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Springfield, IL
Reporter — Chicago Tribune

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

Madigan is face of Democrats in battle with Rauner

chicagotribune.com — Long content to wield his power largely behind the scenes, House Speaker Michael Madigan has in recent weeks become the very public face of the Democratic majority at the statehouse in a budget standoff with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner that's engulfed the government.

Rauner and Democratic lawmakers show no signs of progress

chicagotribune.com — The rancor between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic lawmakers showed no signs of letting up Wednesday after Rauner used his veto power to take aim at legislative pay raises and the state started a new budget year without a plan to fund basic operations of government.

Rauner seeks to reassure state works as shutdown threat looms

chicagotribune.com — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner sought to reassure state workers Tuesday that he would find a way to keep paying them despite a dispute with Democratic lawmakers that leaves the state without spending authority on Wednesday. "We've got a mess," Rauner told workers at the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, one of many agencies he said he will visit Tuesday in Springfield and Chicago.

Document: Rauner plan would advance $450M to Chicago schools

chicagotribune.com — Gov. Bruce Rauner is offering to accelerate state grant payments to help cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools make a $634 million pension contribution, according to a summary of the proposal obtained by The Associated Press.

Rauner, Emanuel and Democratic lawmakers look for pension delay deal

chicagotribune.com — Lawmakers this week will take a second shot at approving short-term relief for Chicago's teacher pension nightmare amid a deepening fight between Democratic leaders and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, who vetoed their spending plans days before the start of the state's new budget year.

Rauner, Emanuel and Democratic lawmakers look for pension delay deal

chicagotribune.com — Lawmakers this week will take a second shot at approving short-term relief for Chicago's teacher pension nightmare amid a deepening fight between Democratic leaders and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, who vetoed their spending plans days before the start of the state's new budget year.

Rauner vetoes budget legislation, cites $4B deficit

chicagotribune.com — Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed the bulk of the Illinois budget that the Democratic-controlled Legislature sent him, saying they are $4 billion short of revenue

Rauner signs off on school aid payments for fall

chicagotribune.com — SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday signed a small portion of the pending state budget that will ensure schools get paid and can open on time this fall. The action comes amid an ongoing stalemate between the Republican governor and Democrat lawmakers who sent Rauner a spending plan for the new budget year that begins July 1 that is at least $3 billion short in needed revenues.

Rauner to aides: Jobs about to become 'even harder' amid standoff

chicagotribune.com — SPRINGFIELD - Gov. Bruce Rauner told his cabinet members Wednesday their jobs are about to become "even harder" because state agencies need to prepare for "the very real possibility" they will have to run government without a budget amid an escalating standoff with Democrats who control the legislature.

Rauner starts budget cuts to try to force Democrats to negotiate on his agenda

chicagotribune.com — Gov. Bruce Rauner moved Tuesday to immediately cut spending in line with a deficit-ridden Democratic state budget that's yet to reach his desk, the latest attempt by the Republican to ratchet up pressure on lawmakers to agree to his pro-business, anti-union agenda.
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Jul 07, 2015

Judge: No full pay for Illinois workers without state budget fw.to/AWBeBYO

Jul 01, 2015

Chicago 'cloud tax' to add cost to Netflix, other streaming services fw.to/69wXMCK

Jul 01, 2015

Former west-side alderman Rickey 'Hollywood' Hendon makes a comedy video chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archiv…

Jul 01, 2015

The House roll call likely taken to send message to Rauner about where level of support is in the chamber.

Jul 01, 2015

To review: Temporary budget passed Senate, did not pass House. But the bill wasn't in position to get to Rauner today anyway.

Jul 01, 2015

Former Illinois treasurer employees under Dan Rutherford sue over firings shar.es/1qJjJR via @SJRbreaking

Jun 30, 2015

Preckwinkle open to reducing sales tax increase after it passes trib.in/1LALV4r

Jun 30, 2015

Rauner aides say House Speaker Michael Madigan kicked the governor's legislative liaisons off the floor.

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