n this Wednesday photo, Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, speaks to lawmakers after Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered his State of the State address.  Durkin called Democrats' Thurday proposal to fund MAP grants &#
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January 28, 2016

Illinois GOP Calls Democrats’ College Spending Bill A Hoax

Democratic legislators have approved $721 million for tuition grants and community colleges. But Republicans call it an empty promise because Illinois still doesn't have a budget.  Gov. Bruce Rauner has already indicated he'll veto the measure.


Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner delivering his 2016 State of the State address.
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January 27, 2016

Gov. Rauner’s State Of The State Address: Highlights, Reaction

Gov. Bruce Rauner's State of the State address included proposals for improving Illinois schools, reforms to the state's criminal justice system, support for St. Sen. President Cullerton's pension reform plan and criticism of state employee unions. Illinois labor leaders and African-American lawmakers did not have a positive reaction, while Illinois House Speaker expressed possible support for a new pension reform plan.


In this Nov. 10, 2015 file photo, protesters rally in support of lawmakers ending the state budget impasse at the Illinois state Capitol in Springfield.
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January 26, 2016

Advocates Ask For Long-Term View Ahead Of Speech

Those representing social service groups and the low-income want Gov. Bruce Rauner to look at the long-term negative impacts of Illinois' 7-month budget stalemate as he prepares for his State of the State address on Wednesday.


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