Lawmaker Suggests Fund Sweeps To Bail Out CPS, Avoid Early ClosingA West Side democrat wants to tap targeted state funds to help the Chicago Public Schools stay open through the end of the school year.
Northeastern Illinois University Closes Over State Budget StalemateOne state senator said the lack of a state budget is mainly Gov. Bruce Rauner's fault.
Finger-Pointing Over Lack Of State Budget ContinuesThis time, it's Democratic state Sen. Don Harmon casting blame on Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Expert: Illinois Budget Stalemate Could Last Through Next ElectionA renowned political expert has warned the two-year budget impasse in Illinois might not end until after the next election for governor in 2018.
Comptroller Mendoza Appeals Ruling Ordering Lawmaker PayThe Illinois comptroller has appealed a Cook County judge's ruling that state lawmakers must be paid on time despite their failure to pass a budget.
Illinois Senate Cancels Budget Votes; Leader Blames RaunerThe Illinois Senate's top Democrat abruptly canceled critical votes Wednesday on a plan to end the state's historic budget stalemate, accusing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner of sabotaging a compromise that had been months in the making.
Democrats Says Gov. Rauner 'Hypocritical' For GOP Attacks On ComptrollerTop Democrats in Illinois have labeled Gov. Bruce Rauner a hypocrite, after the Illinois Republican Party criticized Comptroller Susana Mendoza for her purchase of a $32,000 used vehicle for her office.
Rauner Offers Tax-Hike Guidance To End Illinois Budget StalemateGov. Bruce Rauner gave more specifics Wednesday on what steps he'd accept to end the state's nearly two-year budget stalemate, telling lawmakers he's open to raising taxes on services such as car repairs or haircuts but not on food, medicine or retirement income.
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.
Conservative Policy Group Pitches State Budget Plan With No Tax HikeThe Illinois Policy Institute's proposal would make most able-bodied people without children ineligible for Medicaid, impose the state’s most recent contract offer to unionized state workers, reduce state payroll by 10 percent, and freeze property taxes for five years.
Rauner Questions AG Madigan's Maneuver To Halt State Workers' PayGov. Bruce Rauner told reporters he’s very upset and disappointed that Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked a judge to lift a court order allowing state workers to get paid during the protracted ongoing budget stalemate with Democratic lawmakers.
Ill. Attorney General Asks Court To Block State Payroll, To Spur Budget DealLisa Madigan argues that court-ordered payments to state workers is giving lawmakers and the governor an excuse to dawdle.
Gov. Rauner Expresses Optimism In State Of The State AddressIllinoisans live in a state going on 19 months without a budget, but Governor Rauner sounded optimistic at his State of the State Address.
Rauner To Urge Bipartisan Deal On Illinois' Budget CrisisGov. Bruce Rauner will strike an optimistic tone in his State of the State address, while acknowledging Illinois faces "significant challenges."
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.