Kyle McCarter and Dan McConchie sitting at a table discussing their budget proposal.
Senator Kyle McCarter's Office
May 01, 2017

Conservative Republicans Push Rauner To Endorse ‘No Tax Hike’ Budget

An Illinois Republican with a no-tax-hike budget plan is pushing Governor Bruce Rauner to get on board. State Senator Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) is one of the few legislators of either party who says Illinois can solve its budget problems without raising taxes.


Illustration of a report card.
Chelsea Beck/NPR
April 29, 2017

Trump’s 100-Day Plan, Annotated: Where His Promises Stand

The end of this week marks the 100th day of President Trump's term, and NPR is revisiting his full action plan, with annotations from journalists throughout the newsroom, taking stock of how the president's accomplishments compare with his campaign promises.


Jar of pennies tipped over.
Carter Staley/NPR Illinois
April 29, 2017

A Breakdown Of Barickman’s Bill

It's hard to find an issue that unites Illinois lawmakers, yet members of both political parties and Governor Bruce Rauner have consistently agreed the state needs to change the way it funds schools. Now, with the filing of two separate legislative plans, that once-unison chorus sounds out of tune.


John Bambanek
Twitter
April 28, 2017

After Withdrawal Of IBHE Nomination, Rauner Names Bambenek to Comm College Board

Two days after withdrawing his nomination to the state Board of Higher Education, Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed John Bambenek to a similar panel. The governor on Friday named the University of Illinois cybersecurity lecturer to the Illinois Community College Board. Bambanek wouldn’t comment on Rauner’s earlier decision, but says he’s grateful for the chance to serve.


Helen J. McCorkle Public School, which was closed in Chicago several years ago.
Flickr/Noah Vaughn/(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
April 27, 2017

Superintendents Speak Out On Budget Impasse; IDOT Patronage Hiring; History Of Black Music Class

On the 21st: We talked with two school superintendents about why they could have trouble opening in the fall without a full state budget. Plus, we learned how top Democrats helped friends and relatives land jobs at the Illinois Department of Transportation, and discussed how local high school students are learning about the history of jazz.


Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert
Charles Rex Arbogast/File/Associated Press
April 26, 2017

Illinois Board Terminates Hastert’s State Lawmaker Pension

An Illinois retirement board is terminating former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s state pension. He’d been collecting about $28-thousand a year for his service in the state legislature. The General Assembly Retirement System's board of trustees voted 5 to 2 Wednesday to end the pension.


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