Government

  • Illinois, railroad reach settlement in 2009 fish kill

    ROCKFORD – A railroad company has agreed to pay $570,000 to settle claims over a 2009 derailment that spilled ethanol and killed tens of thousands of ...
    March 6, 2015 - 11:26 pm
  • Judge: Sex-harassment case against Rutherford may proceed

    SPRINGFIELD – An ex-employee's claim that former Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford made unwanted sexual advances toward him may proceed to trial ...
    March 6, 2015 - 11:26 pm
  • Legislation would make pumpkin Illinois' official state pie

    SPRINGFIELD – Pumpkin pie could be the new official state pie of Illinois.An Illinois House committe ...
    March 6, 2015 - 11:27 pm
  • Illinois labor unions ask federal judge to dismiss Rauner lawsuit over dues

    CHICAGO – Illinois labor unions are trying to keep Gov. Bruce Rauner’s lawsuit over nonmember dues from potentially curbing union power nationwide.
    March 7, 2015 - 12:05 am
  • U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren joins bipartisan group on community colleges

    The congressman whose district includes McHenry County College and six other community colleges has joined a bipartisan group aimed at promoting commu ...
    March 5, 2015 - 11:40 pm
  • Jack Franks' plan phases out university employee tuition breaks for kids

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — An Illinois lawmaker is proposing that the state do away with tuition breaks for children of employees at public universities.
    March 5, 2015 - 3:35 pm
  • Illinois Open Meetings Act reform bill inspired by Oakwood Hills debacle passes House

    An Open Meetings Act reform bill inspired by the debacle surrounding a proposed Oakwood Hills power plant is headed to the Illinois Senate after unani ...
    March 5, 2015 - 11:19 pm
  • Justices sharply divided over health care law subsidies

    WASHINGTON – Sharply divided along familiar lines, the Supreme Court took up a politically charged new challenge to President Barack Obama's health ov ...
    March 4, 2015 - 8:56 pm
  • IDOT should clean house on hiring rules, court monitor says

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois' political-hiring rules are complicated by union representation, defeating the purpose of ensuring most government jobs are ope ...
    March 4, 2015 - 8:39 pm
  • Clinton email investigation: House committee subpoenas messages in Benghazi probe

    WASHINGTON – A House committee investigating the Benghazi, Libya, attacks issued subpoenas Wednesday for the emails of Hillary Rodham Clinton, who use ...
    March 4, 2015 - 8:09 pm
  • McHenry County seeking bids for land for salt dome

    WOODSTOCK – McHenry County is looking to buy land for a new and larger road salt dome, but no takers have yet materialized.
    March 4, 2015 - 11:15 pm
  • Algonquin, Woodstock denounce Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget cuts

    Fearing drastic cutbacks to police, public works and other core governmental services, officials from two area communities this week formally denounce ...
    March 5, 2015 - 12:16 am
  • High-stakes clash at high court over health law subsidies

    WASHINGTON – Insurance coverage for millions of people is riding on the latest politically charged Supreme Court clash over President Barack Obama’s h ...
    March 3, 2015 - 10:58 pm
  • New Illinois state representative sworn in to replace Brauer

    SPRINGFIELD – A staffer for a U.S. congressman from Illinois has been sworn in to replace a state lawmaker who resigned from the General Assembly earl ...
    March 3, 2015 - 10:58 pm
  • Congress sends Homeland bill to Obama without conditions

    WASHINGTON – Bitterly admitting defeat, the Republican-controlled Congress sent legislation to President Barack Obama on Tuesday that funds the Depart ...
    March 3, 2015 - 10:58 pm
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