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

Rauner end run to cut budget another flashpoint in impasse — Thwarted by lawmakers in his efforts to dramatically cut state spending, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has turned to a workaround, using an obscure rule-making process to repeatedly tighten eligibility requirements for numerous social service programs for children, the elderly and the disabled.
Oct 01, 2015

What these Rauner cuts mean: my neighbor can't go to work because she now has no childcare. She's behind on rent…

Oct 01, 2015

RT @kimjnews: What these Rauner cuts mean: my neighbor can't go to work because she now has no childcare. She's behind on rent…

White says budget stalemate could mean power shut off at driver's facilities — The collateral damage of the budget stalemate between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats in the legislature continues to pile up, with Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White warning that money is running so low that power may be shut off at the state Capitol and more than 100 driver facilities across the state.
Sep 25, 2015

Oh for crying out loud: Budget stalemate could mean power shut off at Illinois DMV facilities…

Rauner parts ways with agriculture director, state fair chief — Both the head of the Illinois Department of Agriculture and the director of the Illinois State Fair submitted their resignations on Thursday, a month after they announced attendance at the annual event was down by half. Agriculture Director Phil Nelson will remain on the job for a month while Gov.

Illinois House to consider Emanuel property tax exemption — House lawmakers return to Springfield on Thursday after several weeks away, though it's unlikely much will get done amid the ongoing partisan gridlock that's caused the state to operate without a full budget for three months. Still, there's plenty of items on the schedule, beginning with a hearing on ways to lessen the blow of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposed record property tax increase.

Southwest Side state lawmaker dies at 71 — SPRINGFIELD - State Rep. Esther Golar died Monday morning, a Chicago Democrat who was known by colleagues as a quiet fighter for the disadvantaged but often made her voice heard by singing her position on the House floor.

Rauner warns lawmakers on budget: Longer it takes, more painful it becomes — SPRINGFIELD - With lawmakers away from the Capitol for most of September, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday sent a memo reminding them that the longer the budget stalemate continues, the worse the cuts or possible tax increase will be.

Northwest suburban state lawmaker resigns amid budget stalemate — SPRINGFIELD - A northwest suburban Democratic state senator who was up for re-election next year announced his resignation to take a job as the head of a child advocacy organization Sen. Dan Kotowski of Park Ridge said Tuesday that he will leaving office Oct.

Rauner, unions agree to extend contract as negotiations continue — SPRINGFIELD - Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the state's largest government employee union have agreed to another extension of their labor contract as negotiations continue on a new agreement. Under the deal, the contract with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees that was initially scheduled to expire on July 1 will remain in place until an impasse is reached.

Rauner, aides deny expansion of medical marijuana program — SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday continued his chilly reception of the medical marijuana program he inherited, vetoing a measure that would have allowed patients with post-traumatic stress disorder to qualify for medical marijuana as his administration revealed it would not expand the trial program to include 11 new ailments.
Sep 10, 2015

Illinois’ approach to medical marijuana is so confusing. It’s 2015, get it together.…

Sep 11, 2015

Illinois Gov. Rauner rejected 11 new medical conditions for #medicalmarijuana including PTSD and common arthritis…

Lawmakers overturn Rauner veto of heroin abuse bill — SPRINGFIELD - Senate lawmakers on Wednesday set aside a months-long partisan battle long enough to override changes Gov. Bruce Rauner made to legislation aimed at reducing heroin abuse, but the truce proved to be short-lived when talks turned to the budget stalemate.
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Oct 13, 2015

RT @BlairKamin: It's a Helmut Jahn moment. The one-time wunderkind discusses his career, using film clips, @ AMC River East, 222 E. Illinois, @ 6 on 10/17

Oct 13, 2015

RT @BlairKamin: Helmut Jahn says, correctly, that new owners could re-purpose the Thompson Center. A sale could give it new life.

Oct 13, 2015

@TinaSfon @sophiatareen Let's just say the crickets in the Capitol basement are an upgrade from the roaches in the JRTC.

Oct 13, 2015

Given today's news, let's talk a walk down memory lane: Bed bugs spotted at the Thompson Center…

Oct 12, 2015

RT @JeremyGorner: Mayor's office withholds records on school contract scandal, @chasejohn, @JeffCoen and @davidheinzmann report.

Oct 12, 2015

RT @ChiTribCloutSt: Morning Spin: Rauner wants 'to enhance' Illinois as welcoming state for gays…

Oct 09, 2015

Freed from prison, but waiting for compensation as state budget fight drags on

Oct 09, 2015

There's a less than delightful sewer smell taking over the basement in the Capitol. I'll let you make the jokes.

Oct 09, 2015

Choose Chicago cuts workforce, closes international sales offices due to state budget impasse

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