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  • Lawmakers seek federal flood relief for farmers

    CHICAGO – Members of Illinois’ congressional delegation are asking President Barack Obama to approve federal disaster relief for farmers hit by severe ...
    July 26, 2015 - 12:01 am
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner criticizes lawmaker pay hike during budget mess

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner has stepped up the pressure on House Speaker Michael Madigan over the lack of a budget deal.
    July 21, 2015 - 10:51 am
  • New rules clarify, clean up Illinois concealed-carry law for handguns

    Some changes to Illinois’ fledgling concealed-carry law that clarify some of its ambiguities took effect with Gov. Bruce Rauner’s signature.
    July 20, 2015 - 12:14 am
  • Kirk explains critical comments about Iran deal

    CHICAGO – Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk says he allowed his anger to get the best of him as he criticized the multinational agreement designed to keep Iran ...
    July 18, 2015 - 10:20 pm
  • Legal fight over state worker pay sees 2 key rulings Friday

    SPRINGFIELD – The legal ping pong over paying Illinois government workers without a budget took new bounces Friday, with appellate justices reversing ...
    July 17, 2015 - 11:38 pm
  • Some state services for Illinois elderly, disabled in limbo

    SPRINGFIELD – Mary Schnell rises around 6 a.m. each day to help dress, feed and give medicine to her husband of nearly 65 years, who has dementia that ...
    July 17, 2015 - 11:26 pm
  • Temporary budget, likely doomed, goes to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers adopted a stop-gap budget plan Wednesday and readied to send it to a dismissive Gov. Bruce Rauner on a day when a flu ...
    July 15, 2015 - 4:14 pm
  • 2 Illinois courts, 2 takes on state employee pay – no budget

    SPRINGFIELD – For those keeping score this week, two Illinois courts issued conflicting opinions on whether Illinois state employees should get paid e ...
    July 11, 2015 - 12:18 am
  • Confusion in Illinois as a court orders state workers paid

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House adopted a stop-gap spending plan Thursday that would guarantee state employee paychecks for July, but Gov. Bruce Raun ...
    July 10, 2015 - 12:27 am
  • Illinois House adds all paychecks to 30-day budget, returns to Senate

    SPRINGFIELD – A stopgap Illinois budget padded with guaranteed state-employee paychecks for July has won House approval but the change delays its deli ...
    July 9, 2015 - 4:17 pm
  • Race to replace ex-Rep. Schock a classic GOP primary contest

    SPRINGFIELD – The race to replace former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has shaped up as a classic Republican primary, pitting the son of a longtime Illinois ...
    July 4, 2015 - 10:56 pm
  • Bill would allow cameras in Illinois nursing homes

    QUINCY – Illinois would become the fourth state in the U.S. to allow video and audio monitoring devices in nursing homes if Gov. Bruce Rauner signs le ...
    July 3, 2015 - 8:39 pm
  • Democrats push 1-month budget; Gov. Bruce Rauner, GOP likely to oppose

    SPRINGFIELD – Democrats pushed Wednesday for a one-month spending plan they said would allow critical services to continue as Illinois enters a new fi ...
    July 1, 2015 - 11:58 am
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