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  • Jack Franks taking another stab at Illinois government consolidation bills

    Bills aimed at helping consolidate some of the state’s almost 7,000 units of government may have a better chance of passing with a new governor in Spr ...
    Jan. 24, 2015 - 11:18 pm
  • Proposed Illinois legislation would ban powdered alcohol

    SPRINGFIELD – A proposed Illinois law would ban the sale of powdered alcohol before it hits store shelves.
    Jan. 24, 2015 - 11:16 pm
  • Possible GOP candidates pitch ideas at conservative forum

    DES MOINES, Iowa – The robust Christian right in early-voting Iowa plays an outsize role in helping determine the Republican presidential nominee, a p ...
    Jan. 24, 2015 - 11:16 pm
  • U.S., Cuba end historic talks with more questions than answers

    HAVANA – After a euphoric month that left Americans dreaming of holidays in Havana and Cubans imagining U.S. products at their corner stores, the firs ...
    Jan. 23, 2015 - 11:59 pm
  • Quinn leaves office without penning final statement

    SPRINGFIELD – Former Gov. Pat Quinn left office in a tumult: dozens of clemencies, laws and executive orders signed.
    Jan. 23, 2015 - 11:53 pm
  • Effort to get Obama library draws Chicago-style suspicions

    CHICAGO – Chicago’s rush to secure space in a public park for Barack Obama’s presidential library has unleashed a tussle typical of the president’s ho ...
    Jan. 23, 2015 - 11:53 pm
  • Amazon to start collecting sales tax in Illinois

    CHICAGO – Amazon will start collecting sales tax from Illinois consumers next month to comply with a new state law, the company said.
    Jan. 23, 2015 - 11:52 pm
  • Numbers of Illinois households on food stamps still rising

    SPRINGFIELD – State figures show the number of Illinois households on food stamps continues to rise.
    Jan. 23, 2015 - 11:52 pm
  • Illinois jobless rate falls to 6.2 percent, lowest since '08

    CHAMPAIGN – Illinois' unemployment rate fell in December to the lowest it's been in almost seven years, 6.2 percent, the Illinois Department of Employ ...
    Jan. 23, 2015 - 11:52 pm
  • Jack Franks pushes term limit referendum bill for Illinois legislative leaders

    New legislation being pushed by State Rep. Jack Franks, D-Marengo, would place on November's general election ballot a referendum on limiting the term ...
    Jan. 23, 2015 - 11:24 pm
  • Rauner previews 1st-year priorities: Cut taxes, Medicaid

    CHICAGO – Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday began laying out priorities for his first year in office, saying property taxes and workers’ compensation cost ...
    Jan. 22, 2015 - 11:45 pm
  • Cary Smoke Shop to have tobacco license suspended

    CARY – A shop that was previously fined for selling tobacco to a minor now won't be able to sell tobacco for a week.
    Jan. 22, 2015 - 11:52 pm
  • After stumble, GOP pushes different abortion bill

    WASHINGTON – With thousands of abortion foes massing blocks away for their annual protest march, Republicans pushed legislation toward House passage T ...
    Jan. 22, 2015 - 10:29 am
  • Lew slams door on efforts to lower top individual tax rate

    WASHINGTON – Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew dismissed efforts in Congress to overhaul the nation's tax laws by lowering the top income tax rate paid by ...
    Jan. 21, 2015 - 9:22 pm
  • Lawyers contesting Illinois pension reform law seek extension

    SPRINGFIELD – Lawyers contesting the Illinois law that overhauls a state pension program that is $111 billion in debt are asking the state Supreme Cou ...
    Jan. 21, 2015 - 9:17 pm
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