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Monday, May 29, 2017 at 1:09 AM

Illinois Dems Short on Votes to Pass Tax Hike: Report

State legislators are meeting this holiday weekend in Springfield as they try to come to an agreement on a new budget, but one of the Democrats’ key initiatives is reportedly in big trouble. Read »

Friday, May 26, 2017 at 6:38 PM

Rauner, Pritzker Point Fingers as Budget Impasse Continues

With the state of Illinois poised to go through a third straight year without a budget deal, lawmakers and candidates are pointing fingers as a May 31 deadline looms. Read »

Friday, May 26, 2017 at 5:47 PM
Deep Dish - Rauner Rocks Out, and Emanuel Gets Called by DC

Deep Dish - Rauner Rocks Out, and Emanuel Gets Called by DC

In this week’s Deep Dish, Carol Marin and Mary Ann Ahern discuss Democrats calling on Rahm Emanuel to replicate his 2006 midterm election strategy, Bruce Rauner’s love of Boston (the band, not... Watch »

Friday, May 26, 2017 at 10:40 AM

Madigan Writes to Civic Committee About Budget, Rauner

Madigan Writes to Civic Committee About Budget, Rauner

House Speaker Michael Madigan is taking a lower profile this legislative session, but his position on Gov. Bruce Rauner's call for reform has not changed. Read »

Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 5:16 PM

Details Released on Plans for Amtrak's Union Station Rehab

Amtrak has chosen a developer for a massive rehab project at Union Station that is expected to cost an estimated $1 billion and take up to six years to complete. Read »

Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 5:11 PM

Supt. Johnson Testifies in Springfield, Pushes New Gun Bill

Chicago's top cop returned to Springfield Thursday to continue calling on lawmakers to keep repeat gun felons off city streets and in prison longer. Read »

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 12:49 PM

Chicago Board of Ed to Vote on Mayor's CPS Funding Plan

The ongoing budget crisis surrounding Chicago Public Schools will take center state Wednesday as the Chicago Board of Education prepares to vote on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's borrowing plan aimed at keeping schools... Read »

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 11:47 PM

Illinois Senate Democrats Vote For $5.4 Billion Tax Increase

Senate Democrats added spending to a budget plan Tuesday to lure more Democratic support before voting to approve a $5.4 billion tax increase without a single Republican "aye." Read »

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 8:00 PM

Illinois Senate Approves Income Tax Hike

The Illinois Senate on Tuesday approved a 32 percent personal income tax hike, from 3.75 percent to 4.95 percent, as part of budget negotiations as as the May 31 deadline for action looms. Read »

Monday, May 22, 2017 at 8:33 PM

Durbin Pens Letter To Sessions Asking for Chicago Resources

As Chicago prepares for another likely violent summer, Sen. Dick Durbin on Monday urged U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to "increase the Department of Justice’s support for gun violence prevention efforts"... Read »

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Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

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