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The lawyer for indicted State Rep. Derrick Smith says the Chicago democrat plans to return to work in Springfield despite numerous calls for him to step down.

Illinois U-S Senator Mark Kirk is still recovering after suffering a stroke in January.

A public policy group says the State University Retirement System in Illinois needs to be stabilized rather than reformed.

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Governor Pat Quinn says the Illinois House's budget proposal cuts too deep into education spending.

 The Illinois House Thursday approved a rough outline for steep reductions on everything from elementary schools and colleges to healthcare for the poor.

This week Illinois became the first state to put its lottery games online.  Now the state Senate has voted to expand the offerings.

Staff lay-offs and consolidations are likely for Illinois' regional offices of education.

A spokeswoman for Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says the governor’s office regularly calls trustees at SIU and at other state universities to promote Quinn’s education policies and to make sure the boards are productive and accountable. 

The CEO and Treasurer of Lee Enterprises is receiving a hefty bonus despite the company's recent exit from bankruptcy and a billion dollar debt load.


A bill passed by the Illinois House would require visitors to state parks to pay admission fees.

The Illinois House will convene a special investigating committee to review a federal bribery charge against one of its members.

Informational pickets are being held throughout Illinois to oppose Governor Pat Quinn's planned facility closures and other budget cuts.


The University of Illinois has fired head basketball coach Bruce Weber after a disappointing season.

Holding a cell phone up to your ear while driving would be illegal under a measure approved Thursday by the Illinois House.

The President of Illinois State University says attracting Illinois students to state universities has become a challenge.

Residents in Central Illinois voiced their opinions Wednesday night during a public hearing on the planned closure of the Jacksonville Development Center.

Charities that get money from Illinois government would have to open up their records to the public under a measure proposed by a state legislator.

Free visits to state parks could become a thing of the past as the Department of Natural Resources looks for ways to generate revenue.

A debate over how many nurses must be on hand in long term care facilities will continue at the state capitol.

Illinois Public television and radio stations are opening their archives to teachers across the state.

Governor Pat Quinn's proposed budget cuts to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources are so severe, the agency's chief of staff says it's on the brink of closing.

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University of Illinois' Board of Trustees says they want the university's president to rebuild support among faculty.

Illinois lawmakers are considering whether to end a benefit that lets university employees send their kids to state colleges for half-price. A measure is now before the full house that could bring the practice to an end.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel has gotten a proposal for a statewide handgun registry through an Illinois House committee.

Illinois will remain a smoke free state.  The Illinois House Tuesday afternoon voted down a measure that critics say would have eroded the statewide ban.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is defending his plan to close the Tamms Correctional Center.

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission says Eric Zarnikow is its new executive director.

The Illinois Senate is  considering whether high school students should be required to take an extra year of math before graduation.

Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar has concerns about the state closing the Tamms super-max prison.

Illinois lawmakers are considering a ban on the bumper pads that line baby cribs. Backers of the legislation says the pads have suffocated and strangled infants.