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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.

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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.

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

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Illinois Policy Institute CEO John Tillman (Chicago Tonight)

The conservative Illinois Policy Institute unveiled a plan Tuesday that promises to fill Illinois’ $7.1 billion budget hole, without any increase in taxes. 

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On the campaign trail, Donald Trump spoke often about immediately repealing the Affordable Care Act. Now, as president-elect, he appears to be changing his plan. A look at what might be ahead for Obamacare. 

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The former Chicago City Council watchdog is back on the investigative beat. Faisal Khan, who served as City Council's  Legislative Inspector General, is heading up a new government watchdog organization.

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New taxes – and lots of them. That's what Illinois will need to dig out of its current fiscal mess, according to a new report from the Civic Federation.

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The state's largest social service provider is cutting programs and employees because of the state's budget impasse. We discuss these cuts – and what it means for those who rely on them – with David Novak of  Lutheran Social Services of Illinois; and Dan Proft of the Illinois Policy Institute.

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Tensions are rising between Gov. Bruce Rauner and one of Illinois' largest unions. We discuss what that could mean for the state with Anders Lindall, public affairs director for AFSCME Council 31; and John Tillman, CEO of the  Illinois Policy Institute.

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Gov. Pat Quinn

Unions under fire. Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to send pink slips to thousands of state workers while the Chicago Teachers Union claims it's being treated unfairly. Carol Marin and her panel take up the issues.