- Democrats warn Illinois could go broke without state budget Updated: Oct-08-15 6:09 pm
CHICAGO - Illinois will run out of money to operate in a matter of months if lawmakers can't agree on a state budget, top Democrats warned Thursday, but they reiterated they won't bow to Gov. Bruce Rauner's demands to weaken public-worker unions for a deal.
- Chicago Democrats to meet to fill seat of late Rep. Golar Updated: Oct-08-15 4:05 am
CHICAGO - Democrats have started the process of choosing a replacement for the late state Rep. Esther Golar of Chicago.
- Illinois Senate to get 2 new members to fill vacancies Updated: Oct-05-15 10:40 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Two lawmakers are set to be sworn in to fill vacancies in the Illinois Senate.
- University of Illinois opens center for wounded veterans Updated: Oct-03-15 1:09 pm
URBANA, Illinois - The University of Illinois has opened a center to help wounded war veterans earn college diplomas.
- Illinois home day care workers seek repayment of union dues Updated: Sep-30-15 5:33 pm
ST. LOUIS - Home day care workers in Illinois are seeking a refund of millions of dollars in past payments in a federal lawsuit recently filed in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned a state requirement for non-union home health workers to pay fair-share union fees.
- IDOT to host public meetings on highway improvements Updated: Sep-27-15 5:05 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois Department of Transportation is hosting a series of statewide public meetings on its new five-year, $8.4 billion highway improvement plan.
- Illinois House committee OKs $3.8B human services bill Updated: Sep-24-15 2:08 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - An Illinois House committee has passed a plan to pay for emergency food assistance, mental health and other services during the state budget stalemate.
- Applications available to replace LaHood in Illinois Senate Updated: Sep-24-15 8:28 am
PEORIA, Illinois - Applications are available to replace Darin LaHood in the Illinois Legislature.
- Rauner warns he will veto $3.8B stopgap spending bill Updated: Sep-22-15 11:26 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner's office is warning lawmakers that the Republican will veto a $3.8 billion spending bill pending in the Illinois House.
- Cities told of victim exception in nuisance law Updated: Sep-21-15 3:13 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Civil rights advocates are trying to prepare Illinois cities with so-called nuisance laws about too many police calls for new exceptions protecting domestic abuse victims and disabled people.
- State fires Illinois Lottery manager Northstar after report Updated: Sep-18-15 6:55 pm
CHICAGO - The state of Illinois reached an agreement to terminate the contract of Northstar Lottery Group, the private company managing the state's lottery, the governor's office said Friday.
- Caseyville officer's squad car death called suicide Updated: Sep-18-15 12:14 pm
CASEYVILLE, Illinois - Illinois State Police are investigating the shooting death of a southwestern Illinois police officer found in his squad car as an apparent suicide.
- State budget puts clamps on U of Illinois music festival Updated: Sep-17-15 4:01 am
MONTICELLO, Illinois - An annual music festival put on by the University of Illinois is on hold this year because of the state's budget situation.
- Illinois trooper guilty of assault in roadside strip search Updated: Sep-15-15 5:24 pm
ST. LOUIS - An Illinois state trooper was convicted of misdemeanor aggravated assault but cleared of a felony for a roadside strip search in East St. Louis that was captured on his patrol car's dashboard camera.
- Illinois State Police investigate wrong-way fatal crash Updated: Sep-13-15 3:01 pm
OAK BROOK, Illinois - An off-duty Chicago Ridge police officer is dead following a crash caused by a driver going the wrong way on Interstate 294 near Oak Brook.
- U of Illinois emails highlight medical school struggle Updated: Sep-13-15 9:33 am
CHAMPAIGN, Illinois - Before the University of Illinois decided to create a new engineering-based medical school at the Urbana-Champaign campus, the power players behind the idea maneuvered to line up political support while they fought off attempts to kill the idea from within.
- Illinois lawmaker seeks to restore death penalty Updated: Sep-12-15 4:05 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A lawmaker from southwestern Illinois is pushing to restore the death penalty in certain cases, including when police officers are killed.
- State, AFSCME to continue talks without lockout or strike Updated: Sep-10-15 6:38 pm
CHICAGO - State officials will continue contract negotiations with Illinois' largest public employee union without the possibility of a strike, work slowdown or lockout.
- GOP lawmakers pitch new plan to trim Illinois pension debt Updated: Sep-10-15 5:13 pm
CHICAGO - Republican lawmakers are pitching a new idea they say could make a small dent in Illinois' worst-in-the-nation pension debt at a time when the state has few remaining options for dealing with the multibillion-dollar problem.
- State budget stalemate delays University of Illinois budget Updated: Sep-10-15 1:36 pm
URBANA, Illinois - University of Illinois Comptroller Walter Knorr says the state budget stalemate means the school won't be able to put together a budget for the current school year any time soon.
- Illinois Senate rejects Rauner's veto of anti-heroin bill Updated: Sep-09-15 7:14 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Senate Democrats bucked Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto Wednesday in instituting a law to fight heroin abuse in Illinois, but ran into predictable Republican derision when they approved spending $3.8 billion to fund a variety of programs from breast cancer screenings to lottery prizes.
- Excerpts from editorials by Illinois newspapers Updated: Sep-08-15 4:31 pm
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- Hearing on consent decrees delves into budget blame Updated: Sep-08-15 3:08 pm
CHICAGO - An Illinois Senate hearing on payments to social service providers through court orders has delved more into finger pointing over why there isn't a state budget.