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Illinois legislative leaders and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner are succeeding more at frustrating each other than at striking a deal to end an 18-month budget impasse that's damaging the state's fiscal health every day.

The relationship between ruling Democrats, Republican leaders, and Rauner has only grown more toxic after several meetings in recent weeks where both sides are more likely to lash out at each other than to report meaningful progress in passing a full budget. 

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Those who work for Illinois organizations that provide services to survivors of domestic violence say the fact there’s no funding for them in the state’s soon-to-expire spending plan was an unfortunate surprise.

 

The stopgap budget doesn’t have a line item for domestic violence programs, but directors say they thought they would be paid out of the Department of Human Services' budget.

 

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Illinois legislative leaders differed on the outcome of their latest meeting with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, but there was no budget agreement Saturday in Chicago.

Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan says in comments distributed by the Illinois Department of Central Management Services that there was no budget discussion.

He says the group discussed cost-cutting workers' compensation changes and Rauner's Thursday veto of legislation providing $215 million to the Chicago Public Schools for a teachers' pension payment due in June.

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Public colleges and universities in Illinois will have the option of reducing payroll costs in the form of furloughs on employees, under a rule approved Tuesday.

 

Jeff Brownfield, director of an organization representing civil service employees, fielded questions from a trio of lawmakers all asking the same thing: What about the labor unions? After the meeting, Brownfield repeated his answer.

 

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Chants broke out several times during a rally at the MLK Commons of Northern Illinois University's campus.

Illinois college students and DeKalb community members gathered Thursday to press lawmakers to make sure MAP grants are fully funded.

Students raised signs with messages like “End our dread – fund Higher Ed.”

Different speakers shared their experiences and urged people to reach out to their local lawmakers.

Students from Governors State University traveled to NIU to join the conversation. 

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