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  • Illinois Gov.-elect Rauner names comptroller choice

    CHICAGO – Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner announced Monday that onetime state legislative candidate and former businesswoman Leslie Munger will be named as Il ...
    Jan. 5, 2015 - 11:06 pm
  • Can new GOP Illinois governor deliver on the hype?

    CHICAGO – Bruce Rauner became a Republican rock star when he unseated a Democratic governor in left-leaning Illinois, pledging to run Barack Obama’s h ...
    Jan. 5, 2015 - 11:03 pm
  • Quinn’s last week: Prospects uncertain for special session

    CHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn enters his final days in office with a last speech and special legislative session on the agenda, but it’s unclear whether fe ...
    Jan. 4, 2015 - 10:17 pm
  • Cary in the process of removing ash trees to fight emerald ash borer

    CARY – During the course of the winter, workers from Trees “R” Us Inc. will be going through town. In the course of several minutes, the workers apply ...
    Jan. 5, 2015 - 9:40 am
  • Congress’ newest class offers more gender and racial diversity

    WASHINGTON – Congress’ approval rating hovers around 15 percent, but there’s one group of people excited about the institution: the newly elected lawm ...
    Jan. 4, 2015 - 9:43 pm
  • GOP focus for Congress: Cut deficit, don’t stumble

    WASHINGTON – In the first Republican-dominated Congress to confront President Barack Obama, GOP leaders will focus on bolstering the economy and cutti ...
    Jan. 3, 2015 - 10:12 pm
  • Lincoln loss: Attendance dips at Springfield sites

    SPRINGFIELD – As Illinois prepares to mark the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination and the end of the Civil War, attendance is down a ...
    Jan. 3, 2015 - 10:09 pm
  • Illinois Supreme Court to hear pension reform bill

    How the Illinois Supreme Court rules on the pension reform law will have profound effects on the troubled state budget and the taxpayers who fund it.
    Jan. 4, 2015 - 10:29 pm
  • Political revolt roils Sri Lanka presidential vote

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Until just a few weeks ago, Sri Lanka’s upcoming election seemed a mere formality. Nothing, it seemed, could keep President Mahin ...
    Jan. 3, 2015 - 9:33 pm
  • 114th Congress includes more women, minorities

    WASHINGTON — The 114th Congress that convenes Tuesday will count more minorities and women than ever, although lawmakers remain overwhelmingly white a ...
    Jan. 3, 2015 - 8:38 am
  • At awkward time, Wisconsin's Scott Walker faces GOP rift

    MADISON, Wis. – Republican Gov. Scott Walker has rolled over his Democratic opponents in Wisconsin, shutting down their allies in labor unions, turnin ...
    Jan. 2, 2015 - 10:02 pm
  • More sanctions for North Korea in Sony hacking case

    HONOLULU – Opening a new front in its cyber spat with North Korea, the United States slapped new sanctions Friday on government officials and the Nort ...
    Jan. 2, 2015 - 8:14 pm
  • Beyond marriage, challenges ahead for gay rights groups

    NEW YORK – Even as same-sex marriage edges closer to becoming legal nationwide, gay rights advocates face other challenges in 2015 that may not bring ...
    Jan. 1, 2015 - 11:14 pm
  • What if Hillary Clinton doesn’t run for president?

    WASHINGTON – In Washington, in Iowa, in New Hampshire, really in any place that's already talking about the 2016 campaign for president, just about ev ...
    Jan. 1, 2015 - 11:12 pm
  • Illinois has no explanation for pot permit delay

    CHICAGO – Without explanation, Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration has conceded it missed its end-of-the-year target for deciding which businesses will re ...
    Jan. 1, 2015 - 11:21 pm
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