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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.

 In this Feb. 4, 2015, file photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, right, reaches to shake the hand of House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, left, after delivering his first state of the state address at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Illinois&
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June 19, 2015

Past Due: Budget Deal Could Bring Tax Increase

Democratic lawmakers and Rauner do not appear to be close to a budget deal. But if they can work out their differences, they will likely be looking for more revenue to help close the state's massive budget deficit. That could mean higher taxes for you. 

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June 17, 2015

Pension Expert: Illinois Is “The State You Don’t Want To Be”

While state leaders haggle over next year's budget, Illinois' $111 billion unfunded pension liabilty remains the elephant in the room.  Don Boyd is a senior fellow at the Rockefeller Institute in Albany, New York, and studies state finance with a focus on pensions.  Boyd spoke with Morning Edition Host Brian Moline about the causes of the shortfall and some possible solutions.

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
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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.

In this March 4, 2015 file photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks at an event in Springfield, Ill. Democrats in the Illinois House voted down a plan similar to Gov. Rauner's proposal to allow local governments to permit workers to opt out of u
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May 15, 2015

House Turns Down Governor’s Right-To-Work Turnaround

Illinois Democrats have knocked one of the new Republican governor's top priorities down to an easy defeat. The Illinois House yesterday voted against Bruce Rauner's notion of local right-to-work zones. The issue is highly contentious on its own. But a broader division was also at play.Before we get to the right-to-work debate, it's important to rewind some.

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May 12, 2015

Lawmakers Meet To Discuss Gambling Expansion

If passed, gaming expansion could serve as an advantage to cities like Danville.  A panel of lawmakers from both chambers, which includes House Assistant Republican Leader Chad Hays of Catlin, meets for the first time Tuesday.

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