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Illinois governor calls idea that he’s heartless ‘baloney’

Illinois governor calls idea that he’s heartless ‘baloney’

By Kim Geiger
October 21
Filed under More Headlines, State

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner fielded some friendly audience questions Monday at the College of DuPage, where he told business people he wants to cut red tape to make Illinois a destination for businesses. The governor also had to field a budget question. Ines Kutlesa, who runs Guardian Angel Community...

1,000 more people shot in Chicago compared with same time last year

1,000 more people shot in Chicago compared with same time last year

By Chicago Tribune staff
October 18
Filed under State

CHICAGO — A thousand more people have been shot in Chicago this year compared with the same time last year after a weekend that saw eight people killed and at least 40 wounded, according to police and data compiled by the Tribune. At least 3,475 people had been shot in the city as of shortly after...

Illinois voters say protecting environment takes priority over economic growth

Illinois voters say protecting environment takes priority over economic growth

By Kevin Hoffman | Reboot Illinois
October 18
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More than half of Illinois voters believe human activity is to blame for global warming rather than natural climate cycles, according to a new poll. The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIU surveyed 1,000 registered voters between Sept. 27 and Oct. 2, and found 57 percent think Earth is warming...

Voters divided on how to fix Illinois budget deficit, poll finds

Voters divided on how to fix Illinois budget deficit, poll finds

By Kevin Hoffman | Reboot Illinois
October 14
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Much like Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democratic-controlled General Assembly, Illinois voters remain divided over how to fix the state's budget problems, according to a new Paul Simon Institute poll. The survey of 1,000 registered voters, conducted Sept. 27 through Oct. 2, found 44 percent...

Attack ad seeks to link Rauner with Trump’s comments on women, immigrants

Attack ad seeks to link Rauner with Trump’s comments on women, immigrants

By Kim Geiger | Chicago Tribune
October 11
Filed under State

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday sought to reiterate his support for immigrants and Americans of Hispanic origin against the backdrop of a tumultuous presidential campaign that has seen a series of anti-immigrant statements by GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. "America is the greatest...

Illinois Republicans stay course, fight Madigan and not Trump

Illinois Republicans stay course, fight Madigan and not Trump

By Rick Pearson | Chicago Tribune
October 11
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After a tumultuous weekend for Donald Trump, the Illinois Republican Party plans to stay the course for now and focus on legislative attacks against Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan rather than work to distance itself from the controversial GOP presidential nominee. Republican campaign strategists...

Teen charged with murder after St. Louis County cop is killed in shootout

Teen charged with murder after St. Louis County cop is killed in shootout

By Don O'Brien | Belleville News-Democrat
October 7
Filed under State

Brad Hasquin remembers Blake Snyder's smile. "He was smiling all the time and was a happy-go-lucky kid," Hasquin said of Snyder, a 2001 Alton High School graduate. "He made something of himself and decided to give back. That's awesome that he became a police officer. It's unfortunate that he paid...

Appeals court reopens door to Election Day voter registration in Illinois

Appeals court reopens door to Election Day voter registration in Illinois

By Rick Pearson | Chicago Tribune
October 5
Filed under State

Same-day voter registration in Illinois is back for now after a federal appeals court on Tuesday stayed a judge's order that blocked the practice for the Nov. 8 election. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asked attorneys to file briefs by Thursday on why the case should face an expedited appeal. On...

Illinois treasurer, Hillary Clinton take aim at Wells Fargo over scandal

Illinois treasurer, Hillary Clinton take aim at Wells Fargo over scandal

By Rick Rothacker | The Charlotte Observer
October 3
Filed under State

The fallout over a fake accounts scandal widened Monday for Wells Fargo, with officials in Illinois pulling business from the bank and Democrat Hillary Clinton targeting the company on the presidential campaign trail. Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs on Monday said he was suspending $30 billion...

Arrest warrant issued for suspect, 18, in deadly shooting near U. of I.

Arrest warrant issued for suspect, 18, in deadly shooting near U. of I.

By Tony Briscoe | Chicago Tribune
September 28
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Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for an 18-year-old Champaign man who is believed to be the gunman in a fatal shooting near the University of Illinois campus over the weekend. The Champaign Police Department announced at a press conference Wednesday morning that they are working with area...

Only 86 freshmen at Chicago State University, as total enrollment drops 25 percent

Only 86 freshmen at Chicago State University, as total enrollment drops 25 percent

By Dawn Rhodes | Chicago Tribune
September 27
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Chicago State University enrolled just 86 freshmen this fall, an alarming drop as the embattled public institution faces an uncertain future. Overall, the university now has fewer than half the number of total students it did six years ago. There are 3,578 students taking classes at the Far South...

As Illinois’ coal country teeters on brink, next president may tip balance

As Illinois’ coal country teeters on brink, next president may tip balance

By John Keilman | Chicago Tribune
September 27
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GALATIA, Ill. — Some 600 feet beneath the corn and soybean fields of southern Illinois, a passageway barely tall enough to walk through ends in a wall of gleaming black carbon, ready to be ground into chunks and transported to power plants half a world away. This is a coal mine, and for more than...

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