Illinois Senate chamber.
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May 17, 2017

State Senate Begins Voting On 'Grand Bargain'

There were mixed results Wednesday in Springfield, when Illinois Senate Democrats went ahead with voting on the so-called “grand bargain”. It's been widely seen as the best hope for ending Illinois' nearly two-year budget stalemate. 

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Illustration of district drawing.
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April 25, 2017

Illinois Democrats Guard District-Drawing Privileges

It's a sentiment shared by Democratic politicians and liberal pundits: disgust over how Republicans drew up favorable (for them) legislative districts after the 2010 Census. But one place Democrats aren't fighting is Illinois, where they could be seen as the bad guy, having drawn legislative boundaries in 2011 that put the GOP at a disadvantage.

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