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  • Illinois lawmakers consider ban on crib bumper pads

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers are again considering a ban on crib bumper pads along with a proposal to set state safety standards for the product.
    April 26, 2015 - 11:42 pm
  • Illinois GOP targets political hiring; Democrats wary

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Republicans have unveiled legislation backed by Gov. Bruce Rauner they say will clean up state hiring rules that allow a govern ...
    April 26, 2015 - 11:38 pm
  • New Illinois schools chief says funding fix could take years

    SPRINGFIELD – The state’s new superintendent of schools believes the formula to distribute state aid to Illinois schools is flawed. But, unlike lawmak ...
    April 25, 2015 - 11:37 pm
  • Bill would allow Illinois students to opt out of state tests

    SPRINGFIELD – As new standardized tests tied to the Common Core standards spark debate around the country, the Illinois Legislature is considering a b ...
    April 25, 2015 - 12:09 am
  • Medicaid hit with $106 million cut from Illinois budget deal

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois nursing homes are at a loss for how they will deal with a $65 million cut in state Medicaid funding made by Gov. Bruce Rauner’s ...
    April 25, 2015 - 12:06 am
  • Illinois House OKs time limit on storing license plate data

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House has passed a measure that restricts how long law enforcement agencies can keep data collected by automated license pl ...
    April 25, 2015 - 12:03 am
  • 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
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