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Ill. school funding overhaul shelved for now

SPRINGFIELD | A controversial proposal to overhaul how Illinois funds public schools won't come up for debate during the General Assembly's fall veto session.

14 hours ago

Ill. Ebola hotline logs nearly 500 calls in first week

SPRINGFIELD | The state's top health official says a hotline set up to answer questions about Ebola has cooled down in recent days.

15 hours ago

State: Jimmy John's owes taxes on corporate jets

SPRINGFIELD | More than three years after the founder of the Jimmy John's sandwich empire became an outspoken critic of Gov. Pat Quinn's push to raise income taxes, officials say two of his companies owe the state more than $1.4 million for unpaid taxes on two corporate jets.

October 20, 2014 2:30 pm

Quinn, Rauner have spent $21M on TV, radio ads in past 3 months

Republican Bruce Rauner and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn are making former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's love of fundraising look, well, sort of quaint.

October 20, 2014 12:00 am

Two years in, debate over crime and video gambling continues

SPRINGFIELD | When Illinois lawmakers began debating the legalization of video gambling in 2009, opponents argued it would result in an increase in crime.

October 19, 2014 12:00 am
Obama visit a 'plus' for Quinn

Obama visit a 'plus' for Quinn

SPRINGFIELD | While some Democratic candidates try to distance themselves from President Barack Obama, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is embracing a weekend campaign visit from the commander in chief.

October 17, 2014 12:00 am

Republican attorney general candidate targets corruption

SPRINGFIELD | The Republican candidate for Illinois attorney general said Tuesday he wants to pave the way for more citizens to file lawsuits targeting corruption in state government.

October 15, 2014 12:00 am

Quinn uses power of incumbency in re-election bid

SPRINGFIELD | It's not hard to tell its campaign season by looking at Gov. Pat Quinn's schedule.

October 15, 2014 12:00 am

GOP lawmaker: No one takes responsibility for anti-violence program

Republicans have been complaining for four years that an anti-violence program launched by Gov. Pat Quinn in the waning days of the 2010 election was a thinly veiled attempt to use taxpayer dollars to generate turnout and votes in parts of Chicago and its south suburbs.

October 13, 2014 12:00 am

Quinn, Rauner clash in 1st major debate

SPRINGFIELD | The two candidates for governor in Illinois hammered each other on their respective records Thursday, each accusing their counterpart of failing in their roles as leaders.

October 09, 2014 11:00 pm

Will Rauner's words come back to bite him?

It seems like every campaign season a candidate for office utters a line that later comes back to haunt them.

October 06, 2014 12:00 am

Rauner invokes former Indiana governor in bid to topple Quinn

SPRINGFIELD | To hear Bruce Rauner say it, even he's not his top choice for governor.

October 05, 2014 12:00 am

State releases data on medical marijuana company applications

SPRINGFIELD | New figures released Thursday by Illinois officials shows stiff competition for companies seeking state permits to sell and grow medical marijuana.

October 02, 2014 2:15 pm

Lawmakers to resume probe of Quinn anti-violence program

SPRINGFIELD | The federal prosecutor overseeing central Illinois has told state lawmakers they can resume hearings into Gov. Pat Quinn's controversial anti-violence program.

September 30, 2014 3:08 pm

Voters soon will receive info on ballot questions

Some time this week, voters will begin receiving booklets in the mail courtesy of the Illinois Secretary of State's office.

September 29, 2014 12:00 am

School funding debate roils Republicans

SPRINGFIELD | Lawmakers and school officials in suburban Chicago are trying to kill off a school funding overhaul that could help hundreds of districts in downstate Illinois.

September 27, 2014 9:15 pm

Proposal mandates carbon monoxide detectors in schools

SPRINGFIELD | Some Illinois school officials aren't waiting to find out if they'll be required to install carbon monoxide detectors in buildings where students are present.

September 25, 2014 3:31 pm

Federal judges to get look at prison conditions

SPRINGFIELD | Two federal judges plan to visit an Illinois prison next month as part of a class action lawsuit brought by inmates at the overcrowded facility.

September 24, 2014 4:02 pm

Rauner attacks Quinn over medical marijuana secrecy

SPRINGFIELD | Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner is raising red flags about the state's new medical marijuana program.

September 16, 2014 3:14 pm

IDOT hiring shines spotlight on political hiring

The pitiful thing about a recent inspector general report on hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation is that, despite decades of outside legal action and the creation of an entire bureaucracy designed to enforce ethical behavior in state government, it showed that there are still…

September 14, 2014 2:00 pm

Attorneys for former Rutherford worker argue against dismissal of sex harassment case

SPRINGFIELD | Attorneys for the man suing Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford for harassment say a federal judge should reject attempts by Attorney General Lisa Madigan to dismiss the case.

September 12, 2014 2:48 pm

Medical marijuana law sponsor defends secret application process

SPRINGFIELD | The sponsor of a plan legalizing medical marijuana in Illinois Friday defended a part of the law that bars the release of information about companies wanting licenses to grow and sell pot.

September 12, 2014 2:17 pm

State may keep information on medical pot companies secret

SPRINGFIELD | There's been no shortage of politically connected companies lining up to compete for a limited number of state-regulated medical marijuana franchises.

September 09, 2014 12:00 am

Rauner's lifestyle in sharp contrast to Quinn's experiment with life on minimum wage

When it comes to making money, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is an unqualified success.

