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Friday, Jan 5, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Durbin Challenges Rauner to Act After Veterans' Home Visit

Senator Dick Durbin is the latest public official to visit a veterans’ home in Quincy after an outbreak of Legionnaires disease made headlines late last year. Read »

Thursday, Jan 4, 2018 at 5:32 PM

Rauner Moves Into Quincy Vets' Home Amid Controversy

Rauner Moves Into Quincy Vets' Home Amid Controversy

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is responding in an unconventional way to criticism of his administration's handling of outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease at a veterans home that have left 13 dead. Read »

Thursday, Jan 4, 2018 at 1:40 PM

Rauner's Former General Counsel Offers Rare Statement

Though Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s former top attorney, Dennis Murashko, has refused most requests for interviews since his reported removal last summer, he has a New Year's message that is raising eyebrows. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 3, 2018 at 5:11 PM

A.G. Sends More Prosecutors to Focus on Violent Crime

A.G. Sends More Prosecutors to Focus on Violent Crime

Additional prosecutors have been assigned to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago and will focus on fighting violent crime. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 2, 2018 at 10:59 PM

Hastert Accuser Seeks to Reinstate Case

Dennis Hastert received an unwelcome gift for his 76th birthday on Tuesday. The attorney for an accuser who he hoped had gone away returned to court trying to reinstate his case. Read »

Monday, Jan 1, 2018 at 1:59 PM

2018 Brings Governor's Race, Other Big Contests in Illinois

2018 Brings Governor's Race, Other Big Contests in Illinois

The new year will be one of big decisions in Illinois, from whether voters give Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner a second term to whether tech giant Amazon chooses the state for its second headquarters and... Read »

Monday, Jan 1, 2018 at 9:54 AM

Hastert Case Returns to Court Tuesday

Hastert Case Returns to Court Tuesday

The attorney for Dennis Hastert's original accuser says she will appear in court Tuesday, in an effort to clarify terms where that man can continue his case without revealing his identity. Read »

Friday, Dec 29, 2017 at 8:44 PM

Silverstein Has Petition Troubles, May Not Make it to Ballot

State Sen. Ira Silverstein was notified Friday by election officials that he does not have the required signatures for his name to appear on the March primary ballot. Read »

Thursday, Dec 28, 2017 at 11:53 AM

Activists Seek Injunction Against Illinois Abortion Law

Activists Seek Injunction Against Illinois Abortion Law

Conservative activists and legislators pressing a lawsuit against publicly funded abortions in Illinois are seeking an emergency injunction to prevent the law from taking effect Monday. Read »

Thursday, Dec 28, 2017 at 6:47 PM

How to Prepay Property Taxes in Chicago Suburbs

Homeowners are lining up in droves at local tax collection offices, hoping for one last chance to take advantage of a major tax deduction before it is wiped out in the new year. Read »

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