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Fed-up students demand action from lawmakers

By Cory Ray, @coryray_DE

February 17, 2016

Students are taking to social media to press state legislators into passing a budget during what has become the longest period Illinois has gone without one.On Monday, SIU students started the "I Need a Budget Because" campai...

With Obama gone, Illinois Democrats and Republicans get back to fighting

By Chicago Tribune

February 11, 2016

Here is the Morning Spin, a weekday feature from the Tribune that catches readers up to what's going on in Illinois government and politics.The afterglow of a wistful President Barack Obama's call in Springfield for a "better politics" of c...

Rauner creates new economic development arm, but no guarantees of transparency

By Kim Geiger, Chicago Tribune

February 4, 2016

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner used his executive powers Wednesday to pull an end run around Democratic lawmakers, signing an order that directs the state's economic development agency to work with a nonprofit corporation the administ...

Cullerton asks Rauner to pass funding for higher education

By Bill Lukitsch, @Bill_LukitschDE

February 1, 2016

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is asking Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner to reconsider his promise to veto a partial appropriations bill that would provide funding for college students.The legislation would disburse $397 ...

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