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House Speaker Michael Madigan

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (at lectern) discusses the state's budget impasse at the Thompson Center in Chicago. (Credit: Illinois Senate Democrats)

Cullerton Wants To Restart Budget Talks, Rauner Says He Only Wants More Taxes

A day after saying House Speaker Michael Madigan was the only obstacle to reaching a state budget deal, Gov. Bruce Rauner accused the other top Democrat in the General Assembly of refusing to negotiate, even as Senate President John Cullerton was saying the governor and lawmakers need to “hit the reset button” on budget talks.

07/22/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters outside his office at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. (Credit: CBS)

Rauner Keeps Finger Pointed At Madigan For Budget Impasse

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner doubled down Tuesday on his efforts to blame Democratic House Speaker Mike Madigan for the state’s budget impasse, accusing him of stalling any agreement on a spending plan.

07/21/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (CBS)

Emanuel To Rauner: Stop ‘Personalizing’ Budget And Pension Fight With Madigan

A day after Gov. Bruce Rauner told Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan to either fall in line with his agenda or pass a tax hike on his own, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is warning Rauner that doing so was a bad move.

07/09/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner presents his budget address to the Illinois General Assembly in Springfield, Illinois, on Feb. 18, 2015. (Credit: CBS)

Governor, Democrats Still At Odds In Face Of Partial Government Shutdown

House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) planned to call for a vote on a $2.3 billion one-month budget to avoid the shutdown, but Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office has indicated he would veto any such measure.

07/01/2015

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

State Democrats To Propose Stop Gap Budget Covering Essential Services

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports both the governor and house speaker are trying to be reassuring, but they remain far apart.

06/30/2015

Chicago Public Schools Logo

CPS Makes Full Pension Payment; 1,400 Layoffs Expected

The Chicago Board of Education made its pension payment on schedule Tuesday, but at a cost — massive layoffs.

06/30/2015

Chicago Public Schools Headquarters

Document: Rauner Plan Would Advance $450M To Chicago Schools

Gov. Bruce Rauner is offering to accelerate state grant payments to help cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools make a $634 million pension contribution, according to a summary of the proposal obtained Sunday by The Associated Press.

06/29/2015

Governor Bruce Rauner waits for the arrival of  President Barack Obama at the Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy on February 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama used the event to designate Chicago's historic Pullman district a national monument. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Rauner Vetoes Most Of State Budget, Cites $4 Billion Deficit

The governor blamed House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton for sending him a spending plan that is nearly $4 billion short on revenue.

06/25/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (CBS)

Emanuel: Compromise Needed In State Budget Battle

Mayor Emanuel says the increasing war of words in the battle over the state budget isn’t likely to help resolve the differences, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

06/16/2015

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Madigan Says House Will Be In ‘Continuous’ Summer Session

Illinois’ House Speaker says his chamber plans to be in “continuous session” throughout the summer.

05/31/2015

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill. (Credit: www.alplm.org)

House Passes Plan For Separate Agency To Run Lincoln Library

The Illinois House has approved a plan to make the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum its own agency but scuttled the governor’s proposed privatization of business development in the state.

05/29/2015

Illinois House Of Representatives

Democrats Shelve Rauner Plan To Privatize Business Creation

House Democrats have abandoned Gov. Bruce Rauner’s idea to privatize the state’s business-development agency but are moving ahead with Speaker Michael Madigan’s plan to make the state’s shrine to Abraham Lincoln a separate agency.

05/28/2015

Illinois State Senate chamber in Springfield. (Photo by Whitney Curtis /Getty Images)

Illinois Senate Rejects Rauner’s Priorities, Advances Budget

Illinois Democrats agreed to give some of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s priority reforms a platform Wednesday but still voted them down in an exercise that could further fuel a politically charged standoff that’s expected to extend the summer.

05/28/2015

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Republicans Fire Back On Madigan’s Budget Proposal

In Springfield today, accusations of a nonsensical political theater and a path to a phony budget as Republicans fired back at powerful House Speaker Mike Madigan, reports CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine.

05/26/2015

Bruce Rauner (CBS)

Odds Bleak For State Budget Deal Between Gov. Rauner, Legislative Leaders

A standoff between Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and majority Democrats is threatening to derail action on a long list of issues as lawmakers enter the final week of their spring session.

05/25/2015

Illinois House Of Representatives

Illinois House Plans Right To Work Vote

Democratic Speaker Michael J. Madigan’s office says Thursday’s vote is planned even though the governor hasn’t filed a bill with the Legislature.

05/14/2015

Illinois House Of Representatives

Illinois House Grills Rauner Budget Director Over Cuts

House Speaker Michael Madigan formed the budget oversight panel after Rauner suspended $26 million in social services and public health grants as part of his push to reduce a $1.6 billion shortfall in the state budget. Lawmakers requested the documents during a Tuesday morning meeting.

04/21/2015

Crime Lab

Speaker Madigan Wants To Increase Funding For Crime Labs

The Chicago Democrat introduced legislation to provide an additional $6 million for forensics laboratories in the budget year that begins July 1.

04/03/2015

Illinois House Of Representatives

House OKs Plan To Fill Illinois Budget Hole

Legislation proposed by Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and backed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner passed the House early Tuesday afternoon with bipartisan support, including 46 of the chamber’s 47 Republicans.

03/24/2015

Illinois State Capitol

Lawmakers To Consider House Plan To Fill State Budget Hole

The Legislature faces a fast-approaching deadline to act as money runs out for subsidized childcare programs, prisons, and court reporters.

03/24/2015

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