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TIME’S UP

This is it. The last day before a new fiscal year starts July 1, and Illinois moves into its third year without a budget. House Speaker Michael Madigan has said he’ll call the $36.5 billion spending plan for a vote, but said discussions continue over tax hikes needed to balance the budget. The impasse is unprecedented… read more

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TWO DAYS LEFT

Lawmakers have just two days left to settle on a budget before the new fiscal year begins July 1. That in mind, here’s today’s budget impasse roundup: A property tax freeze, wanted by Gov. Bruce Rauner as part of his compromise to raise taxes, failed in the House Wednesday, dimming hopes that a budget agreement… read more

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THREE DAYS LEFT

Illinois House Democrats Tuesday served up their $36.5 billion budget, but didn’t offer details of how they would pay for it. House Speaker Michael Madigan also said the House will take votes today on pension reform, workers’ compensation changes, property tax relief and government consolidation, all items that Gov. Bruce Rauner has said must be… read more

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FOUR DAYS LEFT

#Illinois House Democrats agreed to a four-year property tax freeze, including an increase to the homestead exemption for homeowners, just four days before the end of the special session. The House Revenue Committee today approved the plan and sent it to the House floor for a vote. Gov. Bruce Rauner has said the four-year freeze… read more

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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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