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The Illinois government will run out of spending authority in just over a month. Leading lawmakers discussed the problem Monday, but even those in the meeting aren’t sure whether progress is being made. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner wants his corporate agenda passed before he'll talk about balancing the budget through taxes and spending cuts. But Democrats have, until now, stressed the need for a budget to come first. Senate President John Cullerton says that, as a next step, he'll offer...

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner continues to demand legislators lower what businesses have to pay for injured workers. House Democrats scheduled a hearing on the subject Monday, and yet Rauner's fellow Republicans wanted nothing to do with it. When is a company on the hook to compensate an injured worker, and for how much? Legislation encapsulating Gov. Rauner's preferred plan has sat idle, for a year-and-a-half. But after he recently asked Democratic leaders to take another look at his bill;...

Gov. Bruce Rauner and all four leaders of the Illinois General Assembly met Wednesday to discuss pending issues after Democrats weren't able to make a previous meeting. Among the conversation topics was the state budget. The Illinois deficit currently exceeds $10 billion, and a report from the governor's budget office says it could reach $47 billion within five years. A stopgap spending plan is in place through December, but Illinois remains without a complete budget. Democrats say Illinois...

Illinois Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan is suggesting lawmakers work on another partial budget without any of Gov. Bruce Rauner's demands. However GOP legislative leaders say they won't agree to another stopgap plan. Madigan's comments Tuesday indicate the parties remain far apart in discussions about how to end a 16-month budget standoff that has crippled social service programs and higher education institutions. Rauner wants Democrats to adopt business-friendly, union-weakening...

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Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says Auditor General Frank Mautino will be “vindicated.” Mautino has been auditor general since January. He's under scrutiny for campaign expenses from his time as a state representative. He has acknowledged there's a federal investigation, and the state board of elections is holding hearings. Madigan says Mautino will come out on top when they're finished. "I think it's appropriate that there would be an inquiry, which is happening. Certain issues have...

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