Politics

Political news

Illinois Reacts To Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage

Jun 26, 2015
Credit Elsie esq / Flickr/Creative Commons

Chicago's Pride Parade wasn't until Sunday, but crowds turned out before then to celebrate the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel got emotional while addressing a crowd and thanking them for speaking up and speaking out over the years. Emanuel calls the decision a "victory for America's true values of treating everyone equally under the law.''

Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois says the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage is "another step in the march toward equal rights.''

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, KFF State Health

Following Thursday's ruling  from the U.S. Supreme Court, Illinois residents who bought health insurance under the Affordable Care Act -- also known as "Obamacare" -- will get to keep tax credits that cut the cost of their plans. 

The question before the court was whether federal subsidies could be given out in states, including Illinois, that did not build their own online marketplaces. 

AFSCME

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.

ilga.gov

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.

illinois.gov

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has vetoed the bulk of a proposed new state budget. Only funding for schools is safe.

Rauner says he had to do it because the plan approved by Democrats is out of balance and, thus, unconstitutional.

But that means Illinois in will have almost no spending authority when the new fiscal year begins next Wednesday, July 1.

Flickr user Jim Bowen / "Illinois State Capitol" (CC BY 2.0)

Legislators' return to Springfield today failed to result in real movement toward a state budget agreement. That’s with six days remaining before the state loses its spending authority.

House Speaker Michael Madigan says Democrats are trying.

Gov. Bruce Rauner gave five conditions that must be met before he'll consider a tax hike that could balance the budget. 

Rauner, a Republican, says Illinois needs big changes, and he won't support asking taxpayers for more money without them.

The U.S. House is scheduled to take up legislation today designed to help the EPA better protect consumers from dangerous chemicals.

The bill also helps the agency pay for reviewing chemicals. The Natural Resources Defense Council says an estimated 80,000 chemicals have not been fully tested for their impact on human health and the environment.

The Toxic Substances Control Act was first passed in 1976. With it, the EPA was supposed to ensure the safety of chemicals, from their origin to their disposal. 

Susan Walsh/AP

Former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is back home in Washington for the first time in almost two years. 

Jackson will serve the remaining three months of his federal prison sentence at home, followed by three years of supervised release.

The former South Side congressman was sent to prison in 2013 for spending campaign money on lavish personal items. Jackson spent about a year-and-a-half in an Alabama federal prison, and another three months in a Baltimore halfway house.

seiu.imagepointe.com

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner warns cuts are coming if there's no budget deal. Beginning July 1, that could leave some people without jobs. 

Several union members gathered to make an appeal to the Governor.

Kevin Holmes is employed as a Home Care Worker. He's a father of four.

Holmes is concerned about what will happen to his paycheck if Rauner's proposal to cut back on home care services for seniors and the disabled goes through. He says he's worried about the people he cares for.

Illinois Public Radio

Illinois leaders aren't in agreement on a new state budget, even as the current one nears its July expiration date. Democrats passed their own version, but Gov. Bruce Rauner can't act on most of it yet, even if he wants to.

Just a few of the 20 budget bills which Democrats passed have made it to Rauner's desk, where he has the ability to sign them into law, reject them entirely, or cut down the levels of spending.

The rest are still on hold.

Pages