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Gov. Bruce Rauner has spent much of the past few years bad-mouthing the Illinois economy — saying his agenda would turn things around. But not everyone in his administration is sounding the alarm.

The Illinois state treasurer is urging legislators to override one of Governor Bruce Rauner’s recent vetoes. Democrat Mike Frerichs says the legislation is needed to help people claim life insurance benefits.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Professor Linda Baker for this week's episode of On Topic. More than two dozen state lawmakers have announced they're retiring, or are not running for reelection in 2018. Baker analyzes what that means for the legislature.

A new measure has been introduced in Illinois as a response to the deadly summer rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. La Shawn Ford, a House Democrat from Chicago - is the sponsor of what is called the "Abolition of Confederate Symbols Act." He says no monument or image honoring the Confederate States should be on public property. 

Across the country, some cities are giving up Columbus Day and replacing the designation with ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” The state of Illinois has tried to find a middle ground.

State and federal legislators from Illinois are proposing new laws in response to Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

A drug used to combat opioid overdoses will be more readily available in Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Public Health is releasing a standing order for naloxone...commonly known as narcan.

Workers in the temporary labor industry have gained new protections after years rallying around worker's rights. These changes will impact the state's current regulations, which have remained the same for several years.

Governor Bruce Rauner's decision to sign House Bill 40 may have political implications for him in next year's election.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that would provide state health insurance and Medicaid coverage for abortions.

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

The bill puts Rauner in a tricky position as he prepares to seek re-election--one where a veto would anger those who favor abortion rights, while signing it could alienate conservatives who are opposed. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a new Illinois law that will let adults earn high school diplomas instead of general-education certificates.

A report from an Illinois agency says residents who buy insurance on the state's health care exchange could see rate increases for the lowest-priced plans by 2018.

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The Democratic Governors Association is going after Republican Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner ahead of next year's election.

The association launched its Rauner's Broken Record Tour Tuesday in Carbondale and Springfield.

State financial regulators are recommending an increase in the fees that currency exchanges charge for cashing checks. Opponents say it will hurt Illinois' poorest residents.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she's not seeking re-election for a fifth term.  

The massive Equifax data breach is prompting new legislation in the Illinois House.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says freezing your credit report is the best way to safeguard your information...but for most people, that costs 10 dollars for each reporting agency.

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.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's top education advisor is leaving her post this week.  

A new task force has been formed to combat opioid abuse in the state.

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?

It’s been two months since Illinois government finally passed a full budget. Legislators hoped that would accelerate the payment of overdue bills, which total more than $15 billion. But the governor’s office is holding that up.

The Illinois state pension funds are among the worst-funded in the nation.  Yet, a new state law allows less money to be put toward that purpose. 

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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.

Southern Illinois senators Dale Fowler and Paul Schimpf split their votes on the education funding plan approved by lawmakers.

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As part of the Illinois Department of Employment Security's modernization effort, Illinois employers will soon be able to use MyTax Illinois to complete all their unemployment insurance tax processes.

Department director Jeff Mays stopped in Carbondale Wednesday to remind employers about the change coming in less than two weeks.

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.

It took three different votes, but Illinois may finally be getting the new school funding formula lawmakers have been working on for the past few years. The state House of Representatives yesterday approved a new evidence-based school funding plan. It's a compromise, containing most of the plan Democrats proposed months ago, plus a new $75 million program that would provide tax credits to organizations offering private school scholarships.

Teachers unions criticized that provision.

But Representative Bob Pritchard, a Republican from Hinckley, says this school funding reform measure is one of the best things the Illinois House has done.

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