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SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has a vetoed bill that would have given public school teachers an annual minimum salary of $40,000 over the next five years.

The Illinois Senate has approved restrictions on insurance companies writing workers' compensation policies. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner is downplaying defeats in the just-ended legislative session where lawmakers voted to nix most of the Rauner vetoes they attempted to override.

The Illinois Senate has endorsed monthly reporting of incoming bills despite a veto by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

The House has approved a measure aimed at making it easier to claim life insurance benefits when a policyholder dies. 

The Illinois Senate has voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of legislation that prohibits local governments from establishing "right to work" zones.

The Illinois Capitol was briefly evacuated following a small furnace fire shortly before lawmakers were expected to gather for a veto session.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Bruce Rauner's re-election campaign dismissed attacks by would-be Democratic challengers.

The sponsor of a plan overhauling how Illinois funds schools says Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed changes are an "all-out assault" on public education that would mean less state spending on schools over time.  

Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan says Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a school funding bill is choosing "crisis over compromise."

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Both parties agree the 20-year-old formula Illinois uses to fund schools is unfair, but they disagree over how to change it.

Chicago Public Schools officials are promising that school will open on time regardless of whether a critical funding law is enacted. 

Illinois Lottery officials say the state lost about $4 million by halting sales of Powerball and Mega Millions tickets due to the state budget stalemate.

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

A major credit-rating agency has put Illinois under review for a rating downgrade even if lawmakers override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a long-elusive budget deal.

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Governor Bruce Rauner has vetoed Illinois’ first complete budget legislation in more than two years. The Illinois Senate already voted to override him. Now the question is when the Illinois House will try to do the same thing. Bond rating agencies have warned of “junk” status if Illinois doesn’t act soon, but state Representative Lou Lang says he believes the rating agencies will see Illinois is moving in the right direction.

The budget plan includes spending cuts, changes to the state pension systems, and a tax increase. Sixteen Republicans broke with Rauner to get it passed.

In a sign the stalemate in Springfield is as strong as ever, Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed a bill that had once been held up as proof he and Democratic leaders were capable of working together.  The action leaves politicians divided.  And it could leave the financially-ailing Chicago Public Schools short some $215 million.

Illinois residents will have to be proactive about registering to vote. A bill that would have automatically registered voters died Tuesday.  

Automatic voter registration was approved by lawmakers from both parties in the spring, but Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner rejected it. He says it opened the doors to voter fraud.

When sponsors brought it back before the House Tuesday in an attempt to override Rauner's veto, more than a dozen Republicans sided with the governor and dropped their support, meaning Rauner successfully killed the bill.

Automatic voter registration supporters say Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto means headaches for 700,000 potential Illinois voters.  Cook County Clerk David Orr says those registered voters have outdated addresses. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed a bill to provide about $3.9 billion for higher education, mental health treatment and other programs.  The Republican says Illinois needs "real solutions" to its financial problems. He says without a balanced budget the legislation is "just an unfunded, empty promise" or "a check written from an over-drawn bank account." 

Deadline for budget just four days away

May 27, 2016
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Illinois' top lawmakers say budget talks are on the verge of collapse with the deadline for next year's budget just four days away.  Republican Governor Bruce Rauner is calling on rank-and-file legislators to pressure Democratic leaders.  

  A potential new state budget barely passed the Illinois House last night,  but Gov. Bruce Rauner is already signaling a veto.

The Republican says the budget spends $7 billion more than the state takes in.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation to allow an arbitrator to settle state-employee wages and working conditions if union negotiations stall.  In his veto message, the Republican governor called the bill "dangerous," adding it would replace his bargaining power with a union-friendly arbitrator.   

Illinois lawmakers are expected to consider contentious pieces of legislation regarding unions and higher education funding.

Low-income college students promised state help paying for tuition will continue to go without it. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has followed through on his pledge to reject funding for the Monetary Award Program.

Gov. Rauner vetoed Democratic-backed legislation to pay for so-called "MAP grants" Friday afternoon. Students had traveled to Springfield in recent days to rally in support of the plan.

Illinois lawmakers' attack on heroin abuse is law despite a partial veto by Gov. Bruce Rauner. 

A government labor union says it's “positive” the Illinois House will side with it over Governor Bruce Rauner. A key vote on whether to override Rauner's veto of a union-backed bill is expected tomorrow. 

The Fraternal Order of Police is urging legislators to override Governor Bruce Rauner's veto that could have major ramifications on state employees' next contract.  

Governor Bruce Rauner making an urgent appeal to lawmakers to uphold his veto of a measure he called the "worst" he's ever seen, on the eve of a possible vote.  

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