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  • Gov. Bruce Rauner eliminates 'fair share' union dues for Illinois workers

    SPRINGFIELD – Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner struck a first official blow on Monday against the public sector labor unions he has frequently criticized ...
    Feb. 10, 2015 - 12:23 am
  • Clerk's hiring of spouse makes McHenry County Board committee uneasy

    WOODSTOCK – A request by McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan to reclassify two election-related positions – one of which is now held by her husband – ...
    Feb. 10, 2015 - 12:17 am
  • Lake in the Hills board to consider Speedway gas station proposal

    LAKE IN THE HILLS – A new gas station along Algonquin Road is being proposed.Speedway is looking to ...
    Feb. 10, 2015 - 12:15 am
  • Bruce Rauner's Illinois spending freeze could leave McHenry County projects in cold

    Before Gov. Pat Quinn left office last month, he awarded $400,000 to the Crystal Lake Park District to help pay for an estimated $1 million renovation ...
    Feb. 8, 2015 - 10:34 pm
  • What happens if Homeland Security shuts down?

    WASHINGTON – Spending for the Department of Homeland Security hangs in the balance as Congress fights over immigration matters in the agency’s annual ...
    Feb. 8, 2015 - 10:07 pm
  • Lack of growth delays review of McHenry County 2030 Comprehensive Plan

    WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Board has delayed a scheduled review of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan’s effect on growth for two good reasons.
    Feb. 8, 2015 - 10:06 pm
  • AP-GfK Poll: Most now approve of Obama's job on unemployment

    WASHINGTON – Americans' views of President Barack Obama have improved slightly in the past two months, and opinions are more positive about the direct ...
    Feb. 8, 2015 - 8:32 am
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner’s executive order puts Huntley Amtrak project on hold

    HUNTLEY – A $223 million plan that puts Huntley along a revived Amtrak passenger rail line has been derailed until Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner comple ...
    Feb. 7, 2015 - 11:58 pm
  • McHenry County Council of Governments details priorities for lawmakers

    Calling for transportation infrastructure investment is among the legislative priorities set forth by the McHenry County Council of Governments.
    Feb. 7, 2015 - 11:58 pm
  • 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
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