Mayor Defends CPS Property Tax Hike In State Education Funding PlanHouse Democrats estimate CPS could levy an additional $120 million in property taxes. Cook County Clerk David Orr estimated it would be more
Governor Expected To Get Education Funding Plan, Issue Prompt VetoGov. Bruce Rauner has not spelled out exactly how he would change the legislation before sending it back to the Senate.
Lawmakers To Meet For Special Session Amid Education Funding DisputeAt least two lawmakers planned to boycott the special session, and instead planned to be at Gale Elementary for a service day.
Rauner To Call Another Special Session, Amid School Funding DisputeThe governor accused Democrats of holding schools hostage to an attempt to bail out teachers’ pensions in Chicago.
Rauner Vows Special Session Without Education Funding Plan By Noon MondayLawmakers could be staring at another special session, because of a dispute over education funding, after the governor gave an ultimatum.
Overdue State Funding Prompts Major Layoffs For Family FocusThe prospect of starting a third fiscal year without a state budget has prompted one Chicago social service agency to make massive layoffs.
Democratic Lawmakers Are Skeptic About Latest State Budget Proposals From RepublicansDemocratic lawmakers are reacting with skepticism to the latest proposals for a state budget compromise from their republican colleagues.
Judge Rules Illinois Not In Compliance On Medicaid PaymentsA federal judge ruled Illinois isn't in compliance with court orders to pay health care bills for low-income and other vulnerable groups.
Illinois Lawmakers Approve New Public Schools Funding FormulaLate Wednesday night, the Illinois Senate followed the House in voting to change the state’s education funding formula.
Urban League Calls For Lawmakers To Reject Gun Crimes LegislationThe Urban League argued increased sentences for repeat gun offenders would only put more black people in prison, and cost taxpayers millions
State Budget Deadline Looms, But No End In Sight For 2-Year ImpasseState lawmakers have one last shot to approve a budget deal before the spring session ends at midnight, and the task becomes even harder.
At Issue: Education Advocates Hopeful School Funding Formula Will Change For The BetterThe Illinois General Assembly is forging ahead with measures to overhaul the way Illinois distributes state tax revenue for public schools.