Illinois General Assembly

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

Bruce Rauner (CBS)

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

Photo Of Gamblers Playing The Slots. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Rauner Open To Chicago Casino As Lawmakers Weigh Gambling Expansion

Unlike his predecessor, Gov. Bruce Rauner isn’t slamming the door on a proposed casino for Chicago. At the same time, Rauner has reservations about expanding casino gaming in Illinois.

05/04/2015

Illinois State Capitol

Lawmakers Weighing Additional Protections For Campus Rape Victims

Victims of campus sex assaults in Illinois would have confidential university advisers to help guide them through the legal and medical systems under a legislative proposal that has passed the state House.

04/27/2015

This artist rendering shows the future Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. (Lucas Museum)

State Lawmakers Try To Clear The Way For Obama Library, Lucas Museum

Hoping to lift any possible legal hurdles to building either Barack Obama’s presidential library or filmmaker George Lucas’ proposed museum on park property, Illinois lawmakers swiftly approved legislation to make sure the Emanuel administration has the authority critics claim it lacks.

04/23/2015

Illinois State Capitol

Budget-Patching Deal Dips Into Various State Funds

The move, signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday, digs into some of the largest piles of money in the state, including one intended to pay for highway construction, and some lesser known funds, such as ones to promote renewable energy sources and oversee the disposal of used tires.

03/27/2015

Illinois State Capitol

Illinois Senate Sends Budget-Balancing Plan To Governor

In an early major test of Illinois’ newly divided government, the Senate passed a compromise plan Thursday to plug a $1.6 billion hole in this year’s budget and avert shutdowns of state programs and services.

03/26/2015

Illinois House Of Representatives

House OKs Plan To Fill Illinois Budget Hole

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.

03/24/2015

Illinois State Capitol

Lawmakers To Consider House Plan To Fill State Budget Hole

The Legislature faces a fast-approaching deadline to act as money runs out for subsidized childcare programs, prisons, and court reporters.

03/24/2015

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

Former Charter Schools CEO Earning $250K As Rauner’s Adviser

For weeks, Beth Purvis’ role in the administration had been somewhat of a mystery. Not until after several inquiries from The Associated Press did the Rauner administration disclose that Purvis — a key member of the governor’s transition team — is now earning $250,000 a year to advise him on education policy.

03/20/2015

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

Illinois Justices Press State’s Lawyer On Pension Overhaul

Illinois Supreme Court justices asked the state’s lawyer to explain Wednesday how the government can seek extraordinary power to reduce public pension benefits in the face of a fiscal crisis when the government itself is culpable for the financial mess.

03/11/2015

Illinois House Of Representatives

Mom Of Fondling Victim Seeks Change In Sex Offender Law

Proposed legislation to close a loophole in the state’s sex offender laws serves as testament to the persistence of a Plainfield woman who would not take no for an answer.

03/05/2015

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

Rauner Calls For Billions In Budget Cuts

Delivering his first budget address since winning office last fall, Gov. Bruce Rauner said his plan would end “the irresponsible and reckless practices of the past.” He said lawmakers must be willing to make politically unpopular decisions to close a more than $6 billion budget hole next year.

02/18/2015

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 Forms Panel To Recommend Overhaul Of Criminal Justice System

Saying he wants the state to do more to keep people out of prison, Gov. Bruce Rauner has formed a commission to study possible changes to the state’s criminal justice system.

02/12/2015

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