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Illinois lawmakers are considering legislation that aims to address mental health parity in the state.

Passing a state budget is arguably the most important thing the Illinois General Assembly does every year — or at least should do every year.

After last year's drama — when a two-year standoff ended with a Republican revolt against Governor Bruce Rauner — it's an open question about how things will go this year.

So I set out to answer a simple question: Will there be another impasse?

New teachers would be guaranteed a starting salary of at least 40 thousand dollars under legislation pending in the Illinois Senate.

Senator Andy Manar is sponsoring the bill and says some teachers are living in poverty and that it's time they get paid what they deserve.

There was a rare meeting Thursday among Gov. Bruce Rauner and the top leaders of the Illinois General Assembly.

Illinois prisons officials have told state lawmakers that they need an extra $420 million to get through the rest of the budget year.

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A proposal to shift $5.1 million dollars in state funding from the SIU Carbondale campus to SIU Edwardsville failed Thursday, after a bitter debate over its merits.

The Illinois state comptroller is releasing $350 million to public school districts statewide as part of the newly approved education-funding overhaul.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has reported a third death linked to synthetic cannabinoids since early March.

Illinois House Republicans are lashing out at a Democratic suggestion that the state should adopt a graduated income tax.

Minority Leader Jim Durkin said Tuesday his resolution opposing increased rates on higher levels of income is a protest against what he calls the ``customary practice of the General Assembly: Spend now, pay later.''

The Illinois legislature is back in town this week and Governor Bruce Rauner is outlining a to do list for lawmakers.

Items on the governor's agenda include passing term limits, pension reform and most importantly...a solid spending plan for the new fiscal year.

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An important deadline is coming up next week for Walker's Bluff.

The facility is seeking a gaming license from the state for an on-site casino as part of its proposed resort-expansion, but the $175 million privately-funded project will not proceed without the license -which can't be granted until the required legislation is passed.

Access to fast internet is a growing concern among communities in Illinois that currently don't have a high speed internet connection.

State Representative Natalie Phelps-Finnie of Elizabethtown is sponsoring legislation that would look at ways to provide broadband internet to the rural parts of the state.

Planning for the state fair is in full swing, but Illinois has yet to pay all the costs for last year’s fair … and the one before.

Kaskaskia: The Original Illinois Capital

Apr 2, 2018
Photograph taken at the Randolph County Archives and Museum, January 2018.
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Kaskaskia Illinois, across the river from Chester, is in Randolph County.  The Village has a historical place in the state because it was the state's first Capital.

The U.S. Treasury has ruled that Illinois homeowners who prepaid their 2018 property taxes last year will receive the full state and local tax deduction.

A state lawmaker wants to give Illinois police officers more power to take away guns from someone who might be dangerous.

Simon Poll: Illinoisans Want Criminal Justice Reform

Mar 23, 2018

A new poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIU shows Illinoisans want criminal justice reform and Director John Shaw says people also want more help for those who've been released from prison.

Illinois gubernatorial candidates are making their final push ahead of Tuesday's primary in what's become an increasingly fierce - and expensive - contest.

Illinois AARP Calls for End to State Budget Crisis

Mar 13, 2018

Leaders of the Illinois AARP say Illinois' budget crisis has gone on for too long and say it's time to put an end to the state's fiscal problems.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Tuesday vetoed the only gun-control legislation to reach his desk ... since last month’s shooting in Parkland, Florida.

The legislation would require gun dealers be licensed by the state. Backers say it would help keep guns away from criminals.

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Illinois hospitals may soon have more money for treating low-income patients. 
Governor Bruce Rauner on Monday signed legislation intended to help them collect billions of dollars.

Feeling a bit drowsy from the effects of "springing forward?"

Legislation filed in Illinois could put an end to your time-change woes. The sponsor, state representative Steve Andersson is a Republican from Geneva, he wants to do away with resetting clocks.

On March 20th voters will go to polls and vote for Republican and Democratic candidates for the Illinois 115th State Representative Seat, which is currently  held by Terri Bryant, a Republican.

Kids who are prescribed medical marijuana might be allowed to use the drug on school grounds under a Illinois proposal. The legislation would allow parents to give cannabis medication to those kids if and when they need it.

U of I Graduate Workers Strike Hinges On Tuition Waivers

Mar 7, 2018

Hundreds of classes have been canceled and dozens more relocated as a strike by graduate employees at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign continues into a second week. On Tuesday night, graduate workers occupied the office of university president Tim Killeen. Strikers have a variety of demands, but one of the most contentious points focuses on the future of tuition waivers — and whether some graduate workers will have to pay tuition while employed in academic positions on campus.


A state audit found that Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget office failed to collect more than $2 million in federal rebates.

The review released Tuesday found that the Governor's Office of Management and Budget never received $2.4 million in rebates owed for payments the state makes on bond debt.

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A southern Illinois hospital says it'll be able to keep its doors open if Governor Bruce Rauner signs a measure into law.

Illinois lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved a plan that revamps the way hospitals are paid for treating low-income patients. The current "Hospital Assessment Program" expires in July - and with it billions of dollars in federal matching funds.

Next Wednesday (March 14) is one month since the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida … and students across the country are planning another walkout.

Monday, the ACLU of Illinois is encouraging schools to take the opportunity for a "lesson in civics."

Identity theft leads the latest top 10 list of consumer complaints from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office.

Madigan says data breaches like the one at Equifax pushed ID theft to the number one complaint received last year.

The U.S. Postal Service has designed a stamp to commemorate Illinois' bicentennial.

The forever stamp celebrates the 200th birthday of the state on December 3rd.

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