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ROCKFORD — With Illinois on the verge of running out of money to pay day care centers, court reporters and prison guards, Gov. Bruce Rauner said Thursday a solution can be found easily, by shifting money from the state’s hundreds of special funds into the General Fund.So far, though, Democrats who control the General Assembly have been unwilling to make that deal with the Republican governor.The current budget has a $1.6 billion shortfall because in 2014...

Updated at 5:44 PM

200 attend governor's visit at Prairie Street Brewhouse in Rockford Thursday, March 5, 2015

Updated at 4:24 PM

FREEPORT — Gov. Bruce Rauner urged about 200 residents and business leaders during a stop in Freeport on Thursday to support his vision of smaller government and to let voters decide whether to allow collective bargaining...

Updated at 3:33 PM

CHICAGO — Illinois labor unions are asking a judge to invalidate Gov. Bruce Rauner's executive order ending a requirement that state workers pay union dues even if they don't want to join a union.Twenty-seven unions filed a lawsuit...

Updated at 1:46 PM

PEORIA — There are no second acts in American lives, F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote.

Updated at 1:27 PM

Big Al’s expects one of its biggest crowds ever next week, but not for the bump and grind.

Updated at 1:10 PM

PEORIA – For the first time in Peoria County history, a man, convicted more than 20 years ago and sentenced to prison, was officially declared innocent by a judge. 

Updated at 11:39 AM

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said Wednesday that Senate Democrats are not stalling efforts to give Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner the power to fix shortfalls in the current state budget.

Posted at 11:00 AM

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois officials are reminding hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts to renew their state licenses.

Updated Mar 5, 2015 at 8:21 AM

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois' political-hiring rules are complicated by union representation, defeating the purpose of ensuring most government jobs are open to everyone, not just those with clout, a federal court-appointed monitor said...

Updated Mar 5, 2015 at 7:57 AM

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois officials are reminding hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts to renew their state licenses.The new license year begins April 1 for hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation.Officials say a...

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