Rauner: No Special Session if No Agreement Reached by Sunday

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he will not call lawmakers back into session if there's no agreement on a budget by Sunday.


Bill Separating ALPLM from IHPA Passes House

The measure now moves to the Senate.


Hastert’s Former School District Doesn’t Know of Misconduct

District officials say they'll cooperate in any investigation if asked by the U.S. Attorney's office.


Legislative Leaders: Turnaround Not Off the Table, But Agreement Unlikely by Sunday

It looks like the governor's Turnaround Agenda is not off the table, but it also doesn't look like there will be solid agreement on that by the Sunday adjournment deadline.


Investigators Say 10th Street Fire is Suspicious

A Springfield house being remodeled on North 10th street has been destroyed by a fire investigators say is suspicious.


Judge Gives 2 Life Sentences for Decatur Killings

A judge has sentenced a Decatur man to two life terms in prison for killing his second cousin and the cousin's wife in an execution-style shooting.

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What’s Left for Lawmakers to Do?

The Illinois Legislature could give final approval to parts of a $36.3 billion budget as lawmakers head toward the end of their spring session.


More Debate on Budget, Turnaround Agenda

A busy day in the Illinois Senate included disposing of the Turnaround Agenda and sending budget bills to the governor.


Lawmakers: At Least Turnaround Agenda Gets Hearings

A veteran Republican lawmaker says he knows what to take away from the fact that Democrats would not support any of the governor's initiatives.


Tort Reform Stalls

The three bills that the Illinois Senate ran from the governor's Turnaround Agenda failed to get out of committee.


State Unions Prepping for Strike?

Democrats and the state's largest employee union say Gov. Bruce Rauner's approach to contract negotiations is so hostile he is intentionally preparing for a strike.

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Contaminated IL Sites Get Federal Money

Two Illinois communities will split a $600,000 federal grant to help with the clean up.


Truck, Freight Train Collide Near Blue Mound

A truck driver was injured after he was hit by a freight train on Route 48 near the Macon/Christian County line.


Florence Sentenced to 72 Years

The man who attacked a Springfield police officer responding to a dropped 911 call has been sentenced to 72 years in prison.


Former U.S. House Speaker Hastert Indicted

Federal prosecutors have announced bank-related charges against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert.


State Rep. Questions Payroll Practices for Education Secretary

At least one Illinois lawmaker is asking for an explanation – why is the governor’s Education Secretary being paid from the Human Services budget?


Springfield Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.3%

The rate fell to 4.3 percent this April, compared to 5.3 percent last April.


Judge Makes Ruling in Drowning Death Civil Suit

A judge has clarified what the family of a Springfield drowning victim will receive after a jury in February said the city acted recklessly when the teen died in 2007.


Study: Illinois High in Political Corruption

Illinois remains No. 3 in the nation when it comes to political corruption.


Budget “Circus” Continues Inside Capitol

The Illinois Senate made a number of moves on a state budget.

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