A January rally pitted supporters of Gov. Bruce Rauner against those backing House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Credit Ted Schurter / State Journal-Register
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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Illinois State Senator Daniel Biss
Seth Perlman/AP
June 06, 2017

State Sen. Daniel Biss Wants The Big Office At The Capitol

State Senator and Democratic candidate for governor Daniel Biss joined WBEZ's Morning Shift on Monday after the end of the Illinois legislature’s spring session, which again saw lawmakers unable to approve a budget. Biss talked about his approach to raising taxes, his relationship with House Speaker Michael Madigan, and more.

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Illustration of district drawing.
Rici Hoffarth/St. Louis Public Radio
April 25, 2017

Illinois Democrats Guard District-Drawing Privileges

It's a sentiment shared by Democratic politicians and liberal pundits: disgust over how Republicans drew up favorable (for them) legislative districts after the 2010 Census. But one place Democrats aren't fighting is Illinois, where they could be seen as the bad guy, having drawn legislative boundaries in 2011 that put the GOP at a disadvantage.

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