Commercial Business Group Sounds Off On Emanuel Property Tax PlanAs members of an Illinois House committee prepared to hold a hearing on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s request to expand property tax exemptions to ease the burden of his proposed property tax hike, Chicago landlords were criticizing the mayor’s plan.
Funeral Services Set For Late State Rep. Esther GolarChicago funeral home A.A Rayner & Sons says visitation is Monday. The wake and funeral are Tuesday at Trinity United Church of Christ where Golar was a member. She died this week at age 71.
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.
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.
Governor, Democrats Still At Odds In Face Of Partial Government ShutdownHouse 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.
State Budget Deadline Looms With No Compromise In SightIt’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.
House Defeats Delay In CPS Pension PaymentIllinois 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.
Lawmakers Return To Springfield; 8 Days Before Budget DueThe 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.
Lawmakers OK Pilot Program To Replace Snow Days With Online ClassesThe 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.
Activists Rally Against Rauner's Proposed Budget CutsEven though Democrats control the House and Senate, and approved a budget plan that is more than $3 billion in the red, state Sen. Emil Jones III (D-Chicago) wasn’t prepared to say his party shares in the blame for the budget cuts.
Lawmakers OK Return Of Happy Hour To IllinoisThe 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.
House Passes Plan For Separate Agency To Run Lincoln LibraryThe Illinois House has approved a plan to make the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum its own agency but scuttled the governor's proposed privatization of business development in the state.