Government

  • Illinois unions sue to block Gov. Bruce Rauner's order on dues collection

    CHICAGO — Illinois labor unions filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to invalidate Gov. Bruce Rauner's executive order ending a requirement that state wor ...
    March 5, 2015 - 4:59 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 - 2:45 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
  • Amid talk of cuts, state superintendent warns of ‘perfect storm’ for Illinois school districts

    SPRINGFIELD – As lawmakers consider revamping Illinois’ outdated school funding formula, the state superintendent warned Tuesday that more education c ...
    March 3, 2015 - 10:39 pm
  • DCFS bill would improve investigator training

    SPRINGFIELD – Training at Illinois’ child protective services department would be revamped for the first time in its history under legislation headed ...
    March 3, 2015 - 10:34 pm
  • McHenry County Board remote attendance debate hinges on Open Meetings Act test (with document)

    WOODSTOCK – A fictional town on the Illinois Open Meetings Act test required of all state elected officials is the latest backdrop for the ongoing deb ...
    March 4, 2015 - 12:35 pm
  • 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
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