Illinois Statehouse News

Illinois Statehouse News

Another attempt to fight fraud by putting ID photos on Illinois' food stamp cards looks doomed, but not because of political opposition inside the Capitol.

The Illinois Retail Merchants Association is making it clear to lawmakers that the gas stations, grocery stores and local shops don't want to deal with the headaches or possible legal nightmare that might be created by adding pictures to LINK cards.

One of Illinois' private, fiscal watchdogs says lawmakers need to slash billions, not just trim millions, from Governor Pat Quinn's proposed state budget.

The City of Carbondale is a winner of a 2012 Sunny Award.

A bill being introduced in Springfield would require the General Assembly to cover salaries and benefits for employees of College Illinois, which is facing a large deficit.

An unusually warm winter has been heating up tourism in southern Illinois.

Brandy Nance is the director of marketing at Blue Sky Vineyards in Makanda. She says this time of year is normally the winery's off season, but it  has been unusually busy. She says visitors from St. Louis and western Kentucky have been stopping by to enjoy the wine and sit out on the patio.

SIU

College and university presidents support Governor Pat Quinn's plan to offer more grants to low-income students.
Quinn on Wednesday held a closed-door meeting at the executive mansion with university and community college presidents including SIU President Glenn Poshard.

The governor is trying to shore up support for his State of the State pledge to increase funding for the Monetary Assistance Program, which awards grants to students whose parents earn on average no more than $35,000 a year.