Governor Bruce Rauner has told a group of state workers that a partial shutdown of Illinois government will be worth it if it brings change. Meanwhile, Democrats will consider a temporary budget to fund essential state services for a month.
James Aikman says he's dropping efforts to build a zoo and wildlife park on farmland near Arthur in Moultrie County, but hopes to find another location where his project will be welcomed by its neighbors.
There was no shortage of rain this month, but rather a shortage of drainage solutions. Collectively, Illinois received 8.9 inches of rainfall in June making it the wettest June on record and the fourth wettest month in the state's history according to records dating back to 1895. Currently, the wettest month on record happened in September of 1926 when 9.26 inches of rainfall fell over Illinois.
Illinois legislators will return to Springfield Tuesday, leaving them one last day to get a budget deal in order. This year's spending plan expires at midnight on June 30. Not only is there no long-term agreement, there's no sign of a provisional one either.
About 70 people attended a Monday news conference held by Champaign-Urbana Democratic lawmakers Carol Ammons and Scott Bennett. They say Gov. Bruce Rauner needs to set aside his agenda of business reforms and negotiate for social services that stand to lose funding by the new fiscal year Wednesday.