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Stories with person: Michael Madigan
  • Democrats introduce proposed $36.3 billion budget for 2016 
    Updated: May-25-15 8:07 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois Democrats announced a budget plan Monday that they say calls for spending more than $3 billion beyond what the state anticipates bringing in, setting up a summer showdown with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, who has insisted that pro-business reforms accompany any tax hike.

  • Campaign-style tactics fueling Illinois legislative gridlock story has photos
    Updated: May-24-15 10:12 am

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - An already challenging legislative session has grown even trickier as Democrats and Republicans have begun targeting lawmakers with campaign-style mailers, TV ads and new multimillion-dollar political committees.

  • Democrats giving no hint of compromise with Rauner on budget 
    Updated: May-22-15 7:53 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Majority Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly gave no hint on Friday that they are ready to budge from opposition to Gov. Bruce Rauner's pro-business reforms after the Republican softened some of his "Turnaround Illinois" demands.

  • Gov. Rauner doles out $400K to fellow Illinois Republicans 
    Updated: May-16-15 4:46 pm

    CHICAGO - Gov. Bruce Rauner has started doling out money from his campaign fund to fellow Republicans as the Illinois Legislature approaches what could be difficult votes on several big issues.

  • Alan Dixon honored with naming of state museum building 
    Updated: May-13-15 9:49 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The state's top leaders paid tribute to an Illinois political force by naming a state museum building after Alan J. Dixon.

  • Illinois Senate president calls pension ruling 'victory' 
    Updated: May-08-15 1:11 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois' Senate president says the state must act to adopt "true reforms" now that the state Supreme Court threw out a landmark 2013 pension overhaul law.

  • Business groups, injured employees weigh in on workers' comp 
    Updated: May-05-15 7:46 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Business groups and injured employees weighed in Tuesday as Illinois lawmakers began debating whether to revamp the state's workers' compensation insurance program to reduce costs for employers.

  • Correction: Closer Look-Privatizing DCEO story story has photos
    Updated: May-04-15 6:54 pm

    CHAMPAIGN, Illinois - In a story May 3 about legislation to privatize much of the work of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, The Associated Press misattributed a quote criticizing the plan. The quote should have been attributed to Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, not to Ron Baiman, who is no longer with the organization.