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  • Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, lawmakers unveil government consolidation bills

    Gov. Bruce Rauner and like-minded lawmakers unveiled four proposed pieces of legislation Friday aimed at helping reduce the state’s 7,000 units of gov ...
    Feb. 5, 2016 - 2:37 pm
  • Pension bill on hold despite Rauner, Cullerton agreement

    CHICAGO – Democrats are unlikely to address Illinois' worst-in-the-nation pension crisis until the state has a budget, despite a rare agreement betwee ...
    Feb. 1, 2016 - 3:26 pm
  • Obama to address Illinois General Assembly on building 'better politics' next month

    CHICAGO — President Barack Obama will return to the Illinois Capitol next month, where the former state senator plans to speak to a deeply divided Leg ...
    Jan. 29, 2016 - 4:04 pm
  • Illinois GOP calls Democrats’ college spending bill a hoax

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Democrats approved $721.5 million for tuition grants and community colleges Thursday, a move Republicans called an empty promis ...
    Jan. 28, 2016 - 11:19 pm
  • Carle to appeal to Illinois Supreme Court on tax exemptions

    URBANA – An Illinois health care system plans to appeal a court ruling involving whether hospitals should pay taxes.
    Jan. 28, 2016 - 11:18 pm
  • Illinois medical marijuana advocates push for expansion

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois medical marijuana advocates say they delivered 25,000 signatures to Gov. Bruce Rauner ahead of the State of the State address.
    Jan. 27, 2016 - 11:04 pm
  • Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner holds his ground in State of the State Address

    In many ways, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s second State of the State Address echoed many of the sentiments from his first.
    Jan. 27, 2016 - 10:51 pm
  • Video: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner: 'Mutual respect' required to pass a balanced budget

    During his State of the State address on Thursday, Gov. Bruce Rauner expressed confidence in passing a balanced state budget provided that all sides s ...
    Jan. 27, 2016 - 1:34 pm
  • Amid budget mess, Rauner to seek more efficient government

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner will call for new ways to make government more efficient as he delivers his second State of the State address Wednesda ...
    Jan. 26, 2016 - 11:21 pm
  • After ugly first year, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says stay tuned

    CHICAGO – Bruce Rauner takes pride in not being like any of Illinois’ previous governors, either on matters of style or substance.
    Jan. 27, 2016 - 8:50 am
  • State natural resources agency proposes bobcat hunting rules

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is proposing rules to regulate bobcat hunting and trapping throughout the state.
    Jan. 26, 2016 - 11:21 pm
  • EIU president: Layoffs possible without Illinois budget

    CHARLESTON – Eastern Illinois University's president says the state budget impasse will bring potential layoffs and furlough time for employees to the ...
    Jan. 26, 2016 - 11:21 pm
  • Out-migration from Illinois hits six digits: State population loss leads nation

    The annual stream of people leaving Illinois for other states hit a new six-figure milestone last year, according to U.S. Census records.
    Jan. 22, 2016 - 11:42 pm
  • Senate leader wants pension details from governor in writing

    CHICAGO – Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said he wants Gov. Bruce Rauner to put in writing the details of a proposed pension overhaul their ...
    Jan. 22, 2016 - 11:31 pm
  • Bruce Rauner supports John Cullerton's pension plan with union measure

    CHICAGO – Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner said Thursday that he would support a top Democrat's proposal to tackle Illinois' pension crisis, as long as it ...
    Jan. 21, 2016 - 2:29 pm
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