Brian Mackey

Brian Mackey covers state government and politics for WUIS and a dozen other public radio stations across Illinois. He was previously A&E editor at The State Journal-Register and Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. He can be reached at (217) 206-6412.

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Democratic state senators rejected a push by Republicans to give Governor Bruce Rauner powers that would allow broad spending cuts.  

A group of Illinois contractors are accusing Governor Bruce Rauner of violating the state Constitution.

In a document filed Friday afternoon with the state Appellate Court, the "Pay Now Illinois” coalition criticized Rauner for signing contracts, but using his veto power to block funds. Andrea Durbin is head of the Illinois Collaboration on Youth, the lead plaintiff in the coalition.

Governor Bruce Rauner says three of Illinois’ leading Democrats are conspiring to shut down state government.

Rauner made the accusation Wednesday in response to legal disagreements he’s had with Comptroller Susana Mendoza and Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

RAUNER: “Comptroller Mendoza takes her orders from Speaker Madigan, and they are working together to create a crisis and shut down the government.”

MENDOZA: “For the record: The only person who tells me what to do is my mother.”

Liberal Illinois lawmakers and citizens' groups celebrated International Women’s Day at the state Capitol.

 

The all-Democratic list of speakers didn’t shy away from politics. There were shots at the governor, and talk of a legislative platform focused on social services and health care access for women.

But Democratic state Senator Toi Hutchinson of Olympia Fields says there is respect for GOP women. She gave the example of Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, who launched the “grand bargain” negotiations.

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lllinois senators are putting Governor Bruce Rauner’s agency directors under the magnifying glass. It’s part of the ongoing fallout from Rauner’s move to block the bipartisan "grand bargain," which is meant to end Illinois’ 20-month budget stalemate. 

The governor’s budget relies on the proposal, or it will be short by $4.6 billion.  State Senator Patricia Van Pelt grilled Public Health director Nirav Shah. 

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