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  • Law fails to stop Illinois schools from fattening pensions

    CHICAGO – A 2005 state law has failed to discourage many Illinois school districts from using large pay raises to fatten the pensions of retiring educ ...
    May 23, 2015 - 11:50 pm
  • Medical pot businesses to battle black market for customers

    CHICAGO – When retailers open state-approved medical marijuana shops in Illinois later this year, they will face a distinct disadvantage in luring pro ...
    May 23, 2015 - 11:49 pm
  • Illinois millionaire tax ballot question advances in House

    SPRINGFIELD – A House committee has approved a plan to ask voters whether Illinois should impose a tax on incomes of more than $1 million to help fund ...
    May 20, 2015 - 11:28 am
  • Illinois marijuana industry pins hopes on skeptical governor

    CHICAGO – Advocates of Illinois' troubled medical marijuana experiment hope to reassure investors by pushing to have lawmakers extend it beyond 2017, ...
    May 18, 2015 - 11:41 am
  • Gov. Rauner doles out $400K to fellow Illinois Republicans

    CHICAGO – Gov. Bruce Rauner has started doling out money from his campaign fund to fellow Republicans as the Illinois Legislature approaches what coul ...
    May 16, 2015 - 10:52 pm
  • Illinois House supports property-tax freeze; Rauner objects

    SPRINGFIELD – Legislation that Democrats say would freeze the amount of property taxes collected won support on the Illinois House floor.
    May 15, 2015 - 10:07 pm
  • Gov. Rauner, who campaigned on transparency, now secretive

    SPRINGFIELD – When running for office, future Gov. Bruce Rauner regularly pledged to bring unprecedented transparency to state government as part of t ...
    May 15, 2015 - 10:05 pm
  • Illinois lawmakers skeptical about pension deal this spring

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers expressed skepticism Wednesday that they'll be able to pass a new pension fix this spring, despite pressure from Gov. ...
    May 13, 2015 - 10:31 pm
  • Nearly half of states expect to confront big budget gaps

    ATLANTA – With the nation’s economy at its healthiest since the Great Recession, a surprising trend is emerging among the states – large budget gaps.
    May 9, 2015 - 11:54 pm
  • Things to know about the Illinois court ruling on pensions

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers have another burden awaiting them on their return to the Capitol this week after the state Supreme Court rejected a l ...
    May 9, 2015 - 11:51 pm
  • Illinois Supreme Court overturns state's landmark 2013 pension law

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court on Friday struck down a 2013 law that sought to fix the nation's worst government-employee pension crisis, a ...
    May 8, 2015 - 11:36 am
  • Rauner administration to restore $26 million in grant cuts

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner's office said Thursday that an unexpected windfall of revenue from income tax receipts will allow the state to restore ...
    April 30, 2015 - 10:47 pm
  • 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 - 11:39 pm
  • 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
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