Springfield News with Amanda Vinicky

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The showdown between Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan continues as state lawmakers stare down a May 31 deadline to approve a budget plan. On Wednesday, lawmakers will continue to vote on a series of measures that make up the spending plan, backed by Madigan, that’s about $3 billion short. At the same time, lawmakers will hold hearings on items that make up Rauner’s Turnaround Illinois agenda.

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Springfield News with Amanda Vinicky

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May 26, 2015-Springfield News with Amanda Vinicky

It’s crunch time as state lawmakers have less than a week to pass a budget and close a $6 billion deficit before the end of the current legislative session. We talk with Chicago Tonight Springfield reporter Amanda Vinicky about the likelihood of a budget being passed before the Sunday deadline. 

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Springfield News with Amanda Vinicky

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May 22, 2015 - Springfield News with Amanda Vinicky

As Illinois' Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan pushes for a three percent millionaire's tax to raise fresh revenue for the cash-strapped state, Republican lawmakers respond with a proposal for term limits to limit the power of long-time legislative leaders like Madigan. Chicago Tonight Springfield reporter Amanda Vinicky rounds up all the latest news.

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Chicago Casino Hearings

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May 4, 2015 - Chicago Casino Hearings

New hearings on a possible Chicago casino are underway today. Is the mayor's wish for a casino to fund pensions finally close to coming true? Paris Schutz has the latest.

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Where Will Budget Funding Be Coming From?

A Look Into State Special Funds

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April 30, 2015 - Where Will Budget Funding Be Coming From?

With nearly 800 special funds operating outside the state budget, it might be a daunting task to oversee. Gov. Bruce Rauner is sweeping about $1.3 billion out of these funds to balance the budget. Who benefits from these funds and how are they being impacted? Eddie Arruza sits down with several budget watchdogs.

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Cullerton Reacts to Rauner’s Budget Deal Projections

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April 14, 2015 - Cullerton Reacts to Rauner's Budget Deal

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton reacts to Gov. Bruce Rauner's rosy projections for a budget deal. We have the details.

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Gov. Rauner Appoints 2 Trustees to University of Illinois

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Gov. Bruce Rauner nominates Ramon Cepeda and Jill Smart for openings on the University of Illinois’ Board of Trustees.

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Gov. Rauner's Budget Cuts

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February 19, 2015 - Gov. Rauner's Budget Cuts

Gov. Rauner's budget cuts funding to Medicaid and public transportation, and recommends changes to public worker pension plans. We take a look at what would be the likely impact on services and public worker pensions should Gov. Rauner's proposed budget become law. 

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Unpacking Gov. Rauner's Budget Address

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February 18, 2015 - Unpacking Gov. Rauner's Budget Address

Gov. Bruce Rauner reveals his fiscal plans for the state today. What spending cuts should Illinois residents anticipate and how does Rauner plan to dig the state out of a colossal hole of debt? Illinois Public Radio's Statehouse Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky breaks down Rauner's budget address.

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Debating the Prevailing Wage Law

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May 26, 2015-Debating the Prevailing Wage Law

One way Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed cutting spending is to repeal the so-called “prevailing wage” law. So what is the prevailing wage and why is it on the books? Our experts debate the pros and cons of eliminating the prevailing wage the state pays for public construction projects. 

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Rauner Questions Constitutionality of Pension Proposals

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For the first time, Gov. Bruce Rauner discussed his concerns over the constitutionality of his and Senate President John Cullerton’s pension proposals. The governor also spoke about taking several of his turnaround agenda items “off the table,” but he wouldn’t say what those items were.

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Gov. Rauner on Turnaround Agenda

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The governor gave a speech today he’s given many times, calling for lawmakers to pass his "turnaround agenda" that includes local right-to-work zones.

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Viewer Feedback: 4/16

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April 16, 2015 - Viewer Feedback: 4/16

We share what you had say about our one-on-one with Gov. Bruce Rauner and the possibility of ending some state tax breaks in tonight's viewer feedback.

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One-on-One with Gov. Bruce Rauner

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April 13, 2015 - One-on-One with Gov. Bruce Rauner

Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed big cuts to try and close a $6 billion budget gap, all the while traveling the state promoting a right-to-work agenda. We go one-on-one with the governor about his many controversial proposals in his first Chicago Tonight interview since the election.

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Illinois Lawmakers Talk Budget Priorities & Challenges Ahead

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February 23, 2015 - Illinois Lawmakers Talk Budget

Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders are trying to find ways to close a gap in the current year's budget and will soon start debating the governor's austere proposal for the coming fiscal year. We talk with lawmakers about what to expect.

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Viewer Feedback: 2/19

Budget & Jackie Robinson West Lawyer

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February 19, 2015 - Viewer Feedback: 2/19

We share what you had to say about Gov. Rauner's budget address, the Civic Federation's five-year budget roadmap, and our interview with Victor Henderson, the attorney representing the Jackie Robinson West Little League, in tonight's viewer feedback.

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Gov. Rauner Unveils His Budget

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Gov. Bruce Rauner releases his budget for the coming fiscal year. We'll analyze his priorities with fiscal experts, and discuss how likely he is to get the Democratically controlled General Assembly to see things his way.

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