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Springfield, IL
Reporter — Chicago Tribune

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

Senate Democrats block Rauner's workers compensation measure

chicagotribune.com — SPRINGFIELD - Senate Democrats on Wednesday blocked Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to overhaul the workers compensation system for employees injured on the job, the latest rejection of the Republican's pro-business, anti-union agenda by Democrats who control the General Assembly.

Emanuel's pension plan: Relief on payments, casino to pay for it

redeyechicago.com — Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to solve his police and fire pension problem by paying less upfront, taking longer to pay off the debt and getting some of the money to cover what the city owes from a Chicago casino.

Emanuel's pension plan: Relief on payments, casino to pay for it

chicagotribune.com — Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to solve his police and fire pension problem by paying less upfront, taking longer to pay off the debt and getting some of the money to cover what the city owes from a Chicago casino.

Illinois Democrats push ahead with budget that's $3 billion short

chicagotribune.com — House Democrats worked into the evening Tuesday to push through major parts of a new budget they acknowledge is at least $3 billion short in an effort to force new Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner to eventually go along with a tax increase to fill the deficit.

Madigan rejects Rauner's approach linking business changes to budget

chicagotribune.com — SPRINGFIELD - House Speaker Michael Madigan returned to the Capitol on Memorial Day and delivered a message to Gov. Bruce Rauner : Democrats are going to pass a budget that's at least $3 billion short, will keep working to find more money but reject attempts to link the Republican governor's legislative agenda to a new spending plan.

Rauner agenda unveiled, splits Democrats and Republicans

chicagotribune.com — SPRINGFIELD - As Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner formally unveiled his legislative agenda Friday, supportive GOP lawmakers and opposing Democrats who control the legislature took hard-line positions, foretelling what is expected to be a contentious and lengthy overtime session this summer.

Rauner puts parts of agenda into bill form

chicagotribune.com — With just ten days remaining in the spring legislative session, Gov. Bruce Rauner has finally put large parts of his so-called "Turnaround Agenda" into bill form, a move that follows months of criticism by Democrats who argued there was no way to vet his plans.

Rauner 'Turnaround' tour not producing results so far

chicagotribune.com — In the months leading up to the showdown unfolding at the Capitol, Gov. Bruce Rauner spent much of his time touring Illinois, trying to create a groundswell of support for the pro-business wish list he hopes to push through a legislature run by Democrats reluctant to go against union allies and their own political philosophies.

Rauner warns of long overtime

chicagotribune.com — Gov. Bruce Rauner has largely been out of the public eye this week as a May 31 deadline to pass a budget approaches, instead choosing to write an opinion piece in a Springfield newspaper published Thursday in which he warns that legislators may be forced to stick around the Capitol this summer if they don’t embrace his agenda.

Madigan, Rauner continue gamesmanship with millionaire tax, term limits

chicagotribune.com — SPRINGFIELD - The political gamesmanship continued Wednesday as Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan took aim at wealthy Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner by pushing a measure to raise taxes on millionaires while GOP lawmakers shot back with a call for term limits to curb the power of the longtime legislative leader.
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May 27, 2015

@paschutz I *might* know of a few places where it can be found "off the menu." But really, I am looking for any excuse to go TO Wisconsin.

May 27, 2015

Massive growth in Illinois craft beer predicted with new law fw.to/kKgys8Y

May 27, 2015

@InstantRHIplay You won't find me in the Tower! I moved to Springfield a few months ago to cover the Capitol.

May 26, 2015

RT @RayLong: #Rahmbo pension fix? Tee up can, kick, use casino to pay for it fw.to/ShAmiYW @ReporterHal diggin' thru docs + @moniquegarcia

May 26, 2015

The House passed the first of several budget bills. Speaker Madigan did not vote. pic.twitter.com/3JSrjs5uVv

May 26, 2015

Nebraska governor vetoes bill to abolish state's death penalty fw.to/ciSJ6QT

May 26, 2015

RT @DHStatehouse: This is what the end of the legislative session looks like. pic.twitter.com/k9BgAjg7tW

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