Stories by Amanda Vinicky

Gentler Governor Calls for Compromise but Sticks to Demands

Gov. Bruce Rauner largely bypassed Illinois’ myriad troubles and instead spent much of his speech Wednesday listing his administration’s achievements and calling for cooperation. 

Rauner Responds to Emanuel’s ‘Partisan Rant’

Gov. Bruce Rauner is poised to deliver a State of the State address Wednesday expressing optimism about Illinois’ future, but his one-time compatriot Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants him to apologize.

Bipartisan ‘Grand Bargain’ Hits Pause in Springfield

New, Higher Taxes Added to Senate Proposal

Illinois residents would pay a personal income tax rate of 4.99 percent under the latest incarnation of a bipartisan proposal proffered by Senate leaders. 

Summit to Decrease Violence Addresses Kids’ Sense of Hopelessness

How can Chicago stem the surge of violence? Police, prosecutors, and judges offered ideas Thursday for dealing with troubled youth, some of whom offered ideas of their own. 

What’s Behind State Workers’ Potential Strike?

There’s no guarantee Illinois government employees will strike, but the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 has taken initial steps toward the unprecedented action.

AFSCME Sets Dates for Strike Vote

AFSCME members protest in Springfield in May 2016. (Amanda Vinicky / Chicago Tonight)

The prolonged standoff between Gov. Bruce Rauner and Illinois’ largest public employees’ union may lead to an unprecedented strike of state government employees.

Rauner on 2-Year Anniversary: ‘I Will Never Give Up’

“We made some wonderful progress, also had some frustrations with lack of progress on some key items,” Gov. Bruce Rauner said of his tenure Thursday as he took to Facebook Live for a two-year review. 

Madigan Wins Speaker’s Office, As Senate Sets Leadership Limits

Michael Madigan wins an unprecedented 17th term as Illinois House Speaker, and the Republican Party is already undermining its own calls for bipartisanship.  

In Springfield, Lawmakers Adjourn for Good, Without a Budget

(Daniel Schwen / Wikimedia Commons)

Illinois’ 99th General Assembly has wrapped up for good, without ever having passed a complete state budget. 

Budget Deal Backed by Illinois Senate Has Slim Chance in House

Democratic Senate President John Cullerton and the minority leader, Republican Christine Radogno.

While Illinois’ impasse thus far has been caused by a partisan divide, divergent approaches by the House and Senate to the state’s yearslong political stalemate serve to create a new potential rift, this time between the two Democratic-led chambers.

Democratic Leader Calls Illinois Budget a Crisis

State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (Chicago Tonight)

Illinois lawmakers go back to Springfield next week. Will they be ready to take budget action in the new year?