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Rauner threatens to call a special session over school funding Video included

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WSIL -- Gov. Bruce Rauner issued an ultimatum to lawmakers: either send him SB1 or he'll call a special session. 

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Rauner talks school funding, staff shake-up and Madigan Video included

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WSIL -- Just weeks after lawmakers handed him a major defeat, going around him to push through a budget with big tax hikes, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is picking himself up off the floor and turning his attention to a new issue taking center stage: school funding. But it could lead to another long, polarizing fight.

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Illinois school funding debate continues Video included

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MURPHYSBORO -- With school just a few weeks away from opening, educators fear if Illinois lawmakers don't find a way to send them some money, they won't stay open very long. 

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Missouri lawmaker to appeal fines tied to campaign finances

A Missouri state lawmaker from suburban St. Louis says he'll appeal the more than $114,000 in fines he has been assessed for allegedly violating campaign finance laws, blaming the supposed misconduct on the theft of... More>>

When will Illinois' higher income tax affect you? Video included

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WSIL -- With the new income tax rate taking effect July 1, when you'll see the impact depends on your employer.

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New Illinois fee on municipalities could hurt local budgets Video included

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WSIL -- The Illinois Municipal League says under a provision in the new state budget local municipalities that impose their own sales taxes will have to pay the state of Illinois, which collects the revenue on behalf of municipalities, a two percent administrative fee. 

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Mt. Vernon city leaders frustrated with Illinois budget Video included

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WSIL - Mt. Vernon's mayor says the new Illinois budget will cost his city more than a quarter-million dollars; a sudden, sharp and unexpected shortfall that will be difficult to fill.

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School funding: Frequently asked questions Video included

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WSIL -- Illinois residents still have a lot of questions regarding K-12 school funding. 

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Missouri treasurer: Don't be like Illinois

Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt is offering strong criticism of the state budget - of another state. More>>

IL Treasurer holds press conference on state's bond status

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The state treasurer says Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner must go to New York to talk bond-rating houses out of knocking the state's creditworthiness into "junk" status. 

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Kennedy announces bid for Governor

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CHICAGO -- Businessman Chris Kennedy, a member of the Kennedy family political dynasty, officially announced his campaign for governor of Illinois in 2018 on Wednesday.

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Munger appointed to Deputy Governor position

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SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner announced Friday that he's hired former state Comptroller Leslie Munger to serve as a deputy governor. 

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Governor Rauner's State of the State: full text

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SPRINGFIELD -- Governor Bruce Rauner delivered his State of the State address today in Springfield.  Below is the full text of his speech: 

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Selling Business on Southern Illinois

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SPRINGFIELD --  Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner hopes a balanced budget, along with business reforms, will help the state grow its way out of some of its financial problems, and southern Illinois experts tend to agree.

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DC marchers return to southern Illinois

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CARBONDALE -- A group of Southern Illinois women arrived back from DC Sunday, with their spirits high. 

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Rauner cites Texas as model for Illinois

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SPRINGFIELD -- A report from the Illinois Senate on it's readiness Monday, to pass a budget comes as good news, as Governor Rauner keeps trying to nudge Illinois forward to get in the game of business recruitment. 

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New Casino Bill Could Affect Walker's Project

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY -- A proposal to bring a casino to Williamson County has apparently undergone a huge shift You'll find the details in a bill filed by Illinois Senate assistant majority leader Terry Link.

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Trump supporters calling for boycott of Hamilton

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WSIL-- Trump supporters are calling for a boycott, of the award-winning Broadway musical Hamilton.

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Half billion in life insurance benefits goes unpaid, Treasurer says

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CARTERVILE - Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs says Illinoisians have missed out on half a billion dollars in life insurance benefits. 

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Chicago teachers protest Rauner

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WSIL – Friday, a typical press conference in Chicago turned into a bit of an embarrassment for Gov. Bruce Rauner as Chicago teachers showed up to call him out on an old email. 

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Comptroller: With stop-gap funds, state backlog will be $10B

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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger says the state's backlog of unpaid bills will be roughly $10 billion by the year's end after factoring in the temporary spending plan lawmakers recently approved.

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U.S. Senate wants GMO labels

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WSIL – People want to know what exactly they are consuming, and to make things easier, Congress passed legislation for a new food label law through the Senate on Thursday.

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