Gov. Bruce Rauner

Gov. Bruce Rauner has summoned lawmakers into special session to settle the public education funding issue weeks before the school bell is set to ring.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he will call lawmakers into special session to deal with public school funding if they don't send him legislation on the issue by Monday.

Chicago Public Schools officials are promising that school will open on time regardless of whether a critical funding law is enacted. 

Forecasters say flooding in north-suburban Chicago could worsen over the weekend as water flows down rivers into the state from Wisconsin.

Illinois lawmakers have an ironic strategy for digging out of debt: taking on more of it.

A credit ratings agency has removed Illinois from a credit watch since legislators approved a budget and ended a more than two-year impasse. 

The state treasurer says Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner must go to New York to talk bond-rating houses out of knocking the state's creditworthiness into "junk" status.

Officials of telecommunications conglomerate AT&T say Illinois' landlines won't be going away anytime soon despite a new state law to end the traditional phone service.

Illinois Lottery officials say the state lost about $4 million by halting sales of Powerball and Mega Millions tickets due to the state budget stalemate.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner lost an unprecedented battle with the "Springfield insiders" he once campaigned to dethrone when lawmakers approved a budget and $5 billion tax hike over his objections, and without the pro-business reforms the Republican promised.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says a newly approved state budget was the result of bipartisan efforts to end a "destructive" impasse that has gripped state government for more than two years. 

Hundreds of people lined the streets in central Illinois to honor an Illinois State Police trooper who died in a vehicle crash.

The speaker of the Illinois House has scheduled a vote for Thursday to override the governor's veto of budget package.

A major credit-rating agency has put Illinois under review for a rating downgrade even if lawmakers override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a long-elusive budget deal.

Christian crisis pregnancy centers in some Chicago suburbs are challenging a change in an Illinois' law that now requires medical professionals to notify pregnant patients of all their available options, including abortion.

The Illinois Senate has voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's vetoes of a $36 billion budget plan and $5 billion income tax increase. 

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed a $36 billion budget plan that includes a $5 billion income tax increase. 

Republicans in the Illinois Senate have elected Sen. Bill Brady to serve as the chamber's minority leader.

House Speaker Michael Madigan says he will call a $36.5 billion spending plan for a vote Friday while Democrats and Republicans continue to negotiate tangential issues crucial to a state budget deal with Gov. Bruce Rauner. 

As Illinois’ top political leaders struggle to end a two year budget standoff, one of them has announced she’s resigning. 

The House has approved legislation to revamp the workers' compensation system and pension programs and to make it easier for superfluous units of local government to be consolidated or eliminated.

Illinois lawmakers have directed the state's auditor general to investigate a lease deal signed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration. 

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says if legislators fail to send him a budget by Friday, he'll extend a legislative special session until they "get the job done."

Judges will be encouraged to prescribe longer sentences for repeat gun offenders under a plan signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner. 

 

Gov. Bruce Rauner has threatened to reject a plan extending the funding mechanism for the state's 911 call centers, saying proposed fee increases are too high and the plan is loaded with other things. 

Senate President John Cullerton says his chamber has previously accomplished everything Gov. Bruce Rauner has outlined on a special session agenda called to force a budget deal. 

Chicago Public Schools says it has taken out a $275 million short-term loan so it can meet its obligations with the teachers' pension fund by a June 30 deadline.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration say they're working out bugs on a $94 million online portal that allows state employees to choose health care options. 

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is urging the House to take action on the Senate-approved budget plan during next week's special session. 

An appellate court has ruled against social service providers suing Illinois over the lack of payment during the budget impasse.

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