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Illinois has some of the most unfair laws in the region when it comes to negotiating with government worker unions. That, in turn, drives up the cost of operating government. But by taking a page from neighboring states - all of which have enacted laws that help rein in government worker union costs ... Illinois
While the study looks only at pension funds with major state-government involvement, systems run by cities, counties, school districts and other local entities have had similar problems. Just this week, the Chicago suburb of Harvey, a city with a history of underpaying its pension obligations, ... Illinois

SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois senators advanced a plan requiring public schools to teach a unit on the role and societal contributions of gays, lesbians and other ... "People learn about Jane Addams, for example, but don't know she's a lesbian," said Brian Johnson, CEO of the LGBT organization Equality Illinois.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a measure that local governments say would limit their ability to regulate big wireless facilities, including AT&T and Verizon. The plan expands access to 5G networks by allowing companies to install small cell antennas on streetlights and utility poles.
DECATUR -- Central and downstate Illinois Republicans in Congress on Wednesday heaped praise on outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan, calling the ... on this fall, including the tax cuts Congress delivered, which have been his own personal cause and the centerpiece of his small-government agenda.
Illinois has taken a step toward becoming the 37th state to ratify the 1972 federal Equal Rights Amendment. The Senate voted 43-12 Wednesday on a resolution to add the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. 35 years later, Illinois targeted again with ERA resurgence. Government and ...

The ProPublica Illinois and Chicago Tribune investigation "The Tax Divide" has been selected as one of five finalists for the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Investigative Reporting. Sponsored by the nonprofit watchdog organization Better Government Association, the award honors some of ... Illinois Chicago
Douma, the Syrian city where experts believe chemical weapons were used on civilians, has fallen to the government, after the last rebel group that had been fighting Syria's regime there capitulated. As part of the takeover, Syria's main ally Russia said, it will deploy military police in Douma. The ... Syria's Government
Local Government Week, designated by the state of Illinois as the first full week in March, gives townships an opportunity to highlight the programs and services provided to their residents. Of the three forms of government in the United States — federal, state, and local — none affects citizens more directly ... Syria's Government
Dan Lipinski of Illinois, one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress, narrowly won a primary Tuesday over a progressive newcomer who argued the congressman's views ... Bernie Sanders, who won Illinois' 3rd Congressional District by 9 points over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary. Syria's Government
CHICAGO (AP) — Democrats turned out for Illinois' primary in higher numbers than the left-leaning state has seen for a midterm election in more than a decade, deciding several hotly contested races and signaling the November election could be even tougher-than-usual for the GOP. More than 1.2 million ... Syria's Government
CHICAGO — Billionaire J.B. Pritzker has won the Democratic primary for Illinois governor, setting up a general election that could be the most ... and heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune put roughly $70 million into his campaign, spending heavily on advertising and staffing campaign offices across Illinois. He had ... Syria's Government
She was appointed associate judge in Jackson County in 2005 and is a member of Judicial College Board of Trustees and the board of Southern Illinois Women for Health and Wellness. Before taking the bench, she was a trial lawyer in the first, 20th and second circuits, and fifth District Appellate Court. Syria's Government
CARBONDALE — Across Southern Illinois, voter turnout was low overall, which county clerks say is not unusual in a primary election. Williamson County Clerk Amanda Barnes said 5,480 ballots were cast on Tuesday, equal to 21.36 percent of the county's registered voters. “I think four years ago, it was ... Syria's Government
Illinois voters added their voices to the 2018 primary season, with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner surviving an unexpectedly stiff primary challenge from the right and a suburban Chicago congressman, Dan Lipinski, narrowly dispatching a Democratic challenger fueled by the party's liberal wing. Syria's Government
Lawmakers aim to pass legislation to fund the government through the end of September. But familiar political fights like immigration and health care threaten to hold up a budget deal Congress reached last month. Meanwhile, Illinois will hold its primary elections on Tuesday. One notable incumbent House ... Syria's Government
