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Springfield, IL
Reporter — Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune Statehouse reporter, covering the spectacle that is Illinois government.

Rauner, Madigan craft short-term budget fix — SPRINGFIELD - House lawmakers on Tuesday gave initial approval to a plan aimed at plugging a $1.6 billion hole in the current budget that threatens subsidized day care programs and paychecks for prison guards. Under a measure advanced by a House committee, approximately $1.3 billion would be taken from funds earmarked for special purposes such as road construction.

Unions win round over Rauner on fees — SPRINGFIELD - Labor unions won an initial victory in their effort to block Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's attempt to withhold fees nonmembers must pay in exchange for collective bargaining when a federal judge ruled Monday that the matter should be settled in state court.

Lisa Madigan says no to Bruce Rauner right to work zones — Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Friday that Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner 's plan to put in place small right-to- work areas across Illinois is illegal, marking the second time the state's chief legal officer has pushed back against governor's attempts to limit employee unions.

ComEd's plan to boost smart grid would hit customers' wallets, critics say — Commonwealth Edison on Thursday unveiled a plan that it billed as an expansion of ongoing efforts to overhaul the power grid and invest in renewable energy but that critics said would result in customers paying more to the electricity giant. The proposal joins at least two other high-profile energy bills lawmakers are weighing this spring.

LaHood in, Brady out in race for Schock seat — SPRINGFIELD --- State Sen. Darin LaHood said Wednesday that he will run to replace U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, who is resigning amid questions about his congressional spending. LaHood, a Republican from Dunlap near Peoria, is a former federal prosecutor who joined the legislature in 2011.

Rauner to set special election for Schock seat — Republican U.S. Schock's resignation becomes official on March 31 and once that happens, Gov. Bruce Rauner will call a special election. State law requires the governor to set the date for a special election within five days. Primary and general elections would be held, and by law the congressional seat must be filled within 120 days.

Justices question state on Illinois pension law — Lawyers for the state and public employees faced off this afternoon before the Illinois Supreme Court, debating the constitutionality of a 2013 law aimed at curbing retiree pension benefits in an effort to deal with the state's worst-in-the-nation unfunded retirement liability.

Illinois Democrats look at tax hikes to offset Rauner budget cuts — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner 's opposition to raising the income tax and proposal to slash the state budget have Democratic lawmakers pushing more than a dozen other tax hikes as they try to bring in more money to save social service programs that are on the chopping block.

Illinois unions sue Rauner over 'fair share' fees — State employee unions on Thursday sued to try to block Gov. Bruce Rauner's executive order that withholds from unions the fees they are supposed to receive from workers who choose not to become members. The group of 26 labor unions brought the lawsuit in circuit court in Downstate St.

Illinois unions sue Rauner over 'fair share' fees — SPRINGFIELD --- State employee unions on Thursday sued to try to block Gov. Bruce Rauner 's executive order that withholds from unions fees they are supposed to receive from workers who choose not to become members. The group of 26 labor unions brought the lawsuit in circuit court in Downstate St.
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Mar 26, 2015

More on that arrest: Aurora National Guard soldier, cousin charged with trying to help Islamic State

Mar 26, 2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he was told last night that an Illinois National Guard member was arrested for alleged terrorist activities.

Mar 25, 2015

HIV outbreak in southern Indiana worst in state's history

Mar 25, 2015

Aging brickwork prompts restrictions at Illinois Capitol's north entrance via @SJRbreaking

Mar 24, 2015

Budget fix for FY15 passes House 69-48.

Mar 24, 2015

Republican House Leader Jim Durkin asks Democrats to extend courtesy to Gov. Ranuer and help solve this problem for him.

Mar 24, 2015

Leader Currie asks members to be the "adults" in the building and fix the budget shortfall, so they can move on to next year's budget.

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