Government - State

  • Quinn tour highlights questions of taxes

    CHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn’s tour of the state to push his program aimed at helping first-time homebuyers quickly turned political Monday as both he and ...
    April 14, 2014 - 10:24 pm
  • Illinois gas station owners oppose fuel tax hike

    SPRINGFIELD – Increasing fuel taxes to pay for Illinois road construction will hurt businesses – and hit consumers at the pump, gas station owners sai ...
    April 14, 2014 - 10:15 pm
  • Area dealers support car sales ban on Sundays; report says it should go

    WOODSTOCK – Jack Cronan remembers when car dealerships used to be open on Sundays. “I missed the fam ...
    April 14, 2014 - 1:01 pm
  • Tough tax votes loom in Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD – Faced with an expected $3 billion budget hole from an expiring income tax increase, Illinois lawmakers are grappling with whether to rai ...
    April 13, 2014 - 11:49 pm
  • Metra scandals inspire new severance disclosure law

    Sweetheart severance deals between governments and outgoing employees will be secret no more under a bill unanimously passed by House lawmakers.
    April 12, 2014 - 12:11 am
  • Bill helps districts fill teaching vacancies

    SPRINGFIELD – Legislation helping southern Illinois school districts fill teaching vacancies with recently retired teachers is advancing in the state ...
    April 10, 2014 - 8:41 am
  • Franks, other lawmaker say they will oppose millionaire tax, Madigan withdraws amendment

    House Speaker Michael Madigan's proposed "millionaire tax" amendment is now eligible for the death tax after two Democratic lawmakers announced they w ...
    April 9, 2014 - 11:46 pm
  • Voter rights amendment passes Illinois House

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — House Speaker Michael Madigan's constitutional amendment to stop voter suppression has advanced in the Illinois Legislature.
    April 8, 2014 - 4:05 pm
  • Ill. House OKs Chicago pension overhaul

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has approved a plan to overhaul two Chicago pension programs that officials say could otherwise be out of ...
    April 8, 2014 - 3:57 pm
  • School funding overhaul advances in Ill. Senate

    SPRINGFIELD – A proposal to dramatically overhaul the state's school funding formula and allocate more money to poorer districts moved ahead in the Il ...
    April 9, 2014 - 12:36 am
  • Illinois’ next pension issue: Police, fire funds

    SPRINGFIELD – After addressing Illinois’ own employee pension crisis, lawmakers now face an equally challenging task with the state’s cities, as mayor ...
    April 8, 2014 - 3:56 pm
  • Report: Illinois should make government consolidation easier

    Eliminating barriers to consolidation will be the best way to pare down the state’s almost 7,000 units of local government, a commission created by a ...
    April 6, 2014 - 8:53 am
  • One-year township tax freeze passes House

    SPRINGFIELD – A one-year freeze on township tax levies has cleared the Illinois House.House Bill 531 ...
    April 4, 2014 - 10:01 pm
  • Illinois weighs making students pay to take ACT

    SPRINGFIELD – As they juggle school-reform demands with budget cuts, state education officials are considering retaining a traditional college-readine ...
    April 8, 2014 - 12:03 pm
  • Illinois Republicans seek to close appointment loophole

    SPRINGFIELD – Senate Republicans crying foul after Gov. Pat Quinn used a rare procedural maneuver to try to aid the confirmation of two appointees ann ...
    April 3, 2014 - 9:32 pm
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