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Beiser's choice: $4.1 million for local schools or bailout for Chicago?

Defenders of Senate Bill 1 are putting a bailout of Chicago Public Schools ahead of their own local school districts.

Stuart's choice: $4.5 million more for local schools or a Chicago bailout?

Defenders of Senate Bill 1 are putting a bailout of Chicago Public Schools ahead of their own local school districts.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner won the 2014 gubernatorial election on a 44-point Turnaround Agenda meant to “shake up Springfield.”

Brady 'bargain' is just another unbalanced budget

The Illinois General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn for the summer on May 31 – which means lawmakers have less than three weeks to pass a state budget. State Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, has proposed what he hopes may be the big “compromise” to end the impasse.

Years of deadbeat Illinois: State has history of shortchanging social service providers

For years, Illinois lawmakers have prioritized government-worker pay and benefits over social services. Between 2000 and 2015, contributions to Illinois state-worker pension funds shot up 586 percent, while state payments for human services increased by only 10 percent.

Government-worker pensions take away funding meant for students

Illinois’ growing pension costs – not the state budget gridlock – are taking away funding for essential government services, such as education.

Chicago Public Schools pull bond sale

Chicago Public Schools, or CPS, needs to issue $875 million in long-term bonds to help the district avoid bankruptcy – but on Jan. 27, the school district backed out of the planned sale.

Illinois is not prepared for the next recession

Sky-high debt and a meager rainy day fund make Illinois the second-least prepared state in the U.S. for its capacity to weather a recession.

Illinois to issue $500M in bonds, continues to pay highest borrowing rate of all 50 states

Illinois’ monthslong budget gridlock, $111 billion in government-worker pension debt, and more than a decade of unbalanced budgets have resulted in credit downgrades for Illinois and the highest borrowing costs of any state in the nation.