Members of the Illinois assembly meet in the House chambers, at the state Capitol. Pieces of Illinois Democrats' proposed state budget are coming into focus as lawmakers begin advancing them in the Legislature ahead of a scheduled Sunday adjourn
(AP Photo/Sara Burnett)
June 03, 2015

What Does A Budget Shutdown Look Like?

Democrats did pass several spending bills before the end of the regular session, but the state doesn’t have the money to fully back them up. Rauner says he won’t consider new revenue until the General Assembly approves at least some of his business-friendly agenda.


Gov. Bruce Rauner at a press conference on the final day of the legislature's session on Sunday.
(Photo: Brian Mackey)
June 02, 2015

Rauner, On The (Ad?) Attack

Rauner, a Republican, is in a battle of wills and political might with Democratic leadership: House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton.  They're at odds over the budget, business practices, union rights and more, and it's been widely reported that Rauner is planning to once again win over the public using the strategy that helped him get elected, TV commercials.


Phyllis Wise, the chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
(Photo courtesy of the University of Illinois)
May 30, 2015

AAUP Committee Formally Recommends U of I Censure

The university came under scrutiny last year after rescinding a job offer for Professor Steven Salaita after he posted a series of anti-Israel tweets.


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