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Gov. Rauner talks budget, pensions, bicentennial on first Facebook Live

Gov. Rauner talks budget, pensions, bicentennial on first Facebook Live

By The State Journal-Register, Springfield, Ill.
September 21, 2016
Filed under State

Gov. Bruce Rauner answered questions about state government issues and revealed some new plans about Illinois' 200th birthday party during his first-ever Facebook Live appearance on Tuesday. Rauner spent 30 minutes talking on the social media website's popular live video feature. The video stream...

Pain pill industry gives $5.15 million to Illinois politicians

Pain pill industry gives $5.15 million to Illinois politicians

By Joseph Bustos and Casey Bischel | Belleville News-Democrat
September 19, 2016
Filed under State

From 2006 to 2015, U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, received more than $290,000 in campaign contributions from the Pain Care Forum, a collection of pharmaceutical companies and other industry groups. The forum, which consists of drug makers and opioid-friendly nonprofits, aims to influence...

University of Chicago takes No. 3 spot on list of best universities in nation

University of Chicago takes No. 3 spot on list of best universities in nation

By Leonor Vivanco | Chicago Tribune
September 16, 2016
Filed under State

Three Illinois schools rank among the top 50 best national universities, according to U.S. News & World Report rankings to be released Tuesday. The University of Chicago moved up a notch to No. 3 on the list, tied with Yale University. Princeton University was the top college, followed by Harvard...

Uninsured rate drops again in Illinois after Obamacare takes effect

Uninsured rate drops again in Illinois after Obamacare takes effect

By Lisa Schencker | Chicago Tribune
September 14, 2016
Filed under State

The number of Illinois residents without health insurance dipped below the 1 million mark last year after implementation of the Affordable Care Act, according to Census Bureau data released Tuesday. About 900,000 Illinoisans, or 7.1 percent of state residents, lacked health insurance in 2015. That's...

Illinois governor policies hit during rally pushing liberal views on labor, wages, poverty, education

Illinois governor policies hit during rally pushing liberal views on labor, wages, poverty, education

By Dean Olsen | The State Journal-Register
September 13, 2016
Filed under State

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's efforts to cut social-service costs in the state budget came under attack Monday during a rally mostly dedicated to combating "extremism" in the political system nationwide. "What Gov. Rauner and legislators who stand with him are doing in our state is shocking, inhuman...

Conference boosts Illinois-Japan ties

Conference boosts Illinois-Japan ties

By Jacksonville Journal-Courier, Ill.
September 13, 2016
Filed under State

Gov. Bruce Rauner attended the annual Midwest-U.S. Japan Association Conference in St. Louis on Monday. The conference brings together government and business leaders from the Midwest and Japan to discuss ways to strengthen the relationship between the region and Asian country. "There is no greater...

Illinois public universities have fluctuating enrollment after difficult year

Illinois public universities have fluctuating enrollment after difficult year

By Dawn Rhodes and Kate Thayer | Chicago Tribune
September 9, 2016
Filed under State

The University of Illinois announced Thursday its largest freshman class in history, but regional public universities statewide are facing steep enrollment declines this fall, with freshman classes down as much as 25 percent from last year. Figures released this week, based on student enrollment on...

Illinois pension crisis builds as market turmoil deals a setback

Illinois pension crisis builds as market turmoil deals a setback

By Elizabeth Campbell | Bloomberg News
September 8, 2016
Filed under State

CHICAGO — Illinois's lackluster investment gains are making its most notorious problem — pension debt — even worse. The state with the least-funded retirement system in the U.S. may see next year's contributions jump by nearly half a billion dollars after its largest pension, the Teachers' Retirement...

University of Illinois leaders to get $175,000 in bonuses

University of Illinois leaders to get $175,000 in bonuses

By Jodi S. Cohen | Chicago Tribune
September 8, 2016
Filed under State

CHICAGO — University of Illinois trustees on Thursday approved $175,000 in performance bonuses for two of its top administrators, an amount that is part of their employment agreements but could rankle some during a time of financial uncertainty. President Timothy Killeen will receive $100,000, while...

New Illinois law to teach drivers what to do if stopped by police

New Illinois law to teach drivers what to do if stopped by police

By Duaa Eldeib | Chicago Tribune
September 7, 2016
Filed under State

A new Illinois law aims to help drivers answer the timely question of what to do if stopped by police. The measure comes amid heightened tension in Chicago and across the nation over how traffic stops can go terribly wrong — and in the worst cases turn deadly. Targeting the newest and youngest...

13 people killed in Chicago over Labor Day as homicides climb over 500

13 people killed in Chicago over Labor Day as homicides climb over 500

By Deanese Williams-Harris, Rosemary Regina Sobol, Peter Nickeas and Elvia Malign | Chicago Tribune
September 6, 2016
Filed under State

CHICAGO — Thirteen people were shot to death in Chicago over the Labor Day weekend as the city logged its 500th homicide of the year. Thirty-one of the 65 people shot over the long weekend were wounded between 6 a.m. Monday and 3 a.m. Tuesday. Nine of the fatal shootings occurred over that period. Among...

Black studies struggle at Illinois universities under current fiscal climate

Black studies struggle at Illinois universities under current fiscal climate

By Dawn Rhodes | Chicago Tribune
September 6, 2016
Filed under State

When Western Illinois University cut its African-American studies major this summer, enrollment and graduation numbers were dismal. Thirteen students had picked it as their primary field of study in the 2015-16 school year, and three students had graduated with a bachelor of arts in the discipline in...

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