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A new poll on the environment from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute is surprising even to environmentalists.

Regular voter registration in Illinois has closed.

The last day was Tuesday.

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A new super-PAC that goes by the acronym "LIFT" is spending a million dollars on ads tying Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to Donald Trump.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is finally weighing in on specific comments made by Donald Trump.

Rauner has repeatedly been asked about the presidential campaign - and why he wouldn’t talk about it despite being the state’s top Republican.

The Illinois State Board of Elections is making its own preparations in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

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Illinois’ state superintendent of schools has publicly criticized the federal Department of Education for micromanaging state agencies. When Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act, it had something rare these days -- bipartisan support.  That’s largely because it replaced No Child Left Behind, which was widely unpopular.

A proposed change to Illinois' constitution would ensure the state has a solid stream of cash going to fund road projects.

Voters will decide if the state should put constraints on money raised through license plate fees and motor fuel taxes ... by forbidding that money to be used on other needs.

Illinois' Public Health Director has been ordered to add post-operative chronic pain as a qualifying condition for the state medical marijuana program.

Cook County Circuit Judge Neil Cohen has given Nirav Shah thirty days to act.

Governor Bruce Rauner came into office as a big advocate of charters schools.

He promoted the idea again this week during a Facebook live forum, when he seemed to tie school choice to  the state budget.

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Governor Bruce Rauner remains optimistic a balanced budget agreement will come in sooner than later.

During a Facebook live stream Tuesday, Rauner addressed the inevitable question about when Illinois will have a full year's budget.

Illinois Issues: Legislative Checklist

Sep 18, 2016

Gov. Bruce Rauner has taken action on hundreds of bills over the summer. He signed most of them into law, but he also made some high-profile vetoes. 

A group of social service providers that sued the state over lack of payment are pushing forward with their case. But the coalition has shrunk.

The Pay Now Coalition used to have nearly one hundred members. Now fewer than fifty have signed on to appeal a judge's recent dismissal of their lawsuit.

Before he was governor, Bruce Rauner was a private equity investor -- he became rich by keeping a sharp eye on his investments.

But, Rauner says he is NOT taking the same approach to politics.

A divided Illinois Supreme Court is sticking by its decision on redistricting.

An organization called Independent Maps wants voters to change the Illinois Constitution so a commission would draw district boundaries, rather than legislators themselves.

Per the terms of a court settlement ... Illinois is expanding services for mentally ill prisoners.

The department of corrections Friday announced it will take over a section of a state-run mental health hospital in Elgin.

Fall enrollment at the University of Illinois is up over 77-thousand this fall, setting a record for the 3-campus system.

A judge is encouraging Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration to keep bargaining its contract with the state’s largest government union.

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An economist is trying to move the debate over the minimum wage beyond its usual focus on jobs - and has found higher wages lead to healthier babies.

Almost 100 social service agencies in Illinois were dealt a blow in a Cook County courtroom Wednesday afternoon.

A Cook County judge dismissed their lawsuit against the state of Illinois.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he’s narrowing his focus to fix the state’s political system…

Because he says there hasn’t been enough progress on other issues.

Even as Governor Bruce Rauner denounces higher insurance premiums in Illinois under the Affordable Care Act ... the federal government is trying to tamp down those concerns.

The U-S Department of Health and Human Services Wednesday released an analysis that projects roughly two-thirds of Illinois consumers would still be able to buy a plan for less than 75 dollars a month ... even if rates next year increase by 50 percent.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Tuesday signed into law a measure that would increase the sentences for illegal gun sales.

People with a record of firearms offenses who try to sell guns will face harsher penalties. The governor says the law targets so-called straw purchasers.

Governor Bruce Rauner has long held that state universities need to cut down on their administrative overhead, before he can support increases in their state funding.

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Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is blasting Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's turnaround agenda as a ``complete disaster for Illinois.''

Durbin spoke Thursday during Democrats' Day at the Illinois State Fair. He says the lack of a full budget agreement has left downstate communities, particularly those home to universities, in a ``virtual recession.''

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Governor Bruce Rauner is questioning the independence of some Cook County judges from Democratic politicians.

Governor Rauner Wednesday lamented the power of the Democratic Machine in Illinois.

The Centers for Disease Control says the Zika virus poses a low risk to the donated blood supply in the country. But one northern Illinois blood bank says the virus is still affecting the overall supply in the area.

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Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's failed primary opponent is suing over what he says amounts to defamation.

Leading up to the March primary, Madigan made a campaign issue of Jason Gonzales's past criminal record -- crimes for which Gonzales had been pardoned.

Gonzales says in his federal complaint the ads caused emotional distress.

Editor's note -  More than 40,000 undocumented Illinois residents, who came to the country as children, are protected from deportation and are able to work under an executive order put in place by President Barack Obama. But during his campaign, Donald Trump pledged to “immediately terminate” the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — often referred to as DACA. 

Illinois' senior U.S. senator is considering a run for governor.

Dick Durbin said Thursday at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia that he's focusing on the presidential race, and will make an announcement when the election's over.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says her father's job ... as speaker of the Illinois House ... IS a factor in whether she'd ever run for governor.

Madigan did not elaborate. But she stepped back from a possible 20-14 bid, saying it would not be good for Illinois to have two members of the same family in those positions.

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