- Business groups, injured employees weigh in on workers' comp Updated: May-05-15 7:46 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Business groups and injured employees weighed in Tuesday as Illinois lawmakers began debating whether to revamp the state's workers' compensation insurance program to reduce costs for employers.
- Former Hawaii governor will make $198K under Rauner Updated: May-05-15 6:47 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's chief operating officer will make an annual salary of $198,000, more than she made running the state of Hawaii.
- Bill would lift restriction on enacting assault weapons bans Updated: May-05-15 4:39 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A lawmaker wants to undo a portion of Illinois' concealed carry law that prevents cities from banning assault weapons.
- Gambling hearings bring expansion talks back into spotlight Updated: May-04-15 8:41 pm
CHICAGO - With a budget deadline to attempt closing a roughly $6 billion shortfall weeks away, top Illinois leaders and lawmakers are putting the spotlight on revenue-generating plans to increase the number of casinos and slot machines in the state.
- Illinois sues 5 companies for student loan repayment scams Updated: May-04-15 11:38 am
CHICAGO - Illinois' attorney general has filed lawsuits against five companies and is accusing them of scamming people who need to repay student loan debt.
- Audit: Illinois bridges went without inspections Updated: May-01-15 6:58 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Some bridges in Illinois are not being checked as often as they should be, according to a state auditor's report released this week.
- Illinois lawmakers seek to boost state's coal industry Updated: May-01-15 10:56 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A coalition of lawmakers from downstate Illinois say they plan to introduce legislation to spur growth in the state's coal industry.
- Illinois Senate approves bill on student concussions Updated: May-01-15 10:17 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois Senate has approved legislation that would require students who suffer a concussion to get a doctor or trainer's permission to return to sports or class.
- Illinois governor tries novel approach in anti-union battle Updated: Apr-30-15 10:34 pm
PONTIAC, Illinois - It's the latest front in the continuing battle over organized labor's influence, but what's happening in Illinois looks nothing like the juggernaut unleashed in other Midwestern states where conservative statehouses have stripped power from unions with barely a second thought.
- Cost at center of battle for control of Lincoln Library Updated: Apr-30-15 6:03 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Two officials fighting for control of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum differed Thursday on how much it costs to operate.
- Ex- Illinois Gov. Walker, who served prison term, dies at 92 Updated: Apr-29-15 8:10 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Dan Walker, a combative populist who became Illinois governor after condemning Chicago's reaction to Democratic National Convention demonstrations as "a police riot" and later went to prison for bank fraud, died Wednesday. He was 92.
- Democrats highlight potential obstacles in Rauner budget Updated: Apr-29-15 6:18 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - With just weeks left before Illinois' 2016 budget must be passed, Democratic leaders and GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner remain far apart on how to bridge a $6 billion revenue gap.
- Group starts new effort to put redistricting on 2016 ballot Updated: Apr-28-15 5:52 pm
CHICAGO - A coalition of business, clergy and civic leaders has launched a petition drive and fundraising efforts for a 2016 ballot question aimed at changing how Illinois draws political boundaries, an initiative group officials said Tuesday builds on a previous failed attempt.
- Man shot by housing authority police office had been barred Updated: Apr-27-15 4:34 pm
EAST ST. LOUIS, Illinois - The East St. Louis Housing Authority police chief says a man shot by an officer had been barred from the apartment complex where the shooting occurred.
- Illinois lawmakers consider ban on crib bumper pads Updated: Apr-26-15 5:04 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois lawmakers are again considering a ban on crib bumper pads along with a proposal to set state safety standards for the product.
- Illinois GOP targets political hiring; Democrats wary Updated: Apr-26-15 1:10 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois Republicans have unveiled legislation backed by Gov. Bruce Rauner they say will clean up state hiring rules that allow a governor to hand out jobs to loyal lieutenants instead of hiring strictly on merit.
- Bill would allow Illinois students to opt out of state tests Updated: Apr-24-15 9:47 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - As new standardized tests tied to the Common Core standards spark debate around the country, the Illinois Legislature is considering a bill that lays out exactly how students can opt out of the state assessment tests.
- Illinois House OKs time limit on storing license plate data Updated: Apr-24-15 1:35 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois House has passed a measure that restricts how long law enforcement agencies can keep data collected by automated license plate readers.
- Illinois lawmakers fast-track OKs for Obama, Lucas museums Updated: Apr-23-15 7:27 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - With fast-track votes, Illinois lawmakers pushed through legislation Thursday to ensure that Chicago can use public park land as a potential site for President Barack Obama's presidential library, while also paving the way for Star Wars creator George Lucas' proposed museum on the city's lakefront.
- Kirk, Durbin praise Lynch's record after Senate vote Updated: Apr-23-15 6:24 pm
CHICAGO - Both U.S. senators from Illinois are praising Loretta Lynch's record after the Senate confirmed her nomination for U.S. attorney general.
- Bill would punish marijuana possession with fine Updated: Apr-23-15 5:26 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois House has passed legislation that would make possessing small amounts of marijuana subject to a ticket instead of a criminal charge across the state.
- Judge sentences ex-lawmaker, says politicians 'don't get it' Updated: Apr-23-15 5:25 pm
CHICAGO - A federal judge sentenced a former state lawmaker on Thursday to five months in prison for pocketing a $7,000 bribe, chiding Illinois' political class for not appearing to grasp the pitfalls to themselves and the state of corruption.
- Illinois Senate OKs restoring $26M in Rauner grant cuts Updated: Apr-22-15 5:14 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois Senate has overwhelmingly approved restoring $26 million in social service and public health grants that Gov. Bruce Rauner had frozen.
- Measure would prevent politicians from promoting programs Updated: Apr-22-15 4:58 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois politicians would be barred from promoting new programs or state grants for 60 days before an election under proposed legislation.
- Illinois House passes limited ban on red light cameras Updated: Apr-22-15 2:25 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois House has approved a proposed ban on red light cameras in certain communities.