Madigan snubs Rauner’s stopgap budget as deadline nears

By Harvard Zhang Springfield, Ill. — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan showed no rush to advance a short-term budget Governor Bruce Rauner proposed on the last spring-session day to fund public entities and avoid a government shutdown. Governor Rauner and Republican leaders proposed passing a stopgap spending plan to float public schools, universities and social […]

Clock ticking for Springfield to resolve budget crises

By Harvard Zhang Springfield, Ill. — Illinois lawmakers have until midnight Tuesday to push the brakes on the state’s entering a second budget-less year, which would continue to take a toll on a large swath of Illinoisans and dim the state’s future. House Speaker Michael Madigan said Monday he had scheduled House special sessions for […]