After a five-week layoff, the Indiana House is racing to approve bills --- including the state budget --- to make up for lost time.With Republicans firmly in control, the Indiana House approved a $28 billion two-year spending plan this week. The Indiana Senate, also controlled by Republicans,
Just days after it looked like the chances of a partial government shutdown of the federal government had grown significantly due to the failure of Democrats and Republicans to compromise on federal spending, Wednesday brought reports that Democrats and Republicans stepped away from the brink.Progre
Indiana lawmakers are scheduled to begin public hearings on a new state budget Monday. But Democrats continue to boycott budget talks and remain in Illinois.Indiana Republicans are beginning the process of working around the boycotting Democrats. State senators are holding public hearings Monday.
House Republicans, Senate Democrats and the White House appear to agree on two things at least: the federal government shouldn't be shut down and funding the government via stopgap spending bills is no way to run a government.Aside from that, they don't agree on much else.
Hundreds of people from the Chicago area gathered at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday morning. The event was part of an annual day of lobbying in Springfield on behalf of immigrants. This year’s visit had some extra energy. For one, Gov.
Signs abound of the pressures on Speaker John Boehner and other House Republicans to show real results on spending cuts.An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found, for instance, that those voters focused on spending cuts are the voters who matter most to Republicans — their base.As a writer for MSNBC's F
Mayor-elect Emanuel’s real counterpart in county government is dealing with an estimated budget shortfall of $487 million. In her transition report last December, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle floated some ideas on how to close that budget shortfall.
The State of Illinois will find out this week how willing investors are to buy the state’s bonds, which are rated the lowest in the country by Moody’s. The state plans to sell $3.7 billion worth of bonds as early as tomorrow to make this year’s pension payment.