Members of the Illinois assembly meet in the House chambers, at the state Capitol. Pieces of Illinois Democrats' proposed state budget are coming into focus as lawmakers begin advancing them in the Legislature ahead of a scheduled Sunday adjourn

(AP Photo/Sara Burnett)

News Local/State - June 03, 2015

What Does A Budget Shutdown Look Like?

Democrats did pass several spending bills before the end of the regular session, but the state doesn’t have the money to fully back them up. Rauner says he won’t consider new revenue until the General Assembly approves at least some of his business-friendly agenda.

In this Sept. 24, 2007, file photo, an Illinois state-owned aircraft is seen within sight of the state Capitol as it prepares to take off from the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield

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News Local/State - June 02, 2015

Rauner Prepares Closures, Spending Cuts If No Budget Agreement

Rauner's plans include closing state musuems and juvenile justice centers, grounding all state plane passenger service, and suspending the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP.)

Chicago Bulls new coach Fred Hoiberg, right, speaks as general manager Gar Forman listens during an NBA basketball news conference Tuesday.

(AP Photo/Christian K. Lee)

News Local/State - June 02, 2015

Chicago Bulls Introduce Fred Hoiberg As New Coach

The Chicago Bulls made it official Tuesday, hiring Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg to replace Tom Thibodeau.  Hoiberg was long rumored as the replacement for Thibodeau, who was fired last week after five seasons.

Gov. Bruce Rauner at a press conference on the final day of the legislature's session on Sunday.

(Photo: Brian Mackey)

News Local/State - June 02, 2015

Rauner, On The (Ad?) Attack

Rauner, a Republican, is in a battle of wills and political might with Democratic leadership: House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton.  They're at odds over the budget, business practices, union rights and more, and it's been widely reported that Rauner is planning to once again win over the public using the strategy that helped him get elected, TV commercials.

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News Local/State - June 01, 2015

Proposed Urbana Budget Cuts Spending And Staff

The city of Urbana plans to cut half a million dollars in spending and eliminate five full-time positions under a proposed budget for the coming fiscal year. The spending plan will be presented Monday night to the full city council.

The Illinois Capitol Building is pictured in Springfield, Illinois, 2009.


News Local/State - June 01, 2015

Rauner’s “Turnaround Agenda” Asks Role Of Lobbyists

Gov. Bruce Rauner continued to blame the state's financial problems on Democratic "special interests" Sunday evening as the regularly scheduled legislative session drew to a close.

The Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.

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News Local/State - June 01, 2015

AFSCME Strike Prevention Stalls As Budget Takes Spotlight

Illinois' contract with the state's largest employee union expires at the end of the month and negotiations with the governor are said to be going badly. Democrats are trying to prevent a potential strike but the governor might have other plans.

bobcat lying down

(Photo: Daniel Casper/Wikimedia Commons)

News Local/State - June 01, 2015

Bobcat Hunting Advances in Legislature

Opponents say while bobcats were taken off the threatened species list, it's too soon to allow hunters to kill them, especially since they are seen as a trophy animal and aren't hunted for food.

In this March 20, 2015 file photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks at a news conference in Chicago.

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

News Local/State - June 01, 2015

Battle For The Future Of Illinois

The tense political atmosphere in Springfield is set to get even more contentious. Gov. Bruce Rauner's upfront -- he says it's going to get rough, but he's not giving up.

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