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The sponsor of a plan overhauling how Illinois funds schools says Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed changes are an ``all-out assault'' on public education that would mean less state spending on schools over time.

The Democrat-controlled Legislature appears headed to another showdown with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner after sending him the school funding reform bill Monday afternoon.

A major credit rating agency says Illinois' rating won't be lowered to ``junk'' but warns the state still faces serious financial challenges and long-term risks.

Moody's Investors Service on Thursday affirmed Illinois' current rating with a negative outlook, saying a downgrade remains possible in the next two years.

A major bond-rating agency says Illinois' fiscal challenges linger despite approval of the first state budget in two years.

Moody's Investors Service issued a report Friday. It notes that an income tax increase approved this month will generate nearly $5 billion more a year.

Illinois has tapped nearly $700 million in existing funds to make the first payment to colleges and universities they've received in seven months.

Comptroller Susana Mendoza announced the payment Thursday.

The Illinois State Board of Elections says it won't provide information about registered voters to President Donald Trump's voting commission.

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The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating after a tow boat sank in the Mississippi River near Cairo, leading to a rescue of the crew.

Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs is offering some suggestions to help make sure the state avoids junk bond status.

Although Illinois now has a budget, the state's fiscal condition remains on very shaky ground and a rating downgrade could still happen. Treasurer Frerichs says for starters, the governor needs to pay a visit to the bond houses in New York.

Even though the Illinois House voted to override the governor's veto to give the state its first budget since 2015, the state's bonds may still reach "junk" status, according to Moody's Investors Service.

In a press release, Moody's says they've placed the state's rating "under review for possible downgrade."

Illinois House lawmakers intend to attempt an override of a budget-package veto in that chamber Thursday.

Deputy majority leader Representative Lou Lang says Democrats will attempt to reverse Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of the $36 billion spending plan when enough members show up to vote.

House Speaker Michael Madigan says he will call a $36.5 billion spending plan for a vote Friday while Democrats and Republicans continue to negotiate tangential issues crucial to a state budget deal with Gov. Bruce Rauner.

The Chicago Democrat reiterated Thursday that revenue to pay for the Democrats' plan would rely on an income-tax hike but no legislation has been filed.

The Illinois House has approved a plan to keep emergency 911 call centers funded past June 30.

But the measure includes fee hikes opposed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

More movement in budget negotiations Tuesday in Springfield as Illinois House Democrats have introduced their own budget plan.

The Democratic budget would fully fund Illinois government for the first time in two years. But it’s going to need Republican support to actually pass.

If Illinois legislators don't approve a budget this week, lottery players in the state won't get jackpots over $25,000.

The same thing happened in 2015, the year the budget impasse began. Lottery players sued and the state lost millions of dollars in lost sales. The Legislature had to approve a plan to let the Illinois Lottery make payouts.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says Democrats are finalizing a proposed state budget plan and could present it to minority Republicans as soon as Tuesday.

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Authorities say a sewer line in southern Illinois broke last month and daily is dumping about 2 million gallons of storm water and sewage into the Mississippi River.

House Democrats will take another look at a Senate-approved spending plan next week as a way to end a two-year budget stalemate.

The Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs says the state is reducing fees and giving more investment choices to people saving money for college in the state's 529 college savings plans.

Three years after Illinois changed how science would be taught and tested, performance data still isn't available because schools haven't seen science exam scores.

Illinois officials tell the Chicago Tribune science testing and scoring hasn't gone smoothly, largely due to state budget woes.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation prohibiting the Illinois Department of Corrections from hiring private health care workers.            

Rauner vetoed the measure Friday. He says it's unnecessary because his administration signed an agreement May 22 with the Illinois Nurses Association about subcontracting for nurses. 

Illinois House Democrats say they will not vote on a state budget on the last scheduled day of the spring legislative session.

Northeastern Illinois University will lay off workers to cope with an Illinois budget impasse that has reduced state funding.

The university announced Tuesday it will eliminate about 180 full-time jobs in the coming weeks.

With the Illinois legislative session scheduled to end on Wednesday, lawmakers were busy trying to deal with some measures still needing action.

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Two southern Illinois facilities are among the top airports in the state according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

IDOT recognized six airports with 2017 Airport of the Year awards.

Eastern Illinois University is taking aggressive measures to recruit new high school students to its campus.

Illinois veterans' advocates are urging Illinois residents to observe a moment of silence on Memorial Day to honor the National Moment of Remembrance.

Illinois House Democrats are taking their time in considering the state budget plan sent them this week by the Senate.

Chicago Rep. Greg Harris is the Democrats' budget negotiator. He says lawmakers' first goal is to review the spending plan and put it in a form the public can understand.

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A southern Illinois man will spend the rest of his life in prison for fatally stabbing two bank workers and critically wounding a third during a botched robbery.

The Illinois Senate has approved a $5 billion income tax increase to fund what Democrats say would be a balanced, $37.3 billion budget.

A Democratic majority pushed the measures through despite opposition from Republicans.

The Illinois Senate's "grand bargain" budget compromise comes down to three pieces of legislation.

There's a $36.5 billion outline for spending in the fiscal year that begins July 1. The state hasn't had a budget since 2015 because of wrangling between Democratic lawmakers and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

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