Leaders Tout Measure To Secure Life Insurance PaymentsIllinois State Treasurer Mike Frerichs and state legislators from both parties Tuesday asked Gov. Bruce Rauner to act quickly to sign legislation that would require insurance companies to notify beneficiaries of available death benefits.
State Senator Wants Illinois To Allow Local Assault Weapon BansState Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) said, based on the past two months alone, with the destruction wrought across the U.S. by assault weapons, local communities have to be given the flexibility to decide for themselves whether such guns should be outlawed.
Governor Forms Panel To Overhaul School Funding FormulaGov. Bruce Rauner said he wants the group to come up with a plan to fund education more fairly and adequately, and he wants the results by Feb. 1, 2017.
Illinois Budget Deal Heading For House VoteThe state’s epic budget impasse could end Thursday, as lawmakers were expected to vote on a stopgap spending plan, and a full-year education funding deal allowing schools to open in fall.
After Yearlong Budget Impasse, Optimism Growing In SpringfieldState lawmakers were holding their breath Wednesday night over a tentative deal to end the epic budget stalemate.
Rauner, Top Lawmakers Continue Budget Negotiations In SpringfieldRepublican Gov. Bruce Rauner and leaders in the Illinois Legislature continued meetings Wednesday to negotiate a short-term budget deal during the state's epic one-year stalemate.
Democrats, Republicans Report Progress In State Budget TalksGov. Bruce Rauner and majority Democrats were pushing competing plans to ensure schools stay open and government operations continue, though there were signs late Tuesday that the two sides could reach a deal on stopgap spending as Illinois approaches a second year without a full state budget.
Expert Says Voters Share Blame In State's Budget GridlockIf voters are looking for someone to blame for the continued gridlock among the governor and state lawmakers, a political expert said they might want to head for a mirror.
Activists To Rally In Demand For State Budget DealGet it done. That's the message some Chicagoans are hoping to send to state lawmakers on Tuesday; at issue, whether schools will open in the fall if the state can't come to a budget agreement.
Teachers To Emanuel, Rauner: 'Not One More Cent In Cuts'As Mayor Rahm Emanuel called on Governor Bruce Rauner and state lawmakers to provide more money for the Chicago Public Schools, teachers at a meeting on the South Side said the mayor has done little to help matters.
Senate GOP Leader Expects Short-Term Budget Deal By End Of The MonthA top Republican lawmaker said it’s likely the Illinois General Assembly will reach an agreement on a stopgap budget deal soon, but long-term solutions might take a while.
Suburban Schools Face Tough Choices Without State Education BudgetThe head of the Chicago Public Schools has warned schools won’t open in fall without a state education budget from Springfield, but the city isn’t alone in facing potentially drastic fallout from the ongoing political stalemate at the capitol.