Illinois Lawmakers Override Governor’s Budget Veto

By JULIE BOSMAN and MONICA DAVEY July 6, 2017 CHICAGO — Illinois lawmakers overrode a veto of the Republican governor on Thursday, giving the state its first full budget in more than two years and ending the longest such impasse for any state...

Illinois Moves a Step Closer to Ending Its Budget Deadlock

By JULIE BOSMAN and MONICA DAVEY July 4, 2017 CHICAGO — Illinois took a crucial step on Tuesday toward ending a budget impasse that has imperiled the state’s fiscal future, but major questions remained even as a threat loomed that the...

‘Everything’s in Danger’: Illinois Approaches 3rd Year Without Budget

By JULIE BOSMAN and MONICA DAVEY June 29, 2017 CHICAGO — Road construction and bridge repairs may come to a halt. At least one agency has threatened to downgrade Illinois’s credit rating to junk, a crippling borrowing position no state...

Chicago Schools Ex-Leader Is Sentenced as Classrooms Struggle to Stay Open

The district’s uncertainty was compounded when a judge declined to issue an injunction requested by the city that might have led to a desperately needed influx of cash.