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

Illinois unions, road builders pushing transportation lockbox amendment — For years, Illinois lawmakers and governors have turned to the state's road fund in times of financial distress, repeatedly using money drivers cough up at the pump and secretary of state's office to patch budget holes instead of repaving highways or repairing railways.

Rauner to shutter 'terrible,' outdated part of Stateville prison — Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Friday that his administration would close a controversial section of the Stateville Correctional Center known as the "roundhouse," the latest move in the Republican governor's efforts to reshape the state's prison system.

Comptroller warns state could delay employee pension contribution due to Rauner-Madigan impasse — QUINCY - Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger warned Thursday that continued cash flow problems may once again force a delay in the state making its contribution into the government worker pension systems. Munger said the state is entering a particularly precarious financial period because tax receipts historically drop in October and November, meaning there is less money on hand to pay bills.

Rauner sticks to script in first Facebook Live session — SPRINGFIELD - Gov. Bruce Rauner hosted his first Facebook Live session on Tuesday, fielding a series of carefully screened questions to once again make his case for everything from term limits for elected officials to lowering property taxes.

Rauner ally resigned as lawmaker after 'inappropriate online conversations,' extortion scheme — A former state lawmaker who was once a top ally of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner issued a statement Friday saying he was extorted after engaging in "inappropriate online conversations." The disclosure from ex-Rep.

Judge hands Rauner, union split decision on contract talks — A state labor law judge offered a mixed decision Friday on the question of whether Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Illinois' largest state employee union have exhausted their negotiations in a simmering contract dispute. Administrative Law Judge Sarah Kerley said the Rauner administration should be allowed to impose its wishes on some issues, but that the two sides should return to the bargaining table on others.

Illinois Governor Dumps 29 of Past Governors' Political Hires — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration on Thursday sent layoff notices to 29 workers at the Illinois Department of Transportation who held controversial patronage positions, a move the governor's office said is aimed at ridding the agency of political hires made under Democratic predecessors.

Rauner moves to dump 29 political hires from Blagojevich, Quinn eras — SPRINGFIELD - Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has issued layoff notices to 29 workers at the Illinois Department of Transportation, a move the governor's office says is aimed at ridding the agency of patronage hires that flourished under his Democratic predecessors.

Illinois' pile of unpaid bills could hit record high of $14 billion next summer — The stopgap budget agreement struck by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the legislature is only adding to the state's financial problems, according to a new report from Moody's Investors Service, which estimated the state's backlog of unpaid bills could reach a new high of $14 billion by next summer.

Illinois Governor Vetoes Bills That Would Help Low-Income Families and Caregivers — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday used his veto powers on several bills aimed at increasing help for the state's most vulnerable, rejecting measures that would increase wages for workers who care for people with developmental disabilities and expand a child care program for low-income families.
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Oct 20, 2016

Longtime state Democratic political operative ensnarled in video controversy 

Oct 19, 2016

They note Ag Director Poe's support of certain GOP candidates.

Oct 19, 2016

To clarify: under Manar and McCann bill, governor appointees could donate and support candidates, but not appear in paid advertising.

Oct 19, 2016

Sen. Manar (D) and Sen. McCann (R) announce legislation that would ban governor exec appointees from campaigning.

Oct 19, 2016

Chicago will have no vehicle emissions test facilities after state closures 

Oct 14, 2016

That, or he's trying very hard to avoid playing Jessie's Girl. Like, very hard.

Oct 14, 2016

Rick Springfield has covered both Katy Perry and Taylor Swift and one has to wonder if this is some sort of commentary on their feud.

Oct 14, 2016

You guys, Rick Springfield just smashed a dozen roses on his guitar because this is his town and he is here to break hearts.

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