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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In this June 9, 2015 photo, members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees protest outside the in Chicago.
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March 18, 2017

Rauner Takes Union Fight To Illinois Supreme Court

Gov. Bruce Rauner has taken his confrontation with the state's largest public-employee union to the Supreme Court. The Republican announced Friday that his office has asked the high court to uphold a labor board ruling in his favor. That ruling last fall allowed Rauner to impose his preferred contract conditions on 38,000 members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner is joined by Republican Senators at Middletown Prairie Elementary School in Mahomet on June 1, 2016.
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March 07, 2017

Rauner: Illinois 'Won't Do Well' Under House GOP Health Plan

Illinois' Republican governor says he is "very concerned'' that the state's residents might be "left in the lurch'' under the health care plan proposed by congressional Republicans. Gov. Bruce Rauner said Tuesday he is talking with his fellow GOP governors and members of Congress on ideas for changing the proposal.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters after greeting veteran and participating in "Breakfast to Veterans for Veterans Day" Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in Springfield.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
March 03, 2017

Rauner Barred From Immediately Imposing Contract Terms

An Illinois appellate court has temporarily barred Gov. Bruce Rauner from imposing his contract terms on the state's largest public employee union. The 4th District Court of Appeals sided with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 on Friday.

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Rep.-elect Cheri Bustos D-Ill. is seen on stage during a news conference with newly elected Democratic House members, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012.
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February 20, 2017

Congresswoman Bustos Not Running For Governor In 2018

Democratic U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos says she won't run for Illinois governor in 2018. In a statement Monday, Bustos says she decided staying in Congress is "the best way for me to continue getting real results for working families across the heartland."

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Chris Kennedy at a University of Illinois Board of Trustees meeting in 2014.
Illinois Public Media
February 10, 2017

Interview With Gubernatorial Candidate Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy announced Wednesday he's running for Illinois Governor in 2018 in what's shaping up to be a crowded race for Democrats vying to take on Republican Governor Bruce Rauner. The son of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy and founder of a non-profit that works to eliminate food deserts in the Chicago area spoke with Illinois Public Radio's Lacy Scarmana on what he hopes to accomplish.

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Chicago businessman Chris Kennedy, poses for a portrait in his office Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in Chicago. Kennedy, the son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., says he will run for Illinois governor in 2018.
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February 08, 2017

Kennedy To Run For Governor In 2018

Chicago businessman and former University of Illinois Board of Trustees Chairman Chris Kennedy will join the Democratic race for Illinois Governor, and will file paperwork with the state later Wednesday. Kennedy made the announcement with a campaign website and annoucement on YouTube. The son of the late U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy says in a statement that he loves Illinois and the state has "never been in worse shape.'' He says state government needs "fundamental change.''

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Illinois Senate President John Cullerton speaks to reporters
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February 07, 2017

Illinois Senate Discusses Budget Privately, Takes No Vote

The Illinois Senate passed another day in Springfield without a vote on its much-anticipated budget compromise. Democrats and Republicans discussed the plan separately in private meetings lasting hours
Tuesday. But there were no votes on the plan. Leaders have been discussing for weeks ways to break a nearly two-year budget stalemate.

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This Aug. 17, 2016, file photo shows, then Republican Illinois state Comptroller Leslie Munger in Springfield, Ill. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has hired former state Comptroller Munger to serve as a deputy governor.
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February 03, 2017

Rauner Hires Munger As A Deputy Governor

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has hired former state Comptroller Leslie Munger to serve as a deputy governor. In a statement released first to The Associated Press on Friday, Rauner says Munger will focus on long-term budgeting and work with human services organizations hit hard by the state budget impasse.

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