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  • Open Meetings Act reform awaiting Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's action

    A good-government bill inspired by the Oakwood Hills Village Board’s closed-session handling of a power plant proposal is awaiting action by Gov. Bruc ...
    July 13, 2015 - 11:46 pm
  • Closing Illinois museum could cost history, money, fans say

    SPRINGFIELD – Closing the 138-year-old Illinois State Museum and its satellite sites would damage the state’s scholarly reputation, harm future resear ...
    July 13, 2015 - 10:06 pm
  • New law waives license plate fees for veterans

    SPRINGFIELD – Combat veterans returning from active duty will qualify for free Illinois license plates under legislation signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
    July 12, 2015 - 11:53 pm
  • Rauner pension plan would end union negotiations, freeze pay

    CHICAGO – Gov. Bruce Rauner said Illinois could save billions of dollars each year through an ambitious new plan to address hugely underfunded pension ...
    July 12, 2015 - 11:48 pm
  • 2 Illinois courts, 2 takes on state employee pay – no budget

    SPRINGFIELD – For those keeping score this week, two Illinois courts issued conflicting opinions on whether Illinois state employees should get paid e ...
    July 11, 2015 - 12:19 am
  • Confusion in Illinois as a court orders state workers paid

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House adopted a stop-gap spending plan Thursday that would guarantee state employee paychecks for July, but Gov. Bruce Raun ...
    July 10, 2015 - 12:27 am
  • Illinois' school superintendent gets perk for lower pension

    CHICAGO – Illinois State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith's contract includes a perk that was included to match retirement benefits provided to ...
    July 9, 2015 - 11:37 pm
  • Jobs cut at Get Covered Illinois before 3rd enrollment push

    CHICAGO – Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has eliminated 15 staff positions from Get Covered Illinois, the state's health insurance exchange, three ...
    July 9, 2015 - 11:37 pm
  • Illinois House passes temporary budget; court orders state workers paid

    SPRINGFIELD — A one-month Illinois budget that would guarantee state employee pay for July was approved by the House Thursday after a two-hour debate ...
    July 9, 2015 - 6:04 pm
  • Judge bars full state worker pay without Illinois budget

    CHICAGO – Illinois won’t be allowed to pay state workers in full during an ongoing budget impasse, a Cook County judge ruled Tuesday, potentially leav ...
    July 8, 2015 - 12:17 am
  • ACLU seeks federal enforcement of Illinois child services

    SPRINGFIELD – The American Civil Liberties Union says required funding for child-protective services is in jeopardy because of resistance from the Ill ...
    July 6, 2015 - 10:45 pm
  • Despite budget deadlock, there are ways out for Illinois lawmakers, governor

    SPRINGFIELD – What Illinois needs is for one of its political leaders to blink.But as Republican Gov ...
    July 5, 2015 - 11:31 pm
  • Race to replace ex-Rep. Schock a classic GOP primary contest

    SPRINGFIELD – The race to replace former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has shaped up as a classic Republican primary, pitting the son of a longtime Illinois ...
    July 4, 2015 - 11:21 pm
  • Bill would allow cameras in Illinois nursing homes

    QUINCY – Illinois would become the fourth state in the U.S. to allow video and audio monitoring devices in nursing homes if Gov. Bruce Rauner signs le ...
    July 3, 2015 - 11:38 pm
  • Without a budget, providers prepare, officials go to court

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois’ government weathered its second day without a state budget Thursday, and while legislative chambers were silent, service provi ...
    July 2, 2015 - 11:39 pm
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