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  • Without a budget, providers prepare, officials go to court

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois’ government weathered its second day without a state budget Thursday, and while legislative chambers were silent, service provi ...
    July 2, 2015 - 11:39 pm
  • Is a temporary Illinois state budget still alive?

    The only fireworks that will be seen in Springfield this weekend will be the actual ones marking the anniversary of our nation’s Declaration of Indepe ...
    July 2, 2015 - 11:39 pm
  • Overcoming hostilities, U.S. and Cuba to open embassies

    WASHINGTON – After more than a half-century of hostility, the United States and Cuba declared Wednesday they will reopen embassies in each other’s cap ...
    July 1, 2015 - 11:05 pm
  • Illinois governor vetoes pay raises for state lawmakers

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner has struck down cost-of-living salary increases for lawmakers as Illinois begins a fiscal year without an approved bud ...
    July 1, 2015 - 10:52 pm
  • Obama: ‘Feeling pretty good’ about health care

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Fresh off a Supreme Court victory, President Barack Obama said Wednesday he’s “feeling pretty good” about the state of his health c ...
    July 1, 2015 - 10:51 pm
  • Illinois Senate advances plan to increase school funding

    SPRINGFIELD – An Illinois Senate committee has advanced legislation to increase funding for education this year to a level first proposed by Gov. Bruc ...
    July 1, 2015 - 10:52 pm
  • Former Illinois treasurer employees sue over firings

    CHICAGO – Three former state employees allege in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that then-Treasurer Dan Rutherford fired them in 2014 in retaliation after ...
    July 1, 2015 - 10:52 pm
  • McHenry County agencies could feel pain in protracted Illinois budget fight

    Pioneer Center for Human Services, like most Illinois social-service agencies, has become used to late or shorted state reimbursement payments.
    July 1, 2015 - 11:03 pm
  • Democrats propose 1-month budget; Rauner ready to nix it

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner appeared ready Tuesday to reject a Democratic proposal aimed at keeping state services functioning ...
    June 30, 2015 - 11:49 pm
  • 2 years after spying flap, US, Brazil seek to turn the page

    WASHINGTON – Two years after revelations about U.S. spying frayed ties between their countries, President Barack Obama and visiting Brazilian Presiden ...
    June 30, 2015 - 11:45 pm
  • Iran nuclear talks extended; Iranians meet key obligation

    VIENNA – Pushing past a Tuesday deadline, world powers and Iran extended negotiations for a comprehensive nuclear agreement by a week as the U.N. nucl ...
    June 30, 2015 - 11:33 pm
  • Court ruling spurs backers’ hopes for redistricting changes

    WASHINGTON – Groups hoping to squeeze partisan politics out of how states shape congressional districts are hailing a Supreme Court decision that lets ...
    June 30, 2015 - 11:24 pm
  • Chicago schools make pension payment; classroom cuts likely

    SPRINGFIELD – The interim CEO of Chicago Public Schools said Tuesday 1,400 jobs will be “impacted” after Illinois lawmakers failed to provide relief a ...
    June 30, 2015 - 11:24 pm
  • Members of McHenry County township consolidation task force appointed

    WOODSTOCK – Three McHenry County Board members and two township officials will do the heavy work in deciding how an effort to consolidate the county’s ...
    June 30, 2015 - 11:14 pm
  • Illinois' GOP governor moves to avoid government shutdown

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois' Republican governor and the state's largest employee union moved Monday to avoid a partial government shutdown, with the union ...
    June 29, 2015 - 9:43 pm
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