Dan Proft & Lauren Cohn

Governor Rauner delivered his Budget Address to a state with no budget. Gallup finds that not only is Illinois losing one resident every five minutes, but nearly half the people still in the state want to leave. Illinois’ budget impasse has left a lot of people suffering, but state legislators, who have secured funding for their own salaries, are not among them. Lauren Cohn, a former reporter in both Philadelphia and Chicago, shares her impressions of Mayor Emanuel’s decision to hire Charles Ramsey, retired Philadelphia Police Department commissioner, to advise the embattled Chicago Police Department on civil rights issues. It’s baaaack: Even though SB 1229, which would have stripped Gov. Rauner of his negotiating ability with AFSCME, failed in September, Democrats are proposing identical legislation again.

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