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Yes, McLean County Democrats are energized headed into this year’s elections. But Republicans know how to win.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner toured the Destihl Brewery in Normal on Saturday before taking questions inside the seven-month-old facility.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner says bipartisanship is needed to move the state forward. But a lack of trust in the shadow of an election year and the governor's own remarks make that less likely to happen.

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The issue of legalizing recreational use of marijuana is rising in profile this year. There are two bills in the General Assembly. Several Democratic candidates for governor have embraced the proposal, saying it would bring badly needed revenue to the state and reduce black market and gang control of an existing industry.

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The Illinois Senate has approved a new system for funding schools that will reduce large disparities between wealthy and poor districts.

Illinois Senate To Take Up School Funding Overhaul

Aug 29, 2017
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The Illinois Senate on Tuesday is expected to take up a school funding overhaul that will increase aid to all of the state's more than 800 districts.

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The lawmaker responsible for the school funding plan endorsed by the Senate over Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto said Sunday that the House should vote to override too.

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Schools are set to receive payment from the state in just three days, but that can’t happen until the Illinois legislature approves a new evidence-based funding model.

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The future of state funding for Illinois schools was still up in the air late Monday.

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State Sen. Jason Barickman issued a clarifying statement Thursday after implying during a press conference that Gov. Bruce Rauner would “hold” the controversial school funding bill after it lands on his desk instead of immediately vetoing it.

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Central Illinois lawmakers are viewing the newly passed budget as a temporary solution to the state's long-term issues.

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The speaker of the Illinois House has scheduled a vote for Thursday to override the governor's veto of the budget package.

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A group of Normal Community High School students has tried their hands at breaking the budget deadlock.

A group led by Social Studies teacher Patrick Lawler drove to Springfield to meet with General Assembly members.

Barickman: Fix School Funding And Move On

Mar 17, 2016
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Governor Bruce Rauner has proposed sending school districts the full amount of state aid the law says they're supposed to get.

That would mean a funding increase, because for the past seven years, the state has pro-rated -- or cut-- school funding by as much as 13 percent. The issue has turned into a partisan battle. Democratic lawmakers say before just sending more money, they want a complete overhaul of the state's school funding formula.