Republicans who voted for at least one part of the grand bargain include Sens. Althoff, Anderson, Fowler, McCann, Nybo, Oberweiss, Radogno, Righter, Syverson and Tracy.
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March 22, 2017

Did Rauner 'Pull Votes' Off The Grand Bargain?

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner continues to insist he is not responsible for derailing the state Senate's so-called grand bargain. But Democrats say he pulled Republican votes off the bipartisan deal ... which was trying to end Illinois' budget stalemate. Both assertions cannot be true — so we asked Statehouse reporter Brian Mackey to investigate.

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Republican State Senator Chapin Rose of Mahomet.
Seth Perlman / AP
March 03, 2017

With 'Grand Bargain' In Doubt, State Senators Go Home Until Tuesday

Illinois Senators left Springfield Thursday without voting on the so-called "grand bargain.” Senate President John Cullerton says Democrats were left out to dry by Governor Bruce Rauner. He says Rauner instructed Republicans to withhold their support. But GOP Senator Chapin Rose, of Mahomet, says his side can wait a couple more weeks for a better deal.

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Logo of the Illinois Policy Institute.
(Illinois Policy Insitute)
February 13, 2017

School Administrators Seem Wary Of No-Tax-Hike Budget Proposal

A state budget without a state income tax hike is possible, says the Illinois Policy Institute. The conservative think-tank has released its own budget plan, which balances the budget, in part, by cutting off state subsidies for school districts and other local governments. But it’s not a plan that school administrators seem to appreciate.

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Students rally at the Capitol Rotunda Wednesday.
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February 08, 2017

College Students Rally At The Statehouse

College students rallied in the state Capitol rotunda Wednesday. They’re urging lawmakers to restore state funding to universities and community colleges. State schools have already cut faculty, classes, and services. But thousands of public and private Illinois college students may have to drop out if lawmakers don’t revive low-income MAP grants for next semester.

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