Sean Crawford

On Midwest Week, a "no" vote this month will have major consequences for Illinois.

state of Illinois

On Midwest Week, an investigation begins of the top Democratic Party leader in Illinois. 

AARP

Even though the state of Illinois finally has a budget, its financial problems are far from over. That'll be the topic Tuesday night in the Quad Cities for a public forum, "The State Budget: The Challenges Ahead."

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?