An ally of Republican Governor Bruce Rauner will chair the state agency that owns the Chicago White Sox stadium, and oversaw the renovations of Soldier Field. But one of former Governor Pat Quinn's closest confidants will still retain another high-paying post.
The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority has been home base for all sorts of political wins and losses over the years. And there's a whole roster of players.
Most recently, Quinn secured the executive director's job for his former campaign manager. Lou Bertuca was hired without a national search.
Illinois has agreements in place for two new railroad projects.
One would allow passengers to travel by train to Rockford. The other, to the Quad Cities.
But the head of the Midwest High Speed Rail Association,Rick Harnish, says they could be in jeopardy because of Governor Bruce Rauner's hold on all non-essential state spending. Harnish says that delays could derail the projects.
"This was the year - it is the year - that really is the make or break difference. So it needs to move forward very quickly."
Giving employees flexible work hours can help curb sleep deficiency and improve overall health.
That’s according to a new study in the journal Sleep Health.
Sleep deficiency has been linked to an increased risk of automobile crashes, disease and early mortality. Improving sleep is a goal of Healthy People 2020, which is a federal initiative that sets national objectives and monitors progress concerning the health of the nation.
Illinois lawmaker Kelly Cassidy is again trying to ban counseling that tries to make gay kids, straight.
Sexual orientation conversion therapy can cause depression, anxiety and self-destructive behavior, according to reports from psychologists. A proposal to make the therapy off limits for minors failed last year in the Illinois House.
The CEO of the gay rights group Equality Illinois, Bernard Cherkasov, is hopeful it will pass this time.
Almost $11,000 is unaccounted for in an internal audit of a northern Illinois sheriff’s department’s towing fund. The Ogle County Sheriff's Department expects the audit to take a couple of months.
The forensic audit also found about $61,000 in fees were not deposited in the county's general fund as required.
The investigation began after a forensic auditor could not account for the money in the administrative tow fund, which was controlled by former Sheriff Michael Harn. An ordinance allows the sheriff's department to charge $350 to tow vehicles.
Officials in Rockford and Winnebago County say they're ready to discuss merging their emergency call centers.
The two systems were separated about a decade ago.
The Winnebago County Sheriff's Department handles emergency calls outside of Rockford, while the city's 9-1-1 center dispatches police and fire and helps callers inside city limits. They currently serve as backup centers to each other.
The public memorial for Cubs legend Ernie Banks will be held on Wednesday in downtown Chicago. A statue of Banks will stand at Daley Plaza from Wednesday until Saturday.
Banksdied Friday from a heart attack at the age of 83. He was a Baseball Hall of Famer, two-time National League MVP, and the first African-American to play for the Cubs, where he spent his entire major league career.