- UI president defers salary program pending state budget Updated: Jul-29-15 9:02 am
URBANA, Illinois - The University of Illinois is suspending its annual merit-based salary increase program until the state budget impasse is settled, Champaign-Urbana campus president Timothy Killeen said.
- Rauner signs bill to allow hiring preference for veterans Updated: Jul-29-15 5:23 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Private employers in Illinois can now give preference to veterans when hiring new workers.
- Rauner praises House vote to block lawmaker pay raise Updated: Jul-28-15 6:55 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Members of the Illinois House voted Tuesday to block a pay raise for themselves and senators that has become a flashpoint in the state's budget stalemate.
- Rauner signs bill broadening eligibility for food stamps Updated: Jul-28-15 3:47 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - More Illinois families will be able to receive federal food stamps under expanded eligibility signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
- Report: Illinois retirees contacted about working if strike Updated: Jul-27-15 2:25 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has been contacting retired state employees to determine if they're willing to come back on short-term contracts in case of a workers' strike, according to a published report.
- Timeline of compensation for Illinois General Assembly Updated: Jul-26-15 11:16 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A timeline of the compensation for members of the Illinois General Assembly:
- Closer Look: Lawmaker pay, a firestorm for years, lit again Updated: Jul-26-15 11:04 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois lawmakers are anxious about an automatic 2 percent salary increase they receive this month despite a budget crisis.
- Illinois lawmakers seek federal flood relief for farmers Updated: Jul-25-15 4:08 am
CHICAGO - Members of Illinois' congressional delegation are asking President Barack Obama to approve federal disaster relief for farmers hit by severe flooding.
- Judge says 2014 Chicago pension overhaul unconstitutional Updated: Jul-24-15 2:24 pm
CHICAGO - A Cook County judge on Friday threw out a 2014 law aimed at reducing multibillion-dollar shortfalls in two Chicago pension funds, a decision city officials have said could leave the retirement accounts insolvent in a little more than a decade or lead to massive tax increases.
- Lawyer: City will appeal ruling voiding Chicago pension law Updated: Jul-24-15 1:33 pm
CHICAGO - An attorney says the city of Chicago will appeal a judge's ruling that a 2014 overhaul of two pension funds is unconstitutional.
- Mayor Emanuel names ex-Madigan aide as chief of staff Updated: Jul-23-15 3:55 pm
CHICAGO - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has named a business executive and former top aide to Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan to be his next chief of staff.
- Madigan joins peers in seeking cellphone call-blocking Updated: Jul-23-15 4:08 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has joined dozens of peers in asking major wireless phone carriers to adopt technology that allows users to block unwanted calls.
- Senate GOP leader says Dems must step up on reform issues Updated: Jul-22-15 4:00 pm
CHICAGO - Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (ruh-DOHN'-yoh) says the budget stalemate could be easily resolved with Democratic engagement on reform issues, not another document.
- Cullerton says time to hit 'reset' on state budget talks Updated: Jul-22-15 1:40 pm
CHICAGO - Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says it's time to hit "reset" on state budget talks
- Lawmakers consider naming highway for White Sox star Thome Updated: Jul-22-15 11:24 am
PEORIA, Illinois - The Illinois House has passed a resolution to rename part of U.S. Route 24 in central Illinois after retired Chicago White Sox star Jim Thome (TOH'-mee).
- Illinois budget impasse means work stops on NIU building Updated: Jul-22-15 8:57 am
DEKALB, Illinois - The state's budget troubles mean construction has stopped on a $27.4 million classroom building at Northern Illinois University.
- A timeline of Blagojevich's career, legal battles Updated: Jul-21-15 7:50 pm
CHICAGO - Highlights from imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's political career and legal saga:
- The Latest: Blagojevich's wife wanted more counts dismissed Updated: Jul-21-15 7:01 pm
CHICAGO - The latest on a federal appeals court ruling that overturned some of the corruption convictions of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (all times CDT):
- Illinois Senate panel holds hearing on higher education pay Updated: Jul-20-15 6:11 pm
CHICAGO - From tracking administrator pay to professional development for board members, a state Senate panel heard testimony Monday on legislation proposed in the wake of questionable spending, investment and severance practices at a suburban Chicago community college.
- Rauner OKs ending mandatory life sentences for juveniles Updated: Jul-20-15 3:35 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to end mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles.
- New legislation clarifies Illinois' concealed-carry law Updated: Jul-20-15 2:25 pm
DEKALB, Illinois - Legislation took effect earlier this month to clarify ambiguities in Illinois' concealed-carry law, focusing on areas including privacy, mental illness and dealing with law enforcement.
- Legal fight over state worker pay sees 2 key rulings Friday Updated: Jul-17-15 9:08 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The legal ping pong over paying Illinois government workers without a budget took new bounces Friday, with appellate justices reversing one order and the Supreme Court declining to step into the fray.
- Tornados hits Illinois towns but no significant injuries Updated: Jul-17-15 3:58 pm
CAMERON, Illinois - At least three tornadoes hit communities in the northwest corner of Illinois and the central part of the state late Thursday, causing extensive damage but no significant injuries, officials said.
- Police say rural Illinois tornado caused no major injuries Updated: Jul-17-15 10:56 am
CAMERON, Illinois - Authorities say they believe only two people suffered minor injuries when a tornado hit the small Illinois community of Cameron but emergency crews are continuing to search.
- Illinois House takes no action on additional appropriation Updated: Jul-15-15 6:06 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The latest on the last day of lawmakers' deadline to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget veto. (All times local):