Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, Democrat of Chicago,
Seth Perlman/AP
January 20, 2017

Cullerton, Radogno Promise Budget-Package Vote Wednesday

Illinois Senate leaders plan to vote on a compromise budget deal next week. Democratic Senate President John Cullerton of Chicago and Minority Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont told the Chicago Tribune editorial board that they will put the proposal to a floor vote Wednesday. It would raise income taxes, borrow to pay off overdue bills, expand casino gambling, and freeze local property taxes.

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Timothy Koritz, who was named the next chairman of the U of I's Board of Trustees in Thursday's meeting.
University of Illinois
January 19, 2017

U Of I Trustees: New Chair Named, Enrollment Plan Starts, New Calls for 'Sanctuary' Campus

The University of Illinois' Board of Trustees is has launched an initiative to boost system-wide enrollment to more than 90,000 students by 2021. Thursday's meeting also saw the election of a new Trustees' chair, Dr. Timothy Koritz, and approval to freeze in-state tuition rates for a third straight year. Meanwhile, a number of students are again calling for the U of I to declare the school a 'sanctuary campus' to help those who are in the country illegally.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner in a visit to an AutoZone distribution facility in Danville March 29.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
December 26, 2016

Democrats Weigh 2018 Challenge To Rauner; GOP On The Attack

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner sent two clear signals when he dumped $50 million into his campaign fund: The 2018 race for Illinois governor will be a rough one, and the contest starts now. What's still unknown is which Democrats will try to unseat the multimillionaire former businessman. 

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, left, and his wife Diana Rauner, right, walk down a hallway leading to a meeting of the governor's Cabinet on Children and Youth Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Springfield.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
August 31, 2016

Social Services Lose Lawsuit Asking Judge To Force State Of Illinois To Pay Them

Almost 100 social service agencies in Illinois, including one led by Illinois' first lady, were dealt a blow in a Cook County courtroom Wednesday.  Judge Rodolfo Garcia dismissed their lawsuit against the state of Illinois, which asked the court to force the state to fully pay them for work they were contracted to do during the year-long budget impasse.

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