Illinois General Assembly

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

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Legislature Could Give Final OK To Parts Of 2016 Budget

Democrats who control the Legislature are advancing a 2016 budget that’s more than $3 billion short of anticipated revenues. Republicans have criticized the spending plan as irresponsible.

05/29/2015

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

Republicans Take Turn In Battle Over Budget, Reform

Proposals addressing workers compensation, changes to the civil legal system and a freeze on property taxes are on the agenda Wednesday in Senate committees.

05/27/2015

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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

Casino Gambling

Tourism Experts Testify On Potential Chicago Casino

A future Chicago casino could generate much-needed revenue and draw crowds to city hotels and restaurants, tourism experts testified Monday during a gambling expansion hearing that comes as state legislators stare down a budget deadline and fresh concerns about finding new funding sources.

05/11/2015

The Illinois Supreme Court building in Springfield, Ill. (Credit: Illinois.gov)

Illinois Supreme Court Tosses State Pension Overhaul

The decree puts new Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the General Assembly back at the starting line in trying to figure out how to wrestle down a $111 billion deficit in what’s necessary to cover its state employee retirement obligations.

05/08/2015

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

Civic Federation: Many Of Rauner’s Proposed Cuts Not “Achievable Or Prudent”

A respected budget watchdog group has come out with a sharply critical analysis of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s fiscal plan for Illinois.

05/07/2015

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