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Illinois Republican leaders say they're encouraged by Democrats' willingness to negotiate a deal to end an 11-month budget stalemate despite House Democrats passing a spending plan the day before that prompted boos from the GOP.   The Republican leaders spoke after meeting with Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton. 

Illinois Democrats are proposing $700 million to partially finance various human service programs that have gone without state funding since last summer because there's no budget.   A House committee unanimously advanced the bill to the full chamber. The measure would use $450 million from a fund dedicated to human services and $250 million from other special funds. 

The Democratic-led Illinois House passed legislation to allocate nearly $3.7 billion for colleges and various human service programs amid criticism from Republicans who called it a pre-primary sham because the state has no money. 

Senator urges Democrats to pass a state budget

Feb 17, 2016

Republican State Senator Chapin Rose says Democrats in the legislature have the numbers to pass a budget, and need to act soon.  The Champaign County lawmaker says Governor Rauner’s budget address offered Democrats two paths to a budget agreement... either work with him and accept at least part of his reform agenda, or pass legislation that expands the governor’s authority to amend whatever budget they send him. 

The Illinois Democrats running for U.S. Senate will face off in three debates before the March 15th primary.  U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, state Sen. Napoleon Harris and former Chicago Urban League CEO Andrea Zopp are seeking the Democratic nomination. 

As Illinois edges toward the end of a fourth month without a budget, lawmakers will return to the capitol.  Partisan fighting has made a deal evasive. In tomorrow's  session, expect a lot of talk about the state budget but not a lot of action.

  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.

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.

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.  

Madigan budget plan heads to executive committee

Mar 24, 2015

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.


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. 

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. 

Il Dems to endorse candidates for primary

Sep 19, 2013

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.

Illinois Democrats meet, Madigan not present

Aug 14, 2013

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: