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The Chicago Public Schools budget that is short half a billion dollars is officially enacted. The fate of that $500 million assistance is in the hands of the Illinois House, where support is currently tenuous at best. Thursday, some House lawmakers sent a message to the city and Chicago Public Schools: certain things have to happen before that chamber gets on board. What are they?

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Speaker Michael Madigan and the House return to work today as the overtime session begins. Is it political theater or is this a sign of a compromise with Gov. Bruce Rauner?

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The Illinois General Assembly is in session. The governor-elect talks about the state budget, and we dive into legislation that could make state government less transparent.

Alison Ruttan & Rauner's Relationship with IL Leaders

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We share what you had to say about Artist Alison Ruttan and governor-elect Bruce Rauner’s relationship with the Illinois Senate and House leadership in tonight's viewer feedback.

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Frankie Knuckles, Chicago's "godfather" of house music, died at age 59. Brandis Friedman has the story of his impact on Chicago's music culture. Watch a 2004 Artbeat special about Knuckles, and read thoughts and reflections from Chicagoans about the legendary DJ.

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We revisit Jay Shefsky's profile of Norma Gatto, a suburban woman who has turned her house into a glass mosaic masterpiece. Watch web extra videos and view a slideshow of artwork.

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The Illinois House passes pension reform by 62-53-1. View an interactive vote graphic to see how each member voted.

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Have Illinois leaders, at long last, come to a pension deal? Will it pass? Paris Schutz has the story.

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President Obama invites House Democrats to a meeting at the White House to discuss the budget crisis. Is the government shutdown nearing its end? Carol Marin and her guests have analysis. Watch web extra videos.

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We check in with Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam about the ongoing government shutdown.

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The Illinois House voted against Gov. Pat Quinn's amendatory veto of concealed carry legislation, 77-31. See how House members voted in our interactive graphic.

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The Illinois House approves a concealed carry compromise deal by 89-28. The bill was approved earlier in the day by the Senate, and now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn's desk. See how House members voted in our interactive graphic.

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The Illinois Senate passes a concealed carry bill by 45-12-1. See how Senate members voted in our interactive graphic.

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House Speaker Madigan's pension reform bill clears the Illinois House. Chicago Sun-Times Springfield Bureau Chief Dave McKinney has the latest Springfield news.

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The Illinois House approved House Speaker Michael Madigan's pension reform deal. See how House members voted in our interactive graphic.

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The Illinois House passed a medical marijuana bill by a 61-57 vote.