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A St. Clair County judge Thursday denied Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s attempt to freeze state-worker paychecks without a real state budget.

The budget impasse means the Illinois legislature has not directly approved money to pay state employees since summer 20-15. But a judge’s order has kept the money flowing — and state government from grinding to a halt.

Donald Trump’s presidency has Illinois lawmakers weighing an issue not usually given as much attention in the General Assembly: abortion.

Since the 1970s, Illinois’ abortion laws have stayed mostly the same. Brigid Leahy of Planned Parenthood says legal-abortion advocates are now moving to stem the tide they see coming from Washington.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is scheduled to make his third annual budget presentation this Wednesday.

This weekend is Abraham Lincoln's birthday.  Yet today, we examine his death and reaction to it.

We've all heard how the nation was sent into a period of shock and grief when word of Lincoln's murder spread.  Newspapers reported it that way.  But what about the average American, North and South, black and white?

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Chris Kennedy announced on Wednesday he will run for Illinois governor in 2018 in what's shaping up to be a crowded race for Democrats vying to take on Republican Governor Bruce Rauner.

An Illinois court is set to take up a motion filed by the state attorney general to halt state employee paychecks until lawmakers solve Illinois' budget impasse.

Bruce Rauner says an undisclosed third party tried to help strike a budget deal between the Illinois governor and his main political rival - House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Legislation to keep Illinois government functioning without a full budget stalled Thursday in Springfield.

Democrats and Republicans have dueling proposals to keep paychecks flowing to state employees.

The Illinois Senate began voting Wednesday on what’s been called a “grand bargain” to end the state’s 19-month budget fight. But the supposedly bipartisan agreement got ZERO Republican votes.

The Senate was supposed to have voted on the deal several times before now.

Although Republican Leader Christine Radogno has spent weeks negotiating the particulars with Democratic Senate President John Cullerton — fierce opposition from conservative groups has left rank-and-file Republicans reluctant to seal the deal.

It's been 19 months since Illinois government had a full budget. Monday in Chicago, Senate President John Cullerton made the case for a deal he's been negotiating with his Republican counterpart.

The bipartisan Senate plan has something for everyone -- to hate. Business groups don't like the higher income tax rates. Labor doesn't want changes to how workers are compensated for injuries.

Missouri will no longer require workers who benefit from collective bargaining to pay union dues. That means Illinois is going to be surrounded by so-called right-to-work states.

Lawmakers are scrambling to avoid a shutdown of Illinois government that could be looming.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has gone to court to challenge Illinois’ ability to pay state workers when it has no budget. That could close state government.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is suing the country’s largest student loan provider for consumer fraud.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner spoke in Rockford Thursday to tout a new school funding framework.

A major credit rating agency has again downgraded Illinois' rating, citing the "unprecedented failure" to approve a state budget.

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin voted against two of President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees Wednesday.

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The head of the SIU-Carbondale campus is voicing his support for international students in light of President Trump's executive order.

In a written statement, interim Chancellor Brad Colwell says SIU-C enrolls 88 students from the seven countries listed in the president's executive order halting immigration and travel.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration is trying to convince state employees that a strike would be “reckless.”

About 30-thousand state employees who belong to the union AFSCME are starting a 3-week-long process in which they’ll be voting on whether they should strike.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is asking a judge to tell state employees: No budget, no paycheck.

She’s trying to force an end to the political battle that's devastated Illinois finances over the last 19 months.

A state representative from Chicago is trying to bring the spirit of Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign to Illinois. His idea? Free tuition at Illinois' public universities.

Democrat Will Guzzardi knows Illinois will not be providing free college tuition anytime soon.

Members of the Illinois Senate spent hours Tuesday considering a deal meant to end Illinois' 18-month budget standoff.

The package has many moving parts. Somewhere between a minimum wage increase, cuts to government pensions, and higher income taxes a diverse group of nay-sayers emerged, spanning the political spectrum from big business to organized labor.

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The Illinois Senate plans to plow ahead with its proposed budget compromise to end the nearly 2-year-old deadlock with Gov. Bruce Rauner.        

Illinois Senators are expected to soon consider a complicated deal meant to end to Illinois’ 18-month budget standoff.

It's among new legislation that's meant to end the budget stalemate and bring in more tax dollars.

Just a few cities in the U.S., and Cook County have such a tax on the books. In past debates, opponents said a soda tax means a nanny state where the government tells people what's bad for them.

State Senator Scott Bennett says Democrats in his chamber supported a rules change last week to impose term limits on Senate legislative leaders as a show of good faith.

The Champaign Democrat says they're showing their commitment to imposing the ten-year term limits on leaders in both legislative chambers ... as part of a state budget package.

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Chicago State University is getting a whole new slate of leaders.

The school has struggled financially for the last few years due in part to the state's budget impasse.

Illinois lawmakers quickly approved a criminal justice reform package during the two-day lame duck legislative session.

State legislators expanded Illinois’ Paid Sick Leave Act Tuesday. If signed into law, the list of covered family members would include stepchildren and domestic partners. 

Details of a massive, bipartisan compromise meant to end Illinois' budget stalemate emerged Monday in the Illinois Senate. But, the plan has been put on hold.

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A Chicago alderman says he's running for Illinois governor.

Ameya Pawar anounced his candidacy Tuesday.

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