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  • Jobs cut at Get Covered Illinois before push

    CHICAGO – Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration has eliminated 15 staff positions from Get Covered Illinois, the state’s health insurance exchange, three ...
    July 10, 2015 - 12:34 am
  • Ill. school superintendent gets perk for lower pension

    CHICAGO – Illinois State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith’s contract includes a perk that was included to match retirement benefits provided to ...
    July 10, 2015 - 12:34 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
  • Obama admin. takes aim at segregation in housing

    CHICAGO – The nation’s head of urban housing policy announced new regulations Wednesday aimed at fulfilling promises of the 1968 Fair Housing Act by p ...
    July 8, 2015 - 10:56 pm
  • Connected marijuana lobbyist to push for program’s future in Illinois

    CHICAGO – A new group has formed to push for policies in Springfield favorable to the medical marijuana industry with a well-connected former Illinois ...
    July 8, 2015 - 10:57 pm
  • Rauner tells lawmakers he’ll trade taxes for ‘turnaround’

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner said Wednesday he is willing to raise taxes if the General Assembly agrees to his alterations of the Illinois legal an ...
    July 8, 2015 - 10:56 pm
  • Peterson’s murder-for-hire trial again delayed

    CHESTER – Drew Peterson’s murder-for-hire trial has again been delayed as the former suburban Chicago police officer seeks to enlist an expert witness ...
    July 7, 2015 - 9:20 pm
  • Rubio jabs both parties during economic pitch

    CHICAGO – Republican presidential contender Marco Rubio called for lower corporate tax rates, looser Internet regulation and broader college accredita ...
    July 7, 2015 - 9:20 pm
  • LaHood wins Illinois GOP race to replace ex-U.S. Rep. Schock

    SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Darin LaHood won the GOP nomination Tuesday in the race to replace disgraced ex-U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, defeating an anti-est ...
    July 7, 2015 - 11:29 pm
  • Judge: Chicago jail’s newspaper ban violates 1st Amendment

    CHICAGO – A federal judge in Chicago has ruled that a long-standing ban on all newspapers at one of the nation’s largest jails violates inmates’ right ...
    July 7, 2015 - 9:20 pm
  • University of Illinois spends $843,000 for legal defense

    URBANA – The University of Illinois has spent more than $843,000 defending itself in a pair of lawsuits filed by a professor who was denied a job at t ...
    July 7, 2015 - 9:20 pm
  • Judge bars full state worker pay without Illinois budget

    CHICAGO – Illinois won’t be allowed to pay state workers in full during an ongoing budget impasse, a Cook County judge ruled Tuesday, potentially leav ...
    July 7, 2015 - 9:14 pm
  • Weekend highlights Chicago’s gang warfare

    CHICAGO – A 7-year-old boy who was one of seven people shot to death in Chicago over the holiday weekend was the son of a gang leader with a lengthy a ...
    July 6, 2015 - 9:01 pm
  • Man critically hurt in fall at Grateful Dead show

    CHICAGO – Police say a man was critically hurt in a fall at a Grateful Dead concert at Chicago’s Soldier Field.
    July 6, 2015 - 9:01 pm
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