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Tuesday, Aug 22, 2017 at 10:48 PM

'Not My Place': Rauner Walks Back on Cartoon Statement

Facing increasing pressure to weigh in on a controversial cartoon from the Illinois Policy Institute, a spokeswoman for Gov. Bruce Rauner offered a lengthy response on the conservative think tank’s illustration... Read »

Monday, Aug 21, 2017 at 5:42 PM

Tuition Tax Credits Emerge as Part of School Funding Debate

Amid the ongoing battle in Springfield over education funding, a new twist has emerged as tuition tax credits for private schools may become part of the negotiations. Read »

Monday, Aug 21, 2017 at 1:47 PM

Rauner Again Refuses to Comment on 'Racist' Cartoon

A provocative political cartoon from the Illinois Policy Institute, the conservative think tank Gov. Bruce Rauner used to fill key positions during his recent staff overhaul, has sparked headlines and backlash... Read »

Saturday, Aug 19, 2017 at 7:22 PM

Rauner Vetoes Bill Pushed by Mendoza

Rauner Vetoes Bill Pushed by Mendoza

Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed legislation Friday to require regular reporting of bill backlogs by his Cabinet, calling it an attempt by Democratic Comptroller Susana Mendoza "to micromanage executive agencies." Read »

Friday, Aug 18, 2017 at 7:26 AM

Bloomberg Funds $2 Million in Ads Backing Soda Tax

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is throwing his support behind a Chicago-area sweetened beverage tax by financing an ad campaign backing the levy. Read »

Thursday, Aug 17, 2017 at 10:34 PM

Madigan Leaves Democrat Brunch Without Listening to Speakers

It was the largest crowd that anyone can remember for the Democratic Party Chairman brunch Thursday in Springfield. Read »

Thursday, Aug 17, 2017 at 10:24 AM

Secretary of State Jesse White Will Run for Sixth Term

Secretary of State Jesse White announced Thursday he will run for a sixth term. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 16, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Rauner: Trump's Comments 'Damage America'

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has done his best to never mention President Donald Trump by name. But on Wednesday, days after he initially hesitated to call the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, an... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 16, 2017 at 9:22 PM

Sessions Blasts Chicago in Speech on Sanctuary Cities

Attorney General Jeff Sessions escalated his attacks on Chicago Wednesday during a speech on "sanctuary policies," a week after the City filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice over efforts... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 16, 2017 at 6:28 PM

School Funding Hangs Over Governor's Day at State Fair

Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair was not as celebratory as Gov. Bruce Rauner might have hoped. While he was holding a rally Wednesday, members of the Illinois House were at the state Capitol for... Read »

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