CHICAGO — A state lawmaker says Illinois needs to consolidate some of its roughly 7,000 units of government to reduce local property taxes, and he thinks eliminating townships would be ... Townships are a layer of government formed primarily to serve rural communities, but most states don't have them. Syria's Government

"The contents of these emails confirm our worst fears and suspicions about this Governor," said GOP state Rep. Jeanne Ives, who's challenging Rauner in the March 20 primary. "It is not that he was inept, an outsider trying to figure his way around state government. But that he and his administration were as ... Syria's Government
By mid-afternoon, the House was bogged down in debate over state licensing of gun shops. Advocates want state oversight of gun dealers to stem straw purchases, in which a gun-buyer then sells it to a criminal. The federal government licenses them but sponsors say there are too few agents to sufficiently ... Syria's Government
Illinois voters would be able to say whether they support legalizing recreational marijuana under a proposal lawmakers have approved. Do you support legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois? You voted: Yes. No. I'm not sure. Vote View Results. Back. Senators voted 37-13 Thursday to put a ... Syria's Government
SPRINGFIELD — There's a new caucus made up of members of the Illinois House and Senate from both parties devoted to children's health. A Wednesday statement from the office of the Senate president, Democrat John Cullerton, announced the creation of the bipartisan children's health caucus. It says ... Syria's Government
“I'm proud of the Illinois Senate's continued leadership in pushing for safer communities,” Cullerton said in a news release. "We all recognize the need for federal action on gun safety. But in the absence of federal action, I want to encourage statehouse colleagues across the country to do what we did today, ... Syria's Government
Deutsche Welle adds: "The hackers reportedly infiltrated the government's 'Informationsverbund Berlin-Bonn' (IVBB) network, a specially designed communications platform that sits separate from other public networks for supposed added security. It's used exclusively by the Chancellery, the German ... Syria's Government
Act On Gun Control: Arlington Heights To Illinois Government. A letter to the Illinois governor and lawmakers implores the state to take action on common sense gun control. By Geoff Dempsey, Patch Staff | Feb 28, 2018 4:46 pm ET ... Syria's Government
In the Land of Lincoln, hundreds of thousands of government workers have been silenced for too long. They don't get a say in who represents them in negotiations, whether they give money to a union or where the money they give to a union even goes. But one state worker has stepped forward to fight, and this summer he ... Syria's Government
"Illinois has nearly 7,000 units of local government and it is time we did something to give voters the opportunity to do something to scale back government," McSweeney said in a news release. "The multiple layers of often redundant local government are a bad deal for Illinois taxpayers and are a part of ...
... showed most residents were in favor of dissolving the district. The Fire Protection District will be the fifth unit of local government dissolved by DuPage County. Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: ...
Any federal infrastructure funding plan needs to hold states like Illinois more accountable for maintenance, something that hasn't happened in the past, according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Earlier this week, President Donald Trump laid out his plan to invest $1.5 trillion over several years, ...
Wisconsin Democrat Mike McCabe, a former director of a government watchdog group who's long complained about the influence of money in politics, wears jeans to all his gubernatorial campaign functions, and is the founder of Blue Jean Nation, a group he says is dedicated to electing "regular people.".
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has granted six petitions for clemency and denied 14 others. The Republican's office announced the clemencies on Friday. The petitions granted were for crimes including retail theft, burglary, battery and forgery. Some of the cases are decades old. In half of the ...
Pat Quinn thinks there's still a place in Illinois government for him. ... (President Donald) Trump has really, I think, threatened the foundational principles of our American democracy," Quinn, a Democratic candidate for attorney general told reporters Thursday at Illinois State University's Bone Student Center.
FILE - In this July 31, 2017 file photo, Illinois State Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, speaks at a news conference in Springfield, Ill. Public school administrators were disheartened Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, by Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to unload more costs onto local districts, which they say could lead ...
He won a seat on the board in April 2017 with that message, and has since faced dangerous backlash due to his efforts to consolidate some of the nearly 7,000 units of local government in Illinois. Reducing that number could hold the key to lowering property tax bills in Illinois, which are some of the highest ...