September 08, 2014 12:00 am

Illinois rest areas under construction

SPRINGFIELD | Motorists who needed a break as they drove across Illinois this summer had to hold out a little longer than anticipated.

September 07, 2014 12:00 am

Pension case may be on fast track

SPRINGFIELD | The future of a controversial overhaul of state employee pension systems could be determined faster than expected.

September 05, 2014 12:46 pm

Medical pot applications exceed expectations

SPRINGFIELD | In just three days, more than 2,000 people began the application process to register for a medical marijuana card in Illinois.

September 05, 2014 12:33 pm

Students, teachers greeted by new requirements at school

SPRINGFIELD | A new school year means students, teachers and school administrators are facing dozens of new laws and requirements.

September 03, 2014 11:48 am

Rauner may be feeling good about his electoral chances

With Gov. Pat Quinn reeling from the double whammy of two separate probes of his administration, Republican Bruce Rauner headed into the Labor Day weekend feeling better about his chances of ending a decade's worth of Democratic power in the capital city.

September 01, 2014 12:00 am

State to stop taking money from retirees for health insurance

SPRINGFIELD | Pension checks for retired state workers could be back at full strength by Oct. 1.

August 30, 2014 12:00 am

Medical marijuana applications start Tuesday

SPRINGFIELD | The Illinois Department of Public Health is gearing up for what could be a busy day Tuesday when the first applications for medical marijuana begin rolling in.

August 29, 2014 6:15 pm
Rare glimpse of Ill. high court quarters

Rare glimpse of Ill. high court quarters

SPRINGFIELD | Two of Illinois' top judges this week offered a rare and sometimes intimate glimpse into the behind-the-scenes activity of the state's highest court.

August 29, 2014 12:00 am Photos


Bears, wolves, panthers protected under Illinois law

SPRINGFIELD | Although sightings of bears, cougars and wolves are relatively rare in Illinois, the trio are now a protected species under state law.

August 25, 2014 3:30 pm

Quinn focusing on Rauner's wealth in campaign

It is no secret that Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has made his opponent's substantial wealth the main theme of his campaign.

August 25, 2014 12:00 am

Presidential library aiming for Adlai Stevenson exhibit

SPRINGFIELD | Officials at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum are planning a new exhibit highlighting one of Illinois' political dynasties.

August 25, 2014 12:00 am

Quinn signs youth alcohol measure

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Friday that could crack down on parents who allow children to drink booze in their cars, boats and other vehicles.

August 22, 2014 12:00 am

Prison officials ID one of the Harvey hostage-takers

SPRINGFIELD | State prison officials have confirmed the identity of one of the men involved in the 20 hour hostage standoff in a Chicago suburb that ended Wednesday morning.

August 21, 2014 9:30 pm

Fear of Rauner has unions backing Quinn

Republican Bruce Rauner is a powerful man.

August 18, 2014 12:00 am

Cities, universities get first crack at state airplanes

SPRINGFIELD | Local governments and public universities across the state have about two weeks to decide whether they want to own an airplane.

August 15, 2014 11:19 am

Republicans say they have momentum to end Dem control

SPRINGFIELD | Republicans took over the Illinois State Fairgrounds Thursday saying 2014 will be the year they break a decade-long Democratic stranglehold on power in state government.

August 14, 2014 6:42 pm

Democrats push ballot questions to boost turnout

SPRINGFIELD | Showing concern for a possible Republican wave this year, top Illinois Democrats highlighted their strategy Wednesday for drawing voters to the polls in November.

August 13, 2014 5:15 pm

State targeting immigrant driver's license scammers

SPRINGFIELD | State officials are attempting to derail scam artists who are preying on immigrants seeking Illinois driver's licenses.

August 12, 2014 1:58 pm

State targeting immigrant driver's license scammers

SPRINGFIELD | State officials are attempting to derail scam artists who are preying on immigrants seeking Illinois driver's licenses.

August 11, 2014 5:37 pm

Shuttered prison now filled with 2,200 metal filing cabinets

In one of the more curious moves of his administration, Gov. Pat Quinn addressed budget problems within the horrendously overcrowded state prison system by... closing two prisons.

August 11, 2014 12:00 am
GOP lieutenant governor candidate sought out state job

GOP lieutenant governor candidate sought out state job

SPRINGFIELD | Before Evelyn Sanguinetti wanted to shake up Illinois, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor wanted a regular state job.

August 08, 2014 6:30 pm

'Sign and drive' legislation expected to become law in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD | Illinois motorists nabbed for speeding or running a red light will no longer have to forfeit their driver's license to the officer writing the ticket under legislation expected to become law Saturday.

August 08, 2014 12:35 pm

Quinn camp says no patronage in hiring of former campaign chair

SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign says the 2013 hiring of an $80,000 per year policy analyst at the state's transportation agency had nothing to do with politics.

August 07, 2014 12:00 am

Adviser to top Illinois Democrats Gene Callahn dies

SPRINGFIELD | Era Eugene "Gene" Callahan, a legendary political adviser for key Illinois Democrats and a former lobbyist for Major League Baseball, died at home Monday. He was 80.

August 04, 2014 2:17 pm

Both gov candidates expected at Illinois State Fair

The Illinois State Fair kicks off Thursday evening with the annual opening night parade through the streets of Springfield.

August 04, 2014 12:00 am

Ag chief Flider in the political spotlight

SPRINGFIELD | The man in charge of the state's farm agency found himself in the middle of the political slugfest for governor this week.

August 02, 2014 12:00 am
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