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Bruce Rauner

The governor unveils a plan he says will save taxpayers billions every year. But, as with everything else, can he get it through the General Assembly? Paris Schutz brings us more on that and whether or not the governor supports the recall of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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The Illinois General Assembly was in session in Springfield on Tuesday for the first time in weeks as the budget impasse drags on. "Chicago Tonight" Springfield reporter Amanda Vinicky joins us to talk about what happened today at the capitol.

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Illinois is coming up on almost three months with no state budget, and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic legislative leaders don't appear to be any closer to a solution. Two lawmakers known for sometimes bucking their party leaders discuss whether there's a bipartisan path out of the state's current mess.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner

After last week’s legislative victory over Democrats on a union arbitration bill, Gov. Bruce Rauner has a new message for the General Assembly. This comes as Illinois' budget deficit escalates each day. Paris Schutz has the story.

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Amanda Vinicky

Illinois House lawmakers will soon consider whether to override a veto by Gov. Bruce Rauner that could send negotiations with state employee unions to binding arbitration. And with no state budget in place, just how do lawmakers plan on maintaining critical state services? Amanda Vinicky joins Chicago Tonight with a preview of the week ahead in Springfield. 

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Amanda Vinicky

An Illinois House committee voted Tuesday on a bill already passed by the state Senate that will allow the state to start spending $5 billion in available federal money. We have the latest from Springfield with Chicago Tonight's Amanda Vinicky.

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The May 31 deadline for state lawmakers to approve a budget and solve a $6 billion shortfall is quickly approaching. We talk with Chicago Tonight Springfield reporter Amanda Vinicky about what tax hikes and other revenue generators are on the table, what services could be on the chopping block, whether lawmakers will be able to pass a budget before the end of the month, and, if not, how that affects the numerous legislative items on their plate. 

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The veto session for the Illinois General Assembly wrapped up with lawmakers approving several pieces of legislation. We discuss the bills that passed both chambers and await the governor’s signature.

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Illinois Public Radio and WUIS Statehouse Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky has the latest news from day two of the Springfield veto session.

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Will there be any pension reform this year? We hear from all four members of the governor's pension working group.

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Illinois' new fiscal year began with no reported progress on tackling the state's deepening pension crisis. House Republican Leader Tom Cross and Senate President John Cullerton join us.

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The tension between legislative leaders spills out on the floor of the Illinois House. Carol Marin joins us live from Springfield with the latest developments on pension reform and the budget.

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