Statehouse reporter @chicagotribune covering the spectacle that is Illinois government.Statehouse reporter @chicagotribune covering the spectacle that is Illinois government.

Lawmaker wants state to take away Hastert pension

chicagotribune.com — SPRINGFIELD - A Democratic state senator wants to bar former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert from receiving his $28,000 yearly pension for serving as an Illinois lawmaker during the 1980s.

Rauner strikes optimistic tone on 'grand compromise' with Democrats, citing 'rumors' from rank-and-file

chicagotribune.com — SPRINGFIELD - Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday sought to strike an optimistic tone that a "grand compromise" with Democrats can be reached by May 31 to end the unprecedented budget impasse that's threatened universities, caused havoc for groups that care for the vulnerable and led to a large stack of unpaid bills.

Lawyers for Rauner, union make case on contract dispute

chicagotribune.com — SPRINGFIELD — Lawyers for Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the largest state employee union went head-to-head over the status of contract talks Monday, as the administration sought to convince a hearing officer that discussions have reach a dead end while the workers' group countered that the stalemate was by design to undermine organized labor.

Illinois lawmakers approve $600M to keep universities afloat through summer

chicagotribune.com — After several starts and stops, Illinois lawmakers on Friday were poised to approve spending $600 million to keep public universities and colleges open throughout the summer. The measure appeared in danger after it was abruptly pulled from a vote late Thursday night as some Democrats also pushed for money to help social services struggling to get by amid the record breaking state budget impasse.

Illinois university funding compromise dangled, then yanked

stltoday.com — For a brief spell Thursday night at the Capitol, Democrats and Republicans in the House congratulated each other for what they thought was an agreement to spend $600 million to keep public universities and community colleges afloat through the summer. The Senate, which was ready to hit the road ahead of Passover, even stuck around.

Compromise on Illinois university funding dangled, then yanked

chicagotribune.com — SPRINGFIELD — For a brief spell at the Capitol Thursday night, Democrats and Republicans in the House congratulated each other for what they thought was an agreement to spend $600 million to keep public universities and community colleges afloat through the summer.

Illinois House, Senate play political games on constitutional amendments

chicagotribune.com — Despite a flurry of action on ideas to change the Illinois Constitution that include eliminating the lieutenant governor's office, overhauling how legislative districts are drawn and setting up a graduated income tax, it's getting increasingly unlikely voters will have any lawmaker-backed amendments to consider on the November ballot.

Lawmakers looking to tax, regulate fantasy sports in Illinois

chicagotribune.com — SPRINGFIELD — State lawmakers on Wednesday took the first step toward regulating online sports betting, a move that comes as the popular fantasy sports industry finds itself under fire in Illinois following an opinion from Attorney General Lisa Madigan declaring the practice amounts to illegal gambling.

Lawmakers try to address Rauner's marijuana decriminalization concerns

chicagotribune.com — SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Senate took another stab at decriminalizing marijuana statewide, approving a measure Tuesday aimed at satisfying Gov. Bruce Rauner's concerns that led him to veto a similar bill last year. The idea is that people caught with small amounts of marijuana would be fined instead of receiving jail time.

Illinois Lawmakers Seeking to Get Paid? Get in Line, Says Comptroller

governing.com — Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger plans to delay monthly paychecks for lawmakers and statewide officials, saying there isn't enough money to pay the state's bills and other services should come first. The comptroller's office will still process the paychecks, estimated at $1.3 million a month, but lawmakers won't get the money right away because the payments will be thrown onto the state's huge pile of unpaid bills.
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Apr 29, 2016

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Apr 29, 2016

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Apr 28, 2016

RT @AmandaVinicky: Tweets make it seem CSU graduation - w/ Gov Quinn, Sen. E Jones, Jesse Jackson, Kim Foxx - doubling as Dem rally https:/twitter.com/tonyjarnold/st…t.co/UJULlghgKK

Apr 27, 2016

Rauner says he does not want to have to call lawmakers back in special session but looking how to pay for own his own if needed.Rauner says he does not want to have to call lawmakers back in special session but looking how to pay for own his own if needed.

Apr 27, 2016

Rauner says this "grand bargain" will have to include some of his agenda items, says rank and file working to find agreement.Rauner says this "grand bargain" will have to include some of his agenda items, says rank and file working to find agreement.

Apr 27, 2016

Rauner told reporters he wants a two year budget by end of May that would give more $ to higher ed and fund social services.Rauner told reporters he wants a two year budget by end of May that would give more $ to higher ed and fund social services.

Apr 27, 2016

Gov. Rauner stopped at a high school in Auburn today, where he told students he was "cautiously optimistic" about end of session.Gov. Rauner stopped at a high school in Auburn today, where he told students he was "cautiously optimistic" about end of session.

Apr 26, 2016

RT @rap30: Can't imagine ever seeing something like this in Illinois. Given this state, it's the blues and nothing purple. twitter.com/jgrovum/status…3zvZ14

Apr 25, 2016

“The employer had a pre-determined resolve,” says AFSCME attorney.“The employer had a pre-determined resolve,” says AFSCME attorney.


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