Illinois lawmakers are holding a hearing on the Legionnaires disease outbreak at the Quincy Veteran's Home.
Legislators are questioning state officials about the how, what and when of the deadly outbreak that has killed 13 people since 2015. They're also looking at solutions to prevent more deaths such as replacing all the pipes in the home since the bacteria can be found in plumbing.
Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs is offering some suggestions to help make sure the state avoids junk bond status.
Although Illinois now has a budget, the state's fiscal condition remains on very shaky ground and a rating downgrade could still happen. Treasurer Frerichs says for starters, the governor needs to pay a visit to the bond houses in New York.
House lawmakers are taking a big step towards ending the budget impasse.
The House voted 90 to 25 for an amendment containing a full year budget. Speaker Mike Madigan says it's a good sign...but notes there are still details to hammer out and a vote on the actual bill must still be taken.
Legislation headed to the governor's desk is designed to help protect students who take out loans for college.
The Student Loan Bill of Rights requires lenders to explain repayment options to struggling borrowers and to inform graduates that they may be eligible to have their loan forgiven under certain circumstances.