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  • Gov. Bruce Rauner halts payment of video gambling profits

    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – Municipalities that host video gambling in bars and restaurants won’t get their cut of profits from the machines until the state b ...
    July 29, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • Rauner signs bill broadening eligibility for food stamps

    SPRINGFIELD – More Illinois families will be able to receive federal food stamps under expanded eligibility signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
    July 28, 2015 - 11:37 pm
  • Report: Illinois retirees contacted about working if strike

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration has been contacting retired state employees to determine if they’re willing to come back on short-ter ...
    July 27, 2015 - 11:07 pm
  • More Illinois residents feel pain as budget impasse drags on

    CHICAGO – As she drops off her 4-year-old son at a Chicago daycare to head for a job she loves, Stacy Rutledge wonders how she’ll keep doing it once s ...
    July 27, 2015 - 11:03 pm
  • Illinois law protects police, jails when denying medical marijuana to inmates, arrestees

    WOODSTOCK – A bill introduced by a McHenry County state representative that closed a medical marijuana loophole received the governor’s signature last ...
    July 26, 2015 - 11:46 pm
  • Illinois lawmakers seek federal flood relief for farmers

    CHICAGO – Members of Illinois' congressional delegation are asking President Barack Obama to approve federal disaster relief for farmers hit by severe ...
    July 25, 2015 - 7:01 pm
  • Report: Rauner campaign used gift cards to help get out vote

    CHICAGO – Gov. Bruce Rauner's campaign handed out thousands of dollars in gift cards to people who helped get supporters to the polls during the Novem ...
    July 24, 2015 - 11:12 pm
  • Rauner blasts Madigan for lawmaker pay hike amid budget mess

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner attempted to crank up the pressure Tuesday on House Speaker Michael Madigan over the state budget jam, disparaging the ...
    July 21, 2015 - 11:44 pm
  • State issues video gambling licenses to illegal operators

    CHICAGO – The Illinois Gaming Board has issued licenses to run video-gambling machines to several people with ties to crime and illegal gambling, acco ...
    July 21, 2015 - 11:45 pm
  • Rauner OKs ending mandatory life sentences for juveniles

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to end mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles.
    July 21, 2015 - 12:14 am
  • Illinois EPA says toxin present in Monee Reservoir

    MONEE – The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency says it has detected a toxin the Monee Reservoir in northern Illinois.
    July 21, 2015 - 12:14 am
  • Illinois Senate panel holds hearing on higher education pay

    CHICAGO – From tracking administrator pay to professional development for board members, a state Senate panel heard testimony Monday on legislation pr ...
    July 21, 2015 - 12:12 am
  • Kirk explains critical comments about Iran deal

    CHICAGO – Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk says he allowed his anger to get the best of him as he criticized the multinational agreement designed to keep Iran ...
    July 18, 2015 - 10:20 pm
  • New rules clarify, clean up Illinois concealed-carry law for handguns

    Some changes to Illinois’ fledgling concealed-carry law that clarify some of its ambiguities took effect with Gov. Bruce Rauner’s signature.
    July 18, 2015 - 10:20 pm
  • Replay live chat: State Rep. David McSweeney on Illinois budget

    The Northwest Herald will be hosting a live chat with state Rep. David McSweeney on the Illinois bu ...
    July 16, 2015 - 10:29 pm
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