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  • New Illinois schools chief says funding fix could take years

    SPRINGFIELD – The state’s new superintendent of schools believes the formula to distribute state aid to Illinois schools is flawed. But, unlike lawmak ...
    April 25, 2015 - 11:38 pm
  • Bully a classmate, pay a fine or do community service, new Sycamore police regulations say

    SYCAMORE – Bullies beware: A new city ordinance is in effect. At the request of the city’s school re ...
    April 25, 2015 - 12:21 am
  • Bill would allow Illinois students to opt out of state tests

    SPRINGFIELD – As new standardized tests tied to the Common Core standards spark debate around the country, the Illinois Legislature is considering a b ...
    April 24, 2015 - 8:15 pm
  • After drone killings, pressure for a new hostage strategy

    WASHINGTON – The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration's relianc ...
    April 24, 2015 - 7:00 pm
  • Illinois budget cuts include $106 million less for Medicaid

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois nursing homes are at a loss for how they will deal with a roughly $65 million cut in state Medicaid funding made by Gov. Bruce ...
    April 25, 2015 - 12:05 am
  • Judge sentences ex-lawmaker Derrick Smith, says politicians 'don't get it'

    CHICAGO – A federal judge sentenced a former state lawmaker on Thursday to five months in prison for pocketing a $7,000 bribe, chiding Illinois' polit ...
    April 23, 2015 - 4:27 pm
  • Loretta Lynch wins confirmation as attorney general

    WASHINGTON – Loretta Lynch has won confirmation to serve as the nation's attorney general, ending months of delay.
    April 23, 2015 - 1:19 pm
  • Gay marriage a difficult issue for GOP White House hopefuls

    NEW YORK – For Democratic politicians, same-sex marriage has become an easy issue: They're for it. Many Republican VIPs — notably the presidential hop ...
    April 23, 2015 - 10:45 am
  • Obama says he takes full responsibility for hostage deaths

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said Thursday he takes "full responsibility" for a U.S. counterterrorism mission that inadvertently killed an Amer ...
    April 23, 2015 - 9:49 am
  • Design OK'd for expansion of Sycamore Park District’s Airport Road sports complex

    SYCAMORE – Sycamore Park Board members have approved a design for a sports complex expansion that includes more and better parking and moving its socc ...
    April 22, 2015 - 11:40 pm
  • Hello? 8M phone calls unanswered as IRS cut taxpayer service

    WASHINGTON – The IRS' overloaded phone system hung up on more than 8 million taxpayers this filing season as the agency cut millions of dollars from t ...
    April 22, 2015 - 1:22 pm
  • GOP spokesman: Benghazi report may slip into 2016

    WASHINGTON – A Republican-led committee investigating the 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham C ...
    April 22, 2015 - 11:01 am
  • Sycamore City Council approves $56.7 million budget

    SYCAMORE – The Sycamore City Council approved a $56.7 million budget Monday for fiscal 2016 that is remarkable for what it doesn’t include: new taxes.
    April 21, 2015 - 9:54 pm
  • Same-sex marriage opponents urge Supreme Court to go slow

    WASHINGTON – Same-sex marriage opponents acknowledge they face a tough task in trying to persuade the Supreme Court to allow states to limit marriage ...
    April 21, 2015 - 12:15 pm
  • Human trafficking deal clears path for attorney general vote

    WASHINGTON – Senate leaders announced a deal Tuesday to move forward on a stalled human trafficking bill, clearing the way for a vote on President Bar ...
    April 21, 2015 - 9:59 pm
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