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  • Illinois lawmakers fast-track OKs for Obama, Lucas museums

    SPRINGFIELD – With fast-track votes, Illinois lawmakers pushed through legislation Thursday to ensure Chicago can use public park land as a potential ...
    April 23, 2015 - 11:07 pm
  • McHenry County-area lawmakers open to banning powdered alcohol products

    Federal regulators have approved a new form of booze that combines powder and water to create a standard mixed drink, but area state lawmakers don’t w ...
    April 23, 2015 - 9:35 am
  • Rauner budget chief sorry for 'miscommunications' on social service cuts

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget chief apologized to a House oversight panel Tuesday for the confusion caused by the suspension of $26 million ...
    April 21, 2015 - 6:43 pm
  • Illinois transportation officials to talk roads in tour

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois transportation officials are making stops in multiple communities in coming weeks to talk about the condition of the state's ro ...
    April 21, 2015 - 6:18 pm
  • Study: Exelon subsidy would cost $1.6 billion over 5 years

    SPRINGFIELD – A plan to financially reward Exelon Corp. for producing no-carbon energy and potentially save three Illinois nuclear plants from closure ...
    April 21, 2015 - 6:16 pm
  • David McSweeney's bill to limit red light cameras' usage passes Illinois House

    A bill that would stop red light cameras in some communities was approved by the Illinois House on Wednesday.
    April 22, 2015 - 12:23 pm
  • Illinois House OKs bill that would change specialty license plates

    SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would change the way the state creates specialty license plates.
    April 21, 2015 - 10:24 am
  • Illinois prisons chief says union contracts causing problems

    SPRINGFIELD – The new director of Illinois prisons says union contracts are the source of many problems within the Illinois Department of Corrections ...
    April 20, 2015 - 11:13 pm
  • GOP’s Darin LaHood favored in race to replace Schock

    SPRINGFIELD – The son of former federal cabinet member and longtime congressman Ray LaHood remained the overwhelming favorite Monday as the field took ...
    April 20, 2015 - 11:14 pm
  • Hopes dim for school funding formula overhaul’s passage

    SPRINGFIELD – Despite a revamp to ease partisan and regional opposition, Illinois lawmakers now see little chance of passing legislation this session ...
    April 19, 2015 - 11:26 pm
  • Open Meetings Act bill inspired by Oakwood Hills moving in Senate

    State Sen. Dan Duffy is fighting to move forward a bill to reform the Illinois Open Meetings Act in the wake of a closed-session debacle over a now-sc ...
    April 20, 2015 - 3:25 pm
  • State education board member quits over superintendent hire

    CHICAGO – A key member of the Illinois State Board of Education has formally resigned over concerns about the way new Superintendent Tony Smith was hi ...
    April 19, 2015 - 10:35 pm
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner trying to broker mega-deal in Illinois Legislature

    SPRINGFIELD – Seizing on Illinois' budget crisis as a political opportunity, Republican businessman-turned-governor Bruce Rauner is trying to broker a ...
    April 18, 2015 - 11:56 am
  • Illinois Tobacco Quitline closes amid grant suspensions

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Tobacco Quitline has been put on hold as a result of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s decision to suspend $26 million in social service ...
    April 17, 2015 - 11:09 pm
  • Illinois Tobacco Quitline closes amid grant suspensions

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) – The Illinois Tobacco Quitline has been put on hold as a result of Gov. Bruce Rauner's decision to suspend $26 million in social ser ...
    April 17, 2015 - 9:56 am
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