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Rand Paul Campaigns in Illinois

A Republican presidential candidate says he'll take some cues from Gov. Bruce Rauner's campaign.


Rauner’s Workers Comp Reform Fails

A party-line vote Wednesday afternoon kept a workers' compensation restructuring from going to the Senate floor.


Manar: Budget Unlikely by May 31

"Cutting vital services, banking $2.2 billion of... just... fictional pension savings that aren't going to occur, we're going to claim to be balanced?"


Illinois Bill Penalizes for Leaving Pets in Extreme Weather

Offenders could face up to a year in jail and fines of up to $2,500.


Mt. Zion High School to Randomly Drug Test Some Students

Students will be randomly selected for urinalysis tests to detect alcohol or marijuana, among other drugs.


Measure Banning Electronic Cigarettes for Minors Passes Legislature

Vaping's not for kids. At least, that's what Illinois lawmakers say.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers his inauguration address Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Springfield, Ill., after being sworn in as Illinois' 42nd governor.

Lawmakers Could Consider “Turnaround Agenda” Items Wednesday

Proposals addressing workers compensation, changes to the civil legal system and a freeze on properties taxes are on the agenda today in Senate committees.

Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, talks from the speakers podium in the House chambers Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Springfield Ill. The Illinois Legislature resumes work toward its end of May deadline.

Sparks Fly as House Moves $36.3 Billion Spending Plan

Budget bills are moving out of the Illinois House and are being prepared for floor action in the Senate.

5-26-15 John Fulgenzi

Fulgenzi, Langfelder Continue to Address Liquor License Voting Concerns

"It is what it is, and we have to make sure it works."

5-26-15 SMTD

SMTD Votes to Cut Routes, Including State Fair Service

The Springfield Mass Transit District will be doing away with several routes that officials say are unused, in just a month's time.


Springfield Woman Sentenced for Embezzling $400k

A Springfield woman has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for embezzling more than $400,000 from her former employer.


Lawmakers Back Training for Hazardous Railroad Materials

The railroads that operate in Illinois are instructing local police and fire departments on how to handle a hazardous material spill.

3-26-15 National Guard

Chatham Man Named Illinois National Guard Adjutant General

Gov. Bruce Rauner has named Brig. Gen. Richard Hayes Jr. of Chatham as adjutant general of the Illinois National Guard.


New CWLP Head Brown: Restructure PILOT

The new man in charge of City Water Light and Power says maybe the PILOT program does need to change.

(Dave Benton.  Photo courtesy Nexstar Broadcasting, WCIA-TV)

WCIA-TV Anchor Dave Benton Passes Away

A local television anchor's long bout with cancer has come to a sad end.

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Average Illinois “Housing Wage”: $18.78/Hour

Areas in central Illinois vary between $12 and $15 per hour.


Student Concussion Bill Heads to Governor

The House passed the legislation Monday after previously getting Senate backing.


$36 Billion Budget Moving

Durkin decries "insanity"


Argonne Has Something Super

Aurora supercomputer to be finished by 2018

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There’s Support to Add the Sales Tax to Services

Study: Effectiveness of sales tax structure has been halved since 1965

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