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Thursday, Jun 30, 2016 at 8:49 AM

'Enough': Front Page Editorials Urge End to Budget Impasse

'Enough': Front Page Editorials Urge End to Budget Impasse

A handful of Illinois newspapers printed front page editorial urging lawmakers to pass a budget Wednesday. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016 at 12:46 PM

Records Show How Much Illinois Owes in Utility Bills for Peoria

Records Show How Much Illinois Owes in Utility Bills for Peoria

Public records show that the Illinois Department of Corrections owes nearly $82,000 in utility payments for its facility in Peoria. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016 at 4:32 PM

5 Things to Know as Lawmakers Return to Springfield

Illinois lawmakers returned to Springfield Wednesday for a special legislative session that could have big impacts on the state's ongoing budget crisis. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 28, 2016 at 6:20 PM

House Democrats to Rally for Gun Control

House Democrats to Rally for Gun Control

Illinois Democrats from the U.S. House of Representatives will join a "national day of action” Wednesday in Chicago to demonstrate for gun control. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 28, 2016 at 7:03 PM

Judge Orders Illinois to Add PTSD to Medical Marijuana List

Judge Orders Illinois to Add PTSD to Medical Marijuana List

Illinois must add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of diseases eligible for medical marijuana treatment, a Cook County judge ordered Tuesday in a sternly worded ruling that also said the state's public... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 28, 2016 at 6:43 PM

Rauner Introduces Funding Plan Without CPS ‘Bailout’

Gov. Bruce Rauner released details about his revamped stopgap funding plan for education and other essential government services Tuesday, but the plan doesn’t include the substantial funding increase for Chicago... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 28, 2016 at 12:19 PM

Candy Store's Trump-Inspired Pinata Stirs Attention

Candy Store's Trump-Inspired Pinata Stirs Attention

A Mexican candy store chain in Chicago is selling a new pinata inspired by the upcoming election and it bears a striking resemblance to a certain presidential candidate. Read »

Monday, Jun 27, 2016 at 9:08 PM

Rauner: Dems Holding Up Education Funding for CPS 'Bailout'

Rauner: Dems Holding Up Education Funding for CPS 'Bailout'

During a Statehouse news conference Monday, Gov. Bruce Rauner claimed Democratic leaders were holding up the state’s education budget for a bailout of Chicago Public Schools. Read »

Monday, Jun 27, 2016 at 7:17 PM

Clinton Visit Draws Star Power, Deep-Pocketed Donors

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's Monday trip to Chicago is drawing star power and deep-pocketed donors as the race for the White House kicks into high gear. Read »

Monday, Jun 27, 2016 at 7:12 PM

Kirk Pushes for Gun Control in New Op-Ed

Kirk Pushes for Gun Control in New Op-Ed

In the wake of the deadly mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub earlier this month, Sen. Mark Kirk penned an op-ed for the Daily Herald Sunday pushing Congress to pass new gun control legislation. Read »

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