From 2015 to 2017, Illinois had no budget, but spending continued due to court orders thereby adding a several billion dollar bill backlog on top of Illinois's mounting pension debt. .... This article was written and researched by Danish Murtaza, policy associate for the Better Government Association. He can ...
Illinois is among the states that have made the most progress, with 36 percent of the legislature compossed of women according to Rutgers University's Eagleton Institute of Politics. The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, as well as the 2016 election, have sparked renewed passion for electing women to ...
The address comes amid increased scrutiny of his leadership of state government, which has been marked by political and financial turmoil. In previous years ... The Illinois State Police would see a boost to its budget while the Department of Corrections and Department of Juvenile Justice would take a hit.
The Chicago Tribune reports that the marker hangs behind the speaker's podium that Obama used to give the address in February 2016. The then-president asked lawmakers to set aside partisan differences and work to end Illinois' long budget impasse. Illinois lawmakers approved a budget last summer.
Ra Joy, candidate for Illinois lieutenant governor, said Tuesday that the state government runs on a broken system. In Cook County and at the state level, he said, the Democratic Party is dysfunctional and “run by entrenched monopolists.” “The only way to wrestle control from those folks who are leading our ...
If you think it's pointless and you're on your own, you're wrong. There are plenty of tools available to assist you. The Better Government Association, the Chicago Sun-Times and many other professional media organizations now are publishing questions and answers from the major candidates for office.
SPRINGFIELD — An Illinois House committee has delayed voting on plans to change how hospitals receive Medicaid dollars as two Chicago hospitals say a ... The Illinois Health and Hospital Association CEO A.J. Wilhelmi pledged to examine the program's impact on hospitals in low-income communities.
Illinois lawmakers have only enacted a budget for one of the three years he's been in office. That led to service cuts and some layoffs, but the state didn't collapse. For most people, life went on as normal. So we asked Statehouse reporter Brian Mackey: Does it really matter if Illinois has a budget?
In July, Jim Nowlan, a former Illinois legislator, state agency director, and retired senior fellow at the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs, wrote an article entitled, “Time to call out powerful Illinois Policy Institute.” A collaboration between the Chicago Sun-Times and ProPublica has ...
QUINCY — Courts across Illinois have had about a month to adjust to the requirements of the new bail reform law that took effect Jan. 1. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the Bail Reform Act in the summer that requires courts to consider a detainee's circumstances when setting conditions of release or imposing ...
Kennedy moved to Illinois in 1986 to work for Archer Daniels Midland Co. in Decatur. He has held positions at Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Merchandise Mart Properties in Chicago, as well as serving on the board of trustees for University of Illinois and board of Greater Chicago Food Depository.
An Illinois government task force has outlined how it might apply blockchain technologies in the state's inter-government operations. According to a report filed on Jan. 31 by the Illinois Blockchain Task Force to the General Assembly, the state is eyeing the use of blockchain technologies to manage state ...
It was called the Illinois Blockchain Initiative (IBI), and it was officially announced in November 2016, with a stated mission of exploring the potential of the new technology in regards to economic development. This resulted in the creation of the Illinois Blockchain Task Force, a group of appointed members ...
Illinois has the largest amount of government bodies in the nation. It also has too many corrupt politicians. The Algonquin Township Road District's deputy highway commissioner's salary is outrageous. Wonder why so many people are leaving the state of Illinois? If I did not have all of my family here, I would ...
By the Civil War, Illinois had almost 300 newspapers, according to the Illinois Newspaper Project. While the war increased the desire for news, it brought censorship. Government restricted news sent by telegram and shut down newspapers for not supporting the war. This included the Chicago Times and ...
SPRINGFIELD – The state of Illinois will start accepting income tax returns for 2017 on Monday, the same day the federal government begins accepting returns. The Illinois Department of Revenue said the fastest and most secure way to receive tax refunds is to file taxes electronically and request direct ...
In the meantime, years of unpaid bills stacked up in the state comptroller's office, reaching $16.7 billion — about half of what Illinois spends in a year. ... The almost never-ending fight over even basic government operations has transformed political life at the Illinois Capitol into a daily struggle for lawmakers ...


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