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Politics Feb 18Longtime Illinois state legislator Michael Madigan to resign seat
An institution in Illinois politics, Madigan is resigning the post he has held for 50 years. He was tarnished by a federal investigation of Statehouse bribery announced last summer that implicated him.
Health Mar 20WATCH: Illinois governor orders residents to stay at home
Pritzker's order announced Friday will still allow the state's 12.6 million residents to seek essentials including groceries and medicine.
Politics Feb 19Illinois governor signs measure hiking minimum wage to $15 by 2025
Fulfilling one of the new Democratic governor's top campaign promises, Illinois is on track to be the first state in the Midwest to push its base wage to $15.
Nation Jan 17Illinois governor signs bill allowing state regulation of firearms dealers
Firearms dealers in Illinois must now show they are licensed with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and purchase a five-year state permit.
Politics Jul 16Illinois has budget but no school funding plan
Illinois has its belated state budget, but the state Capitol's next flashpoint in the political struggle over finances is about how to fund public education with just weeks before the first day of school.
Politics Jul 09Illinois has bills to pay after 2 years without budget plan
Illinois finally has a budget plan after two years. Now, to start paying bills.
Politics Jul 03Illinois lawmakers return to Capitol after voting to raise taxes
Illinois' financial outlook received a boost from a credit-rating house Monday after a dramatic vote to raise the income tax rate by 32 percent.
Politics Jul 02Illinois House leader: Revenue vote now set for weekend
The speaker of the Illinois House on Saturday scheduled a key vote on a multibillion-dollar revenue package that would finance an end to the longest state budget crisis since at least the Great Depression, ending a day that turned acrimonious…
Politics Jul 01Illinois lawmakers return after missing key budget deadline
Illinois lawmakers are returning to work Saturday after missing a key deadline to prevent the state from starting an third consecutive fiscal year without a budget.
Nation Feb 14Abrupt cuts hinder Illinois violence shelters
Illinois officials waited more than five months to alert dozens of domestic violence programs that their funding had been eliminated, an omission that has forced layoffs and other cuts at some facilities, the Associated Press reported.