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Illinois submits Obamacare insurance premium increases to feds


By Lisa Schencker | Chicago Tribune

August 25, 2016

Illinois consumers are one step closer to facing sky-high increases for individual health insurance plans purchased through the Affordable Care Act's marketplace. The Illinois Department of Insurance said Wednesday it has submitted rate increases to the federal government that for some types of plans...

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

From left, Dawnn Pirani-Brumfield, 38, and her wife Rachel Pirani-Brumfield, 37, laugh at each other while unpacking groceries in their home Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in Chicago. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

By Tyler Davis | Chicago Tribune

August 24, 2016

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

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By Kim Geiger | Chicago Tribune

August 24, 2016

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

Gov. Bruce Rauner declares victory at his election night celebration at the Hilton on Nov. 4, 2014 in Chicago. (Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune/MCT)

By Chicago Tribune

August 23, 2016

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

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By The State Journal-Register

August 21, 2016

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

Bruce Rauner is sworn into office at the Prairie Capital Convention Center on Jan. 12, 2015 in Springfield. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

By Steve Mills and Todd Lighty | Chicago Tribune

August 21, 2016

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

Gov. Bruce Rauner. (Anthony Souffle/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

By Kim Geiger and Monique Garcia | Chicago Tribune

August 20, 2016

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...

Rauner goes after Democratic ‘machine’ at state fair

Gov. Bruce Rauner declares victory at his election night celebration at the Hilton on Nov. 4, 2014 in Chicago. (Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune/MCT)

By Rick Pearson and Monique Garcia | Chicago Tribune

August 18, 2016

Illinois Republicans spent their day at the State Fair on Wednesday attempting to look past divisions over presidential nominee Donald Trump to focus on down-ballot races for the U.S. Senate, the House and key legislative contests aimed at eroding Democratic control of the General Assembly. Gov. Bruce...

Governor makes record bid of $104K for steer at Illinois state fair

Bruce Rauner is sworn into office at the Prairie Capital Convention Center on Jan. 12, 2015 in Springfield. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

By Kim Janssen | Chicago Tribune

August 17, 2016

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday night became the proud owner of a $104,000 steer at the Illinois State Fair. Rauner, who has made winning auction bids for prize cattle at each of the last two state fairs, defeated his personal best of $61,000 and the previous record purchase of $100,000. Wearing...

Illinois governor signs law extending labor protections to domestic workers

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By Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz | Chicago Tribune

August 16, 2016

Illinois nannies, housekeepers and other domestic workers will be entitled to the state minimum wage and basic human rights protections come Jan. 1 under a bill signed into law Friday by Gov. Bruce Rauner. The Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights amends four state laws to include domestic workers,...

Marijuana cultivation in Illinois is a professional operation: growers

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By Dean Olsen | The State Journal-Register

August 15, 2016

JOLIET — Bright lights, swirling air and the pungent odor of maturing buds laced with sticky oil from thousands of plants with distinctive green leaves greet visitors at Cresco Labs' medical marijuana cultivation center. Officials from Chicago-based Cresco, who operate a growing facility in this...

New Illinois law makes changes in investigation, prosecution of rape cases

Gov. Bruce Rauner gives a thumbs up after giving his first speech as governor on Jan. 12, 2015 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield. (Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

By Beth Hundsdorfer | Belleville News-Democrat

August 15, 2016

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a series of bills into law that will strengthen the rights of sexual assault victims. The changes were the result of ones proposed by Attorney General Lisa Madigan and came after a Belleville News-Democrat investigative report in February 2015 called Violation of Trust. The...

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