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[31 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

Opinion: Happy 70th to true American suburbia, writes Jerry Cianciolo https://t.co/2qIHJDJIwN— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) May 31, 2017

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* Press release…
Media Advisory: Governor, Senate & House Republicans to Address Media
What: Governor Bruce Rauner, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin Discuss the Majority Party’s Refusal to Pass a Balanced Budget
Where: Governor’s Office – Illinois State Capitol
Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Time: 4:45 PM
Note: The press conference will also be streamed […]

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[31 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

* WSIL…
Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is laying off at least 51 civil service employees.
The layoffs are a direct result of the Illinois budget impasse, which is nearing two years.
The layoff notice was announced Wednesday morning in a memo by Interim Chancellor Brad Colwell.
In March, Colwell said the university would need to permanently cut $19 […]

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[31 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

* As I told subscribers a while ago, Speaker Madigan has been carefully creating a paper trail so that he can justify ending the spring session with a splat. And here it is all in one spot…
Speaker Madigan: House Democrats to Continue Working to Find Common Ground with Rauner and toward State Budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. […]

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[31 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

* I’m told this info is being shared by the governor’s office with legislators on the new House Democratic amendment to SB 1, the education funding reform bill. The Democrats are saying 250 school districts come out better than Chicago, based on per pupil money. The Rauner administration disagrees…

The “runs” being shared by […]

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* Back when then state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias was in the running for a job in President-elect Barack Obama’s administration, none other than JB Pritzker told Gov. Rod Blagojevich that he was interested in being appointed to fill out the remainder of Giannoulias’ term.
“That’s the one I would want,” Pritzker said, according to […]

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[31 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

It seemed inevitable, and now it’s official: State lawmakers will blow through their midnight deadline for a new state budget, making it more difficult to pass one in June.

In a statement, House Speaker Mike Madigan said his caucus “will continue our efforts to address this challenge, end this destructive impasse and close the (Gov. Bruce) Rauner deficit.”

Read more: Biz groups blast lawmakers as budget clock runs out

A panel headed by Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, will hold hearings beginning June 8 and hopes to present a spending plan soon, Harris said.

Madigan’s statement came a few minutes after a divided House Democratic caucus considered whether to put to a vote a spending and tax hike plan that already has passed the Senate.

Some wanted a vote to pressure Rauner, who has held off action until he wins concessions on a property tax freeze and other measures. But others said it would be foolhardy to make colleagues take a tough vote on a bill that Rauner would veto.

In his statement, Madigan said he has moved bills dealing with items in Rauner’s agenda, such as selling the Loop’s Thompson Center. But Republicans say those moves were inadequate, mostly designed to attract political credit.

After midnight tonight, passage of a budget will require a three-fifths supermajority vote of both chambers, not a mere simple majority. Democrats have such a supermajority in the Senate, but not the House.

Rauner is expected to have something to say later today. Other news could come soon from bond-rating agencies, though they may hold off until the new budget year begins on July 1.

More coverage:

Illinois’ budget crisis is about to get even harder to resolve

Thompson Center sale seems close, but not a done deal

Update—In a meeting with reporters, Rauner accused Democrats of “dereliction of duty” in not sending him a budget. Instead of “sham” hearings, the Ds ought to “come back to Springfield” and pass a budget.

Of course, it might help if Rauner ever presented a balanced budget plan. According to the Civic Federation, his proposal was $4.6 billion out of whack.

And, in a related development, Comptroller Susana Mendoza put out a statement warning of “dire” consequences if the state doesn’t soon get a balanced budget.

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[31 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

As state lawmakers prepare to run up the white flag on enacting a new Illinois budget by tonight’s deadline, major business groups are ripping the Democratic-dominated General Assembly for what it has done.In the past two days, measures to establish a …

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[31 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Rock River Times…
An Office of Executive Inspector General investigation into Northern Illinois University’s hiring and spending practices has found that President Doug Baker routinely circumvented state laws and regulations to reward friends and associates.
The report, commissioned after watchdog groups and whistleblowers questioned Baker’s use of the so-called “affiliate employee” classification for hires in key […]

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[31 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Twitters…

I promise not to keep making this a thing, but there’s a visitor at the statehouse today for the final day of legislative session pic.twitter.com/yK8LtqRCzS
— Tony Arnold (@tonyjarnold) May 31, 2017

Spotted outside statehouse: @JBPritzker’s most punctual campaign surrogate. Tick Tock the Budget Clock doesn’t speak, has subpar dance moves pic.twitter.com/erHU5sXLUN
— Mark Maxwell (@WCIA3Mark) […]