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Gov. Rauner to lawmakers: "Pass a budget, or no pay raise"

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.02.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The last time an Illinois governor interfered with pay for members of the General Assembly, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cu...

7 Terrible Consequences of the Illinois Government Shutdown

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.01.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Everything appears to be in flux, but here's a look at some things that might happen as state government enters the legal and political limbo that comes with running the state with no spending plan.

Is Madigan or Rauner Winning in the Illinois Government Shutdown?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.01.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he can ease the pain of a state government shutdown by paying state employees for as long as takes to enact a state budget. House Speaker Madigan suddenly is the most media-friendly figure in Springfield. He's presenting himself as the genteel, moderate figure in the budget standoff.

Chicago Mayor Rejects State Cash Advance For Schools

Reuters | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics

CHICAGO, June 29 (Reuters) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday turned down an offer by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to advance a fiscal 2016 st...

Poll: Gov. Bruce Rauner's Support Slumps

David Ormsby | Posted 06.26.2015 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Since Governor Bruce Rauner unleashed his nearly $2 million TV Ad buy two weeks ago, political and media pundits have been almost exclusively focused ...

A Look at Michael Madigan's "Non-Budget"

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.23.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek has little use for House Speaker Michael Madigan's oft-repeated accusation that Gov. Bruce Rauner is being unreasonable and "extreme" by trying to use "non-budget issues" as bargaining chips in deadlocked budget talks.

Judge Grants Injunction Against Mark Diamond

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 06.22.2015 | Chicago
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Life for Chicago businessman Mark Diamond got harder last week, even as questions remain for some about why he has not yet faced criminal prosecution.

Rauner's Ad Blitz: Slow Now, Could Ramp Up Later

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.22.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Last week, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner released a TV ad campaign aiming to convince regular Illinoisans to side with him, and not House Speaker Michael Madigan, on the state's budget debate. Capitol Fax's Rich Miller says the governor's ad was not as foreceful as some might have expected them to be, but it still wasn't not necessarily productive.

5 Madigan/Cullerton Quotes About Budget Talks

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.17.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

In the efforts to come to a budget agreement in Springfield by July 1, an unusual but unsurprising pattern has developed in the deadlocked talks.

After Rauner's Ad Blitz, Madigan and Cullerton Respond

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.17.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Even with all the news of the budget stalemate coming out of the General Assembly, the Better Government Association's Andy Shaw wants Illinoisans to remember that not all new developments out of Springfield this spring have been bad.

Rauner's Anti-Madigan Media Blitz Begins

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.17.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner has begun airing TV ads across Illinois that attack House Speaker Michael Madigan and legislative Democrats as anti-reform and pro-tax. The ad singles out Madigan for blocking Rauner's business and political reforms.

Chiraq and the North Shore: A Tale of Two Summers

Elizabeth Lazar | Posted 06.15.2015 | Impact
Elizabeth Lazar

Tonight summer is in the air. My sons ran to the park up the street and I am left alone, with dappled light and open windows... I pour a glass of wine and position myself in the stream of dusk blushing the living room gold.

Rauner Says Illinois Will See Spending Consequences If Budget Not Passed

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.15.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The Illinois General Assembly hasn't yet agreed on a balanced budget for fiscal year 2016. Mark Fitton of the Illinois News Network reports on what Gov. Bruce Rauner says will happen to programs such as Amtrak and the World Shooting Complex if lawmakers can't get a plan together.

"Business as Usual" for Cook County Prosecution of Marijuana

Chloe Riley | Posted 06.12.2015 | Chicago
Chloe Riley

Though this marks a turnaround for Alvarez, who once deemed marijuana a "gateway drug," there are still several issues with the move.

Shhh...Speaker Madigan Is Speaking

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.12.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

As the Illinois General Assembly wraps up its second week of past-due budget wrangling, Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek looked at what House Speaker Michael Madigan might be thinking.

This Is Not Illinois' First Budget Crisis Go-Round

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.09.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois' current budget fight is frustrating, but it's not the first time the state has found itself in a similar situation. Former Gov. Jim Edgar spoke to Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek about his own budget brawl in 1991.

Rauner's Superstars: Big Names, Big Reputations, Big Salaries

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.08.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has assembled a team of budget and education experts since taking office in January. He says these staffers, whom he calls "superstars," are vital to helping him get the state government back on track. Questions have been raised over the pay of some members of his leadership team, particularly the funds from which they're drawing their salaries.

Illinois' Democrats and Republicans Have a Fundamental Misunderstanding

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.08.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

With Illinois' state government divided (a Republican executive and a Democratic legislature), Rich Miller of Capitol Fax wonders why, after months of being forced to work together, members of the two parties haven't been able to understand each other.

Bruce Rauner Appeals to Allies in Budget Crisis

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.05.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday rallied his top lieutenants and warned them to prepare for "the very real possibility that we are facing cash crisis and a major, major restructuring of the government."

DJ Rebootly Mixes Bruce Rauner Into a Hip-Hop Track

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.02.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

And all four claim they are acting on behalf of the middle class. Here, in two minutes, is everything you need to know to understand why things have ground to a halt in Springfield.

Rauner and Madigan Have the Power to Sink or Save Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.03.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

While the two sides are disagreeing politically on how to run the best government for Illinoisans, Rauner, Madigan and their colleagues have surprisingly similar stated goals in the work: champion the middle class.

Constitution Rock

Matt Farmer | Posted 06.02.2015 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

Social studies teachers at Chicago's Darwin Elementary School probably had a blast last month preparing their seventh and eighth-grade students for the state-mandated constitution test. Let's face it. In this town, test prep material practically writes itself.

WATCH: Illinois Political Leaders Knock Heads

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.01.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois Democrats and Republicans weren't able to come to a budget compromise that pleased nearly everyone in Springfield by the end of the spring legislative session May 31. Now the people most directly involved have issued frank and sometimes cutting opinions on who is to blame.

5 Senate Democrats Departed From Party Norms on Budget Votes

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.01.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Ten state Senate Democrats voted against some or all of the budget bills and contrary to the majority of the rest of their party. Here's a look at five of them and their votes.

5 Reasons Illinoisans Are Paying for the Madigan/Rauner Budget Fight

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.28.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois lawmakers only have until midnight May 31 to approve a state budget and spending plan that is balanced and funds all of the programs the state needs to run efficiently. The House and Senate Democratic majorities very likely will approve one, but it will be rejected.