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U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says he's concerned that President Donald Trump may follow through with his threat to force a government shutdown if Congress fails to approve money for a proposed wall on the United States' southern border.

The Illinois Supreme Court won't immediately consider Attorney General Lisa Madigan's appeal of a circuit court ruling that state workers must be paid during the state budget impasse.  Justices denied Madigan's request to bypass the appellate court and take the matter directly to the Supreme Court.

Illinois lawmakers are preparing legislation to ensure that state employees continue receiving paychecks if a judge agrees with the attorney general's argument that their pay should be halted during the budget impasse.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he doesn't want to call the General Assembly into special session for votes on a budget even though there are just 10 days left in the fiscal year.   The Republican says special sessions in the recent past have produced only hotter tempers. 

There was a bit of commotion in the Illinois Capitol today when an activist hijacked a committee hearing. He called for the impeachment of Governor Bruce Rauner. 

The activist is Rob Sherman, best known for his strident atheism.  

His call for impeachment prompted two Republicans to walk out; and the Democrats to disavow his proposal.

But Sherman's attack did get at a key truth about the ongoing standoff between Rauner and the Democrats:

  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner says a partial state government shutdown is worth the pain if it brings fundamental change to business and politics in Illinois.     The Republican told reporters Tuesday morning that "change is hard" ... but he says the state needs to it.

Schock Takes Criticism

Oct 18, 2013

A conservative group is criticizing Illinois congressman Aaron Schock for his vote to end the government shutdown and extend the treasury’s borrowing authority. Even so, it does not appear he will be challenged in next year’s primary. Illinois Public Radio’s Scott Stuntz reports.

Hastert compares government shutdowns

Oct 8, 2013

Denny Hastert wasn't the Speaker of the U.S. House during the last government shutdown, but he was an Illinois Congressman in 1995 and '96.  He told IPR’S Amanda Vinicky, this time is different.

Hastert says back then, Republicans were trying to get a handle on spending. He says it worked.

President Obama wants House Speaker John Boehner to call a vote on a so-called “clean” continuing resolution to end the partial government shutdown. But Congressman Rodney Davis says he IS supporting “clean” resolutions, by voting for individual appropriations bills. The 13th District Republican says these measures reflect the way Washington used to govern in the days before gridlock.

Partial shutdown to impact Il National Guard

Oct 1, 2013

The Illinois National Guard says the partial government shutdown is going to have a big impact on its operations and on communities. IPR'S Patrick Smith reports.

Captain Dustin Cammack says only about 70 of the guard’s 13 hundred civilian technicians will be allowed to work during the shutdown. That means more than 12 hundred maintenance workers, administrators and trainers who keep the guard running will be forced to stay home. Cammack says he and his fellow technicians are supposed to come into work today...

Congressman Rodney Davis isn’t taking the same view of some colleagues who are threatening a government shutdown on a spending plan that includes the Affordable Care Act. The Taylorville Republican says while he still wants to de-fund the health care measure, he says conservative senators like Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas should turn their attention elsewhere: