- Moody's warns Illinois lawmakers of budget stalemate impact Updated: Aug-31-15 3:02 pm
CHICAGO - A major credit rating agency is warning legislators and Gov. Bruce Rauner to reach a budget agreement by late September because it's linked to other massive financial problems.
- Riverton woman receives top forensic scientist award Updated: Aug-31-15 1:08 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A Springfield-based forensic scientist has been recognized for her work with the Illinois State Police.
- Drivers urged to plan for downtown Chicago roadwork, closure Updated: Aug-28-15 4:34 am
CHICAGO - City and state transportation officials are warning motorists to prepare for another weekend of road closures and heavy traffic in Chicago.
- Rauner, lawmakers focus on smaller projects in budget mess Updated: Aug-25-15 8:16 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois legislators and Gov. Bruce Rauner bickered over potholes, airplanes and other smaller-ticket items Tuesday as officials prepared to answer a contempt charge in federal court alleging the cash-strapped state missed a deadline to pay some service providers.
- Rauner says Democrats trying to 'claw their way' to tax hike Updated: Aug-25-15 6:20 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner's office says lawmakers' plan to restore cuts to child care services shows Democrats' resolve to "claw their way to a massive tax hike."
- Illinois' AG and Chicago mayor question gas prices spike Updated: Aug-25-15 6:34 am
CHICAGO - Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel say they want answers from the Illinois Petroleum Council about the gas prices increase.
- Rauner promotes adjutant general, names his assistant Updated: Aug-25-15 5:13 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has promoted National Guard Adjutant General Richard J. Hayes Jr. to major general and appointed Brig. Gen. Michael Zerbonia to the guard's assistant adjutant general post.
- Aviation company takes tax fight to Illinois Supreme Court Updated: Aug-21-15 4:19 pm
MOLINE, Illinois - A Moline-based aviation company has asked the Illinois Supreme Court to reverse an appellate decision striking down a property tax break granted to them two years ago.
- Court monitor seeks more IDOT help on hiring review Updated: Aug-20-15 10:04 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has not fully cooperated in an examination of improper political hiring in Illinois, a federal court monitor said Thursday.
- Comcast reveals subscriber in online comments case Updated: Aug-20-15 9:10 pm
CHAMPAIGN, Illinois - Comcast Cable Communications has given a local politician in northern Illinois the identity of an Internet service subscriber whose account was used to post an anonymous comment online suggesting the politician molests children.
- The Latest on Springfield: GOP fires back at Democrats Updated: Aug-20-15 8:33 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The latest on activities in Springfield as Democrats gather for their annual Democratic County Chairman's Association brunch and Democrat Day festivities at the Illinois State Fair:
- Democrats pledge to stand united in face of Rauner 'attacks' Updated: Aug-20-15 5:47 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois Democrats, set back on their heels by an "epic struggle" with first-year Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, pledged Thursday to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in opposition while a potentially bruising primary for a U.S. Senate race took shape.
- Rauner, GOP rally at state fair; Dems nix vetoes Updated: Aug-19-15 8:34 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A re-energized Illinois Republican Party celebrated its newfound influence Wednesday, with party leaders telling a cheering crowd at the Illinois State Fair they are more united than ever against majority Democrats and Gov. Bruce Rauner announcing a goal to have GOP control of the Legislature within eight years.
- The Latest on Springfield: Senate OKs college grant funding Updated: Aug-19-15 8:11 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The latest on activities in Springfield as Gov. Bruce Rauner spends Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair and action by the Senate on legislation, including overriding several Rauner vetoes:
- Harvey settles with 7 victims over untested rape kits Updated: Aug-19-15 3:44 pm
CHICAGO - An attorney says the city of Harvey will pay seven rape victims a total of $1.44 million to settle lawsuits over untested rape kits.
- Latest on Blagojevich: Lawyer vows appeal to Supreme Court Updated: Aug-19-15 3:31 pm
CHICAGO - The latest on a federal appeals court indicating Wednesday that the full court won't rehear an appeal by former Illinois Gov. Blagojevich of his corruption convictions (all times local):
- Rauner on union-strike veto: 'Let me do my job' Updated: Aug-18-15 7:14 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Imploring them to "let me do my job," Gov. Bruce Rauner asked Illinois lawmakers Tuesday not to undo his veto of a measure authorizing an unelected arbitrator to decide a potential labor-negotiation stalemate.
- Illinois Dems push to fund state grants for college students Updated: Aug-16-15 5:08 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Senate Democrats are pushing to fund grants for Illinois college students even though the state doesn't have a budget in place.
- Without a budget, Illinois' spending - and deficit - balloon Updated: Aug-15-15 12:08 pm
CHICAGO - Illinois Republicans and Democrats alike wailed when the Democrat-controlled Legislature approved a state budget last year that was more than $1 billion out of balance. Then-gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner called the spending plan "phony," while the party in power acknowledged it was "incomplete" and riddled with gimmicks.
- U of Illinois won't block Wise resignation as chancellor Updated: Aug-14-15 8:01 pm
The University of Illinois has reached a new deal with departing Chancellor Phyllis Wise that provides her a tenured faculty position paying nearly $300,000 a year - just two days after seeking to fire the molecular biologist amid a series of controversies, including her use of private email to avoid public exposure.
- Iowa prisons chief tabbed to run Illinois department Updated: Aug-14-15 7:28 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner named his second prisons director in six months Friday, tabbing a retired Iowa corrections director to take control of the troubled, sprawling Illinois system for a conservative governor who wants to see criminal justice reform.
- Wise again tenders U of Illinois resignation, declines job Updated: Aug-14-15 12:31 am
CHAMPAIGN, Illinois - University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise said Thursday night that she has again submitted her resignation and declined an appointment to an advisory job under President Timothy Killeen.
- U of Illinois' Killeen wants bonus removed from his contract Updated: Aug-13-15 7:16 pm
CHAMPAIGN, Illinois - University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen has asked the board of trustees to remove a $225,000 bonus from his contract of the type that has suddenly become controversial with the ouster of Chancellor Phyllis Wise.
- Illinois trooper's trial over strip search delayed Updated: Aug-13-15 6:40 pm
EAST ST. LOUIS, Illinois - Recent unrest on the anniversary of Michael Brown's police shooting death in Ferguson, Missouri, has led to the postponement of a trial for a white state trooper accused of an improper strip search of a black Illinois motorist, a prosecutor said Thursday.
- Gov. Rauner signs lawmakers' rejected pay hike Updated: Aug-13-15 5:51 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law barring Illinois lawmakers from receiving a pay raise this year.