Government - State

  • House Speaker Michael Madigan renews push for 'Millionaire's Tax'

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois' longtime House speaker has renewed a push to tax the state's millionaires to boost funding for schools.
    Feb. 26, 2015 - 8:45 am
  • John Cullerton says budget agreement with Bruce Rauner not close

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner has hit a roadblock in his effort to persuade lawmakers to give him more authority to patch a $1.6 billion hole in thi ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 3:51 pm
  • Solution elusive to Illinois’ highway funding gap

    CHICAGO – For motorists, Illinois’ reliance on rapidly diminishing federal funding to repair the state’s aging roads and bridges means wasted hours st ...
    Feb. 21, 2015 - 11:54 pm
  • Bill would tighten rules for vaccine exemptions in Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD – An Illinois lawmaker wants to tighten the rules for parents seeking to exempt their children from vaccination requirements because of re ...
    Feb. 21, 2015 - 11:55 pm
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner's higher education cuts larger than expected, would affect all aspects of NIU

    DeKALB – Northern Illinois University officials are considering reducing staff, restructuring academic programs and pursuing more grants after Gov. Br ...
    Feb. 19, 2015 - 11:51 pm
  • Illinois senator Donne Trotter compares Bruce Rauner to 'ISIS warrior'

    SPRINGFIELD – An Illinois state senator who previously apologized for inflammatory comments has compared Gov. Bruce Rauner to an Islamic State "warrio ...
    Feb. 18, 2015 - 4:54 pm
  • 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 - 2:54 pm
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget likely to set up battle with Democrats

    CHICAGO – Since the night he was elected, Gov. Bruce Rauner has repeatedly said he wants Illinois to be the most competitive yet compassionate state i ...
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 4:38 pm
  • Proposal would add e-cigarettes to Illinois smoking ban

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Electronic cigarettes soon could be classified with tobacco products until a proposed smoking ban from an Illinois lawmaker.
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 11:36 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 - 11:15 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. 14, 2015 - 12:50 am
  • Comptroller won't go along with Rauner's order on union dues

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner's attempts to prohibit unions from requiring non-members to provide financial support hit a snag Friday.
    Feb. 13, 2015 - 8:42 pm
  • Illinois bills seek to ban red light cameras drivers hate

    SPRINGFIELD – The fight over red-light cameras has landed in the Illinois Legislature, where lawmakers who say the recording devices are "dishonest" a ...
    Feb. 12, 2015 - 11:12 am
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner eliminates 'fair share' union dues for state workers

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner has stepped up his campaign against government employee unions by eliminating so-called "fair share" dues paid by work ...
    Feb. 9, 2015 - 4:11 pm
  • Rauner says his agenda will make Illinois more competitive

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner laid out a first-year agenda Wednesday he said will help Illinois better compete with its neighbors, largely by stripp ...
    Feb. 5, 2015 - 9:45 am
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