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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 Sun-Times

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.

Chicago's violent year was especially dangerous for the city's children. Dozens of young kids were shot in 2016 before reaching high school age.


Governor Bruce Rauner's administration is accusing Illinois' biggest government union of an unfair labor practice.

Contract negotiations began nearly two years ago and ended in January, when Rauner walked away from the table. Last month, the administration finally persuaded a state labor board that the governor and the AFSCME union were at an impasse.

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Organizations that help victims of domestic violence are about to stop receiving money from the Illinois state government.

That’s because there’s no full budget.

In the ongoing budget grudge match between Governor Bruce Rauner and the Democratically-controlled legislature, one bright spot is that public schools have been spared.

Rauner, in fact, has boasted that under his administration, general state aid for schools has been fully funded for the first time in years. But there's a caveat to that claim.

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Progress Illinois

A preliminary report on college enrollment in Illinois shows a decline at all sectors of higher education.

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Associated Press

With Monday's meeting of the Electoral College, Illinois was NOT among the states where there was a concern about so-called faithless electors.

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