Government

  • Powers-Walker farmstead designated McHenry County historical landmark

    WOODSTOCK – An ordinance to designate the Powers-Walker Historic Site a county historical landmark sailed through the McHenry County Board after the 3 ...
    Feb. 7, 2015 - 11:08 pm
  • Illinois bill would allow gun owners to use silencers

    SPRINGFIELD – Hunters and other gun owners would be allowed to use silencers under a bill filed in the Illinois legislature.
    Feb. 7, 2015 - 6:18 pm
  • Rand Paul on vaccines, thin line between medicine and politics

    DES MOINES, Iowa – As a medical doctor, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has a rare set of credentials at the intersection of science and politics. But the gla ...
    Feb. 7, 2015 - 8:29 am
  • Illinois Senate approves raising minimum wage to $11 by 2019

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate has approved a plan to raise the minimum wage from $8.25 to $11 per hour by 2019.
    Feb. 5, 2015 - 11:25 pm
  • Illinois governor stumps for local ‘right-to-work’ zones

    TROY – Gov. Bruce Rauner is dismissing claims that he’s anti-union because he advocates letting local government employees decide if they want to join ...
    Feb. 5, 2015 - 11:24 pm
  • Illinois health law enrollment surpasses 296,000

    CHICAGO – More than 296,000 Illinois residents have signed up for private health insurance under President Barack Obama’s health law. There is a littl ...
    Feb. 5, 2015 - 11:24 pm
  • Rauner issued marijuana licenses before FBI background check

    CHICAGO – Gov. Bruce Rauner awarded licenses this week to 70 medical marijuana businesses before out-of-state criminal background checks could be done ...
    Feb. 5, 2015 - 11:09 pm
  • Obama condemns those who seek to 'highjack religion'

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama condemned those who seek to use religion as a rationale for carrying out violence around the world, declaring Thur ...
    Feb. 5, 2015 - 11:15 am
  • Some GOP want tax credits in health alternative

    WASHINGTON – A small, influential group of Republicans, in search of a replacement health care law, will propose tax credits to help lower-income indi ...
    Feb. 4, 2015 - 11:47 pm
  • Obama’s pick to run Pentagon grilled on Capitol Hill

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s pick to run the Pentagon was grilled Wednesday by Republicans who used his confirmation hearing to criticize Whi ...
    Feb. 4, 2015 - 11:47 pm
  • Rauner jobs plan has minimum wage hike, workers comp reform

    CHICAGO – Gov. Bruce Rauner is presenting a jobs and economic growth plan that includes a phased-in minimum wage of 25 cents annually for seven years.
    Feb. 4, 2015 - 11:46 pm
  • No fast or slow lanes for Internet? New rules proposed

    WASHINGTON – Declaring the Internet critical for the nation, a top U.S. regulator on Wednesday proposed an unprecedented expansion of federal power to ...
    Feb. 4, 2015 - 11:52 pm
  • Bruce Rauner unveils broad agenda in Illinois State of State address

    Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner in his first State of the State address laid out a broad agenda he said would revitalize Illinois’ economy that focuses s ...
    Feb. 4, 2015 - 11:26 pm
  • New building planned for Algonquin storage facility

    ALGONQUIN – A revamped storage facility is planned along Algonquin Road. Phil Murphy, the owner of N ...
    Feb. 5, 2015 - 12:04 am
  • Obama claim of $1.8 trillion deficit cuts open to question

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's budget is relying on a series of familiar accounting tricks to show $1.8 trillion in deficit reduction over a de ...
    Feb. 4, 2015 - 4:11 pm
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