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The only televised debate outside of Chicago between the Democratic candidates for governor has been cancelled.

That's because Democratic candidate JB Pritzker would not commit to attending the debate in Springfield.

Victims of workplace sexual harassment have a new resource to lodge their complaints and seek help.

The Illinois Department of Human Rights has launched a sexual harassment hotline.

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Chicago Tribune

The Illinois Senate president says the General Assembly may have to bypass the governor again to approve a budget this year.

The Democratic candidates for Illinois governor are weighing in on House Speaker Michael Madigan’s handling of sexual harassment allegations against a campaign aide. But, one had to be pressed.

Wednesday's deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida fell on the tenth anniversary of a shooting at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, that killed five students and wounded 17 more.

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Ad from Citizens For Rauner, Inc.

One of the biggest changes Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed in Wednesday's budget address is making local school districts bear the costs of teacher pensions.

Powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says he has no plans to resign.

That’s after a campaign worker accused him of not acting quickly when she revealed sexual harassment by a top Madigan aide.

A longtime political aide to one of Illinois’ most powerful politicians - House Speaker Michael Madigan - has been fired for sending a woman inappropriate text messages.

A lawyer for Madigan’s political operation declined to name the woman, but said she’s a political consultant.

Scholarships are available for minority students interested in pursuing a career in teaching, according to the Illinois Students Assistance Commission.

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The controversial standardized tests known as PARCC could be on their way out after this spring.

The Illinois State Board of Education plans to request sealed proposals for a new statewide exam next week. That’s in response to concerns from teachers and parents about the hours-long reading and math assessment that most third- and eighth-graders failed.

Early voting is underway in many parts of Illinois despite an ongoing legal battle about whether a Democratic candidate for Attorney General should be on the ballot.

Campaign contribution limits were lifted in the Illinois governor’s race months ago, but it’s also happened in several state House races as well.
 

Illinois has caps for how much you… or a corporation… or a union can give to a candidate. But those caps can be lifted.

Governor Goofs Honest Abe Quote

Feb 2, 2018

As Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner built toward the crescendo of his State of the State address on Wednesday, he implored lawmakers to cut taxes and spending to ensure a more “prosperous future.”

To drive home his point, he ripped out a page from Speechwriting 101 for Illinois politicians.

He quoted Honest Abe.

“Abraham Lincoln once said: ‘The best way to predict the future is to create it,’” said the Republican governor.

But there’s a problem.

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Crain's Chicago Business

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner used his State of the State Address to call for less spending.  But he was short on details.  

Rauner will be back before the General Assembly in two weeks to lay out his budget ideas.   In this speech, he only hinted at his plan.    

The General Assembly voted Wednesday to override Governor Bruce Rauner's veto of a small technical bill.

It was necessary to implement the massive school funding reform that Rauner has listed as his main accomplishment.

A new plan in Illinois aims to end youth tackle football programs… and it bears the name of Dave Duerson, a 1985 Chicago Bear who killed himself. 

The proposed law bans tackle football for children under 12 throughout the state… with the goal of preventing CTE, a degenerative disease of the brain caused by repetitive brain trauma.

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Stephen Fleming/U of I Piglet Nutrition and Cognition Lab

Prebiotics are a class of small, indigestible fiber molecules present in human breast milk and known to promote growth of good bacteria in the gut. Now, a new study from the University of Illinois suggests prebiotics may also improve learning and memory.

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Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for the man accused of kidnapping University of Illinois visiting scholar YingYing Zhang.

A lawsuit against Illinois’ Department of Healthcare and Family Services claims the state illegally withholds medically necessary services from children with severe mental health disorders. The case was settled in federal court this week.

Nearly 90,000 students in schools across Illinois do not have access to high-speed internet, preventing them from participating in modern classroom activities like taking online tests or classes and browsing the internet.

Legislation announced Wednesday would set aside $16.3 million to help fund the installation of fiberoptic cables for high-speed internet in about 100 districts. The one-time state payment could be matched with roughly $47 million in federal funds.

The Illinois State Board of Education Wednesday voted unanimously to ask the general assembly to DOUBLE state funding for public schools.

Nearly 200 Illinois school districts will lose out on equitable funding if lawmakers can't come up with a way to deal with the amendatory veto Governor Bruce Rauner issued last week.

He has made campaign commercials touting the new school funding formula, but he nixed a trailer bill that clarified funding for districts with certain tax caps.

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Governor Bruce Rauner is creating a committee to recommend how to fight Legionnaires’ disease at a state-run veterans’ home in Quincy.

Rauner spent the last week living at the facility after a WBEZ investigation into his administration’s handling of three outbreaks over the last three years.

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.

Advocates for youth are urging Illinois to end the incarceration of young people in large facilities. They say these settings do not address their needs and safety concerns.

While many of us hated the cold weather of the last three weeks, the brutally cold weather DID provide a benefit we’ll see in the spring and summer.

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Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin now says he does NOT believe the state-run veterans’ home in Quincy should close.

That’s even though it’s struggled with persistent Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is spending a few days living at the state-run veterans home in Quincy.

That’s after a WBEZ Public Radio investigation showed residents there continued to get sick and die from Legionnaires’ disease three years after a major outbreak.

The final reading from the from the University of Illinois' Flash Index supports a description of "slow and steady" for the Illinois economy in 2017.

The December Flash Index measured 104-point-one, down one tenth of a percent from November. Anything over 100 indicates a growing economy.

Making it legal to raise industrial hemp has been a topic of discussion in Illinois for years. Wisconsin is the most recent state to allow farmers to grow it.  Will Illinois be next?

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