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Illinois races the clock to avoid a 'junk' rating - CNNMoney;

Illinois races the clock to avoid a 'junk' rating - CNNMoney

CNNMoneyIllinois races the clock to avoid a 'junk' ratingCNNMoneyThe state legislature, facing a massive budget crisis, couldn't reach a spending deal on Friday. When the new fiscal year begins at midnight, it will mark the third in a row that Illinois has started without a full budget. Illinois is at risk of ...and more »

Illinois budget passes test run, but deadline will be missed - Fox 32 Chicago;

Illinois budget passes test run, but deadline will be missed - Fox 32 Chicago

Fox 32 ChicagoIllinois budget passes test run, but deadline will be missedFox 32 ChicagoSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A $36.5 billion plan to rebuild Illinois' crumbling finances passed a critical test on Friday, but a powerful legislative leader said no deal would be reached before a midnight deadline - meaning Illinois will enter its third ...and more »

Illinois House adjourns, plunging state into third year without a budget - Northwest Herald;

Illinois House adjourns, plunging state into third year without a budget - Northwest Herald

Northwest HeraldIllinois House adjourns, plunging state into third year without a budgetNorthwest HeraldHouse lawmakers adjourned Friday without approving a budget, officially entering a third fiscal year without one, but with optimism that a deal can be reached over the weekend. Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan conceded Friday morning that a ...and more »

Archibald: At Any Rate Illinois - Corsicana Daily Sun;

Archibald: At Any Rate Illinois - Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana Daily SunArchibald: At Any Rate IllinoisCorsicana Daily SunMark Archibald is a Daily Sun columnist. His column, On the Mark, runs in the Friday edition of the Daily Sun. prev. next. An early morning flight is perfect for collecting one's thoughts. • Having someone get up even earlier to drive to, or pick up ...and more »

Illinois on brink of becoming first state rated junk if budget crisis not averted - MarketWatch;

Illinois on brink of becoming first state rated junk if budget crisis not averted - MarketWatch

MarketWatchIllinois on brink of becoming first state rated junk if budget crisis not avertedMarketWatchIllinois, already the lowest-rated U.S. state, is spiraling toward the start of an unprecedented third-straight fiscal year without a budget, crippled by the partisan impasse between its Republican governor and Democrats who control the legislature.and more »

Andersson, Pritchard join Democrats to pass budget amendment - Kane County Reporter;

Andersson, Pritchard join Democrats to pass budget amendment - Kane County Reporter

Kane County ReporterAndersson, Pritchard join Democrats to pass budget amendmentKane County ReporterHours before the fiscal year runs out, the Illinois House voted 90-25 to approve a budget amendment. The bill proposed by Democrats and supported by about half of House GOP members outlines a $36 billion state budget for fiscal year 2018, which begins ...and more »

Deadline Day: Many Republicans join Dems in passing budget amendment; Madigan says work on tax hike bill to come - Illinois News Network;

Deadline Day: Many Republicans join Dems in passing budget amendment; Madigan says work on tax hike bill to come - Illinois News Network

Illinois News NetworkDeadline Day: Many Republicans join Dems in passing budget amendment; Madigan says work on tax hike bill to comeIllinois News NetworkThe Illinois House returned to session Friday morning on the last day of the fiscal year. Follow us throughout the day for constant updates. 2:06 p.m.. The House as adjourned until 11 a.m. Saturday without taking further votes on a budget and calling a ...and more »

Illinois' financial crisis has 'hurtled out of control' - Fox Business

Illinois' financial crisis has 'hurtled out of control'Fox BusinessThe Illinois State House took an early step toward ending a devastating two-year budget impasse Friday, but with many challenges remaining and a critical deadline drawing near, the state's workers are worried about a complete lack of stability ...and more »

A lifelong GOP, I won't vote for another Republican but I'm not a Democrat either - ChicagoNow (blog);

A lifelong GOP, I won't vote for another Republican but I'm not a Democrat either - ChicagoNow (blog)

ChicagoNow (blog)A lifelong GOP, I won't vote for another Republican but I'm not a Democrat eitherChicagoNow (blog)A lifelong GOP, I won't vote for another Republican but I'm The author in a parade in Bourbonnais, IL in 2014, in support of Governor Bruce Rauner. Governor Bruce Rauner, Speaker Mike Madigan, President Donald Trump, and Senator Bernie Sanders even ...and more »

VIDEO: Lawmakers in negotiations after House vote on spending - Herald & Review;

