- Correction: Dennis Hastert-Legislation story Updated: May-05-16 11:48 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - In a story May 4 about Illinois legislation that would eliminate the statute of limitations on child sex abuse crimes, The Associated Press reported erroneously that former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid $3.5 million to silence someone who accused him of sexual abuse. Hastert agreed to pay that amount, but he ultimately paid only $1.7 million and the victim is now suing him to collect the rest.
- Gov. Rauner expresses optimism about Illinois budget talks Updated: Apr-27-16 4:43 pm
AUBURN, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner struck an optimistic tone that he can reach a budget agreement with Illinois lawmakers next month, telling an assembly of high school students Wednesday that he's "pretty excited" about the prospect of ending the historic stalemate.
- The Latest: Illinois universities grateful; say more needed Updated: Apr-22-16 3:32 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Latest on the Illinois Legislature's plan to fund higher education and other legislative issues (all times local):
- Illinois lawmakers debate how state should draw districts Updated: Apr-19-16 6:11 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The full Illinois House and Senate are expected to debate plans this week on how to overhaul the way the state draws its legislative districts every decade, an issue that members from both parties say they want to change but over which debate inevitably devolves into partisan sniping.
- Illinois education-funding amendment gets initial OK Updated: Apr-18-16 9:18 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Votes would be asked to change the Illinois Constitution to declare that the state should be responsible for the majority of public school funding under a measure that advanced in the state House Monday.
- Illinois comptroller: Pay for officeholders to be delayed Updated: Apr-17-16 3:01 pm
CHICAGO - Lawmakers from the governor on down will start waiting for their paychecks like others whose payments from the state have been delayed due to the prolonged budget impasse, Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger said Sunday.
- Rauner-Madigan rivalry hamstrings Illinois budget talks Updated: Apr-17-16 2:44 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The rivalry between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan continues to intensify during Illinois' 10-month budget stalemate, leaving little hope that the state will have a spending plan any time soon.
- Illinois House Democrats pass $3.9 billion spending bill Updated: Apr-12-16 7:37 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois House Democrats advanced a $3.9 billion measure to fund colleges and human services programs while the state operates without a budget.
- House speaker introduces education-funding amendment Updated: Apr-11-16 6:12 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois House speaker has proposed a constitutional amendment to strengthen the state's obligation to fund public education.
- Lawmakers frustrated by state budget impasse meet privately Updated: Apr-11-16 5:15 pm
CHICAGO - Frustrated by a state budget impasse stretching into its 10th month, rank and file Illinois lawmakers are meeting in bipartisan groups to discuss potential solutions.