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Governor Bruce Rauner says Illinois wouldn't do very well under congressional Republicans' new health care proposal.

Some conservative groups have also criticized the House GOP's new plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has filed a lawsuit over the way Illinois' comptroller is handling employee pay.

The lawsuit filed Monday in St. Clair County Circuit Court says Democratic Comptroller Suzanna Mendoza is violating a 2015 court order.

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The National Weather Service says last week's tornado that tore through parts of southeast Missouri and southern Illinois was an EF-4 - with top winds of 180 miles an hour - and was a half a mile wide.

An Illinois appellate court has temporarily barred Governor Bruce Rauner from imposing his contract terms on the state's largest public-employee union. The 4th District Appellate Court sided with AFSCME ... issuing an order prohibiting immediate action by the Republican governor.

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Governor Bruce Rauner toured some of the storm-ravaged areas in southern Illinois Thursday.

During his stop in Elkville in Jackson County, the governor said the state will provide all the assistance it can to help tornado victims deal with the disaster.

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Assessment teams with the National Weather Service in Paducah were out in full force across the region Wednesday to examine the damage from Tuesday night's tornado outbreak.

Speaking at a news conference in Perryville, Missouri Wednesday, warning coordination meteorologist Rich Shanklin said the twister in Perry County, Missouri was substantial, possibly measuring as an EF-2 or EF-3 twister.

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The last day of February once again brought tornados to Southern Illinois.

Harrisburg endured a lot of damage in 2012…

This time it was a few counties west in Northern Rural Jackson County.

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One death has been confirmed in Missouri, and possibly two more in Illinois, after an apparent tornado swept across the Show Me state and Illinois Tuesday.

Illinois moved a few inches closer to having a budget Tuesday.

The state Senate began voting on its so-called “grand bargain.”

The deal has changes to business law long favored by Republicans, and a tax hike members of both parties have said is necessary to balance the state budget.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has made it easier to find temporary workers in case a major public-employee union strikes.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees state council says hiring replacements would be illegal.

A majority of state workers in Illinois' largest public employee union have voted to authorize a strike.

The Illinois House is set to return to Springfield this week. Meanwhile, policymakers are still puzzling through last week's budget proposal by Gov, Bruce Rauner, partly because his administration made a significant break with tradition in rolling it out.

The immediate reaction to the governor’s proposal included confusion. Typically, the top budget aides to the governor meet with their counterparts in the legislature before the big speech. But not the Rauner administration.

State Rep. Greg Harris, a Democrat from Chicago, says this is “unprecedented territory.”

Several months after first being mentioned as a possible candidate for governor of Illinois, Cheri Bustos has decided against it.

Monday, the 17th district congresswoman from East Moline said she will run for re-election next year instead.

SIU's President says candidates for Carbondale campus Chancellor could be on campus soon.

Governor Bruce Rauner has consistently praised the Senate leadership in its bi-partisan approach to create a spending plan called the Grand Bargain.

During his budget address Wednesday, Rauner repeated his call for term limits, worker's compensation and pension reform and reining in state employee health insurance costs.

SIU President Randy Dunn says Governor Rauner's Budget Address gives him hope that a compromise may be on the horizon when it comes to a state spending plan.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller interviews Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Interim Director and Illinois Lawmakers Host Jak Tichenor about Gov. Bruce Rauner's 2017 Budget Address.

Did you know that the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline ends in rural Southern Illinois - about 75 miles east of St. Louis? When completed, the pipeline will flow into the Patoka Tank Farm where crude oil is stored before being sent on to Midwestern refineries. St. Louis Public Radio's Mary Leonard tells us about those who live at the end of the pipeline.

Democrats say no. Rauner says yes. Brian Mackey tries to figure out who's right.

Brian Stover raises chickens at his house in rural Marion County, Illinois, just across the road from the Patoka Tank Farm where the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline ends — about 75 miles east of St. Louis.

Retired Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard is taking on another leadership role in higher education.

The organization that represents graduate and professional students on the SIU Carbondale campus wants more from the administration when it comes to protections for international students.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is scheduled to make his third annual budget presentation this Wednesday.

An Illinois court is set to take up a motion filed by the state attorney general to halt state employee paychecks until lawmakers solve Illinois' budget impasse.

SIU Trustees have approved tuition and fee rates for next year, as well as a plan to develop a new housing area on the Carbondale campus.


If you were outside in the Midwest at around 1:30 local time this morning, you might have received quite a shock.

A meteor streaked across the sky in a vivid, bright green flash. It set off sonic booms that were loud enough to shake houses in east-central Wisconsin, as National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Last tells The Two-Way.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says his annual budget message this month will be similar to one he delivered last year, asking legislators to work with him on crafting a balanced spending plan or allow him to make cuts of his own.

Beth Purvis serves as Gov. Bruce Rauner's Secretary of Education, and she headed the 25-member commission he tasked with finding a way to make Illinois' school funding more equitable. After six months of meetings, the bipartisan panel adjourned yesterday releasing a report meant to guide lawmakers toward drafting a reform measure. Shortly after that final meeting, Purvis talked to me about the novel test she used with the commission, and why the panel stopped short of endorsing a specific plan.

The SIU-Carbondale Office of Information Technology is putting out an urgent notice to the campus community about an email scam.

Interim Chief Information Officer Scott Bridges says students, faculty and staff at SIU-C are receiving emails telling them their financial aid award letter is available by clicking on Saluki Net or their SIU email account.

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