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Democratic Lawmakers Are Skeptic About Latest State Budget Proposals From Republicans

CHICAGO (CBS) — Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly are taking a “wait and see” attitude about proposals for a budget compromise outlined on Wednesday by Republican lawmakers. 219 more words

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Judge Rules Illinois Not In Compliance On Medicaid Payments

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that Illinois isn’t in compliance with court orders to pay health care bills for low-income and other vulnerable groups as the state heads into a third year without a budget, though she did not order the state to pay $2 billion in unpaid Medicaid bills immediately and in full. 407 more words

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Illinois Lawmakers Approve New Public Schools Funding Formula

CHICAGO (CBS) — For the third year in a row, Illinois lawmakers ended their spring session without approving a budget, but they did approve an overhaul of the way the state doles out money for public schools. 219 more words

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Urban League Calls For Lawmakers To Reject Gun Crimes Legislation

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Urban League has urged lawmakers not to pass legislation that would increase sentences for repeat gun offenders, saying it would only lead to more black people in prison and cost taxpayers millions, while not helping reduce violent crime. 384 more words

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State Budget Deadline Looms, But No End In Sight For 2-Year Impasse

CHICAGO (CBS) — State lawmakers have one last shot to approve a budget deal before the spring session ends at midnight, and the task becomes even harder. 412 more words

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At Issue: Education Advocates Hopeful School Funding Formula Will Change For The Better

CHICAGO (CBS) — Educators from around Illinois said they are making a big push for legislation now moving in Springfield to finally change the Illinois school funding system to one that fairly provides adequate money for all schools. 306 more words

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Top Cop Back In Springfield To Seek Crackdown On Repeat Gun Offenders

CHICAGO (CBS) — A rare example of bi-partisan cooperation led to a major victory for Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Superintendent Eddie Johnson testified before an Illinois House committee at 11 a.m. 592 more words

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