House Speaker Mike Madigan

Illinois State Capitol

Treasurer Encouraged By State Budget Talks

Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford said Tuesday that he’s encouraged by the atmosphere around the Capitol this year as budget negotiations heat up.

CBS Chicago–04/19/2011

Illinois State Capitol

Quinn’s School Consolidation Plan Finding Little Support

The ideas of saving state money by combining school districts and eliminating the regional offices of education seem to be on their way to the recycle bin, maybe in the section marked “Easier Said than Done.”

CBS Chicago–03/31/2011

Illinois State Capitol

GOP Wants To Block Votes By Lame Duck Lawmakers

Illinois House Republicans want to change the Illinois Constitution to put an end to the General Assembly’s lame duck sessions following an election.

WBBM Newsradio–01/15/2011

Illinois House Floor

Lawmakers Take Break Before Tax Hike Vote

Illinois lawmakers left Springfield on Friday without voting on a major income tax hike as Democratic leaders tried to drum up support for a plan aimed at solving the state’s budget mess.

CBS Chicago–01/07/2011