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Comptroller: Illinois On Pace To Rack Up $5B Deficit

Munger’s office said Tuesday it doesn’t have enough money to write timely checks to service providers even on court-ordered payments.

08/25/2015

Illinois State Capitol

State Halts Creation Of New Local Taxing Bodies

Gov. Bruce Rauner, who made consolidating the state’s massive number of local government bodies a prominent piece of his agenda, has signed legislation to impose a moratorium on the creation of any new taxing bodies in Illinois.

08/14/2015

The Exposition Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill. (Photo Credit: Illinois Department of Agriculture)

Illinois State Fair Vendors May Have Payment Delays

Illinois State Fair vendors have agreed to work even though their paychecks may be delayed because of state budget issues, event organizers said.

08/07/2015

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

Illinois State Capitol

Developmentally Disabled Adults In Group Homes, Facilities See Allowance Cut

In the first increase in two decades, lawmakers temporarily raised the allowance last year to $60, up from $50 for people in group homes and from $30 for residents of intermediate care facilities. Now, it’s returning to the lower levels in place before the law, which granted the increase for fiscal year 2015 only.

07/20/2015

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Governor OKs Return Of Happy Hour To Illinois

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that allows bars and restaurants to begin offering happy hour drink specials for the first time in more than 25 years.

07/15/2015

Illinois State Capitol

2 Illinois Courts, 2 Opposite Takes On State Employee Pay

Courts on opposite sides of the state have issued opinions about whether state employees should continue to get paychecks while the impasse over a yearlong spending plan continues between Democrats in the Legislature and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

07/10/2015

Illinois State Capitol

Attorney General Madigan Asks Judge To OK Payments Without State Budget

Democrat Lisa Madigan announced Thursday that she has been working with Comptroller Leslie Munger to identify essential services that can be funded without appropriation authority from the General Assembly.

07/02/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner outlines his agenda after being sworn into office on Jan. 12, 2015, in Springfield, Illinois. Rauner is the first Republican governor in Illinois since 2003. (Credit: CBS)

Rauner Vetoes Pay Raises For Lawmakers, Constitutional Officers, Top Aides

In a new twist to the state’s ongoing budget battle, Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed salary increases for Illinois lawmakers, and other highly paid state employees.

07/01/2015

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 House chamber in Springfield, Illinois. (Credit: CBS)

State Budget Deadline Looms With No Compromise In Sight

It’s a race against the clock in Springfield, with lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner facing a midnight deadline to reach a deal on the state budget so no state services are interrupted.

06/30/2015

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

Chicago Public Schools Headquarters

House Defeats Delay In CPS Pension Payment

Illinois Democrats’ cross-party dispute in the state Capitol turned internal Tuesday when the majority party in the House failed to approve giving cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools a six-week reprieve on making a $634 million pension contribution.

06/23/2015

Illinois State Capitol

Lawmakers Return To Springfield; 8 Days Before Budget Due

The Illinois General Assembly makes what has become its weekly return to Springfield with a state budget still unresolved and only eight days before it’s due.

06/23/2015

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Lawmakers OK Pilot Program To Replace Snow Days With Online Classes

The idea is to turn snow days – or days off school due to extreme cold, or heavy snow – into so-called “e-learning days,” when school districts could provide online instruction to students.

06/17/2015

Illinois State Capitol

Comptroller Munger: Without Budget, State Payments To Stop

Illinois State Comptroller Leslie Munger told reporters Wednesday that if lawmakers can’t agree on a budget before the start of the July 1 fiscal year, state workers will start missing paychecks July 15 and state vendors won’t receive payments.

06/10/2015

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Lawmakers OK Return Of Happy Hour To Illinois

The state has banned happy hour drink specials since 1989, in an effort to cut down on drunk driving, though bars and restaurants were still allowed to designate “happy days,” when they could offer discounted drinks on a specific day of the week.

06/02/2015

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

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)

State Employee Union Presses Measure To Prevent Strike, Lockout

Union-friendly Illinois Democrats say Gov. Bruce Rauner has so poisoned contract negotiations with state workers that they pushed legislation Thursday that would prohibit either a strike or the Republican governor locking workers out.

05/29/2015

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