House Speaker Michael Madigan talks to lawmakers in Springfield December 3.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
May 26, 2015

Democrats Flying Solo On New State Budget

The Republican governor is already expressing his frustration. The issue is, Illinois' income tax rate has dropped, so the state's missing out on billions of dollars. Gov. Bruce Rauner had proposed massive cuts to make up for it.


Members of the Illinois baseball team cheer as they learn about their No. 6 national seed in the NCAA Baseball Tournament at Billy Barooz in Champaign Monday.
(Darrell Hoemann /Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting.)
May 25, 2015

Illini Secure National Seed, Prepare To Host Regional

The Illinois baseball team is a national seed for the first time, meaning they'll host a Super Regional June 5-8 if they can win the first NCAA Regional this weekend at Illinois Field.  Ohio, Notre Dame, and Wright State will also play at Illinois Field May 29-31.


Illinois pitcher John Kravetz pitches to Michigan State in the first inning of Friday's third-round Big Ten tournament baseball game, which Illinois won, 2-0.
May 24, 2015

Champaign Chosen To Host NCAA Regional

The Illinois baseball team will continue postseason play at their own ballpark next weekend, hosting their first ever NCAA regional.  The Illini have been announced as one of 16 teams that will host games at Illinois Field during the national championship tournament’s opening round.


Illinois outfielder Will Krug bats against Michigan during the eighth inning of Saturday's fourth-round NCAA Big Ten Tournament 5-3 loss to Michigan.
(AP Photo/ Hannah Foslien)
May 23, 2015

Michigan Knocks Illini From Big Ten Tournament

The Illinois baseball team now looks to the NCAA regionals after Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Wolverines knocks them from the Big Ten Tournament in Minneapolis. 


In this May 15, 2014 file photo, Illinois Rep. Jay Hoffman, is seen on the House floor at the Capitol in Springfield.  On Friday, he accused GOP lawmakers of skirting controversial votes.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman,File)
May 22, 2015

Illinois Democrats Vote Down Workers Comp Bill

Democratic legislators have voted down elements of Gov. Bruce Rauner's pro-business agenda.  All House Democrats voted against three measures, while GOP colleagues only voted present.


In this February file photo,  Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner reaches to shake the hand of House Speaker Michael Madigan after delivering his first State of the State Address.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
May 22, 2015

Millionaire Tax Proposal Fails

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's effort to impose a new income tax on millionaires has stalled.  Three Democrats voted no Thursday.  Madigan blamed Republicans, who he says were following Governor Bruce Rauner's orders for protecting the wealthy at the expense of the middle class.


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