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  • Oral arguments scheduled in Illinois pension lawsuit

    SPRINGFIELD – Supreme Court has announced it will hear oral arguments in the state’s landmark pension-overhaul case on March 11.
    Feb. 19, 2015 - 10:55 pm
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner proposes 'honest' Illinois budget, billions in cuts

    Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner submitted a 2016 budget heavy with cuts that drew almost immediate fire from the Democratic-controlled General A ...
    Feb. 18, 2015 - 11:53 pm
  • Illinois' new GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner calls for billions in budget cuts

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois' new Republican governor called Wednesday for deep spending cuts to Medicaid, pensions and other programs to fix the state's bu ...
    Feb. 18, 2015 - 5:22 pm
  • Illinois bill would add e-cigarettes to indoor smoking ban

    SPRINGFIELD – Smokers who favor electronic cigarettes could be pushed outside under an Illinois lawmaker’s proposal.
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 11:23 pm
  • Lawmaker proposes motorcycle safety bill

    SPRINGFIELD – An Illinois lawmaker wants motorcycle safety to be a formal part of driver’s education courses.
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 11:22 pm
  • Gov. Rauner’s budget likely to set up battle with Democrats

    SPRINGFIELD – Since the night he was elected, Gov. Bruce Rauner repeatedly has said he wants Illinois to be the most competitive yet compassionate sta ...
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 11:19 pm
  • Rauner grapples with this year, next year's budget problems

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner will lay out his plan on Wednesday to confront an unprecedented fiscal crisis exacerbated by the recent expiration of ...
    Feb. 16, 2015 - 10:14 am
  • Nonprofit’s medical marijuana license challenged in court

    CHICAGO – An unusual legal case brewing in central Illinois poses a provocative question: Should a nonprofit organization that’s exempt from federal t ...
    Feb. 14, 2015 - 11:14 pm
  • Illinois Open Meetings Act bill to be debated

    A bill inspired by the Oakwood Hills power plant debacle to make it easier to report Illinois Open Meetings Act violations will likely get a minor twe ...
    Feb. 14, 2015 - 11:39 pm
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner signs executive order creating consolidation task force

    Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed an executive order Friday creating a task force aimed at paring down Illinois’ huge number of local governments.
    Feb. 13, 2015 - 11:30 pm
  • Rauner taps Florida Democrat to head child welfare agency

    SPRINGFIELD – Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has selected a Florida Democrat to lead Illinois’ troubled Department of Children and Family Services.
    Feb. 13, 2015 - 11:09 pm
  • Illinois comptroller won't go along with Bruce Rauner's union dues order

    SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois comptroller will not follow an executive order by Gov. Bruce Rauner to hold up so-called "fair-share" union dues from non-u ...
    Feb. 13, 2015 - 3:54 pm
  • Pick to head Illinois transportation had 2004 arrest for DUI

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner's nominee to head the Illinois Department of Transportation was arrested for drunken driving in 2004.
    Feb. 12, 2015 - 11:05 pm
  • Bruce Rauner forms commission to study Illinois criminal justice system

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner continued his leadership by executive order Wednesday, tackling prison crowding by creating a commission to recommend ...
    Feb. 12, 2015 - 9:41 am
  • Illinois driver’s licenses may not be good to fly by 2016

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois residents might not be able to use their driver’s licenses at airports starting in 2016.
    Feb. 11, 2015 - 11:06 pm
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