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FIVE DAYS LEFT

With just a week left in the special session, House Speaker Michael Madigan Sunday outlined his own list of non-budget demands, asking that Gov. Bruce Rauner sign a school funding reform bill that the governor previously said he would veto. The four House and Senate leaders met Sunday for the first time since December 2016… read more

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NINE DAYS LEFT

Lawmakers returned to Springfield yesterday to begin their 10-day special session aimed at ending the state’s three-year budget stalemate, but spent only a few minutes in the House and Senate actually in session. Instead, Democrats and Republicans spent the majority of their time in private meetings reviewing portions of a proposed budget deal – and… read more

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10 DAYS LEFT

Gov. Bruce Rauner Tuesday called for lawmakers to “do what’s right” in a special TV address, and pushed for a “compromise” budget plan to end the “unnecessary crisis.” In a move that sums up Illinois’ politics for the last three years, House Democrats called the address a “campaign speech” and accused Rauner of “talking out… read more

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BUDGET CRISIS

Fallout continues as the state’s budget crisis marches into its third year. Springfield School District Superintendent Jennifer Gill Monday said if the state doesn’t approve an education budget by July 1, the school district would run out of money by January. Similarly, construction firms across the state have begun to cut jobs and stall projects… read more

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#ILLINOIS FINANCES IN CRISIS

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza says that new court orders in lawsuits filed by state suppliers that are owed money mean her office is required to pay out more than Illinois receives in revenue each month. Essentially, Mendoza says, the state is in “massive crisis mode,” and now has no money for discretionary spending, including school… read more

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WHAT’S IN A NAME?

The State Fair Foundation is awaiting word from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s legal office on whether approval is required from the Illinois General Assembly to sell naming rights to buildings on the fairgrounds in Springfield and DuQuoin. Regardless, said John Slayton, chairman of the foundation’s board, fundraising will continue. “We have four or five conversations going,”… read more

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RAUNER CALLS LAWMAKERS BACK TO SPRINGFIELD

Gov. Bruce Rauner Thursday called lawmakers back to Springfield for a special session to tackle Illinois’ two-year budget impasse. The special session will stretch from June 21 to June 30, keeping lawmakers in Springfield until the end of the current fiscal year. The governor’s decision came on the heels of an announcement that the Powerball… read more

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MOODY’S, S&P DOWNGRADE #ILLINOIS

Just hours after Illinois lawmakers missed the May 31 deadline for striking a budget deal, Moody’s Investors Service and S&P Global Ratings downgraded Illinois’ bond rating to one step above junk status. The agencies cited Illinois’ underfunded pensions and the record backlog of bills stemming from the state’s two-year budget impasse. Illinois now has the… read more

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NO BUDGET, AGAIN

#Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan announced yesterday the House would not vote on a budget deal, missing the state’s May 31 deadline. With the impasse now stretching into its third straight year, this is the longest the state has gone without a spending plan since at least the Great Depression, and has had profound effects… read more

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IT’S (NON?)BUDGET DAY IN ILLINOIS

Illinois is hours away from missing its budget deadline, possibly sending the state into a third straight year without a spending plan. Though the fiscal year begins July 1, Illinois lawmakers hoped to vote on a budget deal by today because a three-fifths majority will be required to pass any legislation after May 31. The… read more

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