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Cullerton puts school reform out front, says pension deal near

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By Mark Fitton

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SPRINGFIELD — State Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, dropped two big pieces of news Monday:

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State continues to shed jobs; 2015 job loss pegged at 3,000

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Rauner reaches labor deals, but still in fight with AFSCME

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Illinois News Network

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration on Wednesday announced it has reached new four-year deals with several trade unions, capitol Read more...

Rauner: We didn’t declare impasse; discusses first year in office

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By Mark Fitton

Illinois News Network

capitolSPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday said his negotiators haven’t declared an impasse in contract talks with the state’s largest...

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Rauner: State to suspend accepting Syrian refugees

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Illinois News Network

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday announced Illinois is putting a hold on  accepting any new refugees from Syria.

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Rauner: We didn’t declare impasse; discusses first year in office

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By Mark Fitton

Illinois News Network

capitolSPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday said his negotiators haven’t declared an impasse in contract talks with the state’s largest...

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State agency sues attorney general’s office

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capitolBy Mark Fitton

Illinois News Network

SPRINGFIELD — One of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s department heads is suing Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and asking the court to remove the attorney...

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Rauner plans $480 million bond issue for infrastructure needs

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Illinois News Network

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SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner plans to borrow nearly half a billion dollars for road, bridge and...

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Governor, leaders meeting reset to Dec. 1

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By Mark Fitton

Illinois News Network

SPRINGFIELD — The meeting between Gov. Bruce Rauner and the four legislative leaders has been rescheduled to Dec. 1.

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U.S. Rep. Bustos pushes for state budget for highway spending

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Bustos IL17 pic.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, who was instrumental in getting a new, long-term highway bill through Congress, is urging Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to work with the General...

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Rauner announces deal on child care

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Illinois News Network


capitolSPRINGFIELD —  Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office...

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Pot decriminalization bill would lower penalties for possession of 10 grams or less

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Child care bill faces showdown vote

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capitolBy Mark Fitton

Illinois News Network

SPRINGFIELD — A battle between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative Democrats is shaping up as House Democrats attempt to undo cuts the governor made to a state child care assistance program.

The Rauner administration in July used rule-making...

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State leaders still talking, but core positions unchanged in latest meeting

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By Mark Fitton

Illinois News Network

capitolSPRINGFIELD — A meeting of the governor and four legislative leaders in Chicago on Tuesday afternoon yielded some...

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Winter is coming … got salt?

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Illinois News Network

 

capitolSmaller Illinois cities and counties are hoping for an exceptionally mild winter or...

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Senate OKs, Rauner signs $3B spending bill

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By Mark Fitton

Illinois News Network

capitolSPRINGFIELD — A bill to get some tax money into the hands of local governments and pay lottery winners sailed through the Senate on Monday and...

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City Council vacancy attract 25 applicants

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city logoTwenty-five people have applied for the at-large opening on the Peoria City Council, seeking to replace Chuck Weaver, who resigned to become a state senator.

The list of applicants for the council seat include several young adults as well as a couple retirees. The applicants include educators,...

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Big meeting, little progress in Springfield

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By Mark Fitton

Illinois News Network

capitolSPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ governor and four legislative leaders are at least talking about talking again.

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City Council vacancy attracts 25 applicants

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city logoTwenty-five people have applied for the at-large opening on the Peoria City Council, seeking to replace Chuck Weaver, who resigned to become a state senator.

The list of applicants for the council seat include several young adults as well as a couple retirees. The applicants include educators,...

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Judge orders state to pay for insurance; criticizes 'fiddle while burning' posture

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By Mark Fitton

Illinois News Network

capitolSPRINGFIELD — A St. Clair County judge has ordered the state to pay its health insurance contributions for home health care workers. Read more...

Credit rating agencies act on Illinois’ woes

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capitolBy Mark Fitton
Illinois News Network

SPRINGFIELD — Two credit rating agencies on Monday took note of Illinois’ financial woes, including its inability to make its November pension-system payments.

Fitch Ratings announced it has downgraded the rating on $26.8 billion in outstanding Illinois...

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