- 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.
- Correction: Closer Look-Privatizing DCEO story Updated: May-04-15 6:54 pm
CHAMPAIGN, Illinois - In a story May 3 about legislation to privatize much of the work of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, The Associated Press misattributed a quote criticizing the plan. The quote should have been attributed to Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, not to Ron Baiman, who is no longer with the organization.
- 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.
- 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.
- State to extend Get Covered Illinois PR contract by 2 months Updated: Apr-28-15 12:47 pm
CHICAGO - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration is negotiating a two-month contract extension with the public relations firm that handles the state's promotion of health insurance coverage, an indication of the Republican governor's cautious co-existence with President Barack Obama's health care law.
- 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.
- Chicago-based company lured to Indiana amid jobs rivalry Updated: Apr-16-15 4:34 pm
GARY, Indiana - An Illinois-based industrial shelving company announced plans Thursday to expand in northwest Indiana with roughly 300 new jobs, a move that comes as a longtime job-poaching rivalry between the two states appears to be intensifying.
- Rauner grants 2 pardons, rejects 57 other clemency requests Updated: Apr-05-15 3:52 pm
CHICAGO - Bruce Rauner has issued his first two pardons since becoming Illinois governor, though his office offered no clarity about his criteria for deciding clemency requests or suggested how quickly he intends to chip away at a backlog of applications.