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  • Algonquin, Woodstock denounce Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget cuts

    Fearing drastic cutbacks to police, public works and other core governmental services, officials from two area communities this week formally denounce ...
    March 4, 2015 - 1:52 pm
  • High-stakes clash at high court over health law subsidies

    WASHINGTON – Insurance coverage for millions of people is riding on the latest politically charged Supreme Court clash over President Barack Obama’s h ...
    March 3, 2015 - 10:58 pm
  • New Illinois state representative sworn in to replace Brauer

    SPRINGFIELD – A staffer for a U.S. congressman from Illinois has been sworn in to replace a state lawmaker who resigned from the General Assembly earl ...
    March 3, 2015 - 10:58 pm
  • Congress sends Homeland bill to Obama without conditions

    WASHINGTON – Bitterly admitting defeat, the Republican-controlled Congress sent legislation to President Barack Obama on Tuesday that funds the Depart ...
    March 3, 2015 - 10:58 pm
  • Amid talk of cuts, state superintendent warns of ‘perfect storm’ for Illinois school districts

    SPRINGFIELD – As lawmakers consider revamping Illinois’ outdated school funding formula, the state superintendent warned Tuesday that more education c ...
    March 3, 2015 - 10:39 pm
  • DCFS bill would improve investigator training

    SPRINGFIELD – Training at Illinois’ child protective services department would be revamped for the first time in its history under legislation headed ...
    March 3, 2015 - 10:34 pm
  • McHenry County Board remote attendance debate hinges on Open Meetings Act test (with document)

    WOODSTOCK – A fictional town on the Illinois Open Meetings Act test required of all state elected officials is the latest backdrop for the ongoing deb ...
    March 4, 2015 - 12:35 pm
  • Illinois lawmakers propose measure to battle heroin abuse

    SPRINGFIELD – Two Illinois lawmakers announced bipartisan legislation Monday that would spend $25 million to combat an epidemic of heroin and prescrip ...
    March 2, 2015 - 11:36 pm
  • Former Gov. Quinn earning $11,396 monthly pension

    SPRINGFIELD – Former Gov. Pat Quinn receives a state pension of just less than $11,400 a month, although it could shrink if proposed reforms he signed ...
    March 2, 2015 - 11:38 pm
  • Bills would change up Illinois primary, campaign financing

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois electoral system would see changes under proposals in the state legislature, including ones on primaries and campaign finan ...
    March 2, 2015 - 11:36 pm
  • Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock reimburses private plane expenses for football game

    WASHINGTON – Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock reimbursed the U.S. government for more than $1,200 in travel expenses for attending a Chicago Bears football ...
    March 2, 2015 - 11:38 pm
  • Boehner leaves open possible vote on Dem-backed DHS bill

    WASHINGTON – Speaker John Boehner left open the possibility Monday that the House might pass long-term funding for the Homeland Security Department wi ...
    March 2, 2015 - 11:36 pm
  • Rauner budget could mean fewer Amtrak trains

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed state budget would cut 40 percent from Illinois’ funding for Amtrak trains during a time when ridership has ...
    March 1, 2015 - 11:44 pm
  • Supreme Court case threatens voter-approved independent redistricting

    WASHINGTON – In a reversal of the usual worries about political influence on electoral map-making, the Supreme Court is being asked to let raw politic ...
    March 1, 2015 - 11:46 pm
  • Kerry tries to dampen fuss over Israeli PM’s speech

    WASHINGTON – Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday tried to calm tensions with Israel before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s congressional addre ...
    March 1, 2015 - 11:44 pm
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