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Statehouse Impasse Even As Budget Progresses

Illinois Democrats have begun to unveil their new state spending plan, which looks a lot like the current one. That's despite Illinois having billions of dollars less, thanks to a rollback of the income tax rate in January. Even before the details were made public, Gov. Bruce Rauner's office was out with a statement tearing into the proposal, and its architect, House Speaker Michael Madigan.Madigan v. Rauner, in a budget battle of willsFrom early on, Gov. Bruce Rauner was pretty clear about...
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Higher education will see a funding cut next year ... but Democrats want to lessen the impact compared to what the Republican governor called for.

Gov. Bruce Rauner suggested a more than 30 percent reduction. Democrats are proposing a 6.5 percent cut to universities.

Republicans voted against the Democrats' measure in committee. GOP Rep. Mark Batinick from Plainfield says the cost of doing business in Illinois is too high. That includes the business of higher education.

The Burlington Police Department is "examining similarities" between a pair of shootings that occurred in the last 48 hours "in an effort to establish a connection."

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Some Keokuk residents who live near one of the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River are still waiting for a scenic road in front of their homes to reopen.  They are also waiting for the city to explain why it's taking so long to make that happen.

T.J. Carson

The Monmouth birthplace of the famous lawman from the Wild West has been closed for years. But the new owner wants to revive it as a tourist destination.

The Columbia Journalism Review reported Georgia Governor Nathan Deal touted his administration’s ability to get its word out through social media while bypassing traditional media.  What’s more, he made the comment during the Centennial Gala for the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia.

The Keokuk School Board might soon adopt a set of district-wide goals for the upcoming school year.  The idea appears to be in response to the fact that the annual goals of Superintendent Tim Hood remain private.

Emergency responders have recovered the body of a boater missing since Sunday afternoon in the Mississippi River near Lock & Dam 18. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Christopher Corson, 33, of Burlington was found shortly before 11:30 A.M. Monday.

The Cobble Climb

May 25, 2015
Rich Egger

One of the extra events during the annual Snake Alley Criterium in Burlington also involves a climb up a steep alley.  But unlike Snake Alley’s winding path, this alley challenges riders with a straight climb of 60 feet over a single city block.

Abby Wendle

Western Illinois University has a national reputation for being good to student veterans and service members. Military Times ranks Western in the top 20 percent of all universities, colleges, and trade schools in the country. Western is "military friendly" because it's affordable, classes are small, the university counts some armed forces training towards college credit, and Western has one of the first Veterans Resource Centers in the state.

As Illinois lawmakers grapple with a budget shortfall, a measure to impose a tax on millionaires' income came up short.

Adding a surcharge to income over a million dollars to raise more money for Illinois schools was a concept Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan introduced last year, but there wasn't enough support.

Now, as Illinois faces a $6 billion budget gap, he's brought it back.

"We're simply asking those that have done well in life to help our educational system," Madigan said.

But his effort came up short, by three votes.

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