Illinois General Assembly

Rauner Closing Museums, Shooting Range Amid Budget StandoffGov. Bruce Rauner is set to close state museums and a sport-shooting complex because of Illinois' budget crisis, even though most staff will still report to work and the chairman of the museum's board says the savings will amount to "peanuts."
Frerichs, College Students Ask Rauner To Restore College AidDemocratic Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs and others have urged Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner to restore state scholarship money for needy college students.
Social Service Advocates Warn Of Dire Consequences Of State Budget StalemateSocial service groups said the situation is getting dire – and even deadly – as state funding remains stalled due to the budget standoff between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic lawmakers.
Illinois Senate Rejects Rauner's Veto Of Anti-Heroin BillSenate Democrats bucked Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto Wednesday in instituting a law to fight heroin abuse in Illinois, but ran into predictable Republican derision when they approved spending $3.8 billion to fund a variety of programs from breast cancer screenings to lottery prizes.
Illinois' History Museum Is Latest Target In Political FightThe skeleton of a massive mastodon, thousands of Native American artifacts and a giant shark could be the next casualties in an increasingly ugly fight over Illinois' state budget that has dragged on for months with no sign of ending.
Comptroller: Illinois On Pace To Rack Up $5B DeficitMunger's office said Tuesday it doesn't have enough money to write timely checks to service providers even on court-ordered payments.
State Halts Creation Of New Local Taxing BodiesGov. 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.
Illinois State Fair Vendors May Have Payment DelaysIllinois State Fair vendors have agreed to work even though their paychecks may be delayed because of state budget issues, event organizers said.
Cullerton Wants To Restart Budget Talks, Rauner Says He Only Wants More TaxesA 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.
Rauner Keeps Finger Pointed At Madigan For Budget ImpasseRepublican 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.
Developmentally Disabled Adults In Group Homes, Facilities See Allowance CutIn 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.
Governor OKs Return Of Happy Hour To IllinoisGov. 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.