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  • Obama to preach 'better politics' at testy Illinois Capitol story has photos
    Updated: Feb-10-16 9:25 am

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois state Capitol where President Barack Obama returns Wednesday with a plea for "better politics" is awash in an acidic partisan feud. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, Democratic legislative leaders led by longtime Speaker Michael Madigan and even Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel have engaged in sometimes uncomfortably personal attacks over the state budget mess, Chicago schools, the governor's appointments and more, taking finger-pointing to a new level.

  • Public can't attend Obama's speech at Illinois House 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 2:32 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A spokesman for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says the public will not be able to attend when President Barack Obama delivers a speech in the Illinois House chamber on Wednesday.

  • School funding overhaul again faces long odds in Springfield 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 10:10 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Lawmakers of all stripes have pledged support in recent weeks for overhauling the state's outdated school funding formula, a nearly 30 year old system that nearly everyone agrees penalizes students in poorer districts.

  • Illinois school funding will be topic for legislative panel 
    Updated: Feb-04-16 11:50 am

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan is forming a legislative panel to discuss changes to how Illinois funds its schools.

  • Illinois governor creates privately funded economic agency 
    Updated: Feb-03-16 6:07 pm

    CHICAGO - Gov. Bruce Rauner used his executive powers Wednesday to establish a privately run and funded economic development corporation that'll take over a state agency's role in luring new business to Illinois, despite concerns from top Democrats about transparency.

  • With no budget, Rauner repeats calls for pro-business reform story has photos
    Updated: Jan-27-16 4:30 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner used his State of the State address Wednesday to make another case for changes he says would make Illinois more competitive, even as he acknowledged that huge opposition from Democrats has prompted a record budget stalemate and crippled social services and other programs.

  • Jury convicts ex-Chicago official in red-light camera case story has photos
    Updated: Jan-26-16 5:35 pm

    CHICAGO - A federal jury convicted a former Chicago transportation official on Tuesday for taking bribes to steer $100 million in red-light camera contracts to a Phoenix company.

  • After ugly first year, Illinois' governor says stay tuned story has photos
    Updated: Jan-26-16 5:29 pm

    CHICAGO - Bruce Rauner takes pride in not being like any of Illinois' previous governors, either on matters of style or substance.

  • Excerpts from recent editorials by newspapers in Illinois 
    Updated: Jan-25-16 6:53 pm

    January 25, 2016