing around — or more accurately against — is Rauner's "Turnaround Agenda." His wish list includes giving businesses a better shot at defending against lawsuits, making companies pay less to take care of injured workers, and limiting how many times people can run for election to the Illinois House and Senate.

The Illinois Statehouse in Springfield
August 19, 2015

State Senate Overrides Rauner Veto of Contract Arbitration Bill

Despite intense lobbying by Governor Bruce Rauner, the Illinois Senate voted Wednesday to override his veto of union-backed legislation. The legislation would send intractable contract disputes between the governor and labor unions to arbitration.

Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., speaks to Illinois Republican Senate leader Christine Radogno in Chicago.
(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
August 19, 2015

Senator Kirk A No-Show At State Fair

Illinois Republicans want to make sure Mark Kirk is re-elected to the U.S. Senate - in one of the most-watched races in the country.  But Kirk is absent from the traditional start of the campaign season--political days at the Illinois State Fair.

 In this Dec. 7, 2011 file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, left, speaks to reporters as his wife, Patti, listens at the federal building in Chicago, after Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years on 18 corruption counts.
(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
August 19, 2015

Full Court Won’t Rehear Blagojevich Appeal

The imprisoned Democratic former governor had hoped the full court in Chicago might overturn more of his 18 convictions than the five counts a three-judge panel tossed in July.

Dollars and pennies.
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August 19, 2015

Illinois Issues: In The Red

 As Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic legislative leaders go back and forth over the governor’s policy agenda and topics like lawmakers’ pay dominate the news cycle, it is easy to lose sight of the actual budget. 

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