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The Illinois State Board of Elections is fining Auditor General Frank Mautino's former campaign committee.

A complaint alleges he failed to properly report some 380-thousand dollars in spending.

Illinois’ top political leaders continue to blame each other for the nearly two-year-long budget impasse.

Democratic Senate President John Cullerton held a press conference this week after Republicans wouldn’t take a vote to end the budget stalemate.

A state senator from southern Illinois has been recommended as the next U-S ambassador to Kenya.

The seven Republicans in Illinois’ Congressional delegation sent a letter to President Donald Trump … saying Republican state Senator Kyle McCarter would be a good candidate for the job. McCarter has done charity work in the east-African country for decades.

With Illinois lawmakers struggling to agree on a state budget, the Illinois Senate unanimously passed a contingency plan … for dentists.

Illinois is literally two years behind in paying health insurance bills for state employees. It’s affecting doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers.

Illinois state senators are debating whether to impose more regulations on student loan servicers.

The legislation would require the companies to get a state license to operate in Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs is compiling a list of businesses that offer military discounts.

A 2015 law was designed to connect veterans and active duty service members with businesses interested in offering discounts and promotions.

A state audit found the Veterans' Discount Program was not implemented. The department responded that it wasn't developed due to staff turnover and other priorities.

The State Board of Elections says hackers gained access to the information of 80-thousand Illinois voters — including their social security numbers and driver’s licenses.

Elections officials say hackers had access to Illinois’ system for nearly three weeks before they were detected. They did get access to personal information, but officials say that’s about it.

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United Faculty, the union representing tenured and tenure-track professors at the University of Illinois Springfield, have been marching and chanting for a contract for three days.

They've been in negotiations for almost two years, and say the main sticking points are the retention and promotion policies, not salaries.

But Thursday, in her first public comments about the strike, Chancellor Susan Koch said money is an issue too.

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The head of Illinois’ child welfare agency is defending the decision to leave a toddler in a Joliet Township house where she was later found dead.

George Sheldon answered questions about the incident Wednesday at a state Senate hearing in Springfield.

A judge has given the green light to a class action lawsuit against Illinois’ prison healthcare system.

The state budget impasse has left Illinois months behind in payment to downstate mass transit agencies. That's led to cuts in service from Kankakee to Jacksonville.

They agencies are funded in part by local sales tax collections. But that money has to pass through state government. Even after another $19.3 million dollars was released Monday, the Illinois comptroller's office says the state still owes transit agencies $70 million dollars.

Several Metro East school superintendents are among more than 400 school leaders calling on Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and the state legislature to pass a budget. That’s on top of a lawsuit asking the state to give schools what they were promised.

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An Illinois retirement board is terminating former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's state pension.

He'd been collecting about 28-thousand dollars a year for his service in the state legislature.

Details of Illinois senate republicans’ school funding plan were revealed this week.

One week after State Senator Jason Barickman held a press conference to announce his own school funding plan, he filed two amendments totaling 500 pages.

A proposal to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next five years is making its way through the state legislature.

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J.B. Pritzker brought his campaign for governor to the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana Monday.  The billionaire venture capitalist is trying to establish himself as the progressive choice for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

Illinois' population losses are frequently cited in debates over the state's tax rates and business laws.

Last year, Census figures show Illinois was tied for the greatest rate of people leaving the state.

Governor Bruce Rauner is now accusing Illinois House Democrats of killing a deal to end the budget impasse.

When the so-called grand bargain failed last month - Senate Democrats said it was because Rauner had pulled Republican votes away from the compromise.

Faculty members at the University of Illinois Springfield have voted to authorize a strike.

A Republican state senator from Bloomington Wednesday became the third legislator to introduce a competing education funding plan.

Illinois State Police cadets will be getting new training in hate crimes.

Hate crimes are on the rise. The Chicago police department reported 72 such incidents last year — a 20 percent increase over the year before.

Seventeen school superintendents sued the state of Illinois Wednesday.  They're asking Governor Bruce Rauner and the state board of education to come up with a funding formula that would help schools meet the state's learning standards.

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Some voters last fall found out Illinois makes it illegal to take a selfie with your ballot. State lawmakers are looking to change that.

The airing of grievances over the ongoing state budget impasse continued Monday between Governor Bruce Rauner and Comptroller Susana Mendoza.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has taken his confrontation with the state's largest public-employee union to the Supreme Court. 

Illinois legislators are considering making it easier for transgender people to change the gender designation on their birth certificates.

The new Republican health care legislation in Congress could cost Illinois $40 billion dollars in federal funding over the next decade. That’s according to the recent report by the Congressional Budget Office.

Democratic state senators Wednesday rejected a push by Republicans to give Governor Bruce Rauner extraordinary budget powers.

It would've let Rauner cut spending across government -with few areas of government off limits ... such as elementary education and debt payments.  At a hearing, Democratic Senator Don Harmon pushed Rauner's budget director, Scott Harry, to say just what the governor planned to cut.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has jumped another hurdle in his push to reduce the cost of home health-care. But, some people affected by the change are warning of dire consequences.

K-L Cleeton runs a video production company from his parents’ home in Effingham. His parents work for him, but not to grab coffee at his film shoots.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan is taking her case over state employee pay to the Illinois Supreme Court.

Madigan is asking the justices to review a lower court order that’s kept state workers getting paid during the 20-month budget stalemate.

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