Related Program: State Week State Week: Senate Deal Stumbles And A Kennedy Enters The Fray By Sean Crawford, Brian Mackey & Charles N. Wheeler III • Feb 10, 2017 Related Program: State Week ShareTweetEmail Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS The Illinois Senate's "grand bargain" stumbles, Gov. Bruce Rauner fights to allow Illinois to keep going without a full budget, and Illinois businessman Chris Kennedy enters the race for governor. Sean Crawford hosts with regular panelists Charlie Wheeler and Brian Mackey, and guest Jordan Abudayyeh of Springfield’s NewsChannel 20 (WICS-TV). Listen Listening... / 29:00 State Week | February 10, 2017 Tags: John CullertonChristine RadognoBruce RaunerLisa MadiganAvery BourneSue SchererPay Now IllinoisIllinois budget FY2017ShareTweetEmailView the discussion thread. Related Content Senate Democrats Growing Impatient With Republicans On Budget Deal By Brian Mackey • Feb 8, 2017 Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS The Illinois Senate began voting Wednesday on what’s been called a “grand bargain” to end the state’s 19-month budget fight. But the supposedly bipartisan agreement got zero Republican votes. State Contractors Sue For Payment, Again By Brian Mackey • Feb 9, 2017 Amanda Vinicky / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS A group of social service organizations are suing the state of Illinois over the budget impasse. They were contracted to do work on behalf of Illinois government — and now say they ought to be paid. Illinois signs contracts with the organizations to take care of the state’s neediest people — like AIDS patients, drug addicts, and the homeless. Rauner, Democrats Want State Employees Paid — But Can't Agree How By Brian Mackey • Feb 9, 2017 Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois Legislation to keep Illinois government functioning without a full budget stalled Thursday. Democrats and Republicans have dueling proposals to keep paychecks flowing to state employees. The Democratic plan would pay state workers through the end of the budget year — June 30th. The Republicans responded with a plan to pay state workers forever, even if Illinois never adopts a full budget. Shortly after that, Gov. Bruce Rauner came out with a video saying how terrible it was that Democrats put an end date on their bill.