The U.S. Supreme Court will not get the last word on Illinois’ attempts to cut government pension costs; a 2013 pension law is dead, for good. There'd been a slim possibility the law would have another big day in court.
The district has been without representation in Congress since Republican Aaron Schock resigned at the end of March amid spending scandals. The special general election pits Republican Darin LaHood against Democrat Rob Mellon, who won their respective special primaries in July.
You might think that with the state of Illinois’ finances in flames, the top legislative leaders would be in constant meetings with the governor. You might think they were working around the clock to hammer out a compromise.
What Democrats say they're organizing around — or more accurately against — is Rauner's "Turnaround Agenda." His wish list includes giving businesses a better shot at defending against lawsuits, making companies pay less to take care of injured workers, and limiting how many times people can run for election to the Illinois House and Senate.
Rauner didn't miss the opportunity to make a grand entrance to his first Governor's Day at the fairgrounds, riding in on his black Harley -- decked in his state fair uniform of Wranglers, black cowboy boots, and a plaid shirt -- took off his helmet, and greeted some fans who'd been waiting for his arrival.
As Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic legislative leaders go back and forth over the governor’s policy agenda and topics like lawmakers’ pay dominate the news cycle, it is easy to lose sight of the actual budget.