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Study: Illinois traffic deaths continue to climb

Study: Illinois traffic deaths continue to climb

By By Mary Wisniewski | Chicago Tribune

August 15, 2017


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Traffic fatalities in Illinois have continued to increase in the first six months of this year over the same period in previous years, even as the number of such deaths has slightly decreased nationally, according to a study released Tuesday. A study of traffic fatalities nationwide by the National...

Rauner calls for leader meetings on school funding

Rauner calls for leader meetings on school funding

By Doug Finke | The State Journal-Register, Springfield, Ill.

August 14, 2017


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SPRINGFIELD — A day after losing a school funding vote in the Illinois Senate, Gov. Bruce Rauner Monday called for meetings among the legislative leaders to reach a compromise on school funding reform. Rauner issued a statement "calling on the four legislative leaders to meet as quickly as possible...

Rauner vows to veto education funding bill, demands Democrats send it to him

Rauner vows to veto education funding bill, demands Democrats send it to him

By Kim Geiger and Rick Pearson | Chicago Tribune

July 17, 2017


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Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday said he plans to rewrite a Democrat-passed education funding formula bill, setting up a likely showdown with Democrats who control the General Assembly as school districts across the state remain caught in the middle. The governor visited schools in downstate Mo...

Illinois House narrowly OKs abortion-rights bill

Illinois House narrowly OKs abortion-rights bill

By Doug Finke | The State Journal-Register

April 26, 2017


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Illinois House members Tuesday approved a bill that would expand taxpayer-funded abortions and protect abortion rights in the event that Roe v. Wade is overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. However, the vote fell far short of what will be needed if Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner follows through on a...

Moody’s warns of credit declines for six schools, including SIU

Moody’s warns of credit declines for six schools, including SIU

By Dawn Rhodes | Chicago Tribune

April 18, 2017


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After nearly two years of state budget gridlock, Illinois' public universities could soon face a tougher time borrowing money after a major credit agency downgraded the rating for one school and warned that six others could face the same fate. In reports issued Tuesday, Moody's Investors Service announced...

Video of United passenger dragged off plane is a major blow to airline

Video of United passenger dragged off plane is a major blow to airline

By Chicago Tribune

April 11, 2017


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A 30-second video of a United Airlines passenger being dragged from his seat and bloodied on an overbooked flight Sunday at O'Hare International Airport racked up more than 6 million views Monday and sparked plenty of outrage. The video threatened to unravel more than a year of work by United CEO...

Democratic stopgap budget inches ahead, but a full plan remains elusive

Democratic stopgap budget inches ahead, but a full plan remains elusive

By Monique Garcia and Haley Bemiller | Chicago Tribune

April 7, 2017


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House Democrats on Thursday approved another one-time spending plan to provide about $815 million to universities and social service groups left gasping for air during the state's historic budget impasse, but leaders in both parties could hold it up as they push for a more complete spending plan. Republicans...

House Dems proposing $800M stopgap budget; Rauner opposed

House Dems proposing $800M stopgap budget; Rauner opposed

By Doug Finke | The State Journal-Register

April 6, 2017


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The Democrat-controlled Illinois House is preparing another stopgap spending plan that would allocate more than $800 million to higher education and human services. A House committee Wednesday afternoon approved the plan that taps into two special state funds intended to help education and human services....

Illinois regional universities toil through state budget standoff

Illinois regional universities toil through state budget standoff

By Dawn Rhodes | Chicago Tribune

March 17, 2017


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Illinois' public university presidents went to Springfield this month to deliver a message: We are at the end of our rope. It was political theater, orchestrated by the majority-Democratic Senate higher-education committee and aimed at embarrassing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner as the state slogs through...

Chance the Rapper names 9 schools getting $10,000 each

Chance the Rapper names 9 schools getting $10,000 each

By Juan Perez Jr. | Chicago Tribune

March 10, 2017


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Nine schools on the city's South and West sides will each receive $10,000 through a philanthropic effort led by Chance the Rapper, the performer announced on his Twitter feed Thursday. The rapper earlier this week turned over a novelty check for $1 million to Chicago Public Schools and challenged...

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