Illinois Democrats

Peoria Public Radio News
11:32 am
Tue June 30, 2015

IL Gov: Shutdown worth pain if it brings change

  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.

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State News
7:39 am
Fri May 29, 2015

The people's business continues amid deep divides

The Illinois Legislature could give final approval to parts of a $36.3 billion budget as lawmakers head toward the end of their spring session. Democrats who control the Legislature are advancing a 2016 budget that's more than $3 billion short of anticipated revenues. Republicans have criticized the spending plan as irresponsible. The Legislature is approaching its Sunday deadline for adjournment with the two parties deeply divided. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner wants Democrats to pass some of his pro-business agenda.

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State News
2:57 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Democrats highlight potential obstacles in Rauner budget

Democratic leaders and GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner remain far apart on how to bridge a $6 billion revenue gap as they turn to the 2016 state budget.  

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Budget
6:49 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Madigan budget plan heads to executive committee

Illinois state lawmakers are set to take up a plan today to close a 1 point 6 billion dollar hole in this year’s state budget. Illinois Public Radio's Patrick Smith reports.

Democrats who control the legislature and Republican Governor Bruce Rauner have been negotiating for weeks over the budget gap. And several programs are set to run out of money at the end of this month unless a deal can be reached.

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State News
6:24 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Woodford County Democrats push to "keep Illinois blue"

 

Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair brought out Democratic leaders from across the state ... including those counties where Democrats seem few and far between. In these heavily Republican counties, momentum for Democratic candidates can be hard to come by. Compound that with lower Democratic voter turnout in non-presidential election years, and the fight to "keep Illinois blue" gets even more difficult. 

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State News
6:54 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Details on maneuver used to block mandatory minimums bill

The city of Chicago had a setback in Springfield Thursday. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been pushing to increase prison sentences for people convicted of gun crimes. But on the last day of the Illinois legislature's fall veto session, a group of African-American legislators used a parliamentary maneuver to block him. 

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State News
1:04 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Il Dems to endorse candidates for primary

Illinois' leading Democrats will meet in Springfield on Sunday. They're supposed to endorse candidates for next year's primary election even though there are no longer any competitive races. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky wondered why?

Democrats have rarely slated candidates in recent years. But this time, with incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn facing a primary challenge from former U.S. Commerce Secretary Bill Daley, the state party was going to consider picking a favorite.

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State News
6:21 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Illinois Democrats meet, Madigan not present

Illinois Democrats gathered in Springfield Wednesday to rally behind their candidates ahead of next year’s election. But they met among a backdrop of party infighting, lawsuits - and without the presence of the state’s party chairman. From Springfield - IPR’s Tony Arnold reports: 

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