- 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.
- Standoff between Rauner, Democrats hangs over Legislature Updated: May-25-15 5:41 pm
CHICAGO - A standoff between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the Illinois Legislature is threatening to derail action on a long list of issues as lawmakers enter the final days of their spring session.
- 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.
- Tourism experts testify on potential Chicago casino Updated: May-11-15 3:43 pm
CHICAGO - A future Chicago casino could generate much-needed revenue and draw crowds to city hotels and restaurants, tourism experts testified Monday during a gambling expansion hearing that comes as state legislators stare down a budget deadline and fresh concerns about finding new funding sources.
- Report: More lobbyists in Springfield than past 5 years Updated: May-10-15 12:25 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The number of lobbyists seeking out public officials in Springfield is at the highest level in five years, according to a newspaper report published Sunday.
- Struggles persist as Illinois horse tracks push for slots Updated: May-10-15 10:14 am
COLLINSVILLE, Illinois - The promotions meant to drum up interest in horse racing at 90-year-old Fairmount Park among customers more comfortable staring at an iPhone than a tip sheet are creative and constant.
- Things to know about the Illinois court ruling on pensions Updated: May-09-15 3:17 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois lawmakers have another burden awaiting them on their return to the Capitol this week after the state Supreme Court rejected a landmark pension reform law Friday. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner thinks the Legislature should move quickly toward a Plan B, but others are advising caution. The following are some things to know about the ruling and what's next:
- Illinois justices overturn state's landmark 2013 pension law Updated: May-08-15 6:26 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois Supreme Court forced the state Friday to find another way to fix the nation's worst government-employee pension crisis, ruling lawmakers "overstepped" by enacting a law that slashed retirement benefits to confront a massive budget deficit.
- Lawmakers working on bill to create Chicago-owned casino Updated: May-07-15 7:20 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois lawmakers are trying to negotiate a deal to open a Chicago-owned casino and expand gambling elsewhere in the state, and they believe there's a clearer path for the proposal to become law than there's been in years.
- Bill to provide back wages to state workers moves to Senate Updated: May-06-15 6:53 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Legislation to provide $63 million in back wages owed to state workers is heading to the Illinois Senate.
- Gov. Bruce Rauner: Illinois can't bail out Chicago Updated: May-06-15 1:25 pm
CHICAGO - Gov. Bruce Rauner says the state of Illinois can't afford to bail Chicago out of its financial problems.
- Correction: Closer Look-Privatizing DCEO story 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.
- Ex- Illinois Gov. Walker, who served prison term, dies at 92 Updated: Apr-29-15 8:10 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Dan Walker, a combative populist who became Illinois governor after condemning Chicago's reaction to Democratic National Convention demonstrations as "a police riot" and later went to prison for bank fraud, died Wednesday. He was 92.
- Group starts new effort to put redistricting on 2016 ballot Updated: Apr-28-15 5:52 pm
CHICAGO - A coalition of business, clergy and civic leaders has launched a petition drive and fundraising efforts for a 2016 ballot question aimed at changing how Illinois draws political boundaries, an initiative group officials said Tuesday builds on a previous failed attempt.
- State to extend Get Covered Illinois PR contract by 2 months Updated: Apr-28-15 12:47 pm
CHICAGO - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration is negotiating a two-month contract extension with the public relations firm that handles the state's promotion of health insurance coverage, an indication of the Republican governor's cautious co-existence with President Barack Obama's health care law.
- Illinois GOP targets political hiring; Democrats wary Updated: Apr-26-15 1:10 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois Republicans have unveiled legislation backed by Gov. Bruce Rauner they say will clean up state hiring rules that allow a governor to hand out jobs to loyal lieutenants instead of hiring strictly on merit.