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State funding talks: 16 suburban school districts would lose 70%+

Sep 05 2014 | 10:44 pm - A number of top Democratic House lawmakers have been quietly meeting to discuss a proposed overhaul of Illinois’ dated school funding formula, which, if approved, would direct more state money to poorer rural districts at the expense of...

GOP sees gains in Illinois voters tuning out

Aug 31 2014 | 6:39 am - DECATUR — The candidates for Illinois congressional seats heard all about it during visits with voters in August: Disgust with Washington. Dismay over accusations and negative advertising in Illinois’ state races. Lack of interest in the...

Rauner broadens Ag Department patronage criticism

Aug 27 2014 | 9:43 pm - The GOP candidate for Illinois governor broadened his criticism of state agriculture officials Wednesday, saying the department was “full of cronyism” and has “folks running things that generally don’t have much...

State Democrats make play for unity, push referendums

Aug 13 2014 | 10:40 pm - Faced with a crucial mid-term election where Republicans are seeking to reclaim the governor’s mansion, Illinois Democrats used an annual party gathering Wednesday to provide an early look at their strategy for victory this fall.

State school-funding fix aimed at disparities

May 12 2014 | 6:08 am - The regional breakdown of impacts from a proposed overhaul of state school funding explains the divided and emotional reaction it has received among lawmakers and educators — and how difficult it will be to advance such a proposal during this...

Ex-Illinois House speaker Robert Blair II dies

Jan 21 2014 | 7:50 pm - SPRINGFIELD - Former House Speaker W. Robert Blair II, who helped modernize the Illinois Legislature and swiftly established a legacy as a visionary unafraid to ruffle feathers, has died, his wife said Tuesday. He was 83.

GOP governor candidates mostly quiet on pensions

Nov 29 2013 | 12:02 am - While an agreement on a pension reform deal comes as a boost to Gov. Pat Quinn's bid for re-election, most Republicans seeking his job are hedging their reactions to navigate politically tricky waters. Although all four GOP candidates are running on...

How Illinois kids helped buy a copy of the Gettysburg Address

Nov 16 2013 | 1:43 pm - Gene Rubley gave his prized allowance up for a time as part of an effort by some of the youngest residents of Abraham Lincoln's home state to obtain a copy of the president's Gettysburg Address.

Duckworth aims to be 'illustration of what you can truly do'

May 30 2013 | 11:52 pm - Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates, a double-amputee Iraq War veteran elected last November, encountered a basic hurdle when she moved into her congressional office in January — she couldn't open her own office door. Since...

Shared military experience 'a starting place' for Duckworth in Congress

May 31 2013 | 10:56 am - U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates has perhaps the highest profile of any freshman member of Congress. Just five months into her tenure, Duckworth's status as a decorated military veteran and her injuries help give her a forum to push her...

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