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Illinois' senior U.S. senator is considering a run for governor.

Dick Durbin said Thursday at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia that he's focusing on the presidential race, and will make an announcement when the election's over.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says her father's job ... as speaker of the Illinois House ... IS a factor in whether she'd ever run for governor.

Madigan did not elaborate. But she stepped back from a possible 20-14 bid, saying it would not be good for Illinois to have two members of the same family in those positions.

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner has already said he plans to run for re-election in two years.

Democrats don't have a single obvious candidate for governor.

Labor unions are attacking Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner for several vetoes issues late last week. The Republican governor rejected measures that would have raised wages for state contractors that take care of the elderly and disabled.

University of Illinois administrators are warning employees that the state could retroactively increase their health insurance premiums. The university system recently held informational meetings at its three campuses in Chicago, Champaign-Urbana and Springfield.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL, said recent racial killings underscore the need for conversations about race relations and law enforcement, but there are also systemic issues that need more specifically addressed.

A state labor board has denied a request by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration to bypass an administrative judge and expedite ruling on whether negotiations have stalled with AFSCME.

Now, the union is taking preliminary steps in preparation for a possible strike.

  Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Lisa Bonnett retired Friday, according to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office.

Bonnett, who could not be reached for comment, was appointed director in 2013 and had worked 20 years at the agency, including as deputy director and chief financial officer. In a June 10 letter announcing her intention to depart Bonnett wrote that under Rauner's leadership that "they worked together to ensure that a healthy environment goes hand in hand with a healthy economy.”

On the final day of the fiscal year Thursday ... Illinois lawmakers have passed a temporary budget and sent it to Governor Rauner.

Illinois lawmakers are planning to return to the State Capitol Thursday to continue working on a temporary budget deal.

Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky reports that's as big a sign as any of actual movement since the lawmakers were supposed to be in Springfield Wednesday only.

Legislators who've been privately working for the past month to craft a temporary budget have one drafted.  But that doesn't make it a done deal.

The strain of going nearly a year without a budget ... coupled with doubt a full deal can be reached in the near future ... have made a temporary budget the priority.

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As the Illinois government budget stalemate continues, Democrats are thinking about who might challenge Governor Bruce Rauner … in 2018.

A second major credit rating agency has downgraded Illinois' rating, citing financial ``mismanagement'' by state leaders amid a yearlong budget impasse.

A major credit rating agency has downgraded Illinois' rating to two levels above ``junk'' status, citing the ``political gridlock'' that's prevented the state from getting a balanced budget for more than a year.

Moody's Investors Service lowered Illinois' rating Wednesday on $26 billion in debt by one level, to Baa2. The downgrade also affects $2.75 billion in revenue bonds.

The head of the Murphysboro School District is warning parents, faculty and staff that - without state funding - the district cannot make it through the upcoming academic year.

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The Illinois House was supposed to be back in Springfield Wednesday. Not anymore.

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Bruce Rauner says his biggest disappointment as Illinois governor is Rahm Emanuel.

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Governor Rauner toured the state Wednesday to rip the democratic leadership for not approving a balanced budget before Tuesday night's deadline for the spring session.

Illinois' top lawmakers say budget talks are on the verge of collapse with the deadline for next year's budget just four days away.

Soon after taking office, Gov. Bruce Rauner set a goal of  cutting Illinois' prison population by a quarter over the next decade. But the current budget crisis has cut off funding for programs that could be key to meeting his target.  

A potential new state budget barely passed the Illinois House last night,  but Governor Bruce Rauner is already signaling a veto.

The number of social service groups suing Illinois is growing. 

Eighteen agencies are joining a lawsuit against the state to get paid -- since they haven't received 130 million dollars due to the budget impasse. One of the latest groups to sue is notable ... because of who's in charge.

The Illinois House Wednesday  failed to override Governor Bruce Rauner's veto of a measure that would have required binding arbitration in union contract disputes.

It's a repeat of what happened with a nearly identical measure Rauner also vetoed last year.

Just who can use what bathroom has garnered headlines across the country. Illinois senators are calling for a ban on unnecessary government travel to two states with bathroom laws targeting transgender individuals.

The state’s heroin crisis has captured headlines and the attention of lawmakers. But in the past few years, the number of methamphetamine lab busts has crept back up, and law enforcement officials say the drug is also coming into the state from Mexico. 

The Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees unanimously voted to rescind Dennis Hastert's honorary degree from the school. The Board met Thursday afternoon to discuss the matter during a special meeting.

    

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Union workers from across Illinois traveled to Springfield Wednesday to march against Governor Bruce Rauner.

They were protesting what they say are his anti-labor policies.

Illinois is racking up more debt than even its comptroller knows about. Hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of bills are awaiting payment. They're part of a little known program that has lawmakers asking questions.

For the second time in 20-16 ... Governor Bruce Rauner met with the General Assembly's four top leaders.

Illinois lawmakers approved $700 million to partially finance various human service programs that haven't received funding since last summer because of the budget stalemate.

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