Frank J Mautino

Madigan: Rauner's 'divide and conquer' strategy won't work

Madigan: Rauner's 'divide and conquer' strategy won't work

House Democrats on Thursday stood united in advancing a temporary, one-month budget to keep core services of government operating amid the threat of a partial government shutdown, but the move was largely symbolic as Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner already warned he would not sign the measure. The action at the Capitol came amid a pair of contradictory court rulings on whether state workers could be paid next week that left the issue a murky legal mess. A Downstate judge ordered Comptroller Leslie Munger to pay workers in full, and she said she would start processing payroll. That ruling came shortly after an appellate court in Chicago, considering a separate case, told Munger to hold off...