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April 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Services for homeless, rape victims cuts disclosed by Rauner

Rauner's budget office also says cuts will affect the Monetary Award Program at the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, but did not disclose a specific dollar amount. The release of the information follows a House panel's examination of the ...

April 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Lynch Confirmed As US Attorney General

... as the next U.S. Attorney General, and will be the first African-American woman to hold the post. She was confirmed by a 56-43 vote, with the support of all of the chamber's Democrats as well as 10 Republicans, including U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of ...

April 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Beiser Joins Attorney General, Demands Answers about Energy Price Hike

Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton ALTON, Ill. – In response to a possible increase in local electricity prices, state Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton, is joining Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan in requesting an explanation from the Midcontinent Independent ...

April 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

IL attorney general's office investigating alleged Mt. Vernon City Council ...

The Attorney General's Office for the State of Illinois looking further into a claim that the Mount Vernon City Council allegedly violated the Open Meetings Act. The Public Access Bureau received a request for review alleging the city council created ...

April 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Colorado native talks about pitfalls of legalizing pot

In Illinois, things are moving much more slowly. Even though ... Having it out in the General Assembly, he said, could mean lawmakers can cover all the bases before enacting a law, even if it means “everybody's going to try to carve out their piece of ...

April 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Voice of The Southern: Rauner pitches a shell game

Years of phony revenue and budgetary gimmicks left Illinois billions in the hole. Rauner wants to cut and cut ... And Carbondale faces a $1.2 million shortfall, if Rauner slams his demolition of state aid through the General Assembly. It's a proposal ...

April 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Bill's aim is curb abuse of opioid drugs

The Illinois General Assembly, through House Bill 2743, seeks to increase access to ADP prescription opioids by ensuring access for patients and their prescribing providers. We need to urge our state legislators to vote in favor of the life-saving bill ...

April 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Dynegy CEO: We could have to cut Illinois jobs if Exelon gets bailout

The Clinton nuclear plant is one of three that Exelon has threatened to close if the General Assembly won't slap a surcharge on electric bills throughout the state to recognize the value of “low-carbon” sources of power like the company's nukes. The ...

April 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Column: Madigan all about power

The only thing that counts at the end of the day for him is this question: Will it help more Democrats get elected to the Illinois General Assembly? Policy is a secondary consideration for a man who has been in the legislature longer than many of his ...

April 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois House Approves Bill To Ban Red Light Cameras...But Not In Chicago

Despite his personal issues with red lights, Mayor Emanuel remains a strong proponent of red light cameras as an important safety measure for the city of Chicago. The Illinois General Assembly, however, has launched a direct offensive against this line ...

April 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Mayor Emanuel Commends Illinois General Assembly On Passage Of ...

Mayor Rahm Emanuel today commended House Speaker Michael Madigan, Senate President John Cullerton, Senator Kwame Raoul and the Illinois General Assembly on their passage of an amendment to the Park District Aquarium and Museum Act.

April 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Rauner takes budget ax to health care for the poor

Heather Steans, D-Chicago, said the cuts are "consistent" with agreements made during weeks of budget negotiations between lawmakers and Rauner's office to fix a budget that the new governor inherited from his Democratic predecessor Pat Quinn. That's a ...

April 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Boost in jury duty pay weighs on counties

New legislation that will go into effect in June will benefit those selected for jury duty, but could put a strain on counties that now have to come up with additional money for the jurors. Legislation signed by former Gov. Pat Quinn just before ...

April 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Rauner scraps Quinn's gigabit grant to Evanston

One amenity that the 835 Chicago Ave. development in Evanston won't be able to boast of at its groundbreaking later this morning is gigabit speed internet service. In January 2013 then Gov. Pat Quinn showed up at the library branch across the street to ...

April 24, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Emanuel knocks College of DuPage for elected board

All six members of the Chicago Board of Education appointed by Emanuel who were present at the 2013 meeting voted in favor of the SUPES contract, which passed 6-0. The company trains school principals. Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara ...

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