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Republican gubernatorial candidate State Treasurer Dan Rutherford participates in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The four Republican gubernatorial candidates said that they’ll be willing to work with unions if elected but differed on how to approach the relationship during a downstate debate that largely focused on pension reform, taxes and just briefly on personal issues that have dogged some of the candidates.

Fired Rutherford Employees Seek Back Pay, Threaten Lawsuit

Patrick Carlson, George Daglas, and Ashvin Lad want the state to provide back pay and clear their personnel records.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner enters the House to applause to delivers his first budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Springfield Ill. Illinois Rep. Greg Harris is seen on the far right.

Rauner Pens SJ-R Op-Ed, Warns of “Very Long” Extra Session

He notes the May 31 deadline for the Legislature to pass a new state budget and adjourn its spring session is fast approaching.


Curtin Pleads Guilty to 11 Counts, Sentencing in August

Former St. John's Children's Hospital director Margaret "Peggy" Curtin has pleaded guilty to all 11 counts against her.

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Attorney General Talks Campus Rape in Washington

Madigan: Police must take allegations more seriously


Rape Kit Bill Awaits Governor’s Action

Statue of limitations clock starts later


GOP Complains While Dems Draw Up “Budget”

Mautino: Progress at this point is about right


Springfield Police Investigate Stabbing Injuring One

Springfield Police say one man was injured after a stabbing incident Wedensday morning.


Springfield City Council Overrides CWLP Veto

City Council overrides then-Mayor Mike Houston's veto of a CWLP rebate.

5-20-15 Evelyn Sanguinetti

Lieutenant Governor Makes Public Appearance

Here's something you don't see every day: Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti making a public appearance, let alone talking with reporters.


New GOP Lawmakers Push for Term Limits; Rail Against “Status Quo”

Republicans: gridlock in the Illinois Legislature is a sign the status quo isn't working.


Ace Sign Company Museum Opens, Welcomes Bel Aire Sputnik

The Bel Aire Motel Sputnik sign has a new home.


WWII Veteran to Receive High School Diploma

Glenn Holtz will be presented with an honorary diploma Wednesday night.

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“Millionaires Tax” Amendment Passes House Committee

The Constitution, as it stands, requires a flat income tax rate.


Springfield Diocese Priest Removed Over Abuse Allegations Speaks Out

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


Senate Blocks Multi-DUI Driving Privileges

The sponsor may call it again


Mayors, Campus Leaders Oppose Proposed Amtrak Cuts

Illinois, Illinois State, Southern Illinois are major universities along the rails

5-19-15 Springfield City Council

City Council Gets Public Anger Over Fulgenzi, Liquor License

Should the current Springfield City Council keep undoing what the previous council did?

5-19-15 Little Rock 9

“Little Rock 9″ Visit Springfield

The nine African-Americans are the newest recipients of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Foundation's 2015 Lincoln Leadership Prize.


Republican Leaders Continue Slamming Dem. “Slow Roll”

House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) is upset the Democrats are holding hearings and calling bills which purport to be related to the governor's “Turnaround Agenda”


Manar, Biss File Automatic Voter Registration Legislation

It would automatically register people to vote whenever they update or renew a driver's license or state ID.

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