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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law on Thursday a wide-reaching school funding overhaul. 

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If you're old enough to drive in Illinois, you're now old enough to be an organ and tissue donor.

A version of this story was first posted by member station WBEZ.

State money to public schools across Illinois could be cut off due to yet another budget impasse between lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner.

On Tuesday, Rauner, a Republican, partially vetoed a bill to overhaul the state's school funding formula, denouncing it a "bailout" of Chicago Public Schools.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner says the way public schools get money in Illinois will be more "fair and equitable" with his changes to a school funding bill. 

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Southern Illinois University has approved a 'financial sustainability plan' that includes recommendations to close seven programs at the Carbondale campus. 

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Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt is urging state lawmakers to avoid the budget pitfalls that have befallen neighboring Illinois. 

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner lost an unprecedented battle with the "Springfield insiders" he once campaigned to dethrone when lawmakers approved a budget and $5 billion tax hike over his objections, and without the pro-business reforms the Republican promised. 

Lawmakers in Illinois have enacted a budget for the first time in more than two years, overriding a veto by Gov. Bruce Rauner and overcoming a last-minute delay at the Capitol.

The crucial override vote was delayed after authorities received a report of possible hazardous materials, prompting an investigation, The Associated Press reports. "A woman allegedly threw a powdery substance in Rauner's office," the wire service writes, citing the Springfield fire chief.

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A major credit-rating agency has put Illinois under review for a rating downgrade even if lawmakers override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a long-elusive budget deal. 

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Illinois legislators are set to meet for the second day of a special session aimed at forcing a budget compromise in the state's two-year impasse.

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