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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his four challengers face off in their first forum in front of Chicago Tribune's editorial board.
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.
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?
Chicago mayoral candidates sound off on public safety. Should Police Supt. Garry McCarthy stay for another term? Find out what they have to say.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
There is some clarity today on what will happen to the Illinois comptroller's office in the wake of Judy Baar Topinka's death.