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Rauner Proposes Deep Spending Cuts In First Budget Address

Feb 18, 2015
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Gov. Rauner presented his first budget proposal to lawmakers Wednesday.

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Illinois’ finances are ailing. That’s been a story for years, but the situation got a lot worse at the beginning of the year when a tax cut took effect.

The Republican is proposing significant cuts to everything from healthcare for the poor to colleges and universities.

Sycamore Daycare Owner Fears Budget Cuts

Feb 18, 2015
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Illinois’ Governor and state lawmakers face a multi-billion dollar budget shortfall. Possible solutions include cuts to state programs.  Some recipients are preparing to fight back.

Michele Baker-McElroy is the owner of Once Upon a Time Childcare facility in Sycamore.   She’s concerned about the loss of funding that helps keep her business running.

"Our facility serves 78 children which ninety percent are funded through the childcare assistance program," said McElroy.

McElroy says that she’s worried their future is uncertain, and the feeling is all too familiar.

Illinois Libraries Receive $15 Million

Feb 10, 2015

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White awarded millions of dollars in grants to public libraries. White says the $15 million comes from the Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid grants. 

The money is going to libraries and will help serve 12 million patrons with access to materials, equipment, technology and other resources. The grant program is authorized by state law, and is designed to help qualifying libraries with a low tax base reach a minimum level for services.

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Since his election in November, Gov. Bruce Rauner expressed surprise about what he says he's "discovering" in the state's budget. As a bill for the state's childcare assistance comes due, Rauner is preparing to ask for special budgeting powers.

Deadline For Insurance Enrollment Approaching

Feb 9, 2015
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The deadline to enroll in the health care marketplace is Sunday, and counselors across the state are meeting with people to help sign them up. 

Loren Greer is a 63-year-old truck driver who was taken off his company's health coverage when he was forced into early retirement. He sought help from an in-person counselor so he can avoid paying a fee after the Feb. 15 deadline.

If it weren't for the threat of a $325 fee, Greer might not enroll.

The daughter of a Rockford woman accused of supporting extremist groups claims her mother was falsely accused. She says her mother Jasminka Ramic doesn't stand with terrorism and would never send money to a terrorist organization.

Former Winnebago County Sheriff Don Gasparini died Friday in Naples, Florida. He was 72.

The Democrat was first elected sheriff in 1980 and served until he retired in 1997.

Gasparini was popular among county residents for his big, friendly personality. He was an avid hunter and well-known for his wild game dinner fundraisers.

He did, however, gain some national notoriety 20 years ago related to a hunting violation. He was caught hunting on land in Ogle County without permission and fined for failing to immediately tag a deer he had killed.

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For the past couple of weeks, Illinois' new governor, Bruce Rauner, traveled the state giving speeches that mostly told audiences what's wrong with Illinois. Wednesday, he used his "State Of The State" address to begin to describe what he wants to do about it.

Rauner didn't just deliver a big speech. He produced a full manifesto, complete with calls for an upheaval of Illinois' labor laws, changes to the Constitution, a property-tax freeze, and hiring more prison guards. The speech started off on a conciliatory note. Or maybe it was an invitation.

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Governor Bruce Rauner has announced a list of the companies that will be allowed to grow and sell medical marijuana in Illinois. Letters to 18 winning cultivation centers and 52 retail stores went out today. 

A retired deputy chief was the star witness for the Rockford Police Union Thursday at a conduct hearing for Rockford Police Chief Chet Epperson.

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