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  • McHenry County agencies could feel pain in protracted Illinois budget fight

    Pioneer Center for Human Services, like most Illinois social-service agencies, has become used to late or shorted state reimbursement payments.
    NEW: July 1, 2015 - 3:48 pm
  • Democrats propose 1-month budget; Rauner ready to nix it

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner appeared ready Tuesday to reject a Democratic proposal aimed at keeping state services functioning ...
    June 30, 2015 - 11:49 pm
  • 2 years after spying flap, US, Brazil seek to turn the page

    WASHINGTON – Two years after revelations about U.S. spying frayed ties between their countries, President Barack Obama and visiting Brazilian Presiden ...
    June 30, 2015 - 11:45 pm
  • Iran nuclear talks extended; Iranians meet key obligation

    VIENNA – Pushing past a Tuesday deadline, world powers and Iran extended negotiations for a comprehensive nuclear agreement by a week as the U.N. nucl ...
    June 30, 2015 - 11:33 pm
  • Court ruling spurs backers’ hopes for redistricting changes

    WASHINGTON – Groups hoping to squeeze partisan politics out of how states shape congressional districts are hailing a Supreme Court decision that lets ...
    June 30, 2015 - 11:24 pm
  • Chicago schools make pension payment; classroom cuts likely

    SPRINGFIELD – The interim CEO of Chicago Public Schools said Tuesday 1,400 jobs will be “impacted” after Illinois lawmakers failed to provide relief a ...
    June 30, 2015 - 11:24 pm
  • Members of McHenry County township consolidation task force appointed

    WOODSTOCK – Three McHenry County Board members and two township officials will do the heavy work in deciding how an effort to consolidate the county’s ...
    June 30, 2015 - 11:14 pm
  • Illinois' GOP governor moves to avoid government shutdown

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois' Republican governor and the state's largest employee union moved Monday to avoid a partial government shutdown, with the union ...
    June 29, 2015 - 9:43 pm
  • Supreme Court upholds use of controversial execution drug

    WASHINGTON – Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as ...
    June 29, 2015 - 5:28 pm
  • Emanuel rejects Rauner's plan to advance $450M to Chicago schools

    CHICAGO – Mayor Rahm Emanuel is rejecting Gov. Bruce Rauner's offer to advance $450 million in state funds to help Chicago Public Schools make a $634 ...
    June 29, 2015 - 5:15 pm
  • McHenry County lawmakers sound off on Illinois budget impasse

    It won’t be the first time if Illinois starts its next budget year Wednesday without an actual budget in place.
    June 28, 2015 - 12:13 am
  • Illinois could allow dogs to comfort courtroom witnesses

    GURNEE – Illinois could soon become one of the few states with a law governing the use of specially trained dogs in courtrooms to comfort child victim ...
    June 27, 2015 - 11:25 pm
  • What Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling means for states, churches, same-sex couples

    SALT LAKE CITY — The decades-long debate about whether same-sex marriage should be allowed in the United States was finally settled Friday when the U. ...
    June 26, 2015 - 1:06 pm
  • U.S. Supreme Court ruling sets gay marriage in motion nationwide: The latest

    WASHINGTON — The Latest on the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage. (All times Eastern)1:15 ...
    June 26, 2015 - 1:02 pm
  • U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage: Same-sex couples have right to marry nationwide

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States, a historic culmination of de ...
    June 27, 2015 - 11:35 pm
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