Even if Illinois lawmakers and the governor can't reach a budget deal by Wednesday, state employees have another two weeks before they really need to worry about being paid. That's when their first paychecks of the new fiscal year are set to be issued. But there's confusion over whether they'll get money after that point, or not.
An email sent by Gov. Rauner takes a reassuring tone.
"State employees will be paid for their work --- and I will do everything within my power to ensure you don’t miss a single payroll," he writes.
Tuesday is "deadline day" for state government. But one deadline is being given a month-long extension.
June 30th is the final day of the fiscal year; after which, the current budget expires. It's also the final day of the state's contract with its largest public employees union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
Democrats are accusing Governor Bruce Rauner of "dodging" questions about how much his top staff are making. Just how much Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration is costing taxpayers was supposed to be the subject of a hearing, called by House Revenue Chairman John Bradley.
But when he asked repeatedly "is there anyone from the governor's office here to testify?" there was silence.
No one from the governor's office showed. That's a breach of legislative decorum that's virtually unheard of.
Just a few of the budget bills Democrats passed have made it to Governor Bruce Rauner's desk --- where he has the ability to sign them into law, reject them entirely, or cut down the levels of spending.
Additional state services are getting caught in the fight between Republican Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic legislators. The governor announced he's preparing to suspend funding for dozens of programs because there is still no agreement on a new state budget.
The Illinois House rejected two versions of a local property tax freeze yesterday. That's one of a handful of items Governor Bruce Rauner says must get done before he'll consider new revenue to balance the state budget without widespread cuts.
The Senate spent all day in a rare session focused on property taxes. Rauner dismissed that as a waste of time.
Former Congressman Aaron Schock's (R-IL) fall from political grace set in motion an unexpected special election, and that has unexpected consequences for county clerks across the 18th Congressional District.
Illinois leaders have another month to settle on a new budget plan, but given their failure to reach a deal by Sunday's initial deadline, Gov. Bruce Rauner says he must take immediate steps to manage state spending.
Illinois law gives political candidates five days to report campaign contributions of $1,000 or more, but it's been weeks since Gov. Bruce Rauner gave Republican lawmakers four times that, and some still haven't told the state. But they aren't breaking the law.
It was May 11 when Rauner's campaign spread $400,000 among Republican senators and representatives, but you wouldn't know that from looking at state election records. Many legislators still haven't disclosed the money.
Your favorite TV show might be interrupted with a pointed message purchased by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, though the governor is refusing to say whether he's going to buy TV time to promote his agenda as he battles with the legislature's Democratic leaders.