State capitol in Springfield.

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June 02, 2017 - News Local/State

Budget Failure Leads To Credit Downgrades

A day after the Illinois General Assembly ended its spring session without passing a budget, two bond rating agencies have downgraded the state’s credit.

House Speaker Michael Madigan, left, speaks with reporters on Wednesday.

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June 01, 2017 - The 21st Show

How Illinois’s Budget Impasse Affects Schools, Businesses, Social Services; DCFS Director Resigns

On the 21st: Illinois legislators ended yesterday’s final scheduled session without approving crucial state funding. We heard from listeners and spoke with stakeholders. Plus, the director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services announced he's stepping down, amidst an ongoing ethics probe and following several recent deaths of children whose homes were being investigated.

House Speaker Michael Madigan, left, speaks with reporters on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

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June 01, 2017 - News Local/State

Pols Point Fingers While Illinois Continues Slide

The Illinois General Assembly ended its annual legislative session last night without agreeing on a budget. Top Democrats and Republicans blamed each other.

As Brian Mackey reports, state government's long, slow financial crisis will accelerate.

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