After weeks of back and forth in Springfield, Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers are edging up to the July 1 deadline in their struggle to pass a state budget. The Governor has vetoed most of the Democratic legislature's proposed plan. As he continues to stand his ground on cutting the flow of state money for many services from childcare to reducing tax credits for companies, a shutdown is a real threat if no decision is made by the end of the day Tuesday. We get a primer on what a state shutdown would look like with WBEZ state politics reporter Tony Arnold, and hear from two Chicago-based service groups that face a range of service cuts under Rauner's proposed plan.
The ongoing shutdown of the federal government is bringing relevance to the question of the role of government. We talk to experts on the Constitution to discuss all side of the issue, and take a deeper dive into how the debt ceiling deadline will effect the economy. (Photo: Flickr/humbertomoreno)
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth tells us how the government shutdown is affecting small businesses and local organizations like the Greater Chicago Food Depository . We also take a look back and reflect on the "Bartman Game" a decade later.
With a government shut-down looming, we discuss how it affects government agencies as well as the general public. Bruce Japsen explains the ins and outs of the Obamacare marketplace exchanges that are launching, and the Rhythm of Rajasthan perform. (Photo: Flickr/Phil Roeder)
The congressional standoff that has shut down the Federal Aviation Administration continues, with no end in sight until September if the Senate doesn't act this week.Lawmakers risk losing more than $1 billion in revenue from ticket taxes that the airline collects.
Americans might view a government shutdown due to budget disagreements as a universal problem, but in a recent article for Foreign Policy magazine entitled "Why Don’t Other Countries Have Government Shutdowns?", Joshua Keating says that it's a uniquely American democrat