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Thousands of Illinoisans joined people across America and around the world in marches showing support for stricter gun laws. A former campaign worker sued House Speaker Michael Madigan over his handling of a harassment complaint against one of his top aides.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx toook moved against Facebook after the privacy lapses ¸brought into public consciousness by the Cambridge Analytica scandal. And can Gov. Bruce Rauner repair his relationship with conservative voters?

Pickup trucks and construction equipment crowd the lawn of the Illinois Executive Mansion and the block across the street.

Gov. Bruce Rauner and his wife, Diana, have raised the money for the $15 million mansion makeover, which is slated to be complete by the end of the summer. And the governor is eyeing the city-owned block, dubbed the “Y-block” for the YWCA that used to sit there, as an extension of that project.

Vietnam War Veterans Day

Mar 30, 2018

"Your service will not be forgotten." That was the message Thursday during a ceremony for National Vietnam War Veterans Day in the National Cemetery on Arsenal Island.

Illinois State Sen. Kyle McCarter’s nomination to be the U.S. ambassador to Kenya comes at a time of challenges for the African nation.

Governor Bruce Rauner’s office has been criticized by a state audit.

A plan to close the wage gap between men and women sailed through the Illinois Legislature last year, but Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed it. Now, the measure is back.

The U.S. Treasury has ruled that Illinois homeowners who prepaid their 2018 property taxes last year will receive the full state and local tax deduction.

Some advocates are pushing for an Illinois constitutional amendment to change how legislative districts are created in the state.

Two Illinois Valley cities are getting more than a million dollars each from the federal government to help prevent flood damage. The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced the grants to Ottawa and Marseilles Tuesday.

It's well known that the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign once used the depiction of a Native American chief as a symbol for its sports teams. The school retired Chief Illiniwek about a decade ago. But that hasn’t stopped some fans from using the likeness or even portraying the Chief. A new court filing alleges copyright infringement.

High school students from northwestern Illinois and eastern Iowa can now earn college credit in agriculture for free. Today, Western Illinois University announced the Moline Foundation has donated money for the School of Agriculture to offer dual enrollment to juniors and seniors in high school.

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says he’s not seeing enough statewide progress in addressing the opioid addiction crisis.  

The Democratic senator visited Mercyhealth in Rockford Wednesday for a roundtable conversation with doctors, first responders, treatment specialists and Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara. 

Participants echoed a similar theme: they're strapped when it comes to finances to provide adequate services. 

Illinois State University faces a federal lawsuit from a former male student who says the way the school handles sexual misconduct cases violated his rights.

Members of the Chicago City Council have approved a major slice of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's $8.5 billion proposal to overhaul O'Hare International Airport.

The Illinois Department of Revenue's new administrative fee is outpacing budget expectations and has generated almost $50 million during its first eight months of collection. 

The Illinois State Board of Elections will hold public hearings on the state's automatic voter registration system before it takes effect this summer. 

Higher-education leaders are watching Springfield closely as lawmakers consider what to do about next year’s budget.

Southern Illinois University President Randy Dunn says there are lots of political options on the table.

 

"You hear discussion that maybe there could be a full-budget bill, and then the governor would have to decide what he wants to do with that," Dunn said. "Would the governor once again veto a bill that he doesn't like as he heads into a re-election? I don't know."

 

An Illinois lawmaker wants to give police officers more power to take away guns from someone who poses a threat. 

Though Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed a measure to license gun dealers, Illinois House Democrats are trying to muster support to overturn the decision.
 

Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois

Democratic nominee for governor J.B. Pritzker and incumbent Republican Bruce Rauner haven’t taken a break from campaigning since winning their respective primaries last week. Pritzker won in a landslide, while Rauner squeaked by his opponent. Mary Hansen talked with Charlie Wheeler, who says the tight race was no surprise.

Charlie Wheeler is the director of the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois Springfield. 

Records show that a top aide at the Illinois Department of Public Health took a leave of absence to work on political campaigns in the fall of 2016 while the agency faced the baffling return of deadly Legionnaires' disease at a state-run veterans home.

The University of Illinois is in the midst of a national search for its first-ever chief diversity officer.

Officials expect 6.5 million automobiles to travel the Illinois Tollway during the coming holiday weekend.

Commentary: Insights from the 2018 primary election

"Is this embattled Republican governor toast?" -- Natasha Korecki, Politico

"Is Gov. Bruce Rauner a lame duck limping?" -- Chuck Sweeny, Rockford Register Star

Rep. Davis: Too Soon to Judge Tax Reform

Mar 27, 2018
Congressman Rodney Davis / Facebook

Backers of the new federal tax reform law say corporations are using the savings to give their workers raises and bonuses. But independent studies from Bloomberg and Morgan Stanley report a much larger share of tax cut savings is going to company shareholders through stock buybacks.

Republican Congressman Rodney Davis says it’s too early to draw a conclusion.

 

Corrado Matteoni / CC BY-NC 2.0 / Flickr

Northwestern University will be taking additional steps to ensure its campus buildings are bird friendly. University officials say the school is working with experts from the American Bird Conservancy to keep birds from crashing into glass walls and windows.

Cook County is suing Facebook and Cambridge Analytica for fraud after revelations that the latter obtained data on millions of Facebook users.

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A former White Sox groundskeeper will return to his old job after spending more than 20 years in prison on a wrongful conviction.

An Illinois advocacy group is looking to determine the impact of the state transportation lockbox amendment more than a year after voters approved the measure.

The board of trustees at Western Illinois University has voted to keep costs for the 2018-2019 school year at current levels.

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