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Pain to be Felt in Governor's Budget Proposal

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has been tight-lipped about its first budget proposal, as it grapples with a potential $6 billion hole for next year. But, sources familiar with the plan say the pain will be spread far and wide, with $1.5 billion in cuts expected in the state's Medicaid program, and $387 million to higher education, a 31 percent reduction.

Budget-Cutting Guru

Donna Arduin Praised, Panned for Work on State Finances

Gov. Bruce Rauner lauds Donna Arduin as “the best [budget person] in America,” justifying an eye-opening four-month contract that will pay her firm $120,000 to provide “consulting services” on this year and next year’s budget.

Little League Officials to Address JRW Decision

Jackie Robinson West Little League officials speak out for the first time since being stripped of their U.S. World Series title. We have the details.

Reaction to Chicago’s Little League Debacle

The Jackie Robinson West Little League team is stripped of its title. We have reaction from players, parents, and the opposing Little League coach who first brought the allegations of cheating.

State Budget Crisis

While the talk today is about the governor's executive order on unions, a projected $2 billion budget deficit still goes unsolved. We have the latest details.

Rauner Signs Executive Order Aimed at Unions

Gov. Bruce Rauner steps up the attack on public employee unions with an executive order allowing members to opt out and not pay union dues if they so choose.

Gov. Rauner to Give First Major Address

Gov. Bruce Rauner has targeted public employee salaries and collective bargaining rights in his first few weeks on the job. How will the Illinois General Assembly respond when he delivers his State of the State speech on Wednesday? We have a preview.

Digging Out of the Blizzard

Chicago digs out from its fifth biggest snowstorm on record. How do residents feel the city did?

Checking in on the Mayoral Race

Mayor Emanuel has at times had trouble with organized labor, but not today. He got an enthusiastic endorsement from several of the city's trade unions. This as a new Tribune poll gives the mayor a big lead over his challengers, but short of the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff

Measles Surfaces in Illinois

| Yasmin Rammohan

A confirmed case of measles is reported in suburban Cook County. We have the details on what you need to know about preventing an outbreak.

Mayoral Candidates Face Off in First Forum

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his four challengers face off in their first forum in front of Chicago Tribune's editorial board.

President Obama Endorses Rahm Emanuel for Mayor

Mayor Rahm Emanuel gets the endorsement of his former boss, President Barack Obama. How will that affect the landscape of the mayoral race?

Rauner Addresses State Budget Challenges

New Gov. Bruce Rauner addresses the massive budget challenges ahead. Just how does the state plan to pay its bills? We will have the details.

Ordinance Introduced for Obama Library on Public Parkland

City Council takes the first step paving the way for an Obama Presidential Library on public parkland. But does it assuage the concerns of park preservationists?

CPD to Get Body Cameras This Week

Chicago mayoral candidates sound off on public safety. Should Police Supt. Garry McCarthy stay for another term? Find out what they have to say.

New Bears Coach Addresses Media

New Bears Coach John Fox faces the media at Halas Hall. We have a full recap, including what he said about Jay Cutler, and reaching out to former Bears great Brian Urlacher.

Day 2 of Hearings on Obama Library Location

Chicago residents got another chance today to sound off on whether or not they support an Obama Presidential Library on protected parkland. Vote in our poll.

Public Hearing on Obama Library Location

City officials face the public on whether an Obama Presidential Library should locate in a south side park. Vote in our poll.

Bears Chairman on What Went Wrong

The Bears announce a dramatic house cleaning after a disastrous 5-11 season. We hear from Chairman George McCaskey about what went wrong and what the future holds.

Future of Day Care Program in Jeopardy

A critical state program that provides day care to more than 100,000 low-income children is in jeopardy because lawmakers failed to enact a balanced budget.

Quinn Appoints New Interim Comptroller

Avoids Legal Fight with Rauner

Gov. Pat Quinn ended a week of speculation today with the appointment of his budget chief, Jerry Stermer, to replace Judy Baar Topinka as state comptroller.

Mayoral Candidate García Unveils Plan to Fight Crime

Cook County Commissioner Jesús “Chuy” García is trying to gain traction in the race to unseat Rahm Emanuel for mayor of Chicago. Today, García unveiled a list of initiatives he believes will reduce the city's violence. But does his plan add up? 

Memorial Held for Judy Baar Topinka

Lawmakers, dignitaries and everyday citizens came together to pay tribute to Judy Baar Topinka today. But is there any resolution to who her successor will be?

IL Attorney General Weighs in on Comptroller Succession

There is some clarity today on what will happen to the Illinois comptroller's office in the wake of Judy Baar Topinka's death.

Chicago Gets 2 New Parks

| Travis Cornejo

Chicago is about to get more green space. We preview two long-anticipated new parks slated to open this weekend.