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Did Rauner 'Pull Votes' Off The Grand Bargain?

Ten Republican senators voted for at least one bill in the grand bargain. We asked all of them about Gov. Bruce Rauner's role in stopping them from going further.

State Week: Grand Bargain Grind & Trump's U.S. Attorneys

Republican senators working with Gov. Bruce Rauner began breaking off pieces of the "grand bargain," which Democrats say undermines efforts to move toward a compromise budget. Meanwhile, what had been a bipartisan selection process for Illinois' U.S. attorneys is changing, with senior Republican Congressman John Shimkus saying he's waiting for the Trump administration to advise him on how to proceed.

With Latest Republican Moves, Democrats See Diminishing Chances For 'Grand Bargain'

Gov. Bruce Rauner is pushing to break off a couple pieces from the Illinois Senate's so-called grand bargain. Democrats say that's a bad omen for the prospects of an overall budget deal. A pair of Republican state senators want to move ahead with a plan to permanently cut Illinois pension benefits and provide a one-time cash infusion to the Chicago Public Schools. Rauner tweeted his endorsement of the idea. Those things had been part of the "grand bargain," but Republican Sen. Michael Connelly says the state needs to act now, "We can't sit around and wait for a compilation of 15 or 16 bills to ... magically appear," Connelly says. But Democratic Sen. Heather Steans says a piecemeal approach would take off the pressure to do a comprehensive deal. "My concern is that that means that you're acknowledging and saying that the grand bargain's dead, and we don't want to do that," she says. Steans says she and other Democrats are optimistic they can still work things out with Republicans. She

With Latest Republican Moves, Democrats See Diminishing Chances For 'Grand Bargain'

No Contract? A Strike? Replacement Workers? We Discuss AFSCME

A lot of uncertainty these days for Illinois members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees who work for state government.

A.G. Madigan Appeals To High Court On State Employee Pay

Attorney General Lisa Madigan is taking her case over state employee pay to the Illinois Supreme Court.

Dentists Want Out of State Worker Insurance

Dr. Ronald Lynch runs a family dentistry in Jacksonville. He says approximately 20 percent of his patients are state workers. Because Illinois is still running with no budget, the state has not been paying its employees' health bills on time — and the delays are growing.

As 'Grand Bargain' Is Blocked, Democrats Point To Rauner

The Illinois Senate's so-called grand bargain was put on hold Wednesday. After months of negotiations and a deadline from their own caucus leader, Senate Republicans say they aren't quite ready to vote. Democrats blame the last-minute withdrawal on interference by Gov. Bruce Rauner. Brian Mackey brings us the story of how the grand bargain landed in the bargain bin. Democrats and Republicans have set a series of deadlines for their grand bargain. Early January, late January, mid-February, and most recently, this, when Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno was on WGN radio. RADOGNO: "If we don't get this moving by the 28th, we may as well just go home." Time is of the essence. Illinois has gone 20 months without a real budget. The state is $12 billion behind on paying its bills. The grand bargain is an effort to finally rectify the failure to pass a budget — while also giving Republicans some of the pro-business ideas Gov. Rauner has been pushing for two years. Things appeared to

Illinois Issues: The Great Pension Chasm

Yet another proposal aims to get the state out of crisis. A 1917 report conducted on the Illinois pension system revealed bad news. After a pension-focused trip around the globe, with studies on such nations as Great Britain, New Zealand, and Austro-Hungary, it got to crux of the matter:

Cities To Illinois: Put Our Money On Autopilot

City governments across Illinois are asking to have their state funding passed along automatically. It's the latest consequence of Illinois' 20-month budget stalemate.

Why Was Rauner Budget Proposal Greeted With Confusion?

The Illinois House is set to return to Springfield this week. Meanwhile, policymakers are still puzzling through last week's budget proposal by Gov, Bruce Rauner, partly because his administration made a significant break with tradition in rolling it out. The immediate reaction to the governor's proposal included confusion. Typically, the top budget aides to the governor meet with their counterparts in the legislature before the big speech. But not the Rauner administration. State Rep. Greg Harris, a Democrat from Chicago, says this is "unprecedented territory." "This is the way it has been done for 198 years of the 200 years of our state's history," Harris said after the speech. "Only in the last two years has it ended up this way." This matters because if you were listening to Rauner's budget speech, you heard the governor assert his proposal was balanced. But now that the documents are publicly available, it's clear there's at least a $4.5 billion deficit. A Rauner spokeswoman did

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