An appellate court ruling last week ensured that paychecks will continue without a budget for the foreseeable future. This legal battle is far from over and what we've seen so far is a perfect illustration of how the political deadlock between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democrats who control the General Assembly is spilling beyond the Capitol.
There's no more debate -- sweet corn is officially the state vegetable, as decreed by unanimous support in the Illinois legislature as well as a signature by Governor Bruce Rauner himself.
With Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's major political cash reserves, his campaign can continue, even six months after he was sworn in as governor.
Last year there were 8,853 state government employees who earned more than $100,000. These figures account for the 10.8 percent of all state workers who earned paychecks from the Illinois Comptroller's Office for 2014.
For the last month-and-a-half, House Speaker Michael Madigan has repeated in his weekly press conferences a pledge to work "cooperatively and professionally" with Gov. Bruce Rauner to work out a compromise on a budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.
If you're searching for a beautiful place to practice your golf swing, look no further than this list of Illinois' best golf courses. These wide expanses of greenery are located in city and countryside alike, some of which may even be located right in your hometown.
The question comes up in almost every conversation I have these days: "So, you think Rauner or Madigan will win this budget fight?" My answer is consistent: House Speaker Michael Madigan won these fights for 30 years with five previous governors. There's no reason to think it'll be different.
Every Illinoisan wants to be making as much money as possible, but there are 30 professions whose Illinois workers are making the most bank.
There's nothing mysterious or complicated about the Illinois Constitution's directive on state expenditures. They all must be defined by the General Assembly. Without an appropriation, there is no authority to spend.
One of the factors that could have contributed to this unfortunate state of affairs in state finances is the political fights that delay real solutions.
Bruce Rauner must go back to square one and submit a balanced budget as our Illinois Constitution requires him to do as Governor.
Capitol Fax's Rich Miller has an argument to make: If one were to look at the workings of Illinois state government last week, they might not be able to tell whether they were examining a political campaign or the negotiations of actual elected officials.
That old adage about crisis begetting opportunity loses its punch when you take the crisis out of the equation. I know that Illinois politicians' chronic avoidance of painful choices got the state government into the miserable financial condition it's in now.
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Cook County Circuit Judge Diane Larsen on Tuesday ruled that without a state budget, the Illinois Comptroller's Office can't issue paychecks to the vast majority of state employees.
Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek looked at five new or increased taxes Illinois and Chicago residents could be subjected to by the end of the summer.