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Senate passes $1 billion budget-cutting bill

After several hours of debate and failed amendment attempts from Democrats on Thursday, the GOP-proposed bill passed off the floor with a 37-27 party-line vote. The bill makes about $1 billion worth of cuts by making permanent reductions to local government aid, higher education and health care made at the end of the 2010 session.

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Top Illinois Democrat responds to Walker

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton took a jab at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker after Walker said businesses were welcome to defect to their northern neighbor after Illinois lawmakers sharply increased the income tax.

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