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  • Bill would allow Illinois students to opt out of state tests

    SPRINGFIELD – As new standardized tests tied to the Common Core standards spark debate around the country, the Illinois Legislature is considering a b ...
    April 25, 2015 - 12:09 am
  • Medicaid hit with $106 million cut from Illinois budget deal

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois nursing homes are at a loss for how they will deal with a $65 million cut in state Medicaid funding made by Gov. Bruce Rauner’s ...
    April 25, 2015 - 12:06 am
  • Illinois House OKs time limit on storing license plate data

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House has passed a measure that restricts how long law enforcement agencies can keep data collected by automated license pl ...
    April 25, 2015 - 12:03 am
  • American, Italian hostages killed in US drone strike

    WASHINGTON – Blaming the “fog of war,” President Barack Obama revealed Thursday that U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan inadvertently killed an American a ...
    April 23, 2015 - 11:31 pm
  • Petraeus sentenced to 2 years' probation for military leak

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with his biographer, was sentenced Thursday ...
    April 23, 2015 - 11:28 pm
  • Illinois lawmakers fast-track OKs for Obama, Lucas museums

    SPRINGFIELD – With fast-track votes, Illinois lawmakers pushed through legislation Thursday to ensure Chicago can use public park land as a potential ...
    April 23, 2015 - 11:07 pm
  • Biden addresses sex assault prevention at U of Illinois

    URBANA – Vice President Joe Biden brought the White House campaign to reduce college sexual assaults to the University of Illinois on Thursday, urging ...
    April 23, 2015 - 11:07 pm
  • Loretta Lynch wins Senate confirmation as attorney general

    WASHINGTON — Loretta Lynch won confirmation to serve as attorney general Thursday from a Senate that forced her to wait more than five months for the ...
    April 23, 2015 - 2:44 pm
  • McHenry County-area lawmakers open to banning powdered alcohol products

    Federal regulators have approved a new form of booze that combines powder and water to create a standard mixed drink, but area state lawmakers don’t w ...
    April 23, 2015 - 9:35 am
  • Lake in the Hills board considers ordinance to address illicit 'massage centers'

    LAKE IN THE HILLS – Village Board members on Tuesday moved forward an ordinance that would proactively work to prevent possible illegal activities hid ...
    April 22, 2015 - 12:33 am
  • Rauner budget chief sorry for 'miscommunications' on social service cuts

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget chief apologized to a House oversight panel Tuesday for the confusion caused by the suspension of $26 million ...
    April 21, 2015 - 6:43 pm
  • DEA chief Michele Leonhart to retire amid pressure over agents' sex scandal

    WASHINGTON – The embattled head of the Drug Enforcement Administration said Tuesday that she plans to retire after three decades with the agency, an a ...
    April 21, 2015 - 6:36 pm
  • Illinois transportation officials to talk roads in tour

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois transportation officials are making stops in multiple communities in coming weeks to talk about the condition of the state's ro ...
    April 21, 2015 - 6:18 pm
  • Study: Exelon subsidy would cost $1.6 billion over 5 years

    SPRINGFIELD – A plan to financially reward Exelon Corp. for producing no-carbon energy and potentially save three Illinois nuclear plants from closure ...
    April 21, 2015 - 6:16 pm
  • Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch heads for vote after 5 months

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama's long-stalled nominee for attorney general, federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch, is on her way to a confirmation vot ...
    April 21, 2015 - 6:14 pm
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