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  • Obama commutations include 2 Chicago men, 1 from Gary

    CHICAGO – Two Chicago men, including one serving a life sentence, and a Gary, Indiana man were among nearly four dozen nonviolent offenders whose pris ...
    July 13, 2015 - 10:06 pm
  • Justice Dept.: Food companies risk prosecution for outbreaks

    WASHINGTON – Following a deadly listeria outbreak in ice cream, the Justice Department is warning food companies that they could face criminal and civ ...
    July 13, 2015 - 10:06 pm
  • Scott Walker reminds voters of union wins as he enters 2016 presidential race

    MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker declared his candidacy for president on Monday, casting himself as a "fighter" who muscled through an aggr ...
    July 13, 2015 - 11:52 am
  • New law waives license plate fees for veterans

    SPRINGFIELD – Combat veterans returning from active duty will qualify for free Illinois license plates under legislation signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
    July 12, 2015 - 11:53 pm
  • Rauner pension plan would end union negotiations, freeze pay

    CHICAGO – Gov. Bruce Rauner said Illinois could save billions of dollars each year through an ambitious new plan to address hugely underfunded pension ...
    July 12, 2015 - 11:48 pm
  • McHenry County township consolidation task force starts meeting Tuesday

    WOODSTOCK – The task force in charge of advancing an effort to halve the number of McHenry County townships through consolidation is meeting for the f ...
    July 12, 2015 - 9:21 am
  • League of Women Voters meets at Home State Bank in Crystal Lake

    Members of the League of Women Voters meet inside the community room at Home State Bank on Saturday, July 11, 2015 in Crystal Lake.
    July 11, 2015 - 12:41 pm
  • 2 Illinois courts, 2 takes on state employee pay – no budget

    SPRINGFIELD – For those keeping score this week, two Illinois courts issued conflicting opinions on whether Illinois state employees should get paid e ...
    July 11, 2015 - 12:19 am
  • McHenry County Recorder Phyllis Walters announces retirement, endorses office supervisor

    WOODSTOCK – A fixture in McHenry County government for the past 43 years is calling it quits next year.
    July 13, 2015 - 10:55 am
  • McHenry County zoning vote postponed on Marengo-area religious order's expansion

    WOODSTOCK – Supporters and opponents of the Fraternite of Notre Dame’s request to expand its operations in rural Coral Township will have to wait a fe ...
    July 10, 2015 - 9:39 am
  • Confusion in Illinois as a court orders state workers paid

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House adopted a stop-gap spending plan Thursday that would guarantee state employee paychecks for July, but Gov. Bruce Raun ...
    July 10, 2015 - 12:27 am
  • Joint Chiefs nominee: Russia biggest threat to US security

    WASHINGTON – Russia poses the world's greatest threat to U.S. national security, President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the military's Joint Chiefs ...
    July 9, 2015 - 11:42 pm
  • Illinois' school superintendent gets perk for lower pension

    CHICAGO – Illinois State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith's contract includes a perk that was included to match retirement benefits provided to ...
    July 9, 2015 - 11:37 pm
  • Jobs cut at Get Covered Illinois before 3rd enrollment push

    CHICAGO – Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has eliminated 15 staff positions from Get Covered Illinois, the state's health insurance exchange, three ...
    July 9, 2015 - 11:37 pm
  • Illinois House passes temporary budget; court orders state workers paid

    SPRINGFIELD — A one-month Illinois budget that would guarantee state employee pay for July was approved by the House Thursday after a two-hour debate ...
    July 9, 2015 - 6:04 pm
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