VIDEO: Lawmakers in negotiations after House vote on spending - Herald & Review

Herald & ReviewVIDEO: Lawmakers in negotiations after House vote on spendingHerald & ReviewState Rep. Sue Scherer, right, and other members of the Illinois House mingle on the House floor after a bipartisan approval of a budgetary amendment on Friday morning. RYAN VOYLES, HERALD & REVIEW. prev. next. SPRINGFIELD — Leaders are back ...and more »

State budget passes first House vote, but huge hurdles remain on deadline day - Chicago Tribune;

State budget passes first House vote, but huge hurdles remain on deadline day - Chicago Tribune

Chicago TribuneState budget passes first House vote, but huge hurdles remain on deadline dayChicago TribuneHouse Democrats and Republicans on Friday took an initial step toward approving a spending plan for state government, but major hurdles remain to getting a budget deal off the ground. The 90-25 test vote came on a $36.5 billion spending bill for the ...and more »

New fiscal year beginning, same financial mess for Illinois - The State Journal-Register;

New fiscal year beginning, same financial mess for Illinois - The State Journal-Register

The State Journal-RegisterNew fiscal year beginning, same financial mess for IllinoisThe State Journal-RegisterIllinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, commits to putting Republican votes on Senate Bill 6 during debate on the floor at the Illinois Capitol Friday, June 30, 2017. "We are so close, I can taste it," Durkin said. [Ted Schurter ...and more »

Tick tock, waiting for Mike Madigan's "compromise" - ChicagoNow (blog)

Tick tock, waiting for Mike Madigan's "compromise"ChicagoNow (blog)Democratic House Speaker Mike Madigan is congratulating himself and the bipartisan legislators who voted for his budget today for their "good work." (See updates from Capitol Fax.com). But what's in the budget? Democrats are denouncing Republicans in ...and more »

Illinois House gives initial nod to FY 2018 spending plan - KDAL

Illinois House gives initial nod to FY 2018 spending planKDALCHICAGO (Reuters) - The Illinois House on Friday gave initial approval to a $36.5 billion fiscal 2018 spending plan, signaling movement toward ending the state's unprecedented two-year budget impasse. The 90-25 bipartisan vote on a budget bill ...and more »

Without a budget, what Illinois faces - Chicago Sun-Times;

Without a budget, what Illinois faces - Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-TimesWithout a budget, what Illinois facesChicago Sun-TimesTens of thousands of lost jobs. A shutdown on much-need roadwork. The possibility of filing for bankruptcy. That's just some of the bad news for Illinois as the state limps along without a budget. Here's some more: Unpaid bills: The numbers are ...and more »

The Latest: Illinois budget deal passes critical test - Beckley Register-Herald

The Latest: Illinois budget deal passes critical testBeckley Register-HeraldSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on legislative action in Springfield to seal a budget deal on the eve of a new fiscal year (all times local):. 11:45 a.m.. A proposed $36 billion state budget in Illinois has passed a critical test. But a powerful ...and more »

Funding for 911 call centers in IL facing Friday deadline - Leicester Post;

Funding for 911 call centers in IL facing Friday deadline - Leicester Post

Leicester PostFunding for 911 call centers in IL facing Friday deadlineLeicester PostThe House approved plans addressing some of those issues Wednesday but Republicans say they're not in line with what the governor is seeking. Lawmakers will mark their 10th day of special session on Friday with Gov. Bruce Rauner declaring he'll keep ...and more »

Illinois takes step toward defusing financial crisis, challenges remain - Fox Business

Illinois takes step toward defusing financial crisis, challenges remainFox BusinessFILE - In this Jan. 25, 2017 file photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers speaks in the Illinois House chamber in Springfield, Ill. Illinois is on track to become the first U.S. state to have its credit rating downgraded to "junk" status, a move ...and more »

The Latest: Illinois House adjourns as budget meetings go on - WAND

The Latest: Illinois House adjourns as budget meetings go onWANDSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Latest on legislative action in Illinois to seal a budget deal on the eve of a new fiscal year (all times local):. 4:10 p.m.. The Illinois House has adjourned after endorsing a $36 billion state budget, though a final vote ...and more »

Madigan concedes budget deal won't happen today - Northwest Herald;

Madigan concedes budget deal won't happen today - Northwest Herald

Northwest HeraldMadigan concedes budget deal won't happen todayNorthwest HeraldDemocratic House Speaker Michael Madigan conceded Friday morning that a budget deal won't happen today, and implored the major bond ratings agencies not to downgrade the state's credit rating to junk status. But House lawmakers offered up a glimmer ...and more »