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  • Indiana governor grants pardon that Pence didn't act upon

    INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana's new governor on Thursday pardoned a Chicago man whose request languished under then-Gov. Mike Pence despite evidence the man ...
    Feb. 10, 2017 - 12:03 am
  • Rauner, lawmakers can't agree who writes school funding plan

    SPRINGFIELD – When it comes to the complex, politically prickly topic of overhauling public school funding in Illinois, lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Raune ...
    Feb. 10, 2017 - 12:03 am
  • Lawmakers aim to make Obama's birthday a holiday in Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD – Democratic lawmakers from Chicago have proposed legislation to make former President Barack Obama's birthday a state holiday.
    Feb. 9, 2017 - 2:37 pm
  • Robert F. Kennedy's son announces bid for Illinois governor

    CHICAGO – Chris Kennedy, son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, announced Wednesday he will run for Illinois governor in 2018, bringing the instant n ...
    Feb. 9, 2017 - 12:37 am
  • Reeder: Rauner's regrettable decision to hire Munger

    SPRINGFIELD – When I heard last week that Gov. Bruce Rauner hired former Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger for a $135,000-a-year job, I just groaned.
    Feb. 8, 2017 - 2:06 pm
  • Illinois Senate discusses budget privately, takes no vote

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate passed another day in Springfield without a vote on its much-anticipated budget compromise.
    Feb. 7, 2017 - 10:38 pm
  • Reick: Putting the brakes on unfunded mandates

    The biggest issue in the past election was the out-of-control property taxes that are driving businesses and residents out of McHenry County and out o ...
    Feb. 7, 2017 - 10:53 am
  • Chicago aquarium euthanizes more than 90-year-old lungfish

    CHICAGO – An Australian lungfish that entranced visitors to Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium for more than 80 years has been euthanized because of old age, th ...
    Feb. 6, 2017 - 11:38 pm
  • Lawmakers consider expanding Illinois immigrant protections

    CHICAGO – Illinois legislators are proposing to boost immigrant protections statewide in response to President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immi ...
    Feb. 6, 2017 - 1:06 am
  • 20 NIU students affected by Trump travel ban

    DeKALB – Northern Illinois University student Atef Alghzzy is concerned about how President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration and travel w ...
    Feb. 4, 2017 - 12:08 am
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner hires Leslie Munger as a deputy governor

    CHICAGO – Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Friday he has hired former state Comptroller Leslie Munger to serve as a deputy governor, saying she will focus ...
    Feb. 3, 2017 - 11:57 pm
  • Lawmakers draft plans to keep Illinois paychecks flowing

    CHICAGO – Two Illinois lawmakers have introduced legislation to ensure that state employees continue receiving paychecks even if a judge agrees with t ...
    Feb. 2, 2017 - 11:36 pm
  • A solution to the property tax problem

    Todd Grigg teaches the importance of dollars and cents.For more than 20 years, students in Grigg’s c ...
    Feb. 2, 2017 - 3:07 pm
  • Group of lawmakers recommends Illinois school funding fix; future unclear

    CHICAGO – A bipartisan group of lawmakers and other officials reached agreement Wednesday on a plan to bring more equity to the way Illinois funds its ...
    Feb. 2, 2017 - 12:14 am
  • Rep. McSweeney: It’s time to cut Illinois property taxes by 10 percent

    Property taxes are hurting Illinois families and each day that goes by without tax relief, the worse this problem becomes. Everywhere that I go in my ...
    Feb. 1, 2017 - 11:55 pm
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