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  • Open Meetings Act bill inspired by Oakwood Hills headed to Illinois Senate vote

    An Oakwood Hills-inspired improvement to the Open Meetings Act may end up getting passed by this Sunday’s end of session.
    May 29, 2015 - 12:05 am
  • Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert indicted

    CHICAGO – Federal prosecutors announced bank-related charges against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert on Thursday, accusing the 73-year-old Il ...
    May 29, 2015 - 12:28 am
  • Bruce Rauner schools czar paid through agency facing cuts, report says

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner is paying the hefty salary of his new education secretary from the budget of the state human services agency, whe ...
    May 28, 2015 - 1:11 pm
  • Cary to use legislative assistance for Metra station project

    CARY – The village has pursued legislative assistance to the tune of about $5,000 after the plan for the intended Metra station project recently hit a ...
    May 27, 2015 - 11:47 pm
  • Tougher DUI law inspired by killer of Wonder Lake teen headed to governor

    A law that makes it tougher for repeat DUI offenders to get their licenses reinstated – inspired by the recent arrest of one who killed a Wonder Lake ...
    May 28, 2015 - 12:12 am
  • Illinois bill penalizes for leaving pets in extreme weather

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois lawmakers have sent Gov. Bruce Rauner legislation that would make leaving pets outside in extreme hot or cold weather puni ...
    May 27, 2015 - 11:12 am
  • 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 27, 2015 - 1:08 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
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