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

Democrats in the Illinois Senate Friday made another attempt to meet the demands of Governor Bruce Rauner’s economic agenda.

The Republican governor has said the expense of workers compensation insurance has driven businesses out of the state.

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.

A federal judge in Chicago Wednesday delayed a ruling on whether the state of Illinois should speed up hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid payments during the budget impasse.

 

Two years ago - Judge Joan Lefkow mandated the state to pay for Medicaid during the budget impasse.

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.

Democratic State Sen. Andy Manar, of Bunker Hill, is accusing Gov. Bruce Rauner of trying to kill his school funding legislation. He says the administration fed erroneous information to a Republican operative's website.

The story in question appears in the Kankakee Times, one of a dozen community news organs created by Dan Proft. Proft runs a political action committee supported by Rauner.

Democratic State Senator Andy Manar, of Bunker Hill, is accusing Gov. Bruce Rauner of trying to kill his school funding legislation.

He says the administration fed erroneous information to a Republican operative's website.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller discusses the week in Illinois politics with Illinois Lawmakers Host Jak Tichenor, the Interim Director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

The Illinois Senate has adjourned without taking action on remaining items from the ``grand bargain'' budget compromise.

Democrats who run the chamber had said they might push forward Thursday with remaining items after approving several parts of the compromise on Wednesday.

The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that the Illinois High School Association has no obligation to release internal documents.

The court said the IHSA is not subject to Freedom of Information laws, calling it a private non-profit, not a governmental body.  FOIA, as it's often called, allows anyone to request records related to government work.

The Senate has approved a $36.5 billion budget that was initiated by minority Republicans. But, it turned down authority to implement it.

The Democratic-controlled chamber voted 31-21 to approve the proposed outlay for the year that begins July 1.

Higher education has been among the areas feeling the state budget impasse as funding has been cut.  It has forced some schools to reduce classes, lay off employees and, in some cases, close for several days. 

But a review of enrollment indicates small and mid-sized public universities are taking a double hit.   

The Illinois Senate has scheduled a do-over for some pieces of legislation that are part of the so-called grand bargain budget compromise.

Democrats who control the Senate on Tuesday used a procedure to move bills that have already been approved by the Senate back into position for votes again.

Both the Illinois House and Senate return to work in Springfield today. Just over two weeks remain before the annual legislative session is scheduled to end.

Illinois’ top political leaders continue to blame each other for the nearly two-year-long budget impasse.

Democratic Senate President John Cullerton held a press conference this week after Republicans wouldn’t take a vote to end the budget stalemate.

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State lawmakers in Springfield say they’re still working to reach a budget compromise, with three weeks remaining in the legislative session.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Interim Director Jak Tichenor about this week's episode of Illinois Lawmakers and what's happening in the Illinois General Assembly.

With Illinois lawmakers struggling to agree on a state budget, the Illinois Senate unanimously passed a contingency plan … for dentists.

Illinois is literally two years behind in paying health insurance bills for state employees. It’s affecting doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers.

The Illinois Senate is plunging back into the ``grand bargain'' budget compromise with three weeks remaining in the legislative session.

The Senate voted to give local governments flexibility on paying debts. It's one of the few measures with bipartisan support in a package that's supposed to help break a logjam on a state budget deal.

A Chicago tax policy and research group is urging Illinois lawmakers to pass a full budget instead of ``piecemeal'' solutions in the final weeks of the legislative session.

The Civic Federation said Tuesday that to close an estimated $4.6 billion deficit Illinois needs spending restraints, increased revenues and borrowing for unpaid bills.

The Democratic speaker of the Illinois House has appointed envoys to find areas of compromise on a state budget deal with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Speaker Michael Madigan said Monday that Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie of Chicago is one of four House Democrats who will seek common ground with the GOP administration on the state's first full budget since 2015.

Illinois is again at the center of a national movement involving the Equal Rights Amendment, 35 years after the state failed to ratify it.

SIU Trustees will decide this week whether to approve borrowing between the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses, and appoint a new chancellor for SIUC.

The State Board of Elections says hackers gained access to the information of 80,000 Illinois voters — including their social security numbers and driver’s licenses.

Elections officials say hackers had access to Illinois’ system for nearly three weeks before they were detected. They did get access to personal information, but officials say that’s about it.

The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs is compiling a list of businesses that offer military discounts.

A 2015 law was designed to connect veterans and active duty service members with businesses interested in offering discounts and promotions.

A state audit found the Veterans' Discount Program was not implemented. The department responded that it wasn't developed due to staff turnover and other priorities.

Attorneys for social service providers suing Illinois over lack of payment during the budget impasse have presented oral arguments before an appeals court.

The Pay Now Illinois coalition sued last year in Cook County seeking to force the state to honor contracts during the two-year stalemate. But, a Cook County judge dismissed the lawsuit, saying it belonged in a higher court.

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The head of Illinois’ child welfare agency is defending the decision to leave a toddler in a Joliet Township house where she was later found dead.

George Sheldon answered questions about the incident Wednesday at a state Senate hearing in Springfield.

The state budget impasse has left Illinois months behind in payment to downstate mass transit agencies. That's led to cuts in service from Kankakee to Jacksonville.

They agencies are funded in part by local sales tax collections. But that money has to pass through state government. Even after another $19.3 million dollars was released Monday, the Illinois comptroller's office says the state still owes transit agencies $70 million dollars.

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