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  • Illinois governor signs bills affecting veterans

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner signed several bills on Sunday affecting Illinois veterans, including a measure establishing a discount card program a ...
    Aug. 17, 2015 - 12:17 am
  • Illinois Dems push to fund state grants for college students

    SPRINGFIELD – Senate Democrats are pushing to fund grants for Illinois college students even though the state doesn't have a budget in place.
    Aug. 17, 2015 - 12:17 am
  • Without a budget, Illinois’ spending – and deficit – balloon

    CHICAGO – Illinois Republicans and Democrats alike wailed when the Democrat-controlled Legislature approved a state budget last year that was more tha ...
    Aug. 15, 2015 - 11:39 pm
  • Bruce Rauner signs bill forbidding Illinois lawmakers from creating new local governments

    A new law signed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner will ban state lawmakers for the next four years from approving any legislation creating a new level ...
    Aug. 15, 2015 - 12:12 am
  • Illinois House panels hear testimony on spending $5B in federal funds

    CHICAGO — An agency that boosts Illinois' emergency response efforts wants to be added to a proposal allowing the state to authorize spending roughly ...
    Aug. 10, 2015 - 5:33 pm
  • Team of officers keeping tabs on medical marijuana disbanded

    CHICAGO – A law enforcement team put together to oversee the state’s medical cannabis program has been disbanded because of the Illinois budget crisis ...
    Aug. 10, 2015 - 12:35 am
  • Illinois agencies cover half the pay for Gov. Bruce Rauner's staff

    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner promised a leaner and more transparent administration. But the Republican is rigorously following his predecessors' pr ...
    Aug. 9, 2015 - 12:27 pm
  • Longmeadow Parkway slated for 2016 start despite Barrington Hills opposition

    Work on the long-planned Longmeadow Parkway likely will start as anticipated next spring, despite opposition that now includes one of the local govern ...
    Aug. 10, 2015 - 10:45 am
  • Illinois pet owners could face charges for leaving animals outdoors

    CHICAGO — People who leave a pet outside in extreme heat or cold could face misdemeanor charges under a new Illinois law.
    Aug. 8, 2015 - 9:19 am
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner signs tougher DUI law prompted by Wonder Lake teen’s death

    Repeat DUI offenders, such as the one who killed a Wonder Lake teen 12 years ago, will have a harder time getting their driver’s licenses back under a ...
    Aug. 7, 2015 - 12:15 am
  • Illinois to close money-losing shooting complex, campground

    SPARTA – The state of Illinois plans at the end of this month to close a money-losing shooting complex that regularly draws thousands each summer for ...
    Aug. 6, 2015 - 11:41 pm
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner ties CPS help to statewide changes in union rights

    CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner says he'll help blunt a financial crisis in Chicago Public Schools, as long as communities in the rest of the state g ...
    Aug. 6, 2015 - 5:12 pm
  • Illinois Senate votes to reject lawmaker salary increase

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers will forego a roughly $1,400 pay raise under legislation approved by the state Senate.
    Aug. 5, 2015 - 11:35 pm
  • Rauner signs law allowing 'right to try' experimental drugs

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation allowing terminally ill patients in Illinois to use experimental drugs that might help them.
    Aug. 5, 2015 - 11:35 pm
  • Rauner: ‘No lockout’ of state workers, but strike possible

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner said Wednesday that he won’t lock out state workers if his administration and the largest public-employee union can’t ...
    Aug. 5, 2015 - 11:12 pm
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