- GOP, Democrats say progress made in Illinois budget talks Updated: Jun-28-16 9:51 pm
CHICAGO - Gov. Bruce Rauner and majority Democrats were pushing competing plans to ensure schools stay open and government operations continue, though there were signs late Tuesday that the two sides could reach a deal on stopgap spending as Illinois approaches a second year without a full state budget.
- Illinois newspapers plan Page 1 budget message for lawmakers Updated: Jun-28-16 9:10 pm
CHAMPAIGN, Illinois - Under the joint headline "Enough," about a dozen Illinois newspapers are running front-page editorials to demand that the state's political leaders end the year-old budget stalemate.
- The Latest: GOP, Democrats say progress made in budget talks Updated: Jun-28-16 8:58 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Latest on Illinois lawmakers' fight over a stopgap budget and school funding plan for the new fiscal year that begins Friday (all times local):
- Rauner asks voters to beseech Democrats for budget action Updated: Jun-15-16 4:37 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner implored voters tired of budget deadlock to call Democratic legislators and ask them to return to the capital to vote on Republican budget measures.
- State board approves remap item for ballot, pending lawsuit Updated: Jun-13-16 3:53 pm
CHICAGO - A measure that would let Illinois voters decide if an independent commission should draw political boundaries inched closer to the November ballot Monday with a state board's approval, though a pending lawsuit could derail the efforts.
- Rauner also accusing attorney general of 'creating crisis' Updated: Jun-12-16 1:31 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner is trying to weave a wider web of blame for the state budget mess, extending his criticism of House Speaker Michael Madigan and other Democratic lawmakers to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, the speaker's daughter.
- Senate president accuses governor of continual 'campaigning' Updated: Jun-08-16 6:05 pm
CHICAGO - Senate President John Cullerton says first-term Gov. Bruce Rauner should "stop campaigning" and focus on managing Illinois.
- CEO: Chicago schools won't open without education budget Updated: Jun-02-16 12:35 am
CHICAGO - The CEO of Chicago Public Schools says the district won't be able to open this fall if Illinois lawmakers and governor don't get an education budget approved.
- Chicago gets some pension relief as Rauner veto overridden Updated: May-30-16 8:37 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Chicago taxpayers will save $1 billion on police and fire pension costs in the short term under a law the General Assembly approved Monday after some House Republicans bucked their governor, who had railed against it as a ridiculous expansion of the Illinois' growing pension hole.