Government

  • Nearly half of states expect to confront big budget gaps

    ATLANTA – With the nation’s economy at its healthiest since the Great Recession, a surprising trend is emerging among the states – large budget gaps.
    May 9, 2015 - 11:39 pm
  • Things to know about the Illinois court ruling on pensions

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers have another burden awaiting them on their return to the Capitol this week after the state Supreme Court rejected a l ...
    May 9, 2015 - 11:19 pm
  • McHenry County lawmakers weigh in on Illinois pension reform ruling

    Local lawmakers pondered what to write on the drawing board that the General Assembly must return to with the Illinois Supreme Court’s overturning of ...
    May 8, 2015 - 5:07 pm
  • Illinois Supreme Court overturns state's landmark 2013 pension law

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court forced the state Friday to find another way to fix the nation's worst government-employee pension crisis, rul ...
    May 8, 2015 - 11:26 pm
  • Senate OKs bill giving Congress review of Iran nuclear deal

    WASHINGTON – The Senate muscled its way into President Barack Obama’s talks to curb Iran’s nuclear program, overwhelmingly backing legislation Thursda ...
    May 7, 2015 - 11:09 pm
  • Lawmakers working on bill to create Chicago-owned casino

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers are trying to negotiate a deal to open a Chicago-owned casino and expand gambling elsewhere in the state, and they be ...
    May 7, 2015 - 11:09 pm
  • Rubio tax plan shows challenge of GOP wage-stagnation fight

    DENVER – In the traffic jam that is the Republican presidential race, Sen. Marco Rubio stands out – and not just for his youth and blue-collar, Cuban- ...
    May 7, 2015 - 11:09 pm
  • Florida congressman flipped shares in IPO despite U.S. law

    WASHINGTON – A multimillionaire, first-term Florida congressman flipped shares in a solar company the same day he acquired them in an initial public o ...
    May 7, 2015 - 11:06 pm
  • House speaker calls vote on Right to Work legislation

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois' Democratic House speaker says he's scheduling a vote on Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to allow employees to opt out ...
    May 7, 2015 - 11:06 pm
  • State official: Hillary Clinton's email practices 'not acceptable'

    WASHINGTON – A high-ranking State Department official said Wednesday it's "not acceptable" for any agency employee to conduct government business on a ...
    May 6, 2015 - 8:39 pm
  • Lighter punishment for marijuana possession passes Illinois Senate committee

    SPRINGFIELD – An Illinois Senate committee has approved legislation that would treat possession of small amounts of marijuana like a speeding ticket r ...
    May 6, 2015 - 7:54 pm
  • Proposed Illinois human services cuts rejected by House Democrats

    SPRINGFIELD – Democrats who control the Illinois House sent a clear message Wednesday to GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner that they oppose his proposed cuts to h ...
    May 6, 2015 - 7:49 pm
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner says Illinois can't bail Chicago out of money problems

    CHICAGO – Gov. Bruce Rauner told Chicago aldermen Wednesday that Illinois can't "bail out" the nation's third-largest city, and urged cooperation addr ...
    May 6, 2015 - 7:47 pm
  • Illinois workers' comp: Business groups, injured employees weigh in

    SPRINGFIELD – Business groups and injured employees weighed in Tuesday as Illinois lawmakers began debating whether to revamp the state's workers' com ...
    May 5, 2015 - 8:29 pm
  • McHenry County Board approves MCCD budget for 2016

    WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Board approved the 2016 budget for the McHenry County Conservation District with only a handful of traditional opponent ...
    May 6, 2015 - 12:08 am
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