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  • Gov. Bruce Rauner trying to broker mega-deal in Illinois Legislature

    SPRINGFIELD – Seizing on Illinois' budget crisis as a political opportunity, Republican businessman-turned-governor Bruce Rauner is trying to broker a ...
    April 18, 2015 - 11:57 am
  • Pope expresses sadness for Cardinal Francis George's death

    VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has expressed sadness for the death of Cardinal Francis George, the retired Chicago archbishop.
    April 18, 2015 - 8:14 am
  • Illinois Tobacco Quitline closes amid grant suspensions

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Tobacco Quitline has been put on hold as a result of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s decision to suspend $26 million in social service ...
    April 17, 2015 - 11:45 pm
  • Chicago schools chief to take temporary leave amid probe

    CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett will take a paid leave of absence amid a federal investigation over a roughly $20 million no ...
    April 17, 2015 - 11:36 pm
  • Chicago Cardinal Francis George dies at age 78

    CHICAGO – Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who led the U.S. bishops' fight against Obamacare and played a key ...
    April 17, 2015 - 2:23 pm
  • Federal prosecutors investigating College of DuPage spending

    GLEN ELLYN – Documents show that federal prosecutors are investigating spending and other issues at the College of DuPage in suburban Chicago.
    April 16, 2015 - 11:28 pm
  • Training academy cooperating in probe of Chicago schools

    CHICAGO – A former employer of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s hand-picked chief of Chicago schools – a company that was awarded a no-bid contract of up to $20.5 ...
    April 16, 2015 - 11:28 pm
  • Schock campaign paid big for gifts, travel in last months

    WASHINGTON – A new report shows former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock’s campaign spent big on donor gifts and travel in the months before he resigned amid que ...
    April 16, 2015 - 11:27 pm
  • Illinois restores $97 million of school funding cuts

    SPRINGFIELD – Nearly 600 of the 800 Illinois school districts will have $97 million in state funding restored after a budget deal brokered last month ...
    April 16, 2015 - 11:14 pm
  • House approves pumpkin as Illinois' official state pie

    SPRINGFIELD – Pumpkin pie could be the new official state pie of Illinois.The Illinois House approve ...
    April 16, 2015 - 4:17 pm
  • Suspect in Woodstock, Crystal Lake bank robberies in custody

    WOODSTOCK – A suspect is in custody in connection to the robberies at two McHenry County Fifth Third Bank branches, police said.
    April 16, 2015 - 12:01 pm
  • Fight for $15 protests expand for workers

    NEW YORK – The Fight for $15 campaign to win higher pay and a union for fast-food workers is expanding to represent a variety of low-wage workers and ...
    April 15, 2015 - 11:16 pm
  • Donor sues Schock seeking reimbursement

    SPRINGFIELD – Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock’s legal problems expanded Wednesday as a contributor sued to force the repayment of millions of campaign d ...
    April 15, 2015 - 11:16 pm
  • Lincoln’s tomb caretakers face setbacks

    SPRINGFIELD – Caretakers of Abraham Lincoln’s tomb are on the defensive over an unflattering critique in National Geographic magazine and looming budg ...
    April 15, 2015 - 11:15 pm
  • Chicago not releasing video of officer-involved shooting

    CHICAGO – Months after a teenager was shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer, the city is still refusing to release the dash-cam video of the fatal ...
    April 15, 2015 - 11:14 pm
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