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Thursday, Aug 10, 2017 at 11:53 AM

Illinois Misses School Aid Payment for the First Time Ever

Illinois missed the deadline make payments to K-12 schools for the first time in history, according to the state comptroller. Read »

Thursday, Aug 10, 2017 at 7:13 AM

Governor to Officially Open 2017 Illinois State Fair

Gov. Bruce Rauner is planning to cut the ribbon to open the 2017 Illinois State Fair. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 9, 2017 at 7:01 PM

Could Override of School Funding Veto Be Unconstitutional?

House lawmakers gathered for a hearing in Chicago Wednesday to discuss the education funding plan vetoed by Gov. Bruce Rauner last week. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 9, 2017 at 12:16 AM
Suburban, Downstate School Funding Payment Expected Thursday

Suburban, Downstate School Funding Payment Expected Thursday

Suburban and downstate schools are set to open next week, but will they do so without state funding? The first payment, expected Thursday, won't be delivered without the lawmakers agreeing to a school funding... Watch »

Tuesday, Aug 8, 2017 at 7:01 AM

Education Funding Concerns Rise as Start of School Nears

As schools across the state prepare for what would normally be the start of a new school year, many are still uncertain if they’ll open in time as the state continues to battle over education funding. Read »

Monday, Aug 7, 2017 at 9:02 PM

Sessions Blasts Chicago Legal Action

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has hit back hard at Chicago after the city filed a lawsuit that argues the Trump administration's bid to withhold public safety grants from so-called sanctuary cities is... Read »

Monday, Aug 7, 2017 at 1:34 PM

CPS Lays Off Nearly 1,000 Employees Ahead of New School Year

With the state's education funding battle continuing in Springfield and the start of the upcoming school inching closer, Chicago Public Schools announced Monday that more than 900 employees would be receiving... Read »

Monday, Aug 7, 2017 at 12:35 PM

Chicago Files Federal Suit Over Sanctuary City Funding

Chicago on Monday filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice over efforts to block funding to sanctuary cities. Read »

Sunday, Aug 6, 2017 at 3:16 PM

New Illinois Tax-Collection Fee to Affect Local Governments

New Illinois Tax-Collection Fee to Affect Local Governments

Tens of thousands of sales-tax dollars collected locally will now remain in Illinois' state coffers instead of making their way back home. Read »

Sunday, Aug 6, 2017 at 6:04 PM

Chicago Sues DOJ Over Move to Deny Funds to Sanctuary Cities

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Sunday that the City of Chicago will file a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice over efforts to block funding to sanctuary cities. Read »

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