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The Illinois Senate began taking up parts of Governor Bruce Rauner’s pro-business agenda today.   They’re just as quickly taking them out.

Illinois state lawmakers today are scheduled to hold a rare hearing into what kind of regulations should be in place for workers who are injured on the job.

Mayor Ardis, state mayors, urge immigration reform

Oct 23, 2013

Nearly two-dozen Illinois mayors, including Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis, are urging the state’s Congressional delegation to support immigration reform.  The mayors are making a business case, rather than pushing for a particular bill.  They say updating the nation’s immigration policy would be an economic boon by creating jobs and increasing revenues.  Champaign Mayor Don Gerard says that’s critical for his community, which is home to the University of Illinois’ flagship campus.

Health care reform could affect prison numbers

Sep 30, 2013

One possible side effect of the new health care law – fewer people behind bars. IPR’s Sean Powers reports.

Small businesses and uninsured individuals awaiting next week's unveiling of Affordable Care Act insurance policies got a glimpse of how much plans will cost.  The cost of coverage in Illinois under the federal healthcare overhaul is coming in at 25-percent less than original estimates. 

Cullerton unveils pension proposal

May 6, 2013

Senate President John Cullerton's office has released the first official outline of the pension proposal he negotiated with unions. IPR’s Amanda Vinicky has a rundown.