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    1. Illinois governor rejects possibility of temporary budget

      Reuters via Yahoo! NewsJun 11 02:13 PM

      Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner on Thursday rejected the possibility of a short-term spending plan to keep the state operating beyond the July 1 start of fiscal 2016 if there is no deal over a full-year budget. "An unbalanced short-term budget with no real reforms is still a phony budget and unacceptable to the people of Illinois," said a statement from the Republican governor's office. On ...

    2. Gov. Bruce Rauner went back on the road Wednesday to sell his “turnaround agenda" to local voters, laying the blame for the state’s financial troubles on the legislature’s Democratic leaders as he encountered angry jeers from some who risk losing state services if the two sides don't reach a deal.

    3. Excerpts from editorials by Illinois newspapers

      The Washington TimesJun 23 03:26 PM

      June 21, 2015 Belleville News-Democrat Wanted: Scout with keen pencil Illinois Auditor General William Holland is retiring Dec. 31, and we - the residents of Illinois - all likely owe him a card and maybe flowers. His job, simply stated, is to keep those in state government honest by employing ...

    4. Former Gov. JIM EDGAR said he hopes that neither side in the standoff between Republican Gov. BRUCE RAUNER and the Democrats who run the House and Senate wants the government to shut down due to a budget impasse."I have no reason to think they do," said Edgar, a Republican who was governor from 1991 to 1999 and had to work with a Democratic-controlled legislature during his first two years as ...

    5. Where not to look for personal integrity in politics

      McCook Daily GazetteJun 15 02:24 AM

      The late Mike Royko's book, "Boss," was a staple of political science classes back in the early 1970s, but its insight to Chicago politics is just as valid 40 years later.

    6. Rauner turns up budget heat on Democrats

      Chicago TribuneJun 30 10:04 AM

      Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner sent a message to ruling Democratic lawmakers Wednesday by using his veto power to eliminate legislative pay raises as the state entered a new budget year without a spending plan in place.

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    8. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov takes a look at some of the sad and surreal moments.

    9. RON HART: FIFA Shades of Pay

      The Walton SunJun 10 08:15 AM

      Published: Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 03:32 PM. Hey soccer, I thought we had a deal. Every four years we act like we care about the World Cup, and then you go away until the next time.

    10. Why Rauner's Madigan TV ad is more bark than bite

      Crain's Chicago BusinessJun 19 02:31 PM

      The governor's much-anticipated ad isn't as over-the-top negative as we thought it might be. What gives?

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