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Illinois House Plans Right To Work Vote

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House is planning a vote on Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposal that would allow local governments to permit workers to opt out of unions. 127 more words


Tourism Experts Testify On Potential Chicago Casino

CHICAGO (AP) — A future Chicago casino could generate much-needed revenue and draw crowds to city hotels and restaurants, tourism experts testified Monday during a gambling expansion hearing that comes as state legislators stare down a budget deadline and fresh concerns about finding new funding sources. 298 more words


Budget Talks Crucial for Amtrak Service in Illinois

The next few weeks will be pivotal for the future of intercity rail passenger service in Illinois.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed a budget that would dramatically reduce the level of state support for Amtrak trains as well as public transit. 1,118 more words


Illinois Supreme Court Tosses State Pension Overhaul

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP/CBS) — The Illinois Supreme Court on Friday struck down a 2013 law that sought to fix the nation’s worst government-employee pension crisis, a ruling that forces the state to find another way to overcome a massive budget deficit. 689 more words


Civic Federation: Many Of Rauner's Proposed Cuts Not "Achievable Or Prudent"

CHICAGO (CBS) — A respected budget watchdog group has come out with a sharply critical analysis of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s fiscal plan for Illinois.

The Chicago-based Civic Federation said Rauner’s plan relies on billions of dollars of projected savings which “do not appear achievable or prudent in light of the State of Illinois’ obligations and long-term policy objections.” 353 more words


Lawmakers Weighing Additional Protections For Campus Rape Victims

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Victims of campus sex assaults in Illinois would have confidential university advisers to help guide them through the legal and medical systems under a legislative proposal that has passed the state House. 446 more words


Illinois Legislature Approves Rauner's Budget Gap Bill That Cuts Some Programs to Fund Others

Friday, March 27, 2015 || By Michael Romain 

Budget Bill Largely Shuffles Money Around Without Adding Much-Needed Revenue

By a vote of 32-26, the Illinois Senate passed a… 277 more words