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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has declared Rock Island County and seven others "disaster areas" as record flooding occurs along the Rock River.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has summoned lawmakers into special session to settle the public education funding issue weeks before the school bell is set to ring.

DuPage County Board Vice Chairman John Curran has been appointed to fill the Illinois Senate seat held by GOP leader Christine Radogno before she announced her resignation last month. 

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago is creating a new unit to prosecute health care fraud.

The hit movie that resurrected the memory of the Rockford Peaches is 25 and it still inspires.

Fans of fair food such as corn dogs and funnel cakes will get the chance to really pig out at this year's Illinois State Fair - and win a prize for doing it.

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CHICAGO (AP) - The Democratic Illinois Senate president wants Gov. Bruce Rauner to forgo his planned veto of education-funding legislation. 

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s choices for new top staff positions — from chief of staff to policy director to the head of his communications team — have created a firestorm in recent weeks.

Illinois is finally making good on some of its most overdue bills — compensating people who were unjustly imprisoned.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has demanded Democrats send him school funding legislation, threatening to call a special session if they don't. The governor has sought to pit Downstate school school districts — and local legislators — against Chicago Public Schools.

Meanwhile, Rauner continued replacing top staff with people from a libertarian advocacy organization.

A pair of grants will allow Illinois State University's Mennonite College of Nursing to address the diversity of the nursing workforce and help nurses find a place where they are most needed.

Residents of flood-ravaged counties in northern Illinois will not face state penalties or interest for late state income tax filings or payments, according to a declaration Friday by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

McHenry, Kane, Lake and Cook Counties were declared state disaster areas as a result of floods earlier this month.

The waiver applies to affected taxpayers for payments or returns due between July 11 and December 31.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he will call lawmakers into special session to deal with public school funding if they don't send him legislation on the issue by Monday.

A coalition of social-service providers owed money by Illinois state government is seeking more time to appeal its lawsuit to the Illinois Supreme Court. 

Fire departments across Illinois are receiving nearly $2.7 million in federal grants to help pay for equipment and training.

Illinois public health officials say the state has confirmed its first human case of West Nile virus this year.

Adults in Illinois who failed to graduate from high school still can earn a General Educational Development certificate, also known as a G-E-D.  But legislation approved by the General Assembly would provide what some consider to be a better alternative. 

Moody's: Illinois Avoids 'Junk' Credit, But Risks Remain

Jul 20, 2017

A major credit rating agency says Illinois won't see its rating lowered to "junk" but warns the state still faces serious financial challenges and long-term risks.


The Land of Lincoln is the country's largest de facto nuclear waste dump.

Flood levels along two northern Illinois rivers looked to be falling after flooding this week but another round of rain has them rising again.

Chicago Public Schools officials are promising that school will open on time regardless of whether a critical funding law is enacted. 

Nine months ago an exciting event took place that made thousands of people wildly exuberant and happily exhausted. Oh, and the Chicago Cubs won the World Series too. And now, it's a Cubs baby boomlet.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin has voiced his support for President Trump’s nominee for FBI Director.

In his statement of support for Christopher Wray, the Illinois Democrat expressed concern about the actions of President Trump in dismissing former FBI Director James Comey. But Durbin said he has confidence that Wray would remain independent, even under pressure from the White House.

It’s much easier to pay energy bills in Illinois compared to much of the country, according to a recent survey by WalletHub. 

The survey examined the average monthly amount each state’s residents spent for natural gas, electricity, home heating oil, and gasoline and compared that with the average monthly consumption of each resource.

A suburban Chicago sheriff's department says it has fitted Dennis Hastert with the kind of electronic monitoring that's typically used when recent convicts are placed on home confinement.

The Lake County Sheriffs' Office said Wednesday that authorities attached the device Monday shortly after the ex-U.S. House Speaker was released from a federal prison in Minnesota.

University of Illinois Police

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - An arraignment is scheduled for a 28-year-old man charged in the abduction of a University of Illinois scholar from China. 

A state employee union has filed a new charge against Northern Illinois University for not bargaining in good faith.

The AFSCME Council 31 charges that NIU refused to bargain with the newly certified unit over mandatory subjects like holidays and sick time. AFSCME spokeswoman Sara Dorner says NIU suggested that the bargaining unit should withdraw proposals for language that appears in the university’s contracts with its other two units.

Some members of Bloomington's Downtown Task Force expressed support Tuesday for installing new parking meters in the central business district, as the committee worked to prioritize suggestions for downtown improvements.

Ward 1 Alderman Jamie Mathy said Bloomington and Normal are the only major cities in Illinois he has seen that do not have parking meters.

Illinois' constitution has been in place since 1970.  But there's an effort to draft a new one.  Republican representative Tim Butler of Springfield has introduced a plan to hold another constitutional convention. 

The new state budget will fund Illinois colleges and universities at the level of funding they received in 2015 — minus 10 percent. But there’s one area of higher education that got a boost.  

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