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State Week: SCOTUS Nominee, Dan Ryan Protest, Misleading Ads

Illinois politicians react to President Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Gov. Bruce Rauner and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel get into a Twitter fight over the anti-violence protest that brought the inbound Dan Ryan to a halt. And J.B. Pritzker's campaign runs an ad with claims widely described as false.

State Week: Rauner's Apology Tour; Illinois Nazis; Third-Party Candidates

Gov. Bruce Rauner boards a city bus for an apology tour of Illinois' flagship college towns. Illinois Nazis are back in the news . And it's official — there will be at least four party-affiliated candidates on the ballot for governor this fall.

State Week: Rauner's Apology Tour; Illinois Nazis; Third-Party Candidates

State Week: U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Illinois Labor Case

The U.S. Supreme Court handed a victory to Governor Bruce Rauner in its ruling on the Janus v. AFSCME case. Also, the Gubernatorial race gained more candidates with this week's filings by independent parties. The State Journal-Register 's Bernie Schoenberg joins the panel.

State Week: Online Sales Taxes; CPS Scandal; Rauner Takes On Black Caucus

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling this week means shoppers will more often be paying sales taxes for online purchases. It might also have meant a windfall for state government, but Illinois lawmakers anticipated the decision and already spent the money.

State Week: Online Sales Taxes; CPS Scandal; Rauner Takes On Black Caucus

State Week: AFSCME Contract; Abortion Court Fight; Former Madigan Staffer Responds To Accusations

AFSCME, Illinois biggest laobr union representing state government employees, was in the Fourth District Appellate Court this week. It's fighting a move by the Rauner administration to declare an impasse in contract negotiations, which are three years overdue.

State Week: AFSCME Contract; Abortion Court Fight; Former Madigan Staffer Responds To Accusations

State Week: Top Madigan Aide Felled By #MeToo, Rauner Signs First Full Budget

Allegations of bullying and inappropriate comments prompted the resignation of the top aide to House Speaker Michael Madigan. Tim Mapes had been the speaker's chief of staff since the late 1990s, and was also executive director of the Democratic Party of Illinois. Meanwhile, Gov. Bruce Rauner signing a full-year budget into law, a first for the incumbent Republican, who's in his fourth year as governor.

State Week: Top Madigan Aide Felled By #MeToo, Rauner Signs First Full Budget

State Week: Budget Passed, ERA Ratified, Abuse Alleged

A busy week in Springfield as the Illinois General Assembly approves a budget , the House ratifies the ERA , and a leading Democrat is accused of inappropriate behavior .

State Week: Budget Optimism, Retaliation Charged In House

Illinois lawmakers say they've made real progress toward passage of a budget. But even if they can get it passed by the scheduled end of session next Thursday (May 31), the big question remains: Will Gov. Bruce Rauner sign or veto it?

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.

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