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  • Illinois threaten to withhold funds if district don't test

    CHICAGO – Illinois State Board of Education officials are threatening to withhold funds from any school district failing to administer a new statewide ...
    Jan. 30, 2015 - 11:31 pm
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner defends paying staff more than Quinn

    CHICAGO – Gov. Bruce Rauner defended paying his top staff members significantly more than his predecessor, explaining Friday that he will pay what is ...
    Jan. 30, 2015 - 11:23 pm
  • Gov. Rauner wants bureaucratic cuts in education, elsewhere

    CHAMPAIGN – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to generate more money to spend on higher education, he told a crowd at the University of Illinois’ flags ...
    Jan. 29, 2015 - 11:31 pm
  • New Illinois natural resources director touts experience

    CARBONDALE – The new director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says his farming and military experience will help make for a smooth tra ...
    Jan. 29, 2015 - 11:29 pm
  • 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
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