State lawmaker from Vernon Hills won’t seek re-election
VERNON HILLS, Ill. (AP) — Illinois state Rep. Carol Sente (SEN'-tay) says she won't run for re-election in 2018.
The Vernon Hills Democrat tells the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald that she met with House Speaker Michael Madigan on Monday to tell him about her decision. Sente's been in office since 2009. She says she initially planned to be in office for between eight and 12 years.
Governor signs law streamlining government purchasing
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law that makes state government purchasing less cumbersome.
The Republican signed the measure Wednesday in Urbana at the University of Illinois.
The law eliminates administrative delays for universities. It also allows government agencies to enter joint-purchasing agreements to increase cost-saving buying power.
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) — DuPage County Board Vice Chairman John Curran has been appointed to fill the Illinois Senate seat held by GOP leader Christine Radogno (rah-DOH'-nyoh) before she announced her resignation last month.
In a news release, the DuPage County GOP says about a dozen candidates were interviewed before Curran was selected to serve the remainder of Radogno's term.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — 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.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' legislative leaders met twice Thursday but surrendered few details about how close they are to a budget pact with one day remaining before the start of a third consecutive fiscal year without a spending plan
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republicans pulled the plug Wednesday on Illinois Senate Democrats' attempts to recharge the "grand bargain" budget-compromise with three weeks left in the General Assembly's spring session.
General Assembly takes 2-week break _ with no budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois General Assembly left the capital city last week for a two-week spring break — without progress on an annual budget.
The House approved an $817 million spending plan Democrats call a "lifeline." It would take money from special funds to help universities and human services.
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner disapproves of the measure. And the Senate continues work on a "grand bargain" to end the budget drought.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said Tuesday that Senate Democrats must make "real spending cuts" in their proposed budget compromise, just hours before his agency directors refused to offer suggestions for reductions when asked by Senate committees.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate's top Democrat abruptly canceled critical votes Wednesday on a plan to end the state's historic budget stalemate, accusing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner of sabotaging a compromise that had been months in the making.
Senate reply to budget plan lukewarm; no bipartisan support
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois senators' attempt to break a budget stalemate Wednesday did not bode well for ending the nation's longest state-budget drought since World War II, but Republicans and Democrats say they will continue negotiating nevertheless.
The Latest: Failed Senate budget votes won’t kill compromise
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on a compromise budget plan in the Illinois Senate (all times local):
Democrats and Republicans have exchanged heated words during floor votes on parts of a budget compromise.
Illinois Senate discusses budget privately, takes no vote
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate passed another day in Springfield without a vote on its much-anticipated budget compromise.
Democrats and Republicans discussed the plan separately in private meetings lasting hours Tuesday. But there were no votes on the plan.
Democratic and Republican leaders have been discussing for weeks ways to break a nearly two-year budget stalemate.
Illinois Senate returns, promises to push budget deal
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate returns to Springfield along with a promise of continued work on a budget compromise.
The Senate is in session Tuesday. Democratic Senate President John Cullerton of Chicago and Republican Leader Christine Radogno (ruh-DOHN'-yoh) of Lemont hoped to win endorsement of their negotiated plan last month. But the wide-ranging proposal has enough pieces for everyone to dislike part of it.
Illinois Senate skips planned budget vote, returns Thursday
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois senators, still grappling with the sticker shock of a tax increase and other far-reaching restructuring to end the nation's longest state budget deadlock, skipped a much-anticipated vote on the massive package and adjourned early Wednesday evening.
Illinois Senate leaders promise budget-deal vote Wednesday
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Senate leaders plan to vote on a compromise budget deal next week, and hope the House will be willing to work with them on a measure to end the near-two-year state budget stalemate.
Democratic Senate President John Cullerton of Chicago and Minority Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont told the Chicago Tribune editorial board (http://trib.in/2jglFCq ) that the proposal will get a Senate vote Wednesday.
Illinois Senate vows swift action on ambitious budget plan
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — If last week's action is any indication, the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Illinois Senate are serious about attempting to bust the state's 18-month budget deadlock — quickly.
Democratic Senate President John Cullerton and Minority Leader Christine Radogno negotiated an ambitious, multi-part plan to end a nearly two-year battle between Democrats and GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner, which has forestalled an agreed-upon annual state spending plan since 2015.
Pritchard calls for public pressure as schools, agencies face more uncertainty with no state budget
SPRINGFIELD – Members of Illinois’ 100th General Assembly will be sworn in Wednesday and tasked with a job that lawmakers have been unable to accomplish for a year and a half – pass a state budget for an entire fiscal year.
Illinois Senate budget plan to end deadlock stalls
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate's plan to end the nation's longest state budget deadlock fizzled Monday after Republicans declared they wanted more time to ensure Gov. Bruce Rauner's demands are met before approving a tax increase.
Illinois Senate hopes to stake out own budget position
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A plan to end a two-year Illinois budget standoff negotiated in the Senate — which likely includes an income tax increase as well as items on Gov. Bruce Rauner's agenda — could get a vote in Springfield as early as Monday, a leading Republican senator said Sunday.
The deal was still shaping up over the weekend after weeks of talks between Democratic Senate President John Cullerton and GOP Leader Christine Radogno, said Sen. Pamela Althoff, a Republican from McHenry.
The Latest: Illinois Senate plans vote on budget ‘statement’
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The latest on budget negotiations in Springfield and the Legislature's return to session:
The Latest: No progress from meetings on Illinois budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on latest talks of an Illinois budget agreement (all times local):
Illinois legislative leaders have made little headway in the latest weekend meeting at Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's offices on a budget deal as Democrats broached the issue of how President-elect Donald Trump's policy's might alter some Illinois' financial calculations.
Illinois leaders differ on progress in meeting with governor
CHICAGO (AP) — 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.
Rauner calls budget meeting, Dems cite ‘schedule conflict’
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's vision of a swift, postelection budget compromise is off to a rocky start after a key Democratic leader cited a last-minute "schedule conflict" as the reason for missing a meeting the Republican governor requested.
Republican leaders who met with Rauner on Monday blasted Democrats for their absence and said they need to be engaged to move forward.
"It is completely inexcusable," said Republican Sen. Christine Radogno, the GOP's Senate leader.
The Latest: GOP: Dems’ absence in budget talks inexcusable
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on Illinois budget negotiations between Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers (all times local):
Republican leaders who met with Gov. Bruce Rauner to discuss Illinois' budget stalemate say Democrats' absence is inexcusable and won't help negotiations.
Rauner asks for Illinois leaders meeting before veto session
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has asked the top leaders in the Illinois General Assembly to meet ahead of the veto session next week.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/2g1g84Y ) that Rauner's office confirms that he sent the request Thursday, asking the leaders to meet in Chicago or Springfield. The veto session starts Tuesday.