- Bill would allow cameras in Illinois nursing homes Updated: Jul-03-15 5:08 pm
QUINCY, Illinois - Illinois would become the fourth state in the U.S. to allow video and audio monitoring devices in nursing homes if Gov. Bruce Rauner signs legislation approved by the General Assembly.
- Without a budget, providers prepare, officials go to court Updated: Jul-02-15 10:41 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois' government weathered its second day without a state budget Thursday, and while legislative chambers were silent, service providers buckled up for a bumpy summer ride and state officials asked what bills could be paid if the impasse continues.
- Property tax freeze, Chicago pension relief advance Updated: Jul-01-15 3:11 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A bill to freeze property taxes for two years and provide pension relief to Chicago Public Schools has advanced in the Illinois Legislature.
- Illinois governor vetoes pay raises for state lawmakers Updated: Jul-01-15 12:48 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner has struck down cost-of-living salary increases for lawmakers as Illinois begins a fiscal year without an approved budget.
- Illinois Senate advances plan to increase school funding Updated: Jul-01-15 12:17 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - An Illinois Senate committee has advanced legislation to increase funding for education this year to a level first proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
- Rauner borrows from special state funds to manage cash flow Updated: Jul-01-15 10:14 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner has borrowed $454 million from special state funds to help manage cash flow as Illinois begins a new fiscal year without a budget.
- Rauner budget chief: Dems' spending plan 'unconstitutional' Updated: Jul-01-15 9:53 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget director says a one-month spending plan proposed by Democrats is "unconstitutional" because it would lead to an unbalanced budget.
- Chicago schools make pension payment; 1,400 jobs 'impacted' Updated: Jun-30-15 10:16 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The interim CEO of Chicago Public Schools said Tuesday 1,400 jobs will be "impacted" after Illinois lawmakers failed to provide relief and the financially struggling district had to borrow money to make a $634 million contribution to its teacher pension funds.
- Democrats propose 1-month budget; Rauner ready to nix it Updated: Jun-30-15 8:23 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner appeared ready Tuesday to reject a Democratic proposal aimed at keeping state services functioning for another month, leaving the state without a way to pay bills and leading to questions about what will happen Wednesday morning.
- Illinois agencies asked to explain operations without budget Updated: Jun-29-15 11:58 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois House has invited 15 state agencies to report on how they intend to carry out operations if there's no state budget in place by Wednesday.
- Illinois legislators want to expand Lincoln heritage area Updated: Jun-25-15 8:14 am
WASHINGTON - Members of Illinois' congressional delegation want an expansion of the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area that would include all the sites of his famed debates with Stephen Douglas.
- State lawmakers start announcing 2016 plans Updated: Jun-24-15 9:29 pm
CHICAGO - State lawmakers have started announcing their plans for the 2016 election cycle.
- House rejects legislation restricting severance packages Updated: Jun-24-15 4:23 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois House has rejected legislation that would cap the size of severance packages community colleges can offer to departing administrators.
- Illinois House approves DCEO privatization bill Updated: Jun-23-15 8:19 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - A plan to privatize Illinois' economic development agency and beef up its responsibilities has cleared the House.
- Democrats offer Rauner tax-freeze plan, but House defeats it Updated: Jun-23-15 5:02 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois House Democrats put another property-tax freeze to a vote - this one including contentious side issues demanded by Gov. Bruce Rauner - but it was defeated like previous versions.
- Western Illinois state senator won't seek re-election Updated: Jun-19-15 9:42 am
QUINCY, Illinois - Illinois state Sen. John Sullivan says he won't seek re-election.
- Rauner launches ads blasting Madigan, Illinois Democrats Updated: Jun-16-15 6:07 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner has launched television ads criticizing House Speaker Michael Madigan and other Illinois Democrats as unwilling to cut spending and interested only in raising taxes.
- Illinois law would change process for juvenile offenders Updated: Jun-12-15 3:38 pm
CHICAGO - A measure approved by the Illinois Legislature and awaiting Gov. Bruce Rauner's decision would end automatic transfers to adult court for 15-year-olds and limit the transfer of 16 and 17-year-olds for charges of first-degree murder, aggravated criminal sexual assault and aggravated battery with a firearm.
- Illinois Democrat: Rauner is the sexist for cutting daycare Updated: Jun-09-15 2:53 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - An Illinois House member has returned fire in what Gov. Bruce Rauner's staff calls Democrats' "sexist smear campaign" against the administration's education adviser.
- Happy hour bill awaits Gov. Rauner's approval Updated: Jun-05-15 4:32 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Happy hour drink specials have been banned in Illinois since the late 1980s, but they could make a comeback under a measure awaiting the governor's signature.
- Illinois Senate to hold hearing on freezing property taxes Updated: Jun-05-15 12:34 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois Senate will consider a proposed property tax freeze when the chamber reconvenes for the first time since the regular legislative session ended May 31.
- Durbin backs Duckworth for Democratic Senate nomination Updated: Jun-04-15 7:37 pm
- Illinois doctors group wants Rauner to veto hepatitis C bill Updated: Jun-04-15 3:42 pm
CHICAGO - With three out of four Americans who are infected unaware they have hepatitis C, Illinois lawmakers last month approved a measure to fight what's been called a silent epidemic.
- GOP Illinois state Sen. Luechtefeld won't seek another term Updated: Jun-04-15 10:45 am
OKAWVILLE, Illinois - Longtime state Sen. David Luechtefeld from southern Illinois says this will be his last term in office.
- Decision to decriminalize pot in Illinois in Rauner's hands Updated: Jun-03-15 1:37 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Signing a bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana would be, some legislators say, "low-hanging fruit" for Gov. Bruce Rauner, who is pushing for prison sentencing reform.