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  • Standoff between Rauner, Democrats hangs over Legislature 
    Updated: May-25-15 5:41 pm

    CHICAGO - A standoff between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the Illinois Legislature is threatening to derail action on a long list of issues as lawmakers enter the final days of their spring session.

  • Democrats giving no hint of compromise with Rauner on budget 
    Updated: May-22-15 7:53 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Majority Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly gave no hint on Friday that they are ready to budge from opposition to Gov. Bruce Rauner's pro-business reforms after the Republican softened some of his "Turnaround Illinois" demands.

  • Report: More lobbyists in Springfield than past 5 years 
    Updated: May-10-15 12:25 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The number of lobbyists seeking out public officials in Springfield is at the highest level in five years, according to a newspaper report published Sunday.

  • Struggles persist as Illinois horse tracks push for slots story has photos
    Updated: May-10-15 10:14 am

    COLLINSVILLE, Illinois - The promotions meant to drum up interest in horse racing at 90-year-old Fairmount Park among customers more comfortable staring at an iPhone than a tip sheet are creative and constant.

  • Things to know about the Illinois court ruling on pensions story has photos
    Updated: May-09-15 3:17 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois lawmakers have another burden awaiting them on their return to the Capitol this week after the state Supreme Court rejected a landmark pension reform law Friday. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner thinks the Legislature should move quickly toward a Plan B, but others are advising caution. The following are some things to know about the ruling and what's next:

  • Illinois justices overturn state's landmark 2013 pension law story has photos
    Updated: May-08-15 6:26 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois Supreme Court forced the state Friday to find another way to fix the nation's worst government-employee pension crisis, ruling lawmakers "overstepped" by enacting a law that slashed retirement benefits to confront a massive budget deficit.

  • Lawmakers working on bill to create Chicago-owned casino 
    Updated: May-07-15 7:20 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois lawmakers are trying to negotiate a deal to open a Chicago-owned casino and expand gambling elsewhere in the state, and they believe there's a clearer path for the proposal to become law than there's been in years.

  • Bill to provide back wages to state workers moves to Senate 
    Updated: May-06-15 6:53 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Legislation to provide $63 million in back wages owed to state workers is heading to the Illinois Senate.

  • Gov. Bruce Rauner: Illinois can't bail out Chicago 
    Updated: May-06-15 1:25 pm

    CHICAGO - Gov. Bruce Rauner says the state of Illinois can't afford to bail Chicago out of its financial problems.

  • Correction: Closer Look-Privatizing DCEO story story has photos
    Updated: May-04-15 6:54 pm

    CHAMPAIGN, Illinois - In a story May 3 about legislation to privatize much of the work of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, The Associated Press misattributed a quote criticizing the plan. The quote should have been attributed to Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, not to Ron Baiman, who is no longer with the organization.