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LAWMAKER EXODUS

The long-running political battle between Illinois’ Republican governor and Democratic House speaker has resulted in a war of attrition in Springfield. From Governor Rauner’s inauguration in January 2015 to the conclusion of next fall’s elections, 36 percent of seats in the House and nearly a quarter of Senate seats will have new occupants. (Chicago Tribune)

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#ILLINOIS’ BILL BACKLOG HITS $16B

State Comptroller Susana Mendoza this week announced that Illinois’ pile of unpaid bills grew to $16 billion, despite the state’s recently-passed budget. According to Abdon Pallasch, spokesman for Mendoza, school aid and pension payments this week will lower the bill backlog into the $15 billion range. Illinois has the lowest cred rating of all 50… read more

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LAWMAKERS CONTINUE TALKS ON SCHOOL FUNDING

#Illinois’ legislative leaders are set to meet again today on possible solutions to the state’s school funding impasse. The meeting, which will be held in Chicago, will include discussions on whether Chicago Public Schools can raise property taxes further and whether school districts should be required to provide daily physical education classes. (Chicago Tribune)

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IL HOUSE SCHEDULES OVERRIDE VOTE

The Illinois House next week will attempt to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of SB1, the bill which outlines how the state doles out funding for schools. The House Wednesday failed to approve Democrat-sponsored legislation which affirmed Rauner’s changes, using the bill as a standard to show that the governor’s changes to the funding… read more

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#ILLINOIS: HOME OF THE IMPASSE

The second day of a special session to deal with school funding in Illinois ended after both the House and Senate met for a few minutes then adjourned without taking any action. Both chambers are scheduled to return to session Friday, though little action is expected as Senate President John Cullerton has said he won’t… read more

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HIGH NOON

Lawmakers had until noon today to send SB1, the education funding bill, to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk to avert his calling them into a special session. Not surprisingly, the Senate did not send the bill which means lawmakers will return to Springfield Wednesday for the start of their special session. Rauner has said he’ll use amendatory… read more

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RAUNER SETS DEADLINE FOR SB1

Gov. Bruce Rauner Friday demanded legislative leaders send him Senate Bill 1 by noon Monday. If lawmakers do not send the bill, Rauner said, he’ll call a special session immediately. Rauner plans to use amendatory veto power to scrap the bill’s funding for Chicago Public Schools and redistribute the funding to downstate schools. (State Journal-Register)

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#ILLINOIS OFF S&P CREDIT WATCH

A credit ratings agency has removed Illinois from a credit watch since legislators approved a budget and ended a more than two-year impasse. S&P Global Ratings said the outlook on debt ratings for Illinois is stable. (AP)

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HOUSE OVERRIDES GOV’S VETO, BUDGET IN PLACE

The Illinois House Thursday narrowly voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a tax hike and spending measure, ending the state’s more than two-year budget impasse. Rauner called the House vote “another step in Illinois’ never-ending tragic trail of tax hikes,” while House Speaker Michael Madigan said state lawmakers “looked beyond partisan differences and… read more

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MADIGAN OVERRIDE VOTE ON BUDGET VETO

House Speaker Michael Madigan said today he’s scheduled a vote to try to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a major tax hike and spending plan for tomorrow afternoon. “The House will hold a vote on Thursday, July 6 to override the governor’s vetoes of the balanced budget sent to him,” Madigan said in a… read more

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