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The debate over school funding in Illinois has focused on Chicago Public Schools, which Governor Bruce Rauner alleges would get a "bailout" under a plan sponsored by Democrats. He vetoed much of that proposal. Legislative leaders are now trying to work out a compromise.

LGBTQ rights activists say two pieces of legislation should be signed by the governor. Both passed the General Assembly unanimously.

A spokeswoman says Gov. Bruce Rauner will sign a plan that would limit cooperation between authorities in Illinois and federal immigration authorities.

Family of Kidnapped U of I Scholar Speaks

Aug 22, 2017

The family of kidnapped U of I visiting scholar Yingying Zhang says they will not give up their search for her and Tuesday they asked President Donald Trump for help in finding her. 

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is sidestepping comment on a political cartoon critics have called racist, saying he doesn't have anything to add to the discussion "as a white male."

The Illinois State Board of Education has named 10 finalists for 2018 Illinois Teacher of the Year.

Two teams of scientists from the Illinois State Water Survey have collected weather data during the first coast-to-coast U.S. solar eclipse since 1918 and plan to analyze the findings.

Aldermen in Rockford have approved a resolution condemning hate groups after a violent white nationalist rally in Virginia.

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The death of Tammy Zywicki confounded police and raised fears for young women traveling alone.  The 21-year-old was on her way to Grinnell College in Iowa when she had car trouble along Interstate 80 in LaSalle County.  Her body was discovered a week later along another interstate in Missouri.  She had been stabbed to death. 

After years of theories and suspects, no arrests have been made.  One witness reported seeing a semi-truck and its driver with Zywicki and her disabled car. 

About 14,000 people filled Southern Illinois University's Saluki Stadium in Carbondale to watch Monday's total solar eclipse.


Over the weekend nearly 500 Springfield residents awoke to news that the state's top leaders had been ousted. Of course, it's untrue. It's a headline generated from James Pepper Kelly.

Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a dozen bills late Friday. Among them: House Bill 3211, a measure that would help low-income students qualify for federal SNAP benefits, formerly known as food stamps. Statewide, that amounts to about 40,000 low-income students, says State Rep. Litesa Wallace (D-Rockford), who sponsored the measure.

A former Northwestern University professor and an Oxford University employee accused of killing a man as part of what prosecutors called a sexual fantasy have another court date scheduled this week in Chicago.

About 14,000 people filled Southern Illinois University's Saluki Stadium in Carbondale to watch Monday's total solar eclipse.

Illinois is marking the 20th anniversary of legislation that lowered the drunken driving limit to .08 blood-alcohol concentration.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has reached a $4.5 million settlement with an Arizona-based pharmaceutical company that her office sued for deceptive marketing of an opioid drug meant for cancer patients.

Live Map -- Total Solar Eclipse Crosses The U.S.

Aug 21, 2017

The excitement has been building for weeks and weeks. On Monday, August 21st the solar eclipse will finally be here. It will darken the skies along a path from Oregon to South Carolina. It's the first eclipse that will be seen from coast to coast in 99 years. Millions will don special glasses or watch through pinhole projectors. Eclipse enthusiasts say totality never disappoints. Follow this live updating map tracking the position of the eclipse across the United States.

While finally having a state budget for Illinois is good news, there's a cost for local governments and residents. The new budget includes a sales tax collection fee of 2 per cent, meaning the state will keep some of the revenue generated by local sales taxes.

Republicans and Democrats gathered in Springfield this week for their annual rallies tied to the Illinois State Fair. Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Republicans outlined a campaign strategy that takes aim at House Speaker Michael Madigan. Democrats, meanwhile, tried to lash Rauner to the fortunes of President Donald Trump.

Election officials in Chicago say the personal information of 1.8 million voters was found unsecured on the Internet.

Another Illinois legislator will not be seeking re-election.

State Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez is from Leland Grove, near Springfield.

She was among the Republicans who defied Governor Bruce Rauner — helping Democrats pass Illinois' first budget in two years.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has approved regulations that require pharmacists to counsel customers who seek to fill prescriptions for new medications or need changes to longtime prescriptions.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says a plan that would limit cooperation between authorities in Illinois and federal immigration authorities "seems very reasonable."

Where will you watch the solar eclipse?

People within a 70-mile wide band stretching from Oregon to South Carolina will be able to see a total eclipse for a few minutes Monday: The rest of us will have to settle for a partial solar eclipse.

For state government, Monday’s solar eclipse is less about what's happening in the sky and more about what's happening on the ground. 

Since last weekend's events in Charlottesville, Virginia – politicians and everyday citizens across Illinois have spoken out against the violence and hateful rhetoric.

Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said Thursday he won’t let an Illinois State Police investigation into his recent trip to Japan become a distraction that derails his agenda for the city.

A political cartoon circulated by a conservative Illinois think tank with ties to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has triggered accusations of racism and insensitivity in the wake of the deadly rally attack in Virginia.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Bruce Rauner's re-election campaign dismissed attacks by would-be Democratic challengers.

Secretary of State Jesse White says he'll seek a sixth term in 2018. 

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