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  • Donors had role in Congressman's 2014 property deal

    WASHINGTON – A shell company linked to embattled Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock paid a political donor $300,000 last year for a commercial property in Peo ...
    March 16, 2015 - 11:42 pm
  • GOP fundraiser in Chicago an early show of support for Kirk

    CHICAGO – Illinois Republican leaders turned out Monday for an early fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk’s 2016 re-election campaign in a show of suppo ...
    March 16, 2015 - 11:42 pm
  • Durbin backs Emanuel bid but says contest depends on turnout

    CHICAGO – U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he’s backing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s re-election bid in the runoff contest next month.
    March 16, 2015 - 11:42 pm
  • Illinois to take peregrine falcon off threatened list

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois officials are set to remove the peregrine falcon from the state's threatened species list.
    March 16, 2015 - 11:43 pm
  • Illinois FOIA appeal process hampered by years-long backlog

    SPRINGFIELD – After the scandal that sent former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to prison, lawmakers adopted a raft of reforms that included creating a ...
    March 16, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Rauner appointee bows out of hospital board position

    BELLEVILLE – A conflict of interest is keeping one of Gov. Bruce Rauner's appointees off the state hospital board.
    March 14, 2015 - 11:09 pm
  • Legislation would pardon underage drinkers who call 911

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Legislature is considering a bill that would grant amnesty to underage drinkers who call 911 to get help.
    March 14, 2015 - 11:11 pm
  • Budget shortfall could interrupt juvenile offender program

    SPRINGFIELD – The state's budget shortfall may impact a program helping juvenile offenders get back on their feet once released.
    March 14, 2015 - 11:09 pm
  • McHenry County, other state fairs looking to change with times

    The entrenched tradition of the Illinois county fair, which a study says is still a big draw and lucrative, is also approaching a crossroads.
    March 15, 2015 - 11:18 pm
  • Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock benefited from donor projects

    WASHINGTON – Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock has built much of his personal wealth over a decade through real estate investments with political donors, an ...
    March 13, 2015 - 11:45 pm
  • Crystal Lake Park District among those affected by grant suspension

    Two $400,000 state checks – one for work already done and another for future work – will not be sent to the Crystal Lake Park District because of a sp ...
    March 13, 2015 - 5:19 pm
  • Rauner indefinitely suspends state grants for parks projects

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner has suspended state grants for park district construction projects as Illinois faces an estimated $1.6 billion budget ...
    March 12, 2015 - 11:42 pm
  • University chiefs say cost of budget cuts could be dramatic

    SPRINGFIELD – The presidents of several public universities say Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to cut higher education funding by nearly $400 million wo ...
    March 12, 2015 - 11:42 pm
  • Illinois hands out marijuana permits despite lawsuits

    CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Agriculture is handing out permits to medical marijuana growers, even as a new lawsuit adds momentum to the cause ...
    March 12, 2015 - 11:42 pm
  • Task force continues work on school funding

    SPRINGFIELD – The spokesman for Illinois’ longtime House speaker says a bipartisan task force on the state’s school funding formula is an extension of ...
    March 11, 2015 - 8:55 pm
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