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Gov. Bruce Rauner has called state legislators back to Springfield this week. He says he wants a budget deal. But Rauner is also spending money attacking Democrats.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that'll help locate a visiting scholar from China who disappeared from the University of Illinois. 

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration say they're working out bugs on a $94 million online portal that allows state employees to choose health care options. 

State versus state battle lines are being drawn across the Mississippi River, with a top Missouri official urging Illinois regulators to back away from a plan that would allow higher levees, potentially worsening flooding on the Missouri side of the river.

A former Lincoln Lane Community College employee has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for taking almost $700,000 from the college.

Police southwest of Chicago say they are searching for what could be a team of gun thieves who sometimes use cars to smash their way into businesses.

Teachers will be able to see a free round of golf in Springfield this month. The Lincoln Land Charity Championship has named June 22 "Horace Mann Educator's Day" at the PGA tournament.

Rare Meeting Offers a Glimmer of Bipartisanship

Jun 19, 2017

Two Illinois Congressmen held a rare bipartisan community meeting this weekend.

The Illinois Audubon Society began in 1897 in Chicago as a way to combat bird feathers being used in hats.  Today, it’s the oldest independent conservation organization in the state.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has called 10 special sessions on the budget for the final days of the month. For the first time, he's publicly endorsed a specific set of tax increases to accompany the non-budget demands he's been making since he came into office. Does this represent real movement? Or is it just marketing?

Illinois’ struggling social-service agencies lost another round in court Thursday. An appellate panel in Chicago says Illinois does not have to pay unless the state has a real budget.

The owner of a poultry business operating in the heart of central Illinois' corn and soybean country says he hopes future farmers will also consider specialty farming.

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is urging the House to take action on the Senate-approved budget plan during next week's special session. 

The Chicago Board of Ethics has found that a business executive and an alderman's husband illegally lobbied Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Cook County's state's attorney's office will stop prosecuting some traffic offenses because there is not enough staff to handle all the cases. 

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon returned to his Pennsylvania hometown to help officials open and dedicate a new $250,000 playground.

Police in the northwest Chicago suburbs say an 11-year-old boy has been charged with sexually assaulting another minor.

One day after House and Senate Republicans unveiled a compromise balanced budget plan to end the budget impasse, Governor Bruce Rauner Thursday called lawmakers back to Springfield for a special session.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has called a “special session” of the General Assembly scheduled for next week.

The shooting at a republican congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia is hitting a southern Illinois congressman hard. Republican John Shimkus is a roommate of Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise, who was shot during the incident. Shimkus - who was not at the practice - says it feels as if a brother was shot.

Police say the FBI is investigating the disappearance of a Chinese woman from a central Illinois university town as a kidnapping.

An appellate court has ruled against social service providers suing Illinois over the lack of payment during the budget impasse.

The multi-state lottery association overseeing Powerball and Mega Millions games will dump Illinois by the end of June if the state doesn't end its budget impasse. 

Enterprise CarShare has announced it will stop doing business in Chicago indefinitely due to the theft or vandalism of its vehicles.

Rend Lake Resort to Re-open

Jun 15, 2017

The Rend Lake Resort closed last December but the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says it will soon re-open.

On Wednesday, IDNR Chief-of-Staff Brent Krebs says bidding for the project to restore the resort will now begin.

 

"We are prepared effective this morning to go to bid what we call an RFP, Request For Proposal, to solicit bids to re-open Rend Lake Resort."

 

While they are preparing to accept bids, they have set up ONE DAY for vendors to bid.

 

Louder outcry from voters may be what will be the trick to produce movement from the governor and House speaker

Northern Illinois University President Doug Baker will step down on June 30, the end of the current academic year. 

He made the announcement at the beginning of the NIU Board of Trustees meeting, which had scheduled a closed session on its agenda to review “Presidential Employment.”  After a marathon closed session, Trustees emerged to announce their transition plan. Executive Vice President and Provost Lisa Freeman will serve as interim president, but will not pursue the position permanently. On July 1st, Freeman becomes NIU's first female president.

BELLEVILLE — Dozens of Illinois’ social service providers were back in court Wednesday. Many have gone nearly a year without funding during the budget stalemate. They’re asking a St. Clair County judge to force Illinois to pay.

Seth Perlman / AP Photo

 

With Illinois heading toward a third straight year without a budget, Illinois Republicans presented a familiar "compromise" spending and reform plan Wednesday they argued could end the gridlock.

But Democrats, who control House and Senate, were skeptical, saying they've already taken up many of those ideas and Republicans' demands keep changing.

J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo

 

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) was at the plate Wednesday, during an early morning batting practice of the Republican Congressional baseball team, when he heard a loud noise that he did not immediately recognize as a gunshot.

Davis says the noise sounded to him like a large piece of metal being dropped at a construction area, although they weren’t at a construction area, but at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia. The noise was followed by someone else on the field shouting, “Run, he’s got a gun!”

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