St. Sen. Andry Manar (D-Bunker Hill)
Dusty Rhodes/NPR Illinois
August 01, 2017

Negotiations Fizzle; SB1 Goes To Governor

The future of state funding for Illinois schools is still up in the air Monday afternoon. The fight over Senate Bill 1 — legislation that would overhaul the way Illinois supports k-12 schools — has such high stakes and such slim vote margins that it has turned into a parliamentary chess game. Now, the next move belongs to Gov. Bruce Rauner.

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Piggy bank with Illinois state bird and flower
Mike Thomas/Illinois Public Media
June 30, 2017

Illinois Misses Deadline To Pass Budget, Consequences Hover

A $36.5 billion plan to rebuild Illinois' crumbling finances passed a critical test on Friday, but a powerful legislative leader said no deal would be reached before a midnight deadline — meaning Illinois will enter its third consecutive fiscal year without a budget.

And it means entering dangerous territory: The state comptroller will be unable to cover basic services ordered by courts, road construction and Powerball ticket sales could halt, and the state's credit rating could be downgraded to "junk."

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