- Illinois pushes legal aid for juveniles in murder cases Updated: May-24-16 7:06 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A lawyer would have to be present when police question juveniles younger than 15 in murder or sex offense investigations under a measure Illinois lawmakers are considering that seeks to eliminate false confessions.
- Illinois lawmaker, university spar over research animals Updated: May-24-16 11:20 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A bill that would've required universities in Illinois to offer healthy cats and dogs to rescue organizations after animal testing has provoked a dispute between its Democratic sponsor and the University of Illinois.
- Lawyers contribute to congressional campaign of judge's son Updated: May-23-16 5:59 pm
BELLEVILLE, Illinois - Illinois U.S. House 12th District candidate C.J. Baricevic has gotten most of his campaign funding from attorneys who work in the Belleville-based court system headed by his father, according to a newspaper's recent analysis.
- Illinois GOP calls for unity as some tiptoe around Trump Updated: May-21-16 5:36 pm
PEORIA, Illinois - Illinois Republicans cheered calls for unity at the party's state convention on Saturday even as some top elected officials tiptoed around the name likely to top the GOP ticket: Donald Trump.
- Carl Sandburg College drafts budget with little state aid Updated: May-21-16 4:58 pm
GALESBURG, Illinois - Carl Sandburg College officials have drafted a budget for the coming school year that relies on virtually no funding from Illinois lawmakers still embroiled in the state's budget stalemate.
- Kewanee incarceration site to be reused for adult inmates Updated: May-20-16 5:53 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Western Illinois lawmakers celebrated Friday as Gov. Bruce Rauner confirmed the Kewanee youth correctional site will be transformed into a space for adult inmates.
- Future of Illinois' daily fantasy sports bill unclear Updated: May-19-16 6:58 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A last-minute push to legalize daily fantasy sports betting in Illinois cleared the state Senate on Thursday, but the bill's future is in limbo because of some legislative maneuvering.
- Lawmakers send college tuition grant funding plan to Rauner Updated: May-19-16 6:07 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois Democrats have approved a measure to fully fund tuition grants for low-income students despite Republican concerns the state can't pay for its promises.
- Wage increase for Community Care workers heads to Senate Updated: May-19-16 4:20 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois House has approved a measure that would increase wages for the hundreds of thousands of workers who care for seniors.
- Rauner 'probably comfortable' with marijuana legislation Updated: May-19-16 1:35 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner says he may be comfortable with legislation to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in Illinois. But the Republican stopped short of promising to sign the bill.
- Illinois Senate panel advances automatic voter registration Updated: May-18-16 6:47 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A Senate committee has advanced a measure allowing automatic voter registration in Illinois.
- Illinois lawmakers pass limits on phone-tracking technology Updated: May-18-16 6:45 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois lawmakers have approved a bill that restricts how law enforcement agencies use devices that mimic cell towers to track phone locations in criminal investigations.
- Rauner cool to idea of $15 hourly wage for home care workers Updated: May-18-16 6:41 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner is signaling a cool reception to legislation that raises the base salary for home care workers to $15 an hour.
- Amid budget deficit, Illinois considers taxing sugary drinks Updated: May-18-16 5:16 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Lawmakers scrambling to find money to fix Illinois' multibillion dollar deficit are looking to sugary drinks as one potential source of revenue.
- Mixed reviews for latest talks on Illinois budget standoff Updated: May-17-16 5:34 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Legislative leaders gave mixed reviews Tuesday to the latest negotiations with Gov. Bruce Rauner to seek an end to Illinois' epic budget standoff, tempering any optimism with skepticism that a compromise is possible any time soon.
- Gov. Rauner vetoes Illinois union arbitration bill Updated: May-16-16 8:58 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed legislation Monday that would let an arbitrator settle state-employee wages and working conditions if union negotiations stall, describing the bill as an attack on taxpayers.
- Rauner running out of time to get budget reforms he wants Updated: May-15-16 3:45 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner's vision of a grand two-year budget compromise with Illinois lawmakers is diminishing as the clock ticks down on this year's legislative session.
- Democratic Rep. Franks seeks county job over re-election Updated: May-15-16 3:30 pm
CHICAGO - Outspoken Democratic state Rep. Jack Franks said Sunday that he will run for McHenry County board chairman instead of seeking re-election for the Illinois House where he's served since 1999, a decision fueled by the state's unprecedented budget impasse.
- Energy industries ask Illinois lawmakers for assistance Updated: May-13-16 4:22 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The nuclear, coal and renewable-energy industries are vying for the attention of Illinois lawmakers with just a few weeks left in the session.
- Illinois lawmakers pass $700M for human services programs Updated: May-12-16 8:38 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois lawmakers approved $700 million Thursday to partially finance cash-strapped human services programs during the state's historic budget stalemate, even as the governor considered tax increases and cuts that could finally move the state toward a full spending plan.
- Senate OKs interstate redistricting plan Updated: May-12-16 4:29 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois Senate has adopted a plan that would create a uniform, interstate process for drawing political boundaries.
- Bill to raise tobacco-purchase age fails in Senate Updated: May-12-16 3:29 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A measure to prohibit tobacco sales to people younger than 21 has failed in the Illinois Senate.
- Illinois Senate campaign targets 'war hero' veterans record Updated: May-11-16 9:45 pm
CHICAGO - Rep. Tammy Duckworth lost both legs when her helicopter was shot down in Iraq, then went on to hold leadership roles in the Illinois and U.S. Veterans Affairs departments.
- Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in Illinois Updated: May-11-16 9:08 am
May 9, 2016
- Illinois schools warn of closures, layoffs without budget Updated: May-10-16 6:31 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois superintendents warned of school closures and staff layoffs Tuesday as they implored state lawmakers to pass a budget to give them certainty for the fall when the new academic year begins.