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State saves on alternatives to juvenile detention

SPRINGFIELD | The state saved about $9 million last year by sending 184 youth to community-based services as an alternative to incarceration, according to a report from the Illinois Department of Human Services.

June 13, 2011 12:00 am

Downstate meth program axed from budget

SPRINGFIELD | State funding for a methamphetamine treatment program in Franklin County remains in limbo.

June 06, 2011 9:54 am

Budget preserves regional superintendents

SPRINGFIELD | Regional superintendents of education have expressed relief that, for now, funding for their offices will not be cut out of the state's budget.

June 03, 2011 8:45 pm

House panel rejects gambling expansion

SPRINGFIELD | A House panel late Wednesday dumped an eleventh-hour bid to expand gambling in Illinois.

May 26, 2011 5:00 pm

Legislators send sign bill to Quinn

SPRINGFIELD | The Illinois House recently sent Gov. Pat Quinn legislation aimed at preventing another Rod Blagojevich from putting his name on taxpayer-financed billboards in connection with a state program.

May 10, 2011 10:12 am

Senate approves bill to help immigrant children pay for college

SPRINGFIELD | The Illinois Senate approved legislation Wednesday allowing undocumented students to participate in state college savings programs.

May 05, 2011 1:08 pm

Consolidation plan fails in state Senate

SPRINGFIELD | The Illinois Senate nixed a plan Tuesday designed to eliminate some of the state's numerous local governments.

May 03, 2011 8:30 pm

Inmates help with flood relief efforts

SPRINGFIELD | At least 414 Illinois prison inmates have been helping with sandbagging and storm cleanup in areas affected by the flooding in the southern part of the state.

May 03, 2011 12:36 pm

House votes to block scholarships for family

SPRINGFIELD | Lawmakers would be prohibited from awarding General Assembly scholarships to members of their family under legislation approved by the Illinois House Wednesday.

April 14, 2011 6:45 pm

Performance-based funds for higher ed weighed

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | State funding for Illinois' public universities could be based on measurements like how many students complete degrees, under proposals being debated in the Statehouse.

April 05, 2011 10:38 am

State promotes openess online

SPRINGFIELD | From bridge inspections to employee pay to state grants, the state of Illinois makes a large amount of information publicly accessible online.

March 12, 2011 1:01 pm

Lawmaker seeks ban on cell phone photos of accidents

SPRINGFIELD | A downstate lawmaker wants to prevent people from taking cell phone photographs or videos of traffic crashes.

March 04, 2011 12:00 am

Peotone project won't affect downstate airports

SPRINGFIELD | Officials from surrounding airports are not overly concerned about the possibility of a third Chicago airport affecting their passenger or flight numbers.

March 01, 2011 12:00 am

Lt. Gov. Simon opposes abolishing her office

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | The latest attempt by state lawmakers to eliminate the lieutenant governor's office has at least one opponent: the lieutenant governor.

February 26, 2011 12:00 am

School recess requirement doesn't play

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | A proposed law that would have required all elementary schools in Illinois to provide at least 10 minutes of daily recess fell four votes short Thursday in the Illinois House.

February 26, 2011 12:00 am

State senate lifts tech businesses

SPRINGFIELD | A measure designed to attract and keep tech businesses in Illinois received a boost Thursday from the Illinois Senate.

February 19, 2011 12:00 am

Despite tax hike, Quinn says lean year ahead

SPRINGFIELD | Lawmakers granted Gov. Pat Quinn his No. 1 wish last month when they approved an income tax increase designed to help close a massive budget gap.

February 15, 2011 12:00 am

Lawmaker proposes registering home-schooled students

SPRINGFIELD | Parents of home-schooled children would have to register their kids with the state under a proposal that could be debated in the Illinois Senate in coming weeks.

February 07, 2011 12:00 am

More legislators agree to suspend scholarships

SPRINGFIELD | State lawmakers are again pushing to abolish General Assembly scholarships, and more are pledging not to hand them out this year to students as a cost-saving measure.

February 03, 2011 12:00 am

Quinn to sign civil unions law

SPRINGFIELD | Same-sex couples will be able to obtain civil unions beginning July 1.

January 25, 2011 12:00 am

State tax bite just one factor for businesses looking to move or grow

SPRINGFIELD | A Democrat-led boost in state income taxes has triggered a flurry of job-poaching attempts by other states.

January 23, 2011 12:00 am

Lawmakers consider switch to one license plate

SPRINGFIELD | Illinois could join Indiana and 18 other states that only require one license plate, instead of two, under legislation recently introduced in the state House.

January 22, 2011 12:00 am

New comptroller bashes tax hike

SPRINGFIELD | On her third day in office, new Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka strongly criticized the 66 percent personal income tax increase signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn.

January 18, 2011 12:00 am

Freshman lawmakers propose cutting their own pay

SPRINGFIELD | Five new Republican lawmakers introduced legislation on their first day to cut Illinois General Assembly members' pay by 10 percent.

January 15, 2011 12:00 am

Rutherford closes six treasurer satellite offices

SPRINGFIELD | In his first act as state treasurer, Republican Dan Rutherford closed satellite offices in Effingham, Collinsville, Mount Vernon, Riverdale, Rockford and Rock Island.

January 12, 2011 12:00 am

Welcome reception kicks off inaugural festivities

SPRINGFIELD | About 500 people were invited to Gov. Pat Quinn's inaugural welcome reception Sunday at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, including all of the state's constitutional officers.

January 10, 2011 12:00 am

Hackers crash Illinois Senate Dems' website

SPRINGFIELD | Unknown hackers shut down a state website for several hours Sunday and early Monday.

January 05, 2011 12:00 am

Study recommends cigarette tax hike

SPRINGFIELD | A report released Monday said the state would gain $377 million in revenue by raising the cigarette tax $1 per pack.

January 05, 2011 12:00 am
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