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  • Illinois unemployment rises to 5.9 percent in December

    CHICAGO – State officials say Illinois’ unemployment rate increased in December to 5.9 percent and the state lost a net 16,300 jobs for the month.
    Jan. 22, 2016 - 11:31 pm
  • Senate leader wants pension details from governor in writing

    CHICAGO – Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said he wants Gov. Bruce Rauner to put in writing the details of a proposed pension overhaul their ...
    Jan. 22, 2016 - 11:31 pm
  • Chicago school district announces layoffs in central office

    CHICAGO – The head of the Chicago Public Schools said the district will lay off some of its central office staff this week as it deals with its precar ...
    Jan. 21, 2016 - 5:00 pm
  • Judge tosses civil case against Chicago officer in Cedrick Chatman shooting

    CHICAGO – A federal judge again criticized the city of Chicago Thursday for how it dealt with a police-shooting video as he tossed a civil case agains ...
    Jan. 21, 2016 - 4:07 pm
  • Bruce Rauner supports John Cullerton's pension plan with union measure

    CHICAGO – Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner said Thursday that he would support a top Democrat's proposal to tackle Illinois' pension crisis, as long as it ...
    Jan. 21, 2016 - 2:29 pm
  • University of Illinois freezes in-state tuition for 2nd straight year

    CHICAGO – University of Illinois trustees have frozen tuition for in-state students even as they learned the school has covered $671 million in expens ...
    Jan. 21, 2016 - 12:27 pm
  • Rauner memo criticizes Chicago State's track record

    SPRINGFIELD – A member of Gov. Bruce Rauner's staff is criticizing Chicago State University's appeals for financial help amid Illinois' budget stalema ...
    Jan. 20, 2016 - 11:25 pm
  • Democratic U.S. Senate candidates to face off in 3 debates

    CHICAGO – The Illinois Democrats running for U.S. Senate will face off in three debates before the March 15 primary.
    Jan. 20, 2016 - 11:25 pm
  • Rauner, GOP leaders want state takeover of Chicago schools

    CHICAGO – Backed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, top Illinois Republicans on Wednesday called for a state takeover of the financially troubled Chicago Public Sc ...
    Jan. 20, 2016 - 11:24 pm
  • Red light cameras: Ex-camera executive says he gave gifts to Chicago official

    CHICAGO – An executive at Chicago's former red light camera vendor says he gave more than $14,000 in gifts to a then-Chicago official on trial for all ...
    Jan. 20, 2016 - 4:39 pm
  • University of Illinois considers tuition freeze for in-state students

    CHAMPAIGN – University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen recommended on Wednesday that for a second straight year university trustees freeze tuiti ...
    Jan. 20, 2016 - 3:30 pm
  • Study: Illinois lost $53M in bond sale due to poor finances

    CHICAGO – A University of Illinois analysis says the state received about $53 million less in a recent bond sale than it could have because of Illinoi ...
    Jan. 19, 2016 - 11:37 pm
  • Bill would provide money for Illinois to pay utility bills

    SPRINGFIELD – An Illinois senator has introduced legislation that would authorize funding to pay for about $10 million the state owes for utility bill ...
    Jan. 19, 2016 - 11:37 pm
  • Duckworth to challenge Kirk on national security issues

    CHICAGO – Fighting to hold onto his political career, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk turned a recent Republican luncheon into a crash course on the Islamic State ...
    Jan. 19, 2016 - 11:33 pm
  • Bitter cold strikes Northern Plains, Great Lakes regions

    CHICAGO – The arctic air mass that froze water pipes in Minnesota this weekend is sticking around in some parts of the upper Midwest.
    Jan. 19, 2016 - 12:06 am
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