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The Illinois House will vote on overriding Gov. Bruce Rauner's vetoes of budget legislation drawn to end the nation's longest state fiscal crisis since at least the Great Depression.

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A package of legislation aimed at ending a two-year Illinois budget standoff is back to the House.

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Illinois lawmakers are back to work after a dramatic vote in the House Sunday to increase income taxes by 32 percent.

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A House panel has endorsed revising the method for financing Illinois public schools.

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Eyes are on the Illinois House as it considers how to handle a $37 billion spending proposal with two days left in the General Assembly's spring session.

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An updated method of funding public schools in Illinois won wide Senate support Wednesday, but Gov. Bruce Rauner's office came out in opposition to the plan.

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Illinois House members have approved a plan that would make feminine hygiene products more affordable for women by exempting them from the state sales tax. 

The Illinois House has given final approval to a new state budget for education.

The legislation avoids cuts to elementary and secondary education and colleges and universities for the first time in several years. It also maintains funding for bilingual education, early childhood and transportation. But elementary and secondary school districts still will receive only 89 percent of what a state statute says they should get in general state aid.

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An Illinois House committee has approved additional funding for state programs in a plan that takes advantage of new money for road building and shifts the savings from a closed prison to child-welfare services. The Executive Committee voted Monday to send the measure to the House floor. Transportation advocates want quick action on a $675 million addition to transit-construction plans so that more concrete can be laid this spring.

The Illinois House wants to bar employers from asking workers and job applicants for access to social media like Facebook.  The legislation passed Thursday and now goes to the Senate.  Some employers, particularly law enforcement, have begun asking for passwords so they can review the online activities of job applicants.  Under the legislation, workers could file lawsuits if pressured to open up private accounts if they're denied a job for refusing. Employers could still ask for usernames to view public information online, and they can monitor work-owned computers.