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Feds raid Caterpillar headquarters in Peoria

Feds raid Caterpillar headquarters in Peoria

By Ally Marotti | Chicago Tribune
March 2, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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...

Law proposed to increase speed limit on interstates and highways

Law proposed to increase speed limit on interstates and highways

By Don O'Brien | Belleville News-Democrat
February 22, 2017
Filed under Chicago, State

Those who would like to drive a little faster on Illinois interstates and highways soon may get their wish. State Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-North Aurora) introduced a bill earlier this month that would push the speed limit to 75 mph on many of the state's interstates as well as make 60 the maxium speed...

Rauner open to income tax hike, rejects tax on food, medicine

Rauner open to income tax hike, rejects tax on food, medicine

By Monique Garcia, Kim Geiger and Haley Bemiller | Chicago Tribune
February 15, 2017
Filed under State

Gov. Bruce Rauner is open to raising income taxes and expanding the sales tax to strike an elusive deal on a state budget, but he won't sign off on proposals that would put new levies on food, medicine and retirement income. Those are among the guidelines Rauner plans to offer during his third budget...

Rahm Emanuel: Too many Dems care more about being right than winning

Rahm Emanuel: Too many Dems care more about being right than winning

By Kim Janssen | Chicago Tribune
February 14, 2017
Filed under State

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has warned Democrats they need to "take a chill pill" and realize that they are not going to take back national power anytime soon. "It ain't gonna happen in 2018," Emanuel said Jan. 6 at Stanford's Graduate School of Business in California. "Take a chill pill, man. You...

Rauner says final budget package must have sufficient ‘structural change’ to gain his support

Rauner says final budget package must have sufficient ‘structural change’ to gain his support

By Rick Pearson, Kim Geiger and Monique Garcia | Chicago Tribune
February 2, 2017
Filed under State

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner said Wednesday that he will offer state lawmakers this month a budget proposal in the same format that the Democratic-led General Assembly rejected last year — either work with him on crafting a balanced spending plan or give him more power to make cuts on his own. Appearing...

Strike vote by big Illinois worker union starts Monday

Strike vote by big Illinois worker union starts Monday

By Chicago Tribune Staff
January 30, 2017
Filed under State

Voting begins Monday in a first-ever strike authorization vote by Illinois' largest state worker union. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 is taking the unprecedented step of asking its nearly 30,000 members who are eligible to strike if they would be willing...

Attorney general’s office: Move to stop state payroll has ‘everyone unhappy’

Attorney general’s office: Move to stop state payroll has ‘everyone unhappy’

By Kim Geiger and Monique Garcia | Chicago Tribune
January 28, 2017
Filed under State

Attorney General Lisa Madigan's new attempt to stop state worker paychecks from going out on time came more than 10 months after Illinois' high court overruled what her office called the "sole legal basis" for salaries being paid during the historic budget impasse. The move caught both Republican...

Rauner: A ‘moral obligation to work together’

Rauner: A ‘moral obligation to work together’

By By Rick Pearson and Monique Garcia | Chicago Tribune
January 25, 2017
Filed under State

Against the backdrop of a sharply divided and dysfunctional state government, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered a State of the State address Wednesday in which he said politicians have a "moral obligation" to fix Illinois. In a wide-ranging speech that included restating many items on his agenda...

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