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Illinois Senate Sends Budget-Balancing Plan To Governor

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – In an early major test of Illinois’ newly divided government, the Senate passed a compromise plan Thursday to plug a $1.6 billion hole in this year’s budget and avert shutdowns of state programs and services. 464 more words


House OKs Plan To Fill Illinois Budget Hole

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois lawmakers moved Monday to plug a gaping $1.6 billion hole in this year’s state budget after weeks of tense negotiations between a Republican governor and Democratic-led Legislature over authority to transfer funds as money runs out for social programs such as subsidized day care. 509 more words


Lawmakers To Consider House Plan To Fill State Budget Hole

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Lawmakers are scheduled to consider a new plan introduced by House Speaker Michael Madigan to end weeks of negotiations over plugging a $1.6 billion hole in this year’s state budget. 119 more words


Former Charter Schools CEO Earning $250K As Rauner's Adviser

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A former Chicago charter schools executive is earning $250,000 a year to spearhead Gov. Bruce Rauner’s top education initiatives, a salary that is more than double what her predecessors received and places her as the highest-paid member of a Cabinet already under scrutiny for its lofty paychecks. 700 more words


IADDA Warns at Hearing of Rauner Prevention, Treatment Budget Cuts

(Chicago) – At a Monday hearing of the Illinois Senate Appropriations Committee, human service advocates weighed in on budget cuts proposed in Governor Bruce Rauner’s FY 2016 Budget. 467 more words

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Illinois Justices Press State's Lawyer On Pension Overhaul

Updated 03/11/15 – 6:30 p.m.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Supreme Court justices asked the state’s lawyer to explain Wednesday how the government can seek extraordinary power to reduce public pension benefits in the face of a fiscal crisis when the government itself is culpable for the financial mess. 546 more words


Mom Of Fondling Victim Seeks Change In Sex Offender Law

CHICAGO (CBS) – Proposed legislation to close a loophole in the state’s sex offender laws serves as testament to the persistence of a Plainfield woman who would not take no for an answer. 279 more words