budget standoff

A feud between Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Comptroller Susana Mendoza is escalating over spending priorities during the state's unprecedented budget standoff.  Mendoza is a Democrat in charge of paying Illinois' bills. In a speech she accused Rauner of being a terrible governor and paying consultants from a health care fund, among other things.   

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The issue of how long injured pro athletes should be allowed to earn worker compensation benefits is being debated in Springfield.  The Chicago Bears are leading other Chicago sports franchises in backing a measure that would reduce a former player's ability to tap into workers compensation after a career-ending injury. 

Illinois lawmakers have approved a four-month extension of a corporate tax incentive program amid an ongoing budget standoff.  The Economic Development for a Growing Economy, or EDGE, program was set to expire at the end of last year. It offers businesses tax breaks in exchange for agreements on creating and maintaining jobs. 

Illinois legislative races are drawing millions of dollars from parties waging a battle for power amid a historic budget standoff between ruling Democrats and a wealthy Republican governor.  In one contest, the GOP has spent more than $2.6 million in television ads to re-elect a Republican in a northwest Chicago district. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel are trading barbs amid Illinois' budget impasse with Emanuel comparing Rauner to Donald Trump while the governor tours the state.  Emanuel began the exchange by saying Rauner "is following the Donald Trump playbook of demonizing one group of people for his political advantage." 

Former Gov. Jim Edgar expressed a dim view of stopgap funding measures during an appearance Tuesday on the public radio program The 21st. He also shared his views on whether current Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democratic supermajorities in the legislature will ever come to terms on the anti-union aspects of the governor’s "Turnaround Agenda."