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  • Rauner previews 'right-to-work zones' as first-year priority

    Correction: In an earlier version of this story, The Associated Press reported erroneously that  Wisconsin has a right-to-work law. It does not.
    Jan. 28, 2015 - 6:12 pm
  • Rep. McSweeney introduces bill to cut Illinois officeholders' pay

    SPRINGFIELD – An Illinois lawmaker has introduced legislation that would cut the pay of elected officeholders by 10 percent.
    Jan. 27, 2015 - 9:50 pm
  • Frerichs announces firm will review Treasurer’s office

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs says he’s bringing in a consulting firm to conduct a performance review of how his office handles it ...
    Jan. 26, 2015 - 10:39 pm
  • Rauner replaces appointee who helped give job to Quinn aide

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner has replaced the leader of an Illinois agency that gave ex-Gov. Pat Quinn’s former campaign manager a $160,000-a-year ...
    Jan. 26, 2015 - 10:38 pm
  • Jack Franks taking another stab at Illinois government consolidation bills

    Bills aimed at helping consolidate some of the state’s almost 7,000 units of government may have a better chance of passing with a new governor in Spr ...
    Jan. 24, 2015 - 11:18 pm
  • Proposed Illinois legislation would ban powdered alcohol

    SPRINGFIELD – A proposed Illinois law would ban the sale of powdered alcohol before it hits store shelves.
    Jan. 24, 2015 - 11:16 pm
  • Quinn leaves office without penning final statement

    SPRINGFIELD – Former Gov. Pat Quinn left office in a tumult: dozens of clemencies, laws and executive orders signed.
    Jan. 23, 2015 - 11:53 pm
  • Amazon to start collecting sales tax in Illinois

    CHICAGO – Amazon will start collecting sales tax from Illinois consumers next month to comply with a new state law, the company said.
    Jan. 23, 2015 - 11:52 pm
  • Numbers of Illinois households on food stamps still rising

    SPRINGFIELD – State figures show the number of Illinois households on food stamps continues to rise.
    Jan. 23, 2015 - 11:52 pm
  • Illinois jobless rate falls to 6.2 percent, lowest since '08

    CHAMPAIGN – Illinois' unemployment rate fell in December to the lowest it's been in almost seven years, 6.2 percent, the Illinois Department of Employ ...
    Jan. 23, 2015 - 11:52 pm
  • Rauner previews 1st-year priorities: Cut taxes, Medicaid

    CHICAGO – Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday began laying out priorities for his first year in office, saying property taxes and workers’ compensation cost ...
    Jan. 22, 2015 - 11:45 pm
  • Lawyers contesting Illinois pension reform law seek extension

    SPRINGFIELD – Lawyers contesting the Illinois law that overhauls a state pension program that is $111 billion in debt are asking the state Supreme Cou ...
    Jan. 21, 2015 - 9:17 pm
  • State senator revamping Illinois school funding overhaul

    SPRINGFIELD – The Democrat sponsoring a contentious plan to overhaul the state's nearly 20-year-old school funding formula said he's altering the bill ...
    Jan. 21, 2015 - 9:15 pm
  • New rules help Illinois collect out-of-state sales taxes

    SPRINGFIELD – The state of Illinois' Department of Revenue has new rules this year to target the collection of sales taxes from out-of-state businesse ...
    Jan. 19, 2015 - 10:51 pm
  • New security measures to delay Illinois income tax returns

    SPRINGFIELD – New security measures to deter identity theft and fraud will delay Illinois income tax returns this year, Illinois Department of Revenue ...
    Jan. 19, 2015 - 10:52 pm
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