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  • Illinois lawmakers propose measure to battle heroin abuse

    SPRINGFIELD – Two Illinois lawmakers announced bipartisan legislation Monday that would spend $25 million to combat an epidemic of heroin and prescrip ...
    March 2, 2015 - 11:36 pm
  • Former Gov. Quinn earning $11,396 monthly pension

    SPRINGFIELD – Former Gov. Pat Quinn receives a state pension of just less than $11,400 a month, although it could shrink if proposed reforms he signed ...
    March 2, 2015 - 11:38 pm
  • Bills would change up Illinois primary, campaign financing

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois electoral system would see changes under proposals in the state legislature, including ones on primaries and campaign finan ...
    March 2, 2015 - 11:36 pm
  • Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock reimburses private plane expenses for football game

    WASHINGTON – Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock reimbursed the U.S. government for more than $1,200 in travel expenses for attending a Chicago Bears football ...
    March 2, 2015 - 11:38 pm
  • Boehner leaves open possible vote on Dem-backed DHS bill

    WASHINGTON – Speaker John Boehner left open the possibility Monday that the House might pass long-term funding for the Homeland Security Department wi ...
    March 2, 2015 - 11:36 pm
  • Rauner budget could mean fewer Amtrak trains

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed state budget would cut 40 percent from Illinois’ funding for Amtrak trains during a time when ridership has ...
    March 1, 2015 - 11:44 pm
  • Supreme Court case threatens voter-approved independent redistricting

    WASHINGTON – In a reversal of the usual worries about political influence on electoral map-making, the Supreme Court is being asked to let raw politic ...
    March 1, 2015 - 11:46 pm
  • Kerry tries to dampen fuss over Israeli PM’s speech

    WASHINGTON – Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday tried to calm tensions with Israel before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s congressional addre ...
    March 1, 2015 - 11:44 pm
  • Obama, Netanyahu on collision course 6 years in the making

    WASHINGTON – For six years, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been on a collision course over how to halt Iran ...
    Feb. 28, 2015 - 11:09 pm
  • Rutland Township officials ready for budget showdown over assessor salaries

    HUNTLEY – Officials in Rutland Township expect a budget showdown this month over the money the property assessor uses to make payroll, after the towns ...
    Feb. 28, 2015 - 10:57 pm
  • Dems call GOP Homeland Security strategy a political blunder

    WASHINGTON – Democrats are losing some skirmishes over the Department of Homeland Security, but many feel they are winning a political war that will h ...
    Feb. 28, 2015 - 8:48 pm
  • Some in GOP say Homeland Security funding lapse no big deal

    WASHINGTON – Republican leaders eager to avert a partial government shutdown are getting heat from conservative colleagues who ask what the fuss is al ...
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 12:17 pm
  • U.S. court declines to decide Illinois' benefits issue

    CHICAGO – A federal appeals court has declined to tackle the issue of whether Illinois' constitution bars the reduction of health care benefits for re ...
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 12:16 am
  • Illinois House Speaker renews push for 'Millionaire's Tax'

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois' longtime House speaker has renewed a push to tax the state's millionaires to boost funding for schools.
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 12:13 am
  • Illinois plan would aid Exelon nuclear plants

    SPRINGFIELD – Power-producing giant Exelon Corp. rounded out a phalanx of Illinois lawmakers and business leaders who said Thursday that three nuclear ...
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 12:12 am
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