Senate Leaders Hope To Get "Grand Bargain" On Budget Passed This WeekIllinois state lawmakers are returning to Springfield this week, and Senate President John Cullerton said he and his Republican counterpart hope to pass the framework for a true end to the 18-month budget stalemate.
Lawmakers Return To Springfield With Senate Budget Deal In The WorksIllinois lawmakers were headed to Springfield on Monday for the final two days of session before a new General Assembly is sworn in, and a possible Senate budget deal could be brought up for a vote.
Rauner Optimistic About Word Of Possible Budget DealGov. Bruce Rauner said Friday he was “heartened” by reports that state Senate leaders have made progress toward a deal to end the state budget stalemate.
Rauner Vetoes $215 Million In Pension Aid For Chicago Public SchoolsThe parties agreed to that funding in June on the condition that lawmakers would work on a separate plan to overhaul a statewide pension system that's more than $100 billion in debt.
Judge Blocks Illinois Redistricting Plan From BallotA voter referendum aimed at changing the way Illinois draws its political boundaries is unconstitutional for the November ballot, a judge determined Wednesday.
After Yearlong Budget Impasse, Optimism Growing In SpringfieldState lawmakers were holding their breath Wednesday night over a tentative deal to end the epic budget stalemate.
Rauner, Top Lawmakers Continue Budget Negotiations In SpringfieldRepublican Gov. Bruce Rauner and leaders in the Illinois Legislature continued meetings Wednesday to negotiate a short-term budget deal during the state's epic one-year stalemate.
Democrats, Republicans Report Progress In State Budget TalksGov. Bruce Rauner and majority Democrats were pushing competing plans to ensure schools stay open and government operations continue, though there were signs late Tuesday that the two sides could reach a deal on stopgap spending as Illinois approaches a second year without a full state budget.
Opinion: Illinois Sinks Into The Abyss, Politicians Abandon Ship And The State’s Most Vulnerable DrownIllinois’s entire social services landscape is sinking, pulled under by the weight of the state’s budget quarrel. Thousands are suffering.
Claypool Warns CPS Won't Open In Fall Without State Education BudgetChicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool told CBS 2 that CPS and many other districts in Illinois would be unable to open in fall if Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Illinois General Assembly cannot agree on some type of budget deal and approve funding for public schools across the state.
Election-Year Politics Dim Hopes Of Illinois Budget DealThe emails started arriving as heads were still spinning in the state Capitol over Democrats ramming through a state budget proposal. The missives from Republicans on Wednesday accused the majority party of approving a plan that's out of balance by $7 billion.
Lawmakers Convene Bipartisan Panel On School FundingThe panel will meet with Illinois educators at the Capitol on Tuesday to address the state's decades-old education formula that some lawmakers say unfairly penalizes students in poor districts.

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