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Victims of crime could have a broader set of rights under a proposed change to the Illinois Constitution.

A doctor for US Senator Mark Kirk says he is "mentally sharp" four months after he suffered a stroke.

Illinois Auditor General Bill Holland has served for two decades as the state's highest auditing authority.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is out with his plan to reform the state's pension system.

Human service providers throughout Illinois say they are worried about the impact potential state budget cuts will have on those who need help.

A bipartisan group tasked with finding ways to cut $2.7 billion from Illinois' Medicaid budget hasn't accomplished its mission.

Wisconsin’s embattled Governor says Illinois is a prime example of why he should remain in office.

The parent company of the Southern Illinoisan newspaper in Carbondale continues to cut expenses faster than revenue is declining.


It would be harder for the Illinois legislature to increase state employee pensions under a measure that won House committee approval Tuesday.

State lawmakers will be back at the capitol on Tuesday following a two-week break.

Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is headed to Southern Illinois...  and a local lawmaker says legislation before the General Assembly would help protect citizens and environment.

Illinois' Treasurer contends political considerations are preventing the state from saving $12-million.

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.