Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers his State of the Budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Springfield Ill.
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February 19, 2015

Reaction To Rauner Budget Sets Stage For Negotations

Rauner began his first budget negotiations with a call for deep spending cuts to Medicaid, pensions and other programs to fix the state’s budget mess without raising taxes. In a preview of what's likely to come, Democrats and Republicans sparred over many details and the need for tax hikes to fill the budget hole.

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February 18, 2015

Kids Behind Bars

A WBEZ investigation found that over a three year span, there were 344 instances when kids spent a week or more in the Cook County juvenile jail waiting for the Department of Children and Family Services to find them a place to live.

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February 16, 2015

Some Democrats Worry Governor Rauner Will Cut Spending To Social Services

 Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner is scheduled to present his budget for the financially struggling state this week. Many Democrats are concerned he will propose big cuts to social service agencies. Chicago Democrat Greg Harris says he doesn’t think Rauner’s plan to cut taxes is sustainable - if he wants to fund mental health services and child welfare programs.

Governor Bruce Rauner before Wednesday's State of the State address.
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February 09, 2015

Rauner Orders State To Stop Collecting Fair Share Union Fees

Gov. Bruce Rauner stepped up his campaign against government employee unions by eliminating so-called "fair share'' dues paid by workers who don't join a union. The Republican said Monday he has signed an executive order erasing what he says is a "critical cog in the corrupt bargain crushing taxpayers.'' 

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