Illinois begins this week without a new budget --- though one is due by Wednesday. Last week, Governor Bruce Rauner revised his plan. He's now offering Chicago and other municipalities some pension relief.
Early on, Gov. Rauner made clear that his willingness to talk about the budget is contingent on what he calls "structural change." Since the end of May, that has included five items:
1) a property tax freeze (combined with changes he says will lower costs for municipalities but which unions see as an attack)