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  • Rauner prepares closures, spending cuts if no budget deal 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 6:58 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner announced plans Tuesday to close state facilities and curtail spending on childcare and senior services if there's no agreement on a state budget by July 1.

  • Agriculture officials ask county fairs to beware of bird flu 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 3:01 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois Department of Agriculture is warning county fair operators to take extra precautions this summer to stop the spread of poultry and livestock diseases.

  • Terminally ill child receives honorary high school diploma 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 4:53 am

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A young Illinois boy with a rare, fatal condition has received an honorary high school diploma from a graduating class.

  • Q&A: Rauner begins anti-Democrat blitz as standoff persists story has photos
    Updated: Jun-01-15 6:25 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The state Capitol was quiet Monday, after the departure of lawmakers locked in a budget stalemate with Gov. Bruce Rauner. But the silence belied a cacophony of political ads the rookie administration is about to unleash on powerful legislative Democrats calling them an elite "political class" unwilling to help the middle class.

  • Rauner takes to airwaves post-session to criticize Democrats 
    Updated: Jun-01-15 11:08 am

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner took to the airwaves to criticize Illinois Democrats the morning after the state Legislature passed a spending bill the Republican said he wouldn't sign.

  • Illinois House, Senate to return for session in June 
    Updated: May-31-15 4:48 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Leaders of the Illinois General Assembly say lawmakers will be in "continuous session" throughout the summer.

  • EXCHANGE: Springfield girl featured in fund raising campaign 
    Updated: May-29-15 8:47 am

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The 6 a.m. wake-up calls, daily vest therapy, hours of treatment, frequent hospital visits and the array of pills her daughter, Rayna, has to ingest each day to stay healthy could be much worse, Jennifer Kruger says.

  • Report: Rauner schools czar paid through agency facing cuts 
    Updated: May-28-15 12:49 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner is paying the hefty salary of his new education secretary from the budget of the state human services agency, where he recommended millions of dollars in cuts to programs aimed at dealing with autism, epilepsy and burials for the indigent, according to records that the Chicago Sun-Times obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

  • Democrats show priorities as they advance 2016 budget plan story has photos
    Updated: May-26-15 8:30 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A plan Illinois Democrats are proposing as an alternative to the steep cuts sought by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner would keep budget levels flat for local governments and Medicaid and only modestly reduce higher education assistance, committee leaders said Tuesday.

  • Replica of Lincoln funeral train to make stop in Hammond 
    Updated: May-25-15 2:38 pm

    HAMMOND, Indiana - A replica of the train car that carried President Abraham Lincoln's body to Illinois following his assassination in 1865 will be on display in Hammond this fall.

  • Campaign-style tactics fueling Illinois legislative gridlock story has photos
    Updated: May-24-15 10:12 am

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - An already challenging legislative session has grown even trickier as Democrats and Republicans have begun targeting lawmakers with campaign-style mailers, TV ads and new multimillion-dollar political committees.

  • 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.

  • New GOP lawmakers push for term limits, rail on 'status quo' 
    Updated: May-20-15 1:29 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A group of freshmen Republican legislators is pushing for term limits, saying gridlock in the Illinois Legislature is a sign the status quo isn't working.

  • 'Sputnik' flashing ball from Route 66 motel to be preserved 
    Updated: May-20-15 5:38 am

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A "Sputnik"-style advertising ball from the heyday of Route 66 will be preserved in a Springfield museum.

  • Catholic priest removed over abuse allegation speaks out 
    Updated: May-20-15 4:07 am

    JACKSONVILLE, Illinois - A Catholic priest who was removed as pastor of four central Illinois parishes over an abuse allegation says the church inquiry that led to his ouster resembled a witch hunt.

  • U of Illinois President: Cuts may be less than proposed 
    Updated: May-18-15 4:50 pm

    URBANA, Illinois - In his first day on the job, new University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen said Monday that he is optimistic state-budget cuts will not be as deep as the 31.5 percent that Gov. Bruce Rauner initially proposed. Such cuts would be devastating for the university, Killeen said.

  • Efforts underway to raise $8.8M for governor's mansion 
    Updated: May-18-15 2:49 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Efforts are being launched this week to raise private money to pay for a needed $8.8 million in renovations and repairs to the 160-year-old Illinois Executive Mansion in Springfield.

  • Southern Illinois 'supermax' prison unlikely to reopen 
    Updated: May-17-15 2:37 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A push from one Illinois lawmaker to reopen a super-maximum security state prison doesn't appear to be gaining traction as the state continues to deal with an overcrowded correctional system.

  • Springfield airport to use $1.85M grant for 2nd jet bridge 
    Updated: May-17-15 5:07 am

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Springfield's Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport plans to use a federal grant to add a second passenger jet bridge.

  • Gov. Rauner doles out $400K to fellow Illinois Republicans 
    Updated: May-16-15 4:46 pm

    CHICAGO - Gov. Bruce Rauner has started doling out money from his campaign fund to fellow Republicans as the Illinois Legislature approaches what could be difficult votes on several big issues.

  • Illinois soldiers to serve with Polish team in Afghanistan 
    Updated: May-12-15 4:55 am

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Five soldiers from the Army National Guard base in Springfield will deploy to Afghanistan as part of a specialized team that will train with Polish soldiers.

  • Beautification planned for neighborhood near Lincoln home 
    Updated: May-11-15 4:22 am

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Renovations are planned for a less-traveled section of Abraham Lincoln's old neighborhood in Springfield.

  • Springfield officials to hold hearing on 1908 artifacts 
    Updated: May-11-15 4:16 am

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - City officials in Springfield have planned a public meeting to hear comments about what should be done with remnants of a historic event unearthed during a rail project.

  • 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.

  • 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: