In this Jan. 27, 2016 file photo, Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, attends a joint session of the General Assembly at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.
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April 11, 2016

Madigan Introduces Education Funding Amendment

The Democratic House Speaker's legislation states that education is a fundamental "right'' - as opposed to "goal'' - and that the state has the "preponderant financial responsibility'' for funding schools.   If approved, the amendment would appear on ballots in November.


Illinois Capitol
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April 11, 2016

Lawmakers Frustrated By State Budget Impasse Meet Privately

Rank-and-file Illinois lawmakers frustrated by the 10-month state budget impasse are meeting on their own in bipartisan groups to discuss potential solutions.  Some met Monday at a forum in Chicago hosted by The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.


Gov. Bruce Rauner meets with other state and local officials when surveying flood damage in Villa Grove January 3.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
April 08, 2016

Rauner Appeals Federal Denial Of Disaster Funds

Gov. Bruce Rauner is appealing the federal government's decision to deny funding to help Illinois residents, businesses and local governments pay for damage caused by December and January floods. Counties impacted by the flooding in December and January include Vermilion and Moultrie.


tap water
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April 08, 2016

The 21st: Water Quality Issues & A Stereotype-Smashing Organist

The crisis with lead in Flint’s water has led many communities around the country to ask: could this happen here? Today on the 21st, we talked with people from Chicago, Galesburg, and Decatur, to find out what those communities are seeing regarding lead and other problems with tap water. Also, musician Cameron Carpenter joined us to explain his not-so-traditional approach to playing the organ.


Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, R-Lemont, speaks to reporters during a news conference at the Illinois State Capitol Thursday, March 17, 2016 in Springfield.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
April 07, 2016

Illinois GOP: Free Up Unspent Money For Social Programs

GOP leaders in the Illinois General Assembly are proposing $1.3 billion in spending for human services. They say most of the money would come from state funds set up for special purposes.


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