House Republican leader Jim Durkin

As the state works toward a budget for the next year, some lawmakers say they need a target for how much money is available.

One idea is if the state had a revenue estimate in place, drafting a balanced budget would be an easier process. Without one, budget negotiators say they are in the dark when it comes to how much is available to spend.    

Durkin Blames Democrats for State Budget Impasse

Dec 15, 2016

The top House Republican in the Illinois legislature says the tone in Springfield is deteriorating - and has been since the election.

Jim Durkin is House Republican Leader. He thinks it’s because Democrats are upset Illinois Republicans picked up seats this year.

"For many years, Republicans have been pushed around. We’ve been defeated, outspent - grossly outspent - for many, many years. Republicans gave them, them - the Democrats, a taste of their own medicine last November and I think that they’re still reeling over it."

Mixed messages came out of a meeting Tuesday between Illinois' governor and legislative leaders. It was their first meeting in months, even as Illinois is in the midst of an unprecedented budget standoff.

Mixed messages came out of a meeting today between Illinois' governor and legislative leaders.   It was their first meeting in months, even as Illinois is in the midst of an unprecedented budget standoff.  Senate President John Cullerton left the meeting saying he got what he wanted out of it.

Governor Bruce Rauner today approved a compromise between Republicans and Democrats that sends emergency money to public universities.

But that compromise doesn’t mean the two parties are getting along any better.

This state money is coming just as Chicago State University had said it would close its doors Friday.

The top House Republican Jim Durkin says it took Chicago State’s closing to get Democrats and House Speaker Michael Madigan to quit playing games.

Republicans in the Illinois General Assembly are proposing $1.3 billion in spending to cover human services. 

Chicago Public Schools officials say top Republicans' proposal for a state takeover of the nation's third-largest school district is a "sideshow" to school funding formula problems in the state. 

WUIS/Illinois Public Radio

As we welcome 2015, we thought we’d take a few minutes to reflect on the past year in Illinois state government and politics. Most of the action was in the campaign for governor, in which Bruce Rauner became the first Republican to win that office since the late 1990s. Here now are some of the voices that made news in 2014.

Sen. Kirk Dillard, R-Hinsdale: “If you’re a Democrat or an independent, there’s no action coming up on your side of the ballot on March 18. Come on over to ours and save your state.”

Top Democrats moving forward on austerity budget?

May 22, 2014

A day after House Democrats said they're unwilling to extend Illinois' higher income tax rate, government observers are trying to figure out what happens next. Top Democrats say they're moving forward on an austerity budget, but as IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, things in the Statehouse are rarely as clear as they seem.

House Speaker Michael Madigan took a closed-door poll of his Democratic lawmakers, and found just 34 of the 60 votes needed to make the current income tax rate permanent. Madigan says he told his budget leaders to begin crafting a leaner spending plan, then added...