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Illinois election officials say hack yielded information on 200,000 voters

Illinois election officials say hack yielded information on 200,000 voters

By Rick Pearson | Chicago Tribune
August 29
Filed under State

CHICAGO — Illinois State Board of Elections officials said Monday they believe personal information from fewer than 200,000 voters was hacked through a cyberattack of possible foreign origin that began in June and was halted a month later. Ken Menzel, general counsel for the elections board, said...

Illinois governor loses $400 million vote on teacher pension fund issue

Illinois governor loses $400 million vote on teacher pension fund issue

By Kim Geiger | Chicago Tribune
August 26
Filed under State

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday unsuccessfully waged a last-minute battle to block the Downstate and suburban teacher pension system from making a move that puts cash-strapped state government on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars more in the short term. At issue was whether the Illinois Teachers...

Illinois governor vetoes $15/hour wage for caregivers of developmentally disabled

Illinois governor vetoes $15/hour wage for caregivers of developmentally disabled

By Monique Garcia | Chicago Tribune
August 26
Filed under State

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday used his veto powers on several bills aimed at increasing help for the state's most vulnerable, rejecting measures that would increase wages for workers who care for people with developmental disabilities and expand a child-care program for low-income families. The Republican...

Volunteers from Illinois boost Red Cross relief efforts in Louisiana

Volunteers from Illinois boost Red Cross relief efforts in Louisiana

By Marion Renault | Chicago Tribune
August 26
Filed under State

When Fran and Frank Cornwell first arrived in Hammond, La., last week, they had a truck full of food to deliver to flood victims but no set route. So the retired couple drove around looking for soggy stacks of drywall, carpeting piled curbside and furniture waterlogged beyond recognition — likely...

Why life insurance benefits have sometimes gone unpaid in Illinois

Why life insurance benefits have sometimes gone unpaid in Illinois

By Becky Yerak | Chicago Tribune
August 25
Filed under State

Lynn Lucchese-Soto thought she was being scammed when she got a phone call at work earlier this year, supposedly from the Illinois State Treasurer's office, saying that two children she was raising were the beneficiaries of a life insurance policy. Skeptical, the Chicago lawyer hung up, found the...

Illinois groups encourage more gay couples to adopt children, be foster parents

Illinois groups encourage more gay couples to adopt children, be foster parents

By Tyler Davis | Chicago Tribune
August 24
Filed under State

CHICAGO — With same-sex marriage widely accepted a year after it was legalized by the Supreme Court, some community groups are hoping less rigid attitudes will prompt more gay and lesbian couples to consider fostering or adopting a child. "Across the country and especially in Illinois, we just don't...

Illinois governor signs law to toughen penalties for gun trafficking

Illinois governor signs law to toughen penalties for gun trafficking

By Kim Geiger | Chicago Tribune
August 24
Filed under State

Traffickers who take advantage of looser laws in neighboring states to illegally import guns to Illinois will face tougher penalties if caught under a measure Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law Tuesday. The new law, which passed both chambers of the General Assembly without opposition, makes it a felony...

Illinois governor throws up hands at Kirk’s Obama ‘drug dealer’ comment

Illinois governor throws up hands at Kirk’s Obama ‘drug dealer’ comment

By Chicago Tribune
August 23
Filed under State

Asked Monday to weigh in on U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk's recent characterization of President Barack Obama as the nation's "drug dealer in chief," Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner literally threw up his hands. "I heard something about that," Rauner said. "I don't want to comment on that." Kirk made the statement last week while speaking to the editorial board of the State Journal-Register of Springfield. Kirk was referri...

Teenager stabs girl, 16, at Illinois State Fair, police say

Teenager stabs girl, 16, at Illinois State Fair, police say

By The State Journal-Register
August 21
Filed under State

Illinois State Police say a 16-year-old girl stabbed by another teen Saturday night at the Illinois State Fair should be released from the hospital on Sunday. Police arrested a 17-year-old girl for allegedly stabbing the younger girl inside the carnival. State troopers were immediately on scene and...

Illinois governor vetoes legislation to abolish room-and-board lawsuits against prisoners

Illinois governor vetoes legislation to abolish room-and-board lawsuits against prisoners

By Steve Mills and Todd Lighty | Chicago Tribune
August 21
Filed under State

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday used his amendatory veto power to rewrite a bill that would have ended the state's growing practice of suing prison inmates to recover the costs of their incarceration — effectively killing the legislation, according to the bill's two sponsors. The bill from state Sen....

Illinois governor approves repeal of sales tax on tampons

Illinois governor approves repeal of sales tax on tampons

By Kim Geiger and Monique Garcia | Chicago Tribune
August 20
Filed under State

Illinois joined a handful of states and the city of Chicago in repealing a so-called "tampon tax" as Gov. Bruce Rauner approved a bill that exempts feminine hygiene products from the state sales tax. Currently, tampons and sanitary napkins are taxed by the state of Illinois as "luxury items" at 6.25...

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