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Governor Bruce Rauner profited from a health care firm that works with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement detention centers – according to a recent report from Politico.

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Southern Illinois' two republican congressmen back President Trump's new Supreme Court nominee.

In written statements, Murphysboro's Mike Bost says Judge Brett Kavanaugh is highly qualified and will interpret the U.S. Constitution in the spirit of the Founders.

Collinsville's John Shimkus says Kavanaugh is exactly the kind of judge needed on the Supreme Court because he bases decisions on the Constitution and the rule of law.

Illinois hospitals will soon receive money to treat millions of people who are covered through Medicaid.

The federal government approved an Illinois plan to distribute that money, called the hospital assessment program.

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Governor Bruce Rauner is praising today's Janus v AFSCME ruling...saying it protects free speech rights of state workers.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that public-sector workers who opt out of a union shouldn't be forced to pay dues to cover contract negotiations. Governor Rauner says they'll be notifying state employees of their constitutional rights.

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In a blow to organized labor, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that government workers who choose not to join a union cannot be charged for the cost of collective bargaining.

The vote was a predictable 5-4. Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion with the court's conservatives joining him.

The U-S Supreme Court Tuesday upheld President Trump's so-called travel ban. A proposal that passed the Illinois General Assembly aims to protest that policy.

Governor Bruce Rauner and black state legislators on Friday escalated a fight that began earlier this week.

It started when Rauner told a Chicago radio station that — with his economic and education policies — he had done more for black Illinoisans than any other governor.

Illinois is losing residents.

Common explanations for why include high taxes, unfriendly business policies or the state's growing pension debt.

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Illinois will soon mint commemorative coins to mark the state’s 200th birthday. Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs unveiled the final design Monday in Springfield.

The Illinois Labor Relations Board is moving forward with giving step increases to unionized state workers.

The State Journal-Register reports that the board has rejected a request from Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration to hold another hearing about the issue before money is paid out.

The biggest labor union representing Illinois state workers was back in court Wednesday.

AFSCME wants a panel of appellate judges to order Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration back to the negotiating table.

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Republican Lawmakers gathered with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner in Marion Tuesday to highlight the recent budget agreement for Fiscal Year 2019, which starts in July 1st. 

Gov. Rauner Talks with State Workers About FY-19 Budget

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner was asked Tuesday whether he would support a shorter prison sentence for Rod Blagojevich.

President Trump told reporters last week he thought Blagojevich was “very unfairly treated” and was thinking about commuting the former governor's 14-year sentence.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed Illinois’ budget into law.

The Illinois General Assembly has approved a budget for the state — and Governor Bruce Rauner is indicating he’ll “enact” it into law.

Illinois lawmakers have reached an agreement on a new budget hours before the May 31st deadline.

State Senator Heather Steans, a Chicago Democrat, says the package is similar to what Governor Bruce Rauner proposed. She says the final product is a result of compromise.  

Illinois is one step closer to having a budget for next year — the state Senate approved a spending plan late Wednesday night.

It follows years of bitter partisan fighting over state taxes and spending. But the mood around this year’s budget is remarkably different.

State Senator Chapin Rose had what he thought was a no-brainer bill. All he wanted to do was help public universities connect with promising high school juniors by sharing basic data like standardized test scores. But just hours before presenting his bill in committee, he ran into FERPA — the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

It’s a federal law; there’s no easy way around it.

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The Illinois House has approved a measure to provide back pay to thousands of state workers who've been waiting for it since 2011.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the bill passed the House Thursday. It now moves to the Senate.

A bipartisan group of Illinois legislators has introduced a bill that would reinstate the death penalty for convicted mass murderers and killers of first responders.

Southern Illinois Democratic State Rep. Jerry Costello helped craft the bill. He says the death penalty is the ultimate crime deterrent.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Illinois Lawmakers Host Jak Tichenor about action in the General Assembly. One week remains in the Spring Legislative Session.

When a new employee is fingerprinted for a job in Illinois, the employer receives a snapshot of their criminal record, and they receive notifications for any future run-ins with the law in the state. But lawmakers are considering a proposal that would also allow employers to be notified of convictions that happen across state lines.

A group of school superintendents is suing Gov. Bruce Rauner and the State of Illinois seeking more than $7 billion for schools.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Illinois Lawmakers Host Jak Tichenor about the latest from Springfield.

Illinois Lawmakers airs at 7:30pm Fridays in May on WSIU TV.

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A professor at the SIU School of Law says ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment is the right thing for the State of Illinois to do.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner Monday asked the Illinois General Assembly to reinstate the death penalty for mass murderers and those who kill law enforcement officers.

The proposal is part of a public safety initiative the Governor unveiled in an amendatory veto of House Bill 1468.

This week, WSIU’s Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Visiting Professor John Jackson about the May 31st Illinois state budget deadline. 'On Topic' is a weekly three-minute news and public affairs feature airing on WSIU Public Television. The program is produced by WSIU in partnership with The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar says the state won't be able to deal with long standing problems this year because of the election.

Speaking at an NPR Illinois forum in Springfield Thursday - Edgar commented on the partisan atmosphere at the statehouse.

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Ongoing budget talks at the Illinois Statehouse have shown no real sign of progress.

This week, Senate Democrats pressed Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration this week to explain its proposal to shift pension costs to local school districts.

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