Government - State

  • 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 - 4:04 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
  • Lawmakers fear blame for Chicago pension tax hike

    SPRINGFIELD – A fast-tracked plan to overhaul two Chicago city-pension programs slowed in the Illinois House Thursday, as nervous lawmakers said they ...
    April 3, 2014 - 9:29 pm
  • MAP grant expansion needed, Ill. governor says

    DeKALB – Adrianna Carr dreams of working in public relations for a company like Disney, which she said wouldn't be possible without state tuition assi ...
    April 8, 2014 - 12:04 pm
  • NRA lobbyist breaks Illinois law, helps change it

    SPRINGFIELD – The powerful Illinois lobbyist for the National Rifle Association has helped rewrite a state law he broke.
    April 2, 2014 - 7:52 pm
  • Pagano FBI file sheds more light on ex-Metra CEO

    A number of extramarital affairs and an ailing father are highlighted as possible reasons why former Metra CEO Phil Pagano skimmed hundreds of thousan ...
    April 2, 2014 - 11:54 pm
  • Governor's tactic delays Senate cabinet approval

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Pat Quinn used a procedural move sidestepping a deadline to have two cabinet members reappointments approved by the state Senate.
    April 1, 2014 - 10:46 pm
  • Madigan’s voting rights amendment advances

    SPRINGFIELD – A proposal by Illinois’ powerful House Speaker to thwart future voter suppression efforts advanced in the Legislature on Tuesday, a move ...
    April 1, 2014 - 10:46 pm
  • State officials announce homebuyer assistance

    CHICAGO – Illinois will offer more help to first-time homebuyers under a program announced Tuesday by Gov. Pat Quinn.
    April 1, 2014 - 10:47 pm
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