House Speaker Michael Madigan
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.
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.
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.
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.
CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports both the governor and house speaker are trying to be reassuring, but they remain far apart.
The Chicago Board of Education made its pension payment on schedule Tuesday, but at a cost — massive layoffs.
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.
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.
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.
Illinois’ House Speaker says his chamber plans to be in “continuous session” throughout the summer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Chicago Democrat introduced legislation to provide an additional $6 million for forensics laboratories in the budget year that begins July 1.
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.
The Legislature faces a fast-approaching deadline to act as money runs out for subsidized childcare programs, prisons, and court reporters.