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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...

Two freshman southern Illinois senators weigh bipartisan budget proposal

Two freshman southern Illinois senators weigh bipartisan budget proposal

By Marnie Leonard
January 25, 2017
Filed under State

Two freshman southern Illinois senators could vote as early as Wednesday on a bipartisan budget proposal aimed at ending the state’s budget impasse. The “grand bargain” budget deal is being advanced jointly by Democratic Senate President John Cullerton and Republican Minority Leader Christine...

Eastern Illinois University could cut five academic majors, university official says

Eastern Illinois University could cut five academic majors, university official says

By Olivia Spiers
January 20, 2017
Filed under News Briefs, State

Eastern Illinois University President David Glassman on Tuesday said the public university could eliminate five academic majors this spring as a result of declining enrollment. The Champaign News-Gazette reported the EIU president made the remarks during a faculty senate meeting. Programs in Africana...

Is distracted driving to blame for high crash statistics in Illinois?

Is distracted driving to blame for high crash statistics in Illinois?

By Kaitlyn Schwers
January 14, 2017
Filed under State

In less than four months, five people have died in crashes on Illinois 158 between Belleville and Columbia. Jody Graff, a 48-year-old from Columbia, died after her minivan struck the rear of a dump truck on Illinois 158 near Roenicke Road on Oct. 18. Less than two months later, a wreck on Illinois...

Chicago police use excessive force, result of poor training and lack of discipline

Chicago police use excessive force, result of poor training and lack of discipline

By Jason Meisner, Annie Sweeney, Dan Hinkel and Jeremy Gorner | Chicago Tribune
January 14, 2017
Filed under State

In perhaps the most damning, sweeping critique ever of the Chicago Police Department, the U.S. Department of Justice concluded Friday that the city's police officers are poorly trained in the use of force, resort to lethal force far too often and target minorities too frequently. The 164-page report,...

Madigan re-elected speaker for 17th time, lays out Democratic economic agenda

Madigan re-elected speaker for 17th time, lays out Democratic economic agenda

By Monique Garcia and Kim Geiger | Chicago Tribune
January 12, 2017
Filed under State

A newly re-elected House Speaker Michael Madigan on Wednesday unveiled a series of proposals aimed at jump-starting job growth in Illinois, the Democratic response to the economic agenda Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has pushed for two years as the sides remain deadlocked on a state budget. The plan...

New Illinois comptroller on state’s financial crisis: ‘We’re going to get out of this’

New Illinois comptroller on state’s financial crisis: ‘We’re going to get out of this’

By Bernard Schoenburg | The State Journal-Register, Springfield, Ill.
December 6, 2016
Filed under State

Democrat Susana Mendoza was sworn in as Illinois comptroller Monday, saying bipartisan agreement is needed to get the state out of its fiscal crisis, but also saying GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner's "turnaround agenda" shouldn't be linked to passing a budget. "I don't think that the approach of tying non-budgetary...

Schock wants his trial in Peoria’s federal court

Schock wants his trial in Peoria’s federal court

By Andy Kravetz | Journal Star, Peoria, Ill.
November 29, 2016
Filed under State

SPRINGFIELD — Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has asked to move his federal corruption trial from Springfield to Peoria. In a motion filed on Monday, the Peoria Republican claims having the case in Springfield would be overly burdensome. In addition, he says, the case should be tied here as it's a...

Man ordered held in death of 8-year-old southern Illinois girl

Man ordered held in death of 8-year-old southern Illinois girl

By Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas | Chicago Tribune
November 29, 2016
Filed under State

First-degree murder and predatory criminal sexual assault charges have been filed against a southern Illinois man accused in the death of an 8-year-old Olney girl whose body was found within about a block of her home the night before Thanksgiving. The charges were filed Monday in Richland County Circuit...

Rauner, Madigan feud means Illinois’ unpaid bills could reach $13.5 billion

Rauner, Madigan feud means Illinois’ unpaid bills could reach $13.5 billion

By Monique Garcia | Chicago Tribune
November 17, 2016
Filed under State

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget office estimates the state's backlog of unpaid bills will hit a record $13.5 billion by July if the governor and Democrats who control the General Assembly remain deadlocked over a complete spending plan, a bleak reminder of what's at stake as negotiations begin...

Illinois governor still won’t say Trump’s name in public, but they talked in private

Illinois governor still won’t say Trump’s name in public, but they talked in private

By Monique Garcia | Chicago Tribune
November 17, 2016
Filed under State

Gov. Bruce Rauner still isn't uttering Donald Trump's name in public, but the governor did drop this nugget on Wednesday: He spoke to the president-elect for the first time late last week. The Republican governor told a group of business owners gathered in Springfield to discuss his stalled economic...

Illinois house speaker wants a new group to negotiate a budget

Illinois house speaker wants a new group to negotiate a budget

By Doug Finke | The State Journal-Register
November 16, 2016
Filed under State

House Speaker Michael Madigan said Tuesday he wants to negotiate a spending plan for the last six months of the fiscal year that will focus just on the state budget and not incorporate parts of Gov. Bruce Rauner's turnaround agenda. Madigan's statement that he wants to appoint a new group to negotiate...

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