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Springfield, IL
Reporter — Chicago Tribune

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

Rauner signs bill aimed at reducing O'Hare jet noise — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday signed legislation that will increase the number of runways allowed at O'Hare International Airport to 10 from eight, an effort designed to expand flight paths and reduce jet noise affecting some Chicago neighborhoods and western suburbs since 2013.

Rauner, union agree to two month contract extension — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the state's largest public employee union have agreed to a two-month extension on talks over a new contract for state workers, a deal that means neither side will force a work stoppage before the end of September.

Lawmakers want new state school leader's special perk taken away — State lawmakers are pushing the Illinois State Board of Education to take away a special stipend given to new state schools Superintendent Tony Smith that was awarded to make up for his reduced pension, a deal that outraged some educators and taxpayers.

Madigan tries to blunt Rauner criticism of lawmaker raises — The Illinois House on Tuesday voted to repeal the annual cost-of-living increase that bumped up lawmakers' salaries as Democrats who control the chamber tried to blunt Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's contention that legislators should not get raises while the state budget goes unresolved.

Illinois lawmakers quick to say Blagojevich not getting out of prison any time soon — Several state lawmakers who helped impeach and remove Rod Blagojevich from office were quick to note that Tuesday's federal appellate court ruling doesn't mean the disgraced ex-governor is going to get out of prison any time soon.

Rauner continues war of words against Madigan — The war of words continued at the Capitol on Tuesday, with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner accusing Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan of purposely standing in the way of a budget deal to create enough chaos to force a tax increase.

Rauner, Madigan hit a wall on Illinois budget — After seven months, the legislative sausage-making process to put in place a new state budget has hit a wall: The governor proposed a spending plan and lawmakers passed one, but the governor vetoed it and lawmakers failed to override him.

Concealed carry: Court strikes down Illinois' ban — The state of Illinois would have to allow ordinary citizens to carry weapons under a federal appeals court ruling issued today, but the judges also gave lawmakers 180 days to put their own version of the law in place. In a 2-1 decision that is a major victory for the National Rifle Association, the U.S.

Senate sends Rauner one-month budget he won't sign — SPRINGFIELD - Senate Democrats on Wednesday sent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner a temporary, one-month spending plan to pay workers and keep core services operating as the ongoing political stalemate at the Capitol threatens to shutdown portions of state government.

Madigan, lawmakers face Wednesday deadline to override Rauner budget vetoes — Lawmakers return to the Capitol with a Wednesday deadline to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget vetoes, but that's unlikely to happen unless House Democrats stick together. Instead, Senate Democrats are poised to send the governor a temporary, one-month budget that would pay worker salaries and fund sensitive areas such as mental health treatment and tracking of sex offenders.
Jul 15, 2015

Illinois in 3rd week w/ no budget, GOP Gov rows with House Dems on taxes, unions, unclear if workers will be paid,

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Jul 30, 2015

Looking ahead to next week, Senate also appears poised to plop a worker's comp bill in Gov. Rauner's lap that he says doesn't go far enough.

Jul 29, 2015

Spokes for Sen. Pres. Cullerton says they will move to override veto of arbitration bill next week. Rep. Smiddy says House likely to follow.

Jul 29, 2015

Rauner says bill based on a false he wants to lock-out or strike. "Nothing could be further from the truth," he says in veto message.

Jul 29, 2015

Gov. Rauner vetoes union-backed bill that would prevent strike or lockout in favor of independent arbitrator.

Jul 29, 2015

Actually, it's a two month extension to Sept. 30.

Jul 29, 2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner and AFSCME union agree to another one month extension to contract negotiations. No strike, work stoppage or lock out.

Jul 29, 2015

Top Republican donor takes back call for Kirk to quit Senate race

Jul 29, 2015

RT @BillRuthhart: A Chicago property tax hike this year? Mayor #Rahm Emanuel says wait until fall to find out:

Jul 28, 2015

Cullerton has "strong reservations...given recent court decisions," but will give lawmakers chance to vote on the bill.

Jul 28, 2015

Update: A spokeswoman for Senate President John Cullerton says he will support the bill to roll back lawmaker pay bumps.

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