Stories by Amanda Vinicky

Rauner, Madigan Meet for the First Time in 2017

The ringleaders of Illinois’ partisan impasse – Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan – met Thursday morning for the first time since before Christmas.

Rauner Gives Illinois a Grade A

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Gov. Bruce Rauner sits down with Chicago Tonight correspondent Amanda Vinicky to discuss his agenda for public schools, the state budget crisis and why he drops the “g” when he speaks.

House Passes ‘Abortion Bill,’ Puts Governor in Political Pickle

After two hours of debate this afternoon, the Illinois House passed a measure that paves the way for more taxpayer-funded abortions. The legislation allows for Medicaid recipients to use that government health insurance to cover an abortion. Likewise, for state employees.

Rauner Says About-Face on Abortion Due to ‘Focus’

Gov. Bruce Rauner is casting his promise to veto legislation that’s become known as the “abortion bill” as a matter of timing rather than philosophy.

Is It Time for Illinois to Hang Up on Landlines?

With Chicago residents increasingly forgoing landlines for cellphones and other technology, state legislators are considering freeing AT&T from a longstanding mandate that it offer copper-wire "plain old telephone service."

Should Your Credit Score Affect Your Car Insurance Rate?

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It’s illegal in Illinois for insurers to charge rates based on factors like race, but a pair of state legislators say companies’ reliance on credit scores to set auto insurance premium rates contravenes the law. 

Legal Pot in Illinois a Question of When, Not If, Legislators Say

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Illinois recently sanctioned marijuana for medicinal use, and a law signed last July decriminalized possession of small amounts of the drug. Could full-scale legalization be next? 

Cook County Judge Fatally Shot Outside South Side Home

Cook County Associate Judge Raymond Myles (Courtesy of Circuit Court of Cook County)

It is a new and disturbing mark against the city of Chicago: Early Monday morning a local judge was shot and killed.

For These Chicago Kids, Time is ‘Write’ for Cursive Clubs

It’s rarely taught in schools anymore, so kids today are joining cursive clubs. But a state legislator is moving to once again make cursive lessons mandatory. 

Moody’s Predicts Doom If Illinois Doesn’t Pass Budget by Spring

Reports from credit ratings agencies aren’t typically considered thrilling reads. But the latest one from Moody’s is so ominous, it ought to give taxpayers, or at least state lawmakers elected to represent them, the shivers.

Legislators Propose Alternatives to ‘Grand Bargain’

Nearly three months after Senate leaders unveiled a so-called “grand bargain,” the gridlock in Springfield has only intensified. Now, Democrats and Republicans are coming forward with their own alternative platforms. 

Cook County Democrats Consider Who They Want for Governor

The primary for governor is a year away. But already, it's quite a contest. Limits on campaign contributions have been lifted. And this morning, six potential candidates made their pitches to Cook County Democratic committeemen. 

Judge Orders Comptroller Mendoza to Pay Illinois Lawmakers

Comptroller Susana Mendoza appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Jan. 23, 2017.

Comptroller Susana Mendoza is processing $8.6 million worth of delayed paychecks, following an order Thursday by Judge Rodolfo Garcia.

State Sen. Daniel Biss Enters Race for Illinois Governor

Casting himself as a progressive alternative to affluent candidates, state Sen. Daniel Biss has entered the race for Illinois governor.

What Does Trump’s Budget Proposal Mean for Illinois?

President Trump is out with what he's calling a "budget blueprint to make America great again." What would it mean for Illinois?

Rauner Wants Power to Chop State Budget, But Won’t Say What He’d Cut

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Democratic legislators have refused Gov. Bruce Rauner’s request for “extraordinary” budget authority, with one – Sen. Don Harmon of Oak Park – saying it would be akin to “giving a razor blade to a toddler.”

Poll: Voters Not Happy With Rauner, Madigan or Other State Leaders

Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Republican Party have spent months and millions trying to frame Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan as a master puppeteer, but Rauner appears to be dragging himself down at the same time.

Governor Piles on with Pension Plan as CPS Fix

Under pressure to send Chicago Public Schools cash following a social media lashing from Chance the Rapper, Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration is intensifying pressure on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Democrats to act.

Chicago’s Top Cop Pushes for Tougher Sentences for Repeat Gun Offenders

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson testifies in Springfield in favor of tougher sentences for repeat gun offenders. But will his proposed changes actually make the city safer?

Democrats Call Rauner’s Conspiracy Theory ‘Delusional Babble’

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner accuses Democrats of being behind a coordinated effort to shut down state government.

Rauner: ‘No Reason to Wait’ on CPS Funding

Following calls Monday by Chance the Rapper to “do your job,” Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday said there are two viable plans to quickly get $215 million to Chicago Public Schools.

Rauner Gets a Rap After Taking a Chance

Fresh off of his Grammy glory, Chicago’s 23-year-old Chance the Rapper used his celeb status to score a private meeting Friday with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to discuss Chicago Public Schools.

‘Grand Bargain’ on Budget Hits Grand Thud

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The state Senate was scheduled to take final votes Wednesday on a plan to end Illinois’ budget impasse. Instead, it adjourned without any action. 

Rauner Unveils New Health Care Plan

Governor Says He’ll Meet Trump ‘Any Time’

Gov. Bruce Rauner is back in Illinois after a quick trip to Washington D.C. He did not meet with President Donald Trump, but the two chatted by phone.

Rauner Crushes Prospect of Further Union Negotiations

Gov. Bruce Rauner sits down for an interview with Chicago Tonight political correspondent Paris Schutz on Jan. 4, 2017.

The heightened potential of a state employee strike did nothing to sway Gov. Bruce Rauner, who on Friday swiftly dismissed the notion of returning to the bargaining table with AFSCME.