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  • Senate clears White House-backed trade bill

    WASHINGTON – In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in ...
    May 22, 2015 - 11:46 pm
  • Illinois prisons director resigns 2 months after taking job

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's state corrections director, who took over a crowded prison system just two months ago, has resigned, offici ...
    May 22, 2015 - 11:44 pm
  • Democrats giving no hint of compromise with Rauner on budget

    SPRINGFIELD – Majority Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly gave no hint on Friday that they are ready to budge from opposition to Gov. Bruce Ra ...
    May 22, 2015 - 11:43 pm
  • McHenry, Lake county government consolidation bill still stuck in committee

    State Sen. Pam Althoff said she cannot move a contentious government consolidation bill out of committee because she no longer has control of it – an ...
    May 22, 2015 - 5:01 pm
  • Johnsburg School District 12 coach hiring vote violated OMA, Attorney General says (with documents)

    JOHNSBURG – The Johnsburg School District 12 Board will have to re-vote to hire its high-school football coach after the Attorney General’s Office con ...
    May 22, 2015 - 11:09 pm
  • New GOP lawmakers push for term limits, rail on 'status quo'

    SPRINGFIELD – A group of freshmen Republican legislators is pushing for term limits, saying gridlock in the Illinois Legislature is a sign the status ...
    May 20, 2015 - 10:20 pm
  • Illinois millionaire tax ballot question advances in House

    SPRINGFIELD – A House committee has approved a plan to ask voters whether Illinois should impose a tax on incomes of more than $1 million to help fund ...
    May 20, 2015 - 10:19 pm
  • Illinois House advances plan to change Cook County pensions

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers are again considering a plan to overhaul Cook County's pension system that could trim some workers' benefits, despite ...
    May 20, 2015 - 10:18 pm
  • McHenry County Board again chooses not to collect levy increase

    WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Board’s policy for developing next year’s budget will again reject collecting the automatic levy increase it is entitle ...
    May 21, 2015 - 7:42 pm
  • McHenry County health department's restaurant inspections now online

    Your smartphone or computer can now do more than give you customer ratings of your favorite McHenry County eateries.
    May 19, 2015 - 11:46 pm
  • Lawmakers considering automatic voter registration bill

    SPRINGFIELD – Two Democratic state senators have filed legislation that would automatically register Illinois residents to vote.
    May 19, 2015 - 11:12 pm
  • Illinois state senator declares bid for 8th District

    SPRINGFIELD – An Illinois state senator says he'll run for Congress to replace Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth.
    May 19, 2015 - 11:13 pm
  • Illinois mayors, colleges oppose proposed Amtrak cuts

    SPRINGFIELD – Amtrak rail service reductions that would follow proposed cuts in next year's state budget will hurt businesses and impact students, Ill ...
    May 19, 2015 - 11:12 pm
  • Lawsuit: Denver man monopolizing Illinois marijuana industry

    CHICAGO – A colorful Denver businessman and unsuccessful city council candidate schemed to monopolize the new medical marijuana industry in Illinois, ...
    May 19, 2015 - 11:12 pm
  • 'Right to Try' medical measure sent to Illinois governor

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois is one step closer to granting patients with terminal illnesses the ability to access experimental drugs.
    May 19, 2015 - 11:12 pm
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