Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's office appears to be preparing in case there's a strike. The state's contract with its largest public employees' union, AFSCME, expires on June 30, when the state's fiscal year ends.
Democrats are going it alone on the budget and the bills are flying. How can you keep track of all the budget legislation out there? By using this handy list.
Heavyweights from each of Illinois' public universities gathered for a rare meeting at the state Capitol yesterday. It's thought to be the first time leaders from all nine state schools have collectively met with the governor's office and the leaders in the General Assembly.
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Lacy is eight years old, though that’s not her real name. Lacy’s adoptive mom, Rebecca McClintock, asked us to disguise her daughter’s identity because we’re going to be talking about her past, and a lot of it is painful.
The pink slips started coming in January. Employees hired at Democrats’ discretion over the past dozen years were losing their state jobs — an early rattle in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s promised “shakeup” of state government, accompanied by other corresponding rattles, including waves of appointments naming Republicans to take the ousted workers’ places.
As the May 31st deadline for passing a new budget looms, Governor Rauner and the Legislature continue to bicker. John O'Connor of the Associated Press joins the panel this week.