Illinois Senate chamber.
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June 21, 2017

Little Visible Progress On First Day Of Special Budget Session

Illinois lawmakers met briefly on the first day of their special session to work on a state budget, quickly adjourning so that Democrats and Republicans could meet behind closed doors to strategize. 


Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson
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June 21, 2017

Security Of State Election Systems The Focus Of Dueling Capitol Hill Hearings

If two nearly simultaneous hearings Wednesday by the House and Senate Intelligence Committees into Russia's meddling in last year's presidential election revealed anything, it's that U.S. officials saw what was going on but were all but powerless to stop it.

In his prepared remarks, former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the Russian government, "at the direction of Vladimir Putin himself, orchestrated cyberattacks on our Nation for the purpose of influencing our election — plain and simple."


Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner
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June 20, 2017

Rauner Calls For Budget Unity, Democrats Cry Foul

Gov. Bruce Rauner is urging lawmakers to end the "unnecessary" budget crisis that's gripped Illinois for two years.  

The first-term Republican delivered brief comments from the Old State Capitol Tuesday, the evening before legislators were set to begin a special session on the budget. 


A January rally pitted supporters of Gov. Bruce Rauner against those backing House Speaker Michael Madigan.
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June 20, 2017

Illinois Issues: What’s It Gonna Take To Get A Budget?

Commentary: Could a reborn Mushroom Caucus be the key to breaking the political impasse that has Illinois’ financial health at death’s doorstep? The self-deprecatory moniker was coined a generation ago by a group of legislative backbenchers who complained they were kept in the dark by their leaders and fed horse (manure).


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