- Judge delays Hastert's arraignment in hush-money case Updated: Jun-02-15 4:44 pm
CHICAGO - A federal judge on Tuesday delayed former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's first court appearance until next week following his indictment in Chicago in a hush-money case.
- Q&A: Rauner begins anti-Democrat blitz as standoff persists Updated: Jun-01-15 6:25 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The state Capitol was quiet Monday, after the departure of lawmakers locked in a budget stalemate with Gov. Bruce Rauner. But the silence belied a cacophony of political ads the rookie administration is about to unleash on powerful legislative Democrats calling them an elite "political class" unwilling to help the middle class.
- Rauner takes to airwaves post-session to criticize Democrats Updated: Jun-01-15 11:08 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner took to the airwaves to criticize Illinois Democrats the morning after the state Legislature passed a spending bill the Republican said he wouldn't sign.
- Plan to allow Illinois bobcat hunting goes to governor Updated: May-31-15 7:30 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois would allow hunting and trapping of bobcats under legislation headed to the governor.
- Legislature OKs plan to reduce Chicago pension payments Updated: May-31-15 5:26 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois Legislature has approved a plan to reduce Chicago's payments to its fire and police pension funds for each of the next five years.
- Lincoln museum separation plan goes to Illinois governor Updated: May-31-15 4:52 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner will now decide whether to separate the capital city's Lincoln showplace from its parent agency.
- Illinois House, Senate to return for session in June Updated: May-31-15 4:48 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Leaders of the Illinois General Assembly say lawmakers will be in "continuous session" throughout the summer.
- Senate Republican leader blames Democrats for impasse Updated: May-31-15 3:35 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois' Senate Republican leader says the Democrats who control the Legislature are engaging in "noise and distraction" and walking away from ongoing budget negotiations.
- Cullerton blasts Gov. Rauner for impending negative ad blitz Updated: May-31-15 2:19 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Democratic Senate President John Cullerton is criticizing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner for an impending ad campaign that will blast Democrats. And he says he fears GOP legislators may be "lured away" from compromise by Rauner's campaign cash.
- Police camera measure awaits action from Illinois governor Updated: May-30-15 6:59 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that would set statewide rules for the use of police body cameras.
- Ban on Illinois worker strike, union lockout sent to Rauner Updated: May-30-15 4:44 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois Democrats want to dampen what they call Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's anti-union rhetoric by banning public-employee strikes or management lockouts.
- Illinois lawmakers OK bill fighting heroin abuse Updated: May-30-15 2:44 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Bipartisan legislation intended to fight the heroin epidemic and prescription drug abuse in Illinois is headed to Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk.
- Marijuana could treat PTSD under legislation Updated: May-30-15 1:36 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Post-traumatic stress disorder would be considered a debilitating illness that can be treated with medically prescribed marijuana under legislation headed to Gov. Bruce Rauner.
- Illinois still refining rape kit rules after infamous cases Updated: May-30-15 1:08 pm
CHICAGO - The problem of mishandled or ignored rape kits persists nearly a decade after some were discovered gathering dust at a suburban Chicago police department, and Illinois lawmakers are still trying to find ways to give victims justice - or at least peace of mind.
- Gay conversion therapy ban heads to Illinois governor's desk Updated: May-29-15 7:44 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois Senate has approved a ban on therapy designed to "convert" gay young people to heterosexuals.
- Hastert rose to speakership among the scandals of others Updated: May-29-15 7:09 pm
WASHINGTON - Dennis Hastert's career as House speaker both arose and ended amid the sex-related scandals of others.
- Duckworth: Democratic 2016 Senate primary hurts Kirk Updated: May-28-15 6:54 pm
CHICAGO - U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth said Thursday that a potential challenger in the Democratic primary for Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk's seat won't hurt her in a 2016 contest that's already heating up.
- Effort to expand Illinois gambling likely pushed into summer Updated: May-28-15 5:21 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - An effort to approve a Chicago casino and other new casinos throughout Illinois to generate much-needed revenue could be pushed into the summer.
- Belleville township dissolution effort advances Updated: May-28-15 6:32 am
BELLEVILLE, Illinois - Efforts to dissolve Belleville's township government are gaining momentum in the Illinois Legislature's final week.
- House passes 'mini' capital projects plan Updated: May-27-15 8:31 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois House has approved legislation funding capital projects as Democrats make a piecemeal attempt to push a budget through the General Assembly.
- Illinois school funding would increase in Democratic budget Updated: May-27-15 6:59 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Funding for Illinois' public schools would increase by roughly $240 million next year under a proposal Democrats are advancing in the Legislature.
- Illinois bill penalizes for leaving pets in extreme weather Updated: May-27-15 9:47 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois lawmakers have sent Gov. Bruce Rauner legislation that would make leaving pets outside in extreme hot or cold weather punishable with jail time and fines.
- Democrats show priorities as they advance 2016 budget plan Updated: May-26-15 8:30 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A plan Illinois Democrats are proposing as an alternative to the steep cuts sought by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner would keep budget levels flat for local governments and Medicaid and only modestly reduce higher education assistance, committee leaders said Tuesday.
- Rauner names new Illinois National Guard adjutant general Updated: May-26-15 4:14 am
CHICAGO - Gov. Bruce Rauner has named Brig. Gen. Richard J. Hayes Jr. as adjutant general of the Illinois National Guard.
- Standoff between Rauner, Democrats hangs over Legislature Updated: May-25-15 5:41 pm
CHICAGO - A standoff between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the Illinois Legislature is threatening to derail action on a long list of issues as lawmakers enter the final days of their spring session.