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Illinois regional universities toil through state budget standoff

Illinois regional universities toil through state budget standoff

By Dawn Rhodes | Chicago Tribune
March 17
Filed under State

Illinois' public university presidents went to Springfield this month to deliver a message: We are at the end of our rope. It was political theater, orchestrated by the majority-Democratic Senate higher-education committee and aimed at embarrassing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner as the state slogs through...

Chance the Rapper names 9 schools getting $10,000 each

Chance the Rapper names 9 schools getting $10,000 each

By Juan Perez Jr. | Chicago Tribune
March 10
Filed under State

Nine schools on the city's South and West sides will each receive $10,000 through a philanthropic effort led by Chance the Rapper, the performer announced on his Twitter feed Thursday. The rapper earlier this week turned over a novelty check for $1 million to Chicago Public Schools and challenged...

Rauner: Democrats leading a ‘coordinated activity’ to ‘create a crisis’ in Illinois

Rauner: Democrats leading a ‘coordinated activity’ to ‘create a crisis’ in Illinois

By Monique Garcia | Chicago Tribune
March 8
Filed under State

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday accused some of the state's top Democrats of orchestrating a "coordinated activity" to shut down state government, an idea called "delusional babble" by an aide to his top political nemesis. Rauner's comments came one day after his administration lost a court...

New travel ban brings little relief, Chicago activists say

New travel ban brings little relief, Chicago activists say

By Manya Brachear Ashman | Chicago Tribune
March 7
Filed under State

While President Donald Trump's revised executive order banning travel from six majority-Muslim countries and barring refugees from entering the U.S. is a small improvement over his earlier order, it remains an unacceptable ban on Muslims, Chicago immigration activists said Monday. About a month after...

Rauner, Mendoza continue feud over how to pay workers

Rauner, Mendoza continue feud over how to pay workers

By Doug Finke | The State Journal-Register
March 7
Filed under State

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner took his feud with Democratic Comptroller Susana Mendoza to court Monday, asking the legal system to step in and decide how nearly 600 state workers should be paid. The administration filed suit in St. Clair County asking that Mendoza be forced to pay the workers from...

Appeals court blocks Rauner from forcing contract terms on AFSCME

Appeals court blocks Rauner from forcing contract terms on AFSCME

By Doug Finke | The State Journal-Register
March 6
Filed under State

A state appeals court has ruled in favor of AFSCME, preventing the administration of Gov. Bruce Rauner from imposing its contract terms on the union for now. The Fourth District Appellate Court agreed with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees to put on hold a state labor...

Chance the Rapper disappointed by ‘vague answers’ from Rauner

Chance the Rapper disappointed by ‘vague answers’ from Rauner

By Kim Geiger | Chicago Tribune
March 3
Filed under Chicago, State

Gov. Bruce Rauner and Chance the Rapper met privately at the Thompson Center on Friday, with the South Side rapper saying he was disappointed in the meeting he'd asked for and promoted. Chance the Rapper emerged from the sit-down visibly flustered, saying the talk about Chicago Public Schools funding...

Feds raid Caterpillar headquarters in Peoria

Feds raid Caterpillar headquarters in Peoria

By Ally Marotti | Chicago Tribune
March 2
Filed under State

CHICAGO — Caterpillar's corporate headquarters in the central Illinois city of Peoria and two other company locations were raided by federal law enforcement authorities Thursday. "Caterpillar is cooperating," company spokeswoman Corrie Heck Scott said in an email. She declined to comment further. Law...

Parts of S. Illinois feel brunt of storms; 3 deaths reported

Parts of S. Illinois feel brunt of storms; 3 deaths reported

By Don O'Brien | Belleville News-Democrat
March 1
Filed under State

Some parts of Southern Illinois were cleaning up Wednesday morning after strong storms moved through the area Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning. One of the hardest-hit areas appeared to be in Randolph County, where many residents were still without power on Wednesday morning. The area is...

In response to possible AFSCME strike, Rauner launches jobs website

In response to possible AFSCME strike, Rauner launches jobs website

By Doug Finke | The State Journal-Register
March 1
Filed under State

The administration of Gov. Bruce Rauner has set up a website intended to recruit people willing to work for the state in the event of a strike by union employees. The site — called Working for a Better Illinois — is at statejobs.illinois.gov. It asks potential employees to enter their names,...

1 dead as tornado hits Ottawa during repeated rounds of severe storms in Illinois

1 dead as tornado hits Ottawa during repeated rounds of severe storms in Illinois

By Elyssa Cherney, Liam Ford and Erin Gallagher | Chicago Tribune
March 1
Filed under State

One person was confirmed dead in Ottawa in north-central Illinois after a tornado touched down there, part of a weather system that produced severe weather across the northern part of the state Tuessday night, according to the National Weather Service. The Ottawa Fire Department reported one fatality...

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