Government

  • Some in GOP say Homeland Security funding lapse no big deal

    WASHINGTON – Republican leaders eager to avert a partial government shutdown are getting heat from conservative colleagues who ask what the fuss is al ...
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 12:17 pm
  • U.S. court declines to decide Illinois' benefits issue

    CHICAGO – A federal appeals court has declined to tackle the issue of whether Illinois' constitution bars the reduction of health care benefits for re ...
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 12:16 am
  • Illinois House Speaker renews push for 'Millionaire's Tax'

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois' longtime House speaker has renewed a push to tax the state's millionaires to boost funding for schools.
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 12:13 am
  • Illinois plan would aid Exelon nuclear plants

    SPRINGFIELD – Power-producing giant Exelon Corp. rounded out a phalanx of Illinois lawmakers and business leaders who said Thursday that three nuclear ...
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 12:12 am
  • McHenry County lawmakers file bills aimed at property tax relief

    Emboldened by a new governor prioritizing property tax relief, several local lawmakers are filing bills aimed at curtailing how much local governments ...
    Feb. 26, 2015 - 11:27 pm
  • Watchdog files complaint over Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock's travel spending

    WASHINGTON – A government watchdog group on Wednesday asked congressional investigators to examine whether Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock violated House e ...
    Feb. 26, 2015 - 12:04 am
  • Deadline near, deal sets up Homeland Security vote in Senate

    WASHINGTON – Three days before a partial Homeland Security shutdown, lawmakers cleared the way Wednesday for Senate passage of legislation to fund the ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 11:47 pm
  • U.S.-Israel quarrel intensifies over Netanyahu speech

    WASHINGTON – Trading barbs, the U.S. and Israel escalated their increasingly public spat Wednesday over Benjamin Netanyahu’s GOP-engineered congressio ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 11:47 pm
  • Rauner: ‘Bad’ lawmakers stand in the way of change

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner is asking farmers to help him influence lawmakers and support those who back his agenda for “reshaping” Illinois.
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 11:46 pm
  • Pilot program puts drug test in hands of Chicago police

    SPRINGFIELD – A House panel on Wednesday backed a proposed pilot program that would allow Chicago police to use a field test to determine whether a re ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 11:45 pm
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner confident on budget deal state Senate President John Cullerton says isn’t close

    SPRINGFIELD – New Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner denied Wednesday that he and Democratic legislative leaders have hit a roadblock in negotiations over w ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 11:57 pm
  • McHenry County Mental Health Board expansion now finding occupants

    CRYSTAL LAKE – A half-vacant government building expansion that critics derided as a bad idea may find redemption as a central location for agencies w ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 11:50 pm
  • Bruce Rauner: Not a 'happy feet' year for Illinois government

    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner has told state agency directors that he wants to take the blame for problems in Illinois government and let them take ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 2:55 pm
  • Fight at U.S. Supreme Court over health law affects Illinois

    CHICAGO – A case being heard at the U.S. Supreme Court next week challenges health insurance subsidies for more than 270,000 Illinois residents and ma ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 11:57 pm
  • In a bind, Republicans offer vote on Homeland Security bill

    WASHINGTON – A partial agency shutdown looming, Senate Republicans offered Tuesday to permit a vote on Homeland Security funding legislation stripped ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 11:51 pm
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