Stories by Amanda Vinicky

‘Historic’ Education Funding Bill Heads to Gov. Rauner

The Illinois Senate has passed a new education funding measure that Gov. Bruce Rauner said he will sign into law.

Illinois House Passes ‘Historic’ Education Funding Bill

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A day of drama in the Illinois House ended Monday night with a passage of bipartisan education funding legislation that Gov. Bruce Rauner said he will “quickly” sign into law should the Senate pass the package on Tuesday.

Rauner Shakes Off Staff in Latest Upheaval

Gov. Bruce Rauner may say a controversial cartoon published by the Illinois Policy Institute has nothing to do with him, but his response may have led to another staff shake-up.

Education Talks, Cartoon Controversy Continue

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Illinois’ top legislators will meet Thursday to continue hammering out a deal on education funding, even as a controversy continues to swirl over an editorial cartoon that backs one of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s positions.

Legislators Condemn Rauner’s Reaction to Political Cartoon

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Top legislators spent hours Monday working on an education funding package, and reaction to a political cartoon is still simmering. 

‘Hopeful’ Madigan Cancels Eduction Funding Vote ‘In Light of Progress’

House Speaker Michael Madigan talks about education funding on Aug. 16, 2017. “We're not going to walk away from Senate Bill 1,” he said.

A marathon private session between Illinois’ top legislative leaders was evidently productive enough that House Speaker Michael Madigan is canceling the chamber’s expected vote on a contentious education funding plan Wednesday as talks continue. 

Solar Eclipse Sparks ‘Festival’ Atmosphere in Carbondale

Onlookers were treated to a clear view of the solar eclipse in Carbondale. “It was a festival sort of atmosphere,” Amanda Vinicky said. “You literally had a beer tent, carnival rides, and band, a whole lot of very excited people wearing garb for the solar eclipse.”

State Rep. Steven Andersson to Step Down

Exclusive: Andersson explains why he’s not running for re-election

State Rep. Steven Andersson appears on “Chicago Tonight” on July 11.

The Republican legislator who was instrumental to the passage of Illinois’ first budget in more than two years is leaving state politics. Find out why.

Jesse White to Run for Re-election in 2018

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White (Daniel X. O’Neil / Wikimedia Commons)

The 83-year-old Illinois secretary of state said last year that he would retire at the end of his current term. Thursday, he said will run for a sixth term in 2018.

Rauner, Republicans Denounce Trump

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Republicans meet at the Illinois State Fair while the House convenes to hammer out a compromise on school funding. 

Education Funding Unresolved as Illinois House Returns for Vote

As Gov. Bruce Rauner’s supporters rally Wednesday for “Governor’s Day” at the Illinois State Fair, representatives will be returning to the capitol to take an ax to his vision for education funding.

Gov. Rauner: ‘Let’s Compromise’ on School Funding

A day after the Illinois Senate killed his vision for a new method of funding Illinois schools, Gov. Bruce Rauner kept up hopes that legislators will come around to his way of thinking.

Rauner Loses School Funding Fight in Senate; Battle Moves to Illinois House

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Governor Bruce Rauner’s attempt to put his stamp on school funding met its demise Sunday, when a single Republican senator joined with the chamber’s 37 Democrats to reject Rauner’s rewrite of a significant school funding measure.

Gov. Bruce Rauner to Appear Monday on ‘Chicago Tonight’

The governor’s sit-down with WTTW will come a day after the Illinois Senate is scheduled to vote on his amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1—a plan that rewrites how Illinois decides how to divvy up state funding for schools. 

How Cook County’s Soda Tax Could Swallow Food Stamp Funding

The rollout of Cook County’s sweetened beverage tax has been anything but sweet and easy. Now there’s concern it could put food stamps at risk.

State Skipping Funding for Schools

School superintendents weigh in on the education battle in Springfield.

Cook County Drops Suit Seeking $17M in Damages Related to Soda Tax

Cook County's new tax on sweetened drinks is sticking around, but Board President Toni Preckwinkle is dropping the county’s counter-lawsuit against the retailers who tried to get it tossed.

Comptroller Says Governor is Stalling on Bill Backlog Borrowing

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner hasn’t used authority to borrow $6 billion to begin making a dent in the backlog of overdue bills that tripled during the budget impasse under the Republican’s watch.

When Will Schools See State Cash? Wait and See

Fresh off of a two-year budget crisis rooted in partisan tensions, Illinois is careening toward a new one – and this time, schoolchildren are left in the wake.

Rauner Issues Amendatory Veto of Education Funding Bill

Gov. Bruce Rauner made generous use of his veto pen to redline money for Chicago Public Schools and to make other sweeping changes to a major revamp of education funding.

Governor Gets Education Funding Bill, But Schools’ Future Remains Hazy

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The future of school funding is now in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s hands, after Democrats finally sent him legislation he’s made a show of demanding they release. Now the question is what Rauner will do with it.

Education Funding Fight Could Prompt Special Session

Schools are caught in the crossfire between Democrats and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, who said Friday he’ll call legislators back to Springfield if they don’t release Senate Bill 1 to him by noon Monday.

Heavy Rain Drenches Northern Illinois, Raises Concerns of Flooding

Heavy rainfall drenched northern Illinois Wednesday night and Thursday morning. And more is on the way. The Des Plaines and Fox Rivers have seen water levels rise and remain areas of concern.

What Does It Cost to Run for Governor in Illinois?

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Although the primary isn’t until March 2018, fundraising puts the governor’s race on pace to be one of the most expensive such races in the country’s history. It may even break that record.

Radio Flyer: Riding and Rolling in Chicago for 100 Years

In 1917, Woodrow Wilson was president. Telegrams were a popular way to communicate across long distances. World War I began. And a Chicago company got its rolling start.