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State Week: Gun Bills And The Death Penalty, GOP Leadership Fight

Gov. Bruce Rauner used his amendatory veto powers to rewrite a gun bill, simultaneously proposing more gun control than the original bill called for while also reinstating the death penalty. Meanwhile, local governments are complaining about the state's attempt to share less money from the income tax, while gambling interests prepare to fight it out after the U.S. Supreme Court paved the way for legal sports betting in every state.

State Week: ERA Redux, Gun 'Sanctuary,' Budget Critique

The Equal Rights Amendment is back in the news and back in the Statehouse, as supporters make another push for ratification in Illinois. Meanwhile, the fiscal watchdog group The Civic Federation is out with a critique of Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget proposal and its own plan for the state, and a southern Illinois county declares itself a sanctuary for gun owners.

State Week: Politics Surrounds Both Taxes And The Quincy Veterans' Home

Arguments over a flat versus graduated income tax continue among lawmakers; more political fallout surrounding the Quincy Veterans' Home; and Paul Vallas announces he's running for Mayor of Chicago. Tony Arnold and Dave McKinney from WBEZ Public Radio in Chicago join the panel.

State Week: Madigan Holds Onto Party; Gun Owners March; Report Looks At Impasse Debt

House Speaker Michael Madigan was re-elected to another term as chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois. Meanwhile, gun owners marched on the Capitol, Gov. Bruce Rauner returned from his European trade mission, and a new report looks at the crushing late fees run up during the budget stalemate.

State Week: Madigan Holds Onto Party; Gun Owners March; Report Looks At Impasse Debt

State Week: McCann Makes Three; Blagojevich Makes Appeal; Preckwinkle Makes History

State Sen. Sam McCann has left the Republican Party, and will be trying to run for governor on the Conservative Party ticket. Does that complicate the chances for Gov. Bruce Rauner, who narrowly won renomination against a more conservative Republican primary challenger?

State Week: McCann Makes Three; Blagojevich Makes Appeal; Preckwinkle Makes History

State Week: Low Bar For Budget 'Progress'

Gov. Bruce Rauner made a rare request for a meeting with the four legislative leaders of the General Assembly — House and Senate, Democratic and Republican. In a show of how once-ordinary tasks can be touted as achievements in the current toxic political climate, Republicans left the meeting saying they were pleased Democrats agreed to appoint budget negotiators. They also apparently agreed to set a "revenue estimate" — the amount of money Illinois government expects to collect, and thus to

State Week: Pritzker's Tax Rates, Madigan's Party Power, Trump's Trade Wat

J.B. Pritzker is reiterating his call for a graduated income tax — and says before that , Illinois might need to raise its existing flat tax rate.

State Week: Pritzker's Tax Rates, Madigan's Party Power, Trump's Trade Wat

State Week: Gun Control March, Harassment Lawsuit, Facebook Investigation, Rauner And Conservatives

Thousands of Illinoisans joined people across America and around the world in marches showing support for stricter gun laws. A former campaign worker sued House Speaker Michael Madigan over his handling of a harassment complaint against one of his top aides. Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx toook moved against Facebook after the privacy lapses ¸brought into public consciousness by the Cambridge Analytica scandal. And can Gov. Bruce Rauner repair his

State Week: Gun Control March, Harassment Lawsuit, Facebook Investigation, Rauner And Conservatives

State Week: Lessons Of The 2018 Primary

Gov. Bruce Rauner won renomination by just three percentage points — a remarkable margin considering he raised more campaign cash than his opponent, Rep. Jeanne Ives, by a factor of 26 to one. Ives says she won't be endorsing the Republican governor for reelection. Meanwhile, J.B. Pritzker bested each of his two main opponents for the Democratic nomination by 20 percentage points. But state Sen. Daniel Biss and Chris Kennedy both say they'll support Pritzker in his race against Rauner.

State Week: Rauner's Gun Veto; Dem's Mean Debate

A week before the primary election, Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the first gun-control legislation sent to him after the mass murder at a school in Parkland, Florida. It would have required gun dealers to obtain state licenses. Senate Democrats say they'll try to override the governor — eventually. They bought themselves more time by refusing to immediately recognize his veto, breaking with past practice and the Illinois Constitution.

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