A January rally pitted supporters of Gov. Bruce Rauner against those backing House Speaker Michael Madigan.
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June 20, 2017

Illinois Issues: What’s It Gonna Take To Get A Budget?

Commentary: Could a reborn Mushroom Caucus be the key to breaking the political impasse that has Illinois’ financial health at death’s doorstep? The self-deprecatory moniker was coined a generation ago by a group of legislative backbenchers who complained they were kept in the dark by their leaders and fed horse (manure).

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Comptroller Susana Mendoza addresses a women's march earlier this year in Springfield.
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June 07, 2017

Interview: 'I Shouldn't Have This Much Power'

Illinois government has been deadlocked on a state budget for 23 months. During that time, the once-perfunctory job of comptroller has gained in power and prominence. On paper, Susana Mendoza is simply in charge of paying the state's bills. But because there’s not nearly enough money to meet Illinois’ obligations, Mendoza must decide who to pay in what order.

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