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  • Divided House moves toward vote on border crisis Jul 31, 2014 10:50 AM
    A divided House of Representatives is moving forward on a bill to address the immigration crisis on the southern border after GOP leaders made concessions to win conservative support.

     
  • Immigration courts speed up children’s cases Jul 31, 2014 10:50 AM
    Immigration courts are speeding up hearings for the tens of thousands of Central American children caught on the U.S. border after criticism that the backlogged system is letting immigrants stay in the country for years while waiting for their cases to be heard. The courts are now giving each child an initial court hearing within three weeks, according to the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review.

     
  • Editorial: The real goal of the millionaire tax referendum Jul 31, 2014 10:14 AM
    An advisory referendum asking whether incomes over $1 million should be taxed at a higher rate might sound like a straightforward way to gauge the will of the voters. But a Daily Herald editorial points out there’s a lot more to it than that.

     
  • State Dept.: ‘No American is proud’ of CIA tactics Jul 31, 2014 9:25 AM
    The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror suspects and misleading Congress, according to a White House document. “This report tells a story of which no American is proud,” says the four-page White House document.

     
  • Chicago mayor defends welcoming immigrant kids Jul 31, 2014 5:42 PM
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel says bringing to Chicago some 1,000 immigrant children who have fled Central America is simply the right thing to do.

     
  • Rauner says he’ll be ‘champion’ for farmers Jul 31, 2014 5:44 PM
    Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner said Thursday he would work to reduce taxes and regulatory burdens on farmers and would travel the globe on his own dime to promote Illinois products if elected.

     
  • Quinn: State will ‘prevail’ in Shakman lawsuit Jul 30, 2014 5:48 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn says attorneys representing the state will be ready to defend their position in a lawsuit scrutinizing hiring in his Department of Transportation.

     
  • Quinn signs epinephrine law for schools Jul 30, 2014 5:54 PM
    A new bill signed into Illinois law says trained personnel at schools statewide will be able to administer injectable epinephrine for those appearing to have strong allergic reactions.

     
  • Illinois Medicaid restricts use of hepatitis drug Jul 30, 2014 5:52 PM
    Facing ballooning costs for a $1,000 pill to treat hepatitis C, Illinois’ Medicaid program is putting tight restrictions in place, including requiring patients to meet 25 criteria and get prior approval before the government program will pay for the new drug.

     
  • Prospect Hts. clerk and treasurer could be appointed Jul 30, 2014 1:01 AM
    The Prospect Heights City Council has voted to put referendums on the Nov. 14 ballot where voters will decide if the city clerk and city treasurer positions should be appointed rather than elected. Mayor Nick Helmer says the change would save money.

     
  • Quinn gets more teacher union support Jul 30, 2014 7:48 PM
    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn won the backing of another teachers union Wednesday over Republican opponent Bruce Rauner. The Illinois Federation of Teachers announced it would support Quinn even though the union was one of the harshest critics of Quinn’s effort to cut its members’ pension benefits.

     
  • House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border Jul 29, 2014 9:45 AM
    House Republicans are heading toward a vote Thursday on a slimmed-down bill to address the immigration crisis on the border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding unaccompanied migrant youths back to Central America.

     
  • Immigration debate roils politics in ... Maine? Jul 29, 2014 9:45 AM
    In the whitest U.S. state, thousands of miles from the Mexican border, the debate over immigration became a central issue in one of the nation’s most closely watched governor’s races when Maine's Republican Gov. Paul LePage roiled the cultural waters by criticizing the federal government’s placement of eight immigrant children in Maine without advising him.

     
  • Illinois warns insurers of discrimination ban Jul 29, 2014 5:44 PM
    Illinois regulators issued a reminder to health insurers that it is illegal to deny coverage to someone because they are transgender, drawing praise from the gay rights community. The bulletin, which was dated Monday and announced Tuesday, notes that both new and amended policy filings should comply with provisions in the Affordable Care Act, the Illinois Human Rights Act and the Illinois Mental Health Parity Act — which prohibit discrimination against transgender people because of general identity or health conditions.

     
  • Prison watchdog praises Aurora halfway house Jul 29, 2014 5:34 PM
    Two years after Gov. Pat Quinn targeted for closure an Aurora center that helps female prisoners prepare to rejoin society, a top prison watchdog Tuesday gave it high marks.

     
  • Lawsuit against Quinn back in court in October Jul 29, 2014 5:39 PM
    A legal battle between an anti-patronage lawyer and Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration will return to federal court less than two weeks before voters will decide if they want to re-elect the Chicago Democrat.

     
  • Chicago committee OKs naming plaza for Byrne Jul 29, 2014 6:50 PM
    A Chicago City Council committee has advanced a plan to name a plaza next to a downtown landmark in honor of former Mayor Jane Byrne. Byrne held office from 1979 to 1983. She was the city’s first and only female mayor.

     
  • Lawmakers struggle to seal $225 million Iron Dome package Jul 29, 2014 7:27 PM
    Democrats and Republicans in Congress vowed urgent support Tuesday for a $225 million missile defense package for Israel, boosting the likelihood that legislation will clear Congress before lawmakers begin a monthlong vacation at week’s end.

     
  • Illinois to ask voters about taxing millionaires Jul 30, 2014 6:47 AM
    Illinois voters will get a chance in November to weigh in on whether millionaires should pay an additional income tax to help fund schools after Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Tuesday adding a nonbinding resolution to the ballot. The resolution asks voters whether incomes over $1 million should be taxed with a 3 percent surcharge. It comes as Quinn is locked in a hotly contested gubernatorial race with multimillionaire businessman Bruce Rauner, a Republican.

     
  • Voters may decide on Wauconda Community Center expansion Jul 28, 2014 5:18 AM
    A $4.75 million expansion plan could nearly double the size of the Wauconda Community Center — but it would first need voter approval. The Wauconda Park District’s proposal calls for a 10,000-square-foot addition to the 21-year-old building in Cook Park.

     
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