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Illinois politicians continue reacting to Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Responses are falling down party lines.

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Thursday that it will again take up a case from Illinois that seeks to do away with mandatory fees for public sector unions.

Nearly half of the states in the country allow them. The unions argue the bargaining process benefits all workers, even if they are non-members.

Illinois Commerce Commission

Energy experts in Illinois are kicking off an 18-month study about how to produce and harness the next generation of energy in the state.

Chapin Rose, the Republican state senator from Mahoment, says he's filing a measure designed to launch major changes in higher education.

CBS Sports

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says athletes who are protesting during the National Anthem are insulting the country.

Rauner’s most recent disclosure of where all his money comes from shows he’s a part owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Bulls.

One of the defense attorneys for Rod Blagojevich during the former governor’s corruption trial is running for Illinois attorney general.

Mattoon Journal-Gazette

The Mattoon community is recovering from a shooting at the high school Wednesday that left one student injured and another in custody.

A licensed therapist says it may take a long time for people to process their emotions.

Mattoon police say Wednesday’s shooting at Mattoon High School was carried out by one student, who is in custody.

One promise heard repeatedly during debate over the state's new school funding plan was "no red numbers," meaning any legislation that would make a district lose money was dead on arrival.

Mattoon High School

Police have a student in custody, following a shooting Wednesday morning at Mattoon High School, in which another student was injured.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan Wednesday issued formal guidance to state and local police on immigration law. The document outlines recent changes in federal and state policy.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is authorizing a major borrowing plan to pay down part of the state's nearly $15 billion dollar backlog of bills.

Lawmakers approved a state budget over Rauner’s veto earlier this summer.

That budget called for borrowing $6 billion dollars.

Electric utility Ameren Illinois is being criticized for backing away from energy efficiency goals agreed to late last year.

The company negotiated targets in the Future Energy Jobs Act — but now says it cannot meet them cost-effectively.

Illinois could soon begin to tackle its massive pile of unpaid bills ... thanks to a move Thursday by Governor Bruce Rauner.

Democrats are wondering: What took so long?

The search for signs of life on planets, moons and other celestial bodies in our solar system is one of NASA's top objectives. That effort has the agency focusing intently on one of Earth's neighbors. Illinois Public Radio's Jason Parrott reports.

Illinois is among 15 states suing to block President Donald Trump's plan to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation.

Illinois's fight for a $15 an hour minimum wage hit a roadblock last Friday after Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the bill that would make it happen.

The Illinois General Assembly approved a plan in late May that would raise the minimum wage gradually from $8.25 to $15 an hour over the next five years.

But, after two months on the governor's desk, Senate Bill 81 was shot down.

The substantial-raise proposal remains polarizing.

Chicago Tribune

Governor Bruce Rauner has approved a major change in the way Illinois funds public schools.

He signed the bipartisan legislation at a school in Chicago, calling it a historic achievement.

The Illinois Senate is advancing the education funding reform compromise.

The bill restructures how money is paid out to districts, aiming for a more equitable system.

Hate crimes will be more punishable under a new law the governor signed this week.
 The measure was a result of suggestions from the state’s bi-partisan Holocaust and Genocide Commission.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he does not think President Donald Trump will be a factor in his re-election campaign next year.

Democrats have been tying Rauner to Trump for months.

Illinois Times

Another Illinois legislator will not be seeking re-election.

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

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza says she will likely have to skip another payment to the state's schools.

That's because of a political fight between Democrats in the legislature and Republican Governor Bruce Rauner.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says he's running for re-election.

The 83-year-old Democrat has overwhelmingly won the office five times.

Governor Bruce Rauner has been drumming up opposition to the Democrats' new school funding plan by touting how much more money each district would receive under his version.

Some Republican lawmakers say the Illinois State House of Representatives may not have the votes to override Governor Bruce Rauner's veto of a school funding bill Wednesday.

School districts are due to receive state funds Thursday, but that can't happen until the lawmakers either override Governor Bruce Rauner's veto of Senate Bill 1 or come up with some other plan he will sign.

Teacher unions are opposing a draft proposal that would divert tax revenue away from the state to pay tuition for sending students to private schools.

They criticize it as a school voucher program.

Illinois 2020

One lucky brewery will get to make the official craft beer of Illinois' bicentennial celebration.

Governor Bruce Rauner Tuesday vetoed significant portions of legislation that would overhaul the way Illinois funds public schools.

Much of the legislation has bipartisan support. But, the governor took issue with Democratic provisions meant to help Chicago Public Schools.