Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger begins a news conference on the state budget Thursday, July 14, 2016, in Chicago.
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December 02, 2016

Munger: Lawmakers Suing Over Pay Are ‘Cowards’

Half-a-dozen Democratic state representatives have sued the Illinois comptroller for holding up their paychecks during the state budget mess. On her last day in office, Republican Comptroller Leslie Munger called the legislators "cowards." Democrat Susanna Mendoza takes over Monday and has pledged to continue withholding paychecks.


103rd District State Rep. Carol Ammons (D-Urbana)
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December 02, 2016

Ammons Disappointed In AVR Reversal In House

State Rep. Carol Ammons (D-Urbana) hopes to see another attempt at passing Illinois' automatic voter registration measure when House lawmakers return to Springfield early next month. Her chamber fell four votes shy of overriding Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of that measure this week.


A dollar bill cut into strips.
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December 02, 2016

Illinois Issues: A Decade Of Pain

New projections show nibbling around the edges of the state’s budget problems will get Illinois nowhere. That's according to the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs.


Bradfield debates Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing in March 2013 at the Champaign City Building.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
December 02, 2016

Republican Bradfield Launches Third Attempt At Urbana Mayor

Engineer and land surveyor Rex Bradfield is launching another campaign for the office of Urbana mayor. With three Democrats in the race, that means there will be a competitive general election for the office in April. Bradfield has twice lost to incumbent Laurel Prussing, in 2009 and 2013. He says Urbana city government needs to to more to lure business to the city, and says funds have been wasted on downtown projects like the Boneyard Creek beautification.


The Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.
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December 01, 2016

Stalemate Continues In Springfield With Schools Veto, Union Lawsuit

In a sign the stalemate in Springfield is as strong as ever, Governor Bruce Rauner on Thursday vetoed a bill that had once been held up as proof he and Democratic leaders were capable of working together. The action leaves politicians divided and could leave the financially-ailing Chicago Public Schools short some $215 million.


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December 01, 2016

Illinois Politics; K-12 Education Report; World AIDS Day; Author Discusses ‘Make Someone Happy’

On the 21st: We talked Illinois politics with two reporters and discussed a new report that reveals that many low-income students lag behind their wealthier peers. Plus, we spoke with an infectious disease physician about the progress made in treating HIV. Plus, Chicago-based author Elizabeth Berg joined us to talk about her latest book, a collection of her writings from Facebook.


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