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John Cullerton
Seth Perlman / AP

The Illinois Senate will meet Sunday to deal with Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a school funding measure.

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza is urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to step up the pace in dealing with the state’s debt.

Jason Barickman
Seth Perlman / AP

Schools are set to receive payment from the state in just three days, but that can’t happen until the Illinois legislature approves a new evidence-based funding model.

Bruce Rauner
Seth Perlman / The Associated Press

With schools set to open in just a few weeks, Illinois still doesn't have any way to send money to schools.

K-12 funding has become the latest partisan battleground at the statehouse, and Tuesday one procedural misstep may have inadvertently made the gridlock even worse.

Bruce Rauner speaks at event
G-Jun Yam / The Associated Press

Gov. Bruce Rauner said Tuesday the way public schools get money in Illinois will be more "fair and equitable" with his changes to a school funding bill.

Barickman on the Senate floor
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The future of state funding for Illinois schools was still up in the air late Monday.

School Funding Bill On Way To Rauner

Jul 31, 2017
John Cullerton
Seth Perlman / AP

Negotiations for a new Illinois school funding plan have broken down, jeopardizing money for classrooms statewide as the new academic year approaches.

Barickman on the Senate floor
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State Sen. Jason Barickman issued a clarifying statement Thursday after implying during a press conference that Gov. Bruce Rauner would “hold” the controversial school funding bill after it lands on his desk instead of immediately vetoing it.

G-Jun Yam / AP

Illinois comptroller Susana Mendoza is pushing back against accusations that she has withheld money schools need to open.

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Democratic candidate for governor Daniel Biss took aim at Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday for trying to “drive a wedge in the middle of Illinois” over school funding and urged his own party to avoid nominating its own billionaire to challenge Rauner next November.

Bruce Rauner speaks at event
G-Jun Yam / The Associated Press

Illinois students are set to return to the classroom within a matter of weeks, but the state can’t send money to schools until a new funding plan gets signed into law.

Illinois is finally making good on some of its most overdue bills — compensating people who were unjustly imprisoned.

Brad Basham Photography / bbasham.com and Town of Normal

Budget pressures faced by the Town of Normal could result in the leanest budget in a decade.

G-Jun Yam / The Associated Press

Unit 5 in Bloomington-Normal has enough money to stay open around 70 days this coming school year—maybe less—if lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner can’t reach an agreement on school funding.

Baylee Steelman / WGLT

Heartland Community College now knows what the state will give to operate in the current fiscal year, but questions remain about the cost-shifting of employee pensions.

G-Jun Yam / The Associated Press

A new school funding plan designed to provide more state funds for low-income districts has cleared both chambers of the Illinois legislature, but Democrats haven't sent it to Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Dontae Latson of the YWCA
Colleen Reynolds / WGLT

The YWCA McLean County has cut a second program due to the state’s rocky finances, this time forcing around 185 low-income, older adults to switch to a new home-care service provider.

Rich Saal / The State Journal-Register/Pool

The shakeup in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office could signal a tougher stance on school funding.

The state spending plan requires adoption of a new funding formula, but Rauner has promised to veto the plan that got legislative approval.

Green Top Grocery owners look at their new store
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Last week when lawmakers finally passed a state budget, their counterparts in local government cheered.

A day or two later, mayors and city managers across the state got the bad news—that the hard-fought budget package included a sales tax surprise that will further strain municipalities.

S&P Removes Illinois From Credit Watch With Budget In Place

Jul 12, 2017
Bruce Rauner speaks at event
G-Jun Yam / The Associated Press

A credit ratings agency has removed Illinois from a credit watch since legislators approved a budget and ended a more than two-year impasse.

S&P Global Ratings said Wednesday the outlook on debt ratings is stable.

Will Davis speaks
Seth Perlman / The Associated Press

In a maneuver some state lawmakers call a "booby trap," the spending plan approved last week says Illinois can't appropriate money for schools unless a new funding formula also wins approval.

Children smiling in a classroom
Courtesy / YWCA of McLean County

For the first time in a long time, Bloomington-Normal’s social service agencies have a reason to applaud state lawmakers. 

Larry Dietz speaks to crowd
Lyndsie Schlink / Illinois State University

The president of Illinois State University said Thursday's passage of a state budget is a welcome relief. Larry Dietz said more work remains to be done, but at least there is a way forward.

"It makes life a lot easier in terms of the planning. Frankly we have felt that nobody cares much about education because there has been no scheme and no plan to fund it," said Dietz.

It's Over: Illinois Has First Budget Since 2015

Jul 6, 2017
Mike Madigan walks
Seth Perlman / AP

The Illinois House voted Thursday to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's vetoes of a budget package. The action gives Illinois its first annual spending plan since 2015.

Vote Delayed Amid Report of Hazardous Material

Jul 6, 2017
Illinois State Capitol exterior
Justin Brocke / Flickr

A critical override vote on a package of budget bills was delayed Thursday as authorities investigate a report of hazardous material in the Illinois Capitol.

Bruce Rauner speaks at event
G-Jun Yam / The Associated Press

The speaker of the Illinois House has scheduled a vote for Thursday to override the governor's veto of the budget package.

John Cullerton
Seth Perlman / AP

The Illinois Senate is expected to vote on a full budget Tuesday after the House passed a spending plan and a tax increase over the weekend to try and end the two-year long impasse.

In the House, 15 Republicans went against Gov. Bruce Rauner and voted "yes" on Sunday. But it’s not a given that the Senate has the votes to pass it.

Senate Democrats already passed a budget. It included more spending than the plan they’re set to consider Tuesday.

Senate Republicans opposed that budget, and the question now is whether they’ll oppose this one too.

State Sen. Bill Brady

Republicans in the Illinois Senate have elected Sen. Bill Brady to serve as the chamber's minority leader.  

The Republican from Bloomington was selected Friday to replace GOP leader Sen. Christine Radogno, who announced Thursday she was stepping down. 

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As Illinois’ top political leaders struggle to end a two year budget standoff, one of them has announced she’s resigning.

Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno is stepping down effective Saturday. That’s the first day of Illinois' new budget year, and would be the third without a real budget unless she and the other legislative leaders cut a deal.

Kennedy Slams Rauner For Intentional Damage To State

Jun 20, 2017
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

One of the Democratic Candidates for Governor is accusing Republican Governor Bruce Rauner of purposefully wrecking Illinois.

Speaking recently in Normal, Chris Kennedy said Governor Rauner intentionally used the budget deadlock to target social services.

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