Government

Donald Hudson
3:19 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Thomson Federal Prison: New Warden Expected to Move On Hiring

Credit Thomson Correctional Center

Federal prison officials are getting closer to delivering the economic benefits promised to the tiny Mississippi river town of Thomson. 

Read more
Government
6:02 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Report: Illinois Overdrew Federal Medicaid Money

Credit OIG at HHS

A report has found that Illinois overdrew Federal Medicaid funds by using faulty procedures.

Read more
Government
5:56 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Quinn Seeks End To Illinois Lottery Contract

Credit Illinois Lottery

Governor Pat Quinn is working to end the contract with the private manager that runs the Illinois Lottery seven years ahead of schedule.

Read more
Government
6:18 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

ACLU Report: Racial Bias in Illinois Traffic Stops

Photo cropped from original.
Credit Flickr dwightsghost (CC BY 2.0)

An American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois report released today found evidence of racial bias in data collected in 2013 about police consent searches during routine traffic stops.

Read more
Demand high, supplies low
2:32 am
Wed July 30, 2014

High-Priced Salt Forces Illinois Cities To Think Snow In July

Credit Larry Stephens

Nearly 200 Illinois communities are scrambling to find salt – at a reasonable price – for next winter. 

Read more
Question ruled unconstitutional
7:28 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Right To Vote For Term Limits This Fall Gets Expedited Appeal

Credit WNIJ

The question of term limits will get its day in court, in time for this fall’s election. An Illinois appellate court agreed to hear an expedited appeal from supporters of a term limits referendum, led by Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner.

Read more
Sales Unlikely This Year
6:59 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Medical Marijuana Growers Could Apply For Illinois Permits Soon

Credit Caveman 92223 / Flickr

Qualifying patients are a step closer to getting medical marijuana in Illinois. 

Read more
Transform Rockford
7:59 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Top 25 By '25: Ambitious Vision For Rockford

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Energy was high at the Coronado Theater last night: it has been more than seven months since Transform Rockford held its first community rally there, asking people to help create an ambitious plan for the city. 

Read more
Rockford Federal Courthouse namesake
1:56 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Federal Judge Roszkowski Remembered As A "Great American"

Federal Judge Stanley Roszkowski speaks at the dedication of federal courthouse named in his honor in 2011.
Credit Nels Akerland / U.S. General Services Administration

Funeral services for federal judge Stanley Roszkowski are set for Saturday in Rockford. The man who helped establish a permanent federal court in Rockford died Monday at the age of 91. 

Read more
term limits and redistricting
1:21 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Judge Rejects Fall Ballot Questions; Remap Group Won't Appeal

Cook County Judge Mary Mikva ruled today that three signature-driven ballot measures don't meet constitutional requirements and cannot be on this fall's general election ballot. 

Two of the measures call for legislative term limits, and another asks for the formation of an independent commission to oversee the state's political map-drawing process. 

Attorneys for advocates of the term limits measures say they will appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court next week.

Read more

Pages