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

Governor, Democrats Still At Odds In Face Of Partial Government Shutdown

House 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.

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Illinois House chamber in Springfield, Illinois. (Credit: CBS)

State Budget Deadline Looms With No Compromise In Sight

It’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.

06/30/2015

Illinois State Capitol

Lawmakers Return To Springfield; 8 Days Before Budget Due

The 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.

06/23/2015

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Lawmakers OK Pilot Program To Replace Snow Days With Online Classes

The 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.

06/17/2015

Activists protest Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed cuts to state-funded social service programs, with the Republican governor and Democratic legislative leaders unable to reach a state budget deal. (Credit; CBS)

Activists Rally Against Rauner’s Proposed Budget Cuts

Even 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.

06/04/2015

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Lawmakers OK Return Of Happy Hour To Illinois

The 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.

06/02/2015

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill. (Credit: www.alplm.org)

House Passes Plan For Separate Agency To Run Lincoln Library

The 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.

05/29/2015

Illinois State Capitol

Tempers Flare As Democrats Continue To Reject Rauner’s Agenda

On Wednesday, an Illinois Senate committee voted down the governor’s proposed changes to workers’ compensation laws, and on Thursday the Judiciary Committee debated Rauner’s plan to overhaul the state’s civil court system – specifically, lawsuits seeking financial damages.

05/28/2015

The roulette wheel spins at Caesars Atlantic City July 8, 2006 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Senate To Consider New Chicago Casino Plan

Chicago would get a city-owned casino and be allowed to keep all revenue for seven years to help make ballooning pension payments, and new casinos would be added throughout the state under legislation expected to be introduced Thursday in the Illinois Senate.

05/28/2015

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

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

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

Illinois Democrats Content To Wait For Rauner Proposals

House and Senate Democrats will seek to protect their own interests and constituencies in eventual negotiations with Rauner. While he speaks of the need for steep budget cuts, they’ll likely seek to protect social services, state workers and Medicaid recipients.

02/03/2015

A cancer patients holds the tubes that funnel chemotherapy drugs into his body at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center June 17, 2003 in Fayetteville, N.C. (Credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Lawmakers Propose Giving Terminally Ill “Right To Try” Experimental Drugs

A conservative Republican lawmaker from Wheaton has teamed up with a liberal Democrat from Chicago in an effort to make Illinois a “right to try” state.

01/29/2015

Members of the Illinois House and Senate hold a joint committee hearing on the state of child welfare at the Department of Children and Family Services. (Credit: CBS)

Lawmakers Probe Illinois Youth Centers In Wake Of Newspaper Series

The head of the agency that oversees children who are wards of the state told state lawmakers Wednesday that a revolving door at the top is partly to blame for abuses that have plagued the department for decades.

01/07/2015

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

House Adjourns As Senate Passes Minimum Wage Bill

The Illinois Senate has passed legislation that would raise the state’s minimum wage.

12/03/2014

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Illinois Lawmakers Won’t Vote On Minimum Wage

Illinois lawmakers face a number of issues as they wind down their fall veto session but won’t consider increasing the state’s minimum wage. Votes could come Wednesday on an expanded election law and a state health-insurance exchange.

12/03/2014

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