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  • Casino group to buy Fairmount Park pending approval of slots

    ST. LOUIS – The owners of an East St. Louis casino plan to buy the struggling Fairmount Park racetrack, provided Illinois lawmakers agree to allow a g ...
    May 26, 2015 - 11:15 pm
  • Democrats show priorities as they advance 2016 budget plan

    SPRINGFIELD – A plan Illinois Democrats are proposing as an alternative to the steep cuts sought by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner would keep budget lev ...
    May 26, 2015 - 11:15 pm
  • Student concussion bill heads to Gov. Bruce Rauner

    SPRINGFIELD – A measure is heading to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner that would require students who suffer a concussion to get a doctor or trainer's perm ...
    May 26, 2015 - 11:15 pm
  • Illinois OMA reform inspired by Oakwood Hills controversy moving forward

    The proposed Open Meetings Act improvement inspired by the debacle surrounding the Oakwood Hills power plant has found new life in the final week of t ...
    May 26, 2015 - 3:17 pm
  • Launching campaign, Sen. Bernie Sanders appeals to party's Warren wing

    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – For Democrats who had hoped to lure Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a presidential campaign, independent Sen. Bernie Sande ...
    May 25, 2015 - 7:52 am
  • Campaign-style tactics fueling Illinois legislative gridlock

    SPRINGFIELD – An already challenging legislative session has grown even trickier as Democrats and Republicans have begun targeting lawmakers with camp ...
    May 24, 2015 - 11:17 pm
  • Progress made in recovery of Huntley investments lost in IMET fraud

    HUNTLEY – Huntley Village Manager David Johnson said the village has recovered about $16,000 worth of investments temporarily lost to fraud, and more ...
    May 24, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • NSA winds down once-secret phone-records collection program

    WASHINGTON – The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree ...
    May 24, 2015 - 12:01 am
  • Law fails to stop Illinois schools from fattening pensions

    CHICAGO – A 2005 state law has failed to discourage many Illinois school districts from using large pay raises to fatten the pensions of retiring educ ...
    May 23, 2015 - 11:52 pm
  • Medical pot businesses in Illinois to battle black market for customers

    CHICAGO – When retailers open state-approved medical marijuana shops in Illinois later this year, they will face a distinct disadvantage in luring pro ...
    May 23, 2015 - 11:52 pm
  • Questions arise among Cary Village Board on affordable housing shortfall

    CARY – The Cary Village Board members on Tuesday took issue, many in fact, with a state-designated shortfall of affordable housing in the village.
    May 24, 2015 - 12:10 am
  • McHenry County, military surplus and police militarization: A tale of two MRAPs

    McHenry County Sheriff’s Sgt. Eric Ellis and the rest of his SWAT team were on edge as they surrounded the Holiday Hills home of Scott Peters.
    May 26, 2015 - 12:53 am
  • McHenry County military surplus, general equipment acquired through 1033 Program

    The Defense Logistics Agency tracks military surplus, both weapons and general issue, that it gives to local law enforcement agencies under a program ...
    May 23, 2015 - 11:00 pm
  • McHenry County military surplus, tactical equipment acquired through 1033 Program

    The Defense Logistics Agency tracks military surplus, both weapons and general issue, that it gives to local law enforcement agencies under a program ...
    May 23, 2015 - 11:00 pm
  • Democrats see skimpy insurance as the next health care issue

    WASHINGTON – A different health care issue has emerged for Democrats, in sync with the party's pitch to workers and middle-class voters ahead of next ...
    May 23, 2015 - 8:00 am
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