It's the deadline day in Illinois. If a meeting yesterday between Governor Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders is any indication, they're most likely not going to make it.

It's been weeks since Rauner, a Republican, meet with all four of the legislative leaders. Since the last time it was believed they were all together, the governor began airing ads that attack Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan. 

The state also got a lot closer to a partial shutdown since then.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says Gov. Bruce Rauner's plan to keep paying state employees even without a budget agreement could hit a legal snag. 

The Republican governor sent a memo to employees Monday in an attempt to reassure them that they will get their paychecks as scheduled and should continue punching in on Wednesday. That's the beginning of a new fiscal year and there's no spending plan in place.  

Illinois Superintendent Calls For Revamp In School Funding

Jun 29, 2015

The superintendent of Illinois schools says the state should re-do how it funds school districts.

Critics of the plan have said a new formula would create so-called “winner” and “loser” districts -- meaning schools may lose or gain state money based on the income of the area.

Superintendent Tony Smith addressed that criticism, saying “some of it is guided by this question of deserving-ness.”

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Even as Illinois heads toward a partial government shutdown, Governor Bruce Rauner has largely stayed out of the public eye.

If you watch TV at all, it probably doesn't seem like it's been a long time since you heard from Gov. Rauner.

He's got a campaign-style ad running statewide.

"With your help, I'm going to keep fightin' to grow our economy and fix our broken state government," Rauner said in his ad.

In Rauner’s opinion piece within the Chicago Tribune, he updated what he wants legislators to do before he'll negotiate on revenue for the state budget.

Gov. Rauner Outlines What He Wants In Negotiations

Jun 29, 2015
Rachel Otwell

Illinois begins this week without a new budget --- though one is due by Wednesday.

Last week, Governor Bruce Rauner revised his plan. He's now offering Chicago and other municipalities some pension relief.

The Illinois House rejected a plan to let Chicago Public Schools wait 40 days to make a $634 million pension payment for teachers due next week. Now, Rauner proposed a swap, or having the state start paying the costs of Chicago teacher pensions going forward, in a Chicago Tribune editorial.

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Illinois's wet June is now going to the record books.

State Climatologist Jim Angel says rainfall within the past few days made the month Illinois's wettest June in recorded state history. State records go back to 1895.

Angel said through Saturday, the statewide average rainfall total for the month was 8.91 inches. That tops the previous record June in 1902 -- 8.27 inches of rain fell that year.

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Virtual learning days -- that's what snow days could turn into for three Illinois school districts if Gov. Bruce Rauner signs a bill to begin that trial program. 

The measure passed both state legislative houses but, even if Gov. Rauner signs the bill this week, the virtual learning test run would not begin for the three districts until the 2017-2018 school year.

WNIJ's Gas Price Monday: June 29, 2015

Jun 29, 2015
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Gas prices in the Rockford area remained relatively stagnant since last week, but the state average decreased by more than a nickel per gallon.


According to AAA, the average Rockford area gas price is currently $2.78 per gallon. That's 2 cents less than last week and about a dollar less than a year ago. 


Tuesday is "deadline day" for state government.  But one deadline is being given a month-long extension.

Tuesday is the final day of the fiscal year; after that, the current budget expires. It's also the final day of the state's contract with its largest public employees union, AFSCME.

Gov. Bruce Rauner and the union have met at the bargaining table, but AFSCME leadership has described the two sides are far apart.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s rejection of a spending plan gives Illinois lawmakers just five days to find an agreement -- and avoid a government shutdown.

But an event on Chicago’s West Side shed some light into just how far apart things remain between Rauner and Democratic legislators.

You’ve probably heard about the increasing tensions between Rauner and Democrats. And in that time, the voice and tone of Rauner’s opposition maybe hasn’t been all that dramatic.