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Illinois Democrats say they will NOT pass Governor Bruce Rauner's last-minute pitch for a stopgap state budget, at least not today , the final day of the legislature's regular spring session. Just days ago, Rauner's office nixed the idea of a temporary budget, saying it'd kick the can down the road. Now, he's had a "turnaround." He's pushing a plan to fund schools, finally pay what's owed to cash-starved social service agencies, and generally keep things running through the calendar year....
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Just across the train tracks from U.S. Route 321, in the town of North, S.C., nestled among mobile homes covered with red roses, sits the one-story brick campus of North Middle/High School.Robert Gordon strides forward in the school's entryway to shake my hand. He's slim, dressed neatly in khakis, loafers and a striped polo shirt, with a pleather portfolio under one arm."It's been a stressful morning," he says, explaining that one middle school boy stabbed another with a pencil.Pacing the...
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