The Illinois House chamber.
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June 07, 2016

The Fight For School Funding

The Illinois legislature adjourned last week with no budget in place --- not even a plan to fund public schools. Illinois Public Radio Education Desk reporter Dusty Rhodes takes a look at what issues kept the lawmakers squabbling over school funding until it was too late.


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June 03, 2016

Rauner, Lawmakers React To Exelon Closures

Exelon Corp. says it will shut two Illinois nuclear plants, including the site at Clinton, because of legislative inaction on state financial support, but the company is still lobbying for the plan with legislators still dealing with the budget impasse. On Thursday, Gov. Bruce Rauner said he wanted to protect the estimated 1,500 jobs that would be lost, but wants to balance that with protecting rate payers and taxpayers, calling the company's Next Generation Energy bill 'a bailout.'


Gov. Bruce Rauner is joined by Republican Senators Chapin Rose and Jason Barickman at a stop at Middletown Prairie Elementary School in Mahomet Wednesday
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June 01, 2016

Rauner: Dems Should Break Ranks With Madigan, Cullerton

Governor Bruce Rauner says he was 'stunned' at Democrats' inability to agree on budget measures as the legislative session ended Tuesday, but says he's also starting see more Democrats break ranks with the House Speaker and Senate President. The Republican governor is hitting a number of cities on a 2-day road trip, drumming up support for a stopgap funding measure with some GOP lawmakers.


Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar speaks in support of GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner during a campaign rally outside the state Capitol on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in Springfield.
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May 31, 2016

Former Gov Edgar Weighs In On Rauner’s Stopgap Budget Plan

Former Republican Governor Jim Edgar says stopgap spending measures like the one proposed Tuesday by Gov. Bruce Rauner is "the worst kind of budget you can have" and takes the pressure off legislative leaders' efforts to come up with a real spending plan.  He appeared on WILL's 'The 21st' Tuesday.


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