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  • Budget shortfall could interrupt juvenile offender program

    SPRINGFIELD – The state's budget shortfall may impact a program helping juvenile offenders get back on their feet once released.
    March 14, 2015 - 11:09 pm
  • Say what? Social Security data says 6.5M in U.S. reach age 112

    WASHINGTON – Americans are getting older, but not this old: Social Security records show that 6.5 million people in the U.S. have reached the ripe old ...
    March 14, 2015 - 11:07 pm
  • McHenry County, other state fairs looking to change with times

    The entrenched tradition of the Illinois county fair, which a study says is still a big draw and lucrative, is also approaching a crossroads.
    March 15, 2015 - 11:18 pm
  • Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock benefited from donor projects

    WASHINGTON – Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock has built much of his personal wealth over a decade through real estate investments with political donors, an ...
    March 13, 2015 - 11:45 pm
  • Crystal Lake Park District among those affected by grant suspension

    Two $400,000 state checks – one for work already done and another for future work – will not be sent to the Crystal Lake Park District because of a sp ...
    March 13, 2015 - 5:19 pm
  • Rauner indefinitely suspends state grants for parks projects

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner has suspended state grants for park district construction projects as Illinois faces an estimated $1.6 billion budget ...
    March 12, 2015 - 11:42 pm
  • University chiefs say cost of budget cuts could be dramatic

    SPRINGFIELD – The presidents of several public universities say Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to cut higher education funding by nearly $400 million wo ...
    March 12, 2015 - 11:42 pm
  • Illinois hands out marijuana permits despite lawsuits

    CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Agriculture is handing out permits to medical marijuana growers, even as a new lawsuit adds momentum to the cause ...
    March 12, 2015 - 11:42 pm
  • Task force continues work on school funding

    SPRINGFIELD – The spokesman for Illinois’ longtime House speaker says a bipartisan task force on the state’s school funding formula is an extension of ...
    March 11, 2015 - 8:55 pm
  • Illinois justices press state's lawyer on pension overhaul

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Supreme Court justices asked the state's lawyer to explain Wednesday how the government can seek extraordinary power to reduce ...
    March 12, 2015 - 12:14 am
  • 5 Illinois mayors to ask state lawmakers to keep River Edge tax credit

    PEORIA — Mayors from five Illinois cities were set to tell state lawmakers at a Wednesday hearing that dozens of historic structure renovation project ...
    March 11, 2015 - 1:18 pm
  • Illinois bill would require restaurants to clean play areas

    SPRINGFIELD — A measure that would require restaurants to clean play equipment at least once a day is under consideration in the Illinois House.
    March 11, 2015 - 1:16 pm
  • Illinois insurance subsidies at stake in Supreme Court case

    CHICAGO – More than 270,000 Illinois residents could lose up to $680 million in health insurance subsidies this year if the U.S. Supreme Court voids p ...
    March 10, 2015 - 9:26 pm
  • Medicaid plan gives some Illinois clients few local options

    CHAMPAIGN – More than 11,000 Medicaid clients in east-central Illinois are signed up for a managed-care plan that isn't accepted by many local doctors ...
    March 10, 2015 - 9:25 pm
  • Democrats deplore Republican letter to Tehran on nuke talks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats said Tuesday that the GOP letter about nuclear talks with Iran undercuts the U.S. at the negotiating table and thre ...
    March 10, 2015 - 9:20 pm
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