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  • Nearly half of states expect to confront big budget gaps

    ATLANTA – With the nation’s economy at its healthiest since the Great Recession, a surprising trend is emerging among the states – large budget gaps.
    May 9, 2015 - 11:39 pm
  • Things to know about the Illinois court ruling on pensions

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers have another burden awaiting them on their return to the Capitol this week after the state Supreme Court rejected a l ...
    May 9, 2015 - 11:19 pm
  • McHenry County lawmakers weigh in on Illinois pension reform ruling

    Local lawmakers pondered what to write on the drawing board that the General Assembly must return to with the Illinois Supreme Court’s overturning of ...
    May 8, 2015 - 5:07 pm
  • Illinois Supreme Court overturns state's landmark 2013 pension law

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court forced the state Friday to find another way to fix the nation's worst government-employee pension crisis, rul ...
    May 8, 2015 - 11:26 pm
  • Lawmakers working on bill to create Chicago-owned casino

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers are trying to negotiate a deal to open a Chicago-owned casino and expand gambling elsewhere in the state, and they be ...
    May 7, 2015 - 11:09 pm
  • House speaker calls vote on Right to Work legislation

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois' Democratic House speaker says he's scheduling a vote on Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to allow employees to opt out ...
    May 7, 2015 - 11:06 pm
  • Lighter punishment for marijuana possession passes Illinois Senate committee

    SPRINGFIELD – An Illinois Senate committee has approved legislation that would treat possession of small amounts of marijuana like a speeding ticket r ...
    May 6, 2015 - 7:54 pm
  • Proposed Illinois human services cuts rejected by House Democrats

    SPRINGFIELD – Democrats who control the Illinois House sent a clear message Wednesday to GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner that they oppose his proposed cuts to h ...
    May 6, 2015 - 7:49 pm
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner says Illinois can't bail Chicago out of money problems

    CHICAGO – Gov. Bruce Rauner told Chicago aldermen Wednesday that Illinois can't "bail out" the nation's third-largest city, and urged cooperation addr ...
    May 6, 2015 - 7:47 pm
  • Illinois workers' comp: Business groups, injured employees weigh in

    SPRINGFIELD – Business groups and injured employees weighed in Tuesday as Illinois lawmakers began debating whether to revamp the state's workers' com ...
    May 5, 2015 - 8:29 pm
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner releases survey of Illinois' foreign trade partners

    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has done a survey of Illinois' ten largest foreign trading partners and their assessment of the state ...
    May 5, 2015 - 12:28 pm
  • Gambling hearings bring expansion talks back into spotlight

    CHICAGO – With a budget deadline to attempt closing a roughly $6 billion shortfall weeks away, top Illinois leaders and lawmakers are putting the spot ...
    May 4, 2015 - 11:11 pm
  • Rauner agency privatization idea raises oversight concerns

    CHAMPAIGN – Gov. Bruce Rauner says his plan to privatize the state’s economic development agency will improve job creation in Illinois. But similar pl ...
    May 3, 2015 - 11:22 pm
  • Audit: Illinois bridges went without inspections

    SPRINGFIELD – Some bridges in Illinois are not being checked as often as they should be, according to a state auditor’s report released this week.
    May 1, 2015 - 11:22 pm
  • Democrats highlight potential obstacles in Rauner budget

    SPRINGFIELD – With just weeks left before Illinois' 2016 budget must be passed, Democratic leaders and GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner remain far apart on how t ...
    April 29, 2015 - 5:22 pm
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