The Illinois Senate started taking votes on Tuesday on smaller elements of its so-called “grand bargain” in hopes of finally putting an end to the state’s 20-month odyssey of operating without a budget.
With a level of partisan divide resembling the acrimony that has characterized Congress, Democrats in the General Assembly roundly dismissed Gov. Bruce Rauner’s 2017 budget proposal as more of the same tired rhetoric.
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton has a question for all of his Illinois colleagues as the pressure to finally put an end to the state’s budget impasse intensifies: “If not this plan, then what?”
When the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) scheduled a strike vote earlier this year, many viewed the move as another tactic orchestrated by the union to prevent Gov. Bruce Rauner from imposing his last, best offer.
The FBI has arrested a former Chicago radio and online reporter for allegedly making at least eight bomb threats to Jewish schools and community centers, among other locations, ABC News reported on Friday.
Illinois Democrats might have retained control of both chambers of the General Assembly in the general election, but a policy analyst is predicting that Illinois Republicans will pick up more legislative seats in 2018 and hold onto the governorship, possibly paving the way for reform measures.