Brian Mackey

state of Illinois

On Midwest Week, taxes, the budget, and sports betting are just a few of the major issues still facing the Illinois General Assembly, with just one week to go in the spring session.

Pritzker's First Budget

Mar 1, 2019
State of Illinois

On Midwest Week, in his first budget the governor of Illinois proposes some new revenue and new spending.

Illinois Midterm Wrapup

Nov 16, 2018
State of Illinois

On Midwest Week, a wrap-up of the statewide races in Illinois from the midterm election.

State of Illinois

On Midwest Week, with just a couple weeks left in the spring session, what has the Illinois General Assembly accomplished so far.

The Rauner Budget

Feb 23, 2018
state of Illinois

On Midwest Week, a closer look at Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's budget address, as he faces what could be a tough battle in the primary election.

state of Illinois

On Midwest Week, a very busy veto session is now over for the Illinois General Assembly. 

Illinois Capitol
State of Illinois

On Midwest Week, for the first time in many, many years, Illinois has reformed its school funding formula, but it wasn't easy.

State of Illinois

Illinois now has its first state budget in two years, but it doesn't answer some important questions, like how k-12 schools will be funded.

Ill. Gen. Assembly - Barbara Wheeler

 

Time is running out for the governor of Illinois and the legislature to break a two-year deadlock, and agree on a state budget.

As Illinois enters its 21st month without a real budget, several questions occupy observers of state government: Is the state Senate's "grand bargain" dead? If so, who killed it? Where do we go from here? And has anyone heard from the Illinois House of Representatives?

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