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
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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.
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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.


n this Nov. 27, 2013 file photo, Vernita Gray and Patricia Ewert hold their Illinois marriage license at their home in Chicago following their marriage by a Cook County judge. They were granted an exception to marry before Illinois' law formally
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June 26, 2015

Illinois, Indiana Reax To High Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Advocates in Illinois are celebrating the Supreme Court's ruling making same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.  Equality Illinois says the ruling sends a powerful message that LGBT Americans "should be treated equally and justly in all facets of life.''


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