Gov. Bruce Rauner is joined by Republican Senators Chapin Rose and Jason Barickman at a stop at Middletown Prairie Elementary School in Mahomet Wednesday

Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - June 01, 2016

Rauner: Dems Should Break Ranks With Madigan, Cullerton

Governor Bruce Rauner says he was 'stunned' at Democrats' inability to agree on budget measures as the legislative session ended Tuesday, but says he's also starting see more Democrats break ranks with the House Speaker and Senate President. The Republican governor is hitting a number of cities on a 2-day road trip, drumming up support for a stopgap funding measure with some GOP lawmakers.

The 21st Show - June 01, 2016

The 21st: Budget Stakeholders; The Play ‘Long Lost’

June 1 marks the beginning of our 11th month without a state budget. Many haven't felt the affects of this - 90 percent of the budget is being funded, via special court orders, because of federal-pass through money or individual laws. For the 10 percent of those who aren't being funded, however - state universities, many social service agencies, prisons, state parks - it's an entirely different story.

The Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.

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News Local/State - June 01, 2016

Legislators End Regular Spring Session Without Passing Budget

Illinois' budget crisis will continue, unabated.  The regular spring session came to an end Tuesday night, without any resolution to the stalemate that has the state entering its twelfth month without a complete spending plan.  There's no plan for the next fiscal year that starts July 1st, either. 

Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar speaks in support of GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner during a campaign rally outside the state Capitol on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in Springfield.

Seth Perlman/Associated Press

News Local/State - May 31, 2016

Former Gov Edgar Weighs In On Rauner’s Stopgap Budget Plan

Former Republican Governor Jim Edgar says stopgap spending measures like the one proposed Tuesday by Gov. Bruce Rauner is "the worst kind of budget you can have" and takes the pressure off legislative leaders' efforts to come up with a real spending plan.  He appeared on WILL's 'The 21st' Tuesday.

Central Illinois farmers harvest corn.

Darrell Hoemann / Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

News Local/State - May 31, 2016

Farm Income Down, Crop Insurance Costs Up

Farm income is expected to drop for the third straight year, according to projections from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Fortunately for farmers, there’s insurance for that.

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