Government

Government and Legislature

  • Korean shellfish considered “tainted
  • “Biondo bill” is put on the shelf – for now
  • Rockford Parks police vote yes for union
  • Shimkus aide wins 13th District ballot spot
  • Polish president honors governor, Guard members

World leaders are meeting with President Obama in his hometown of Chicago for a two-day NATO summit focused heavily on Afghanistan.

Obama warned of the difficulty ahead as the summit confronted questions about Afghanistan's future. The summit kicked off on Sunday with a meeting between Obama and Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai, the two key players to determine that future.

"We still have a lot of work to do and there will be great challenges ahead," Obama said. "The loss of life continues in Afghanistan and there will be hard days ahead."

  • Next Sheley trial postponed to September
  • Illinois gets $150,000 of Skechers settlement
  • Cities don’t want to fund teacher pensions
  • Library begins offering e-readers
  • Restoring child-care funds advances
  • Cites gain in electricity savings
  • Schilling makes good use of perk he slammed

Minimum wage debate resurfaces in Illinois

May 17, 2012

Senate plan would eventually raise the state wage to $10.55. Critics say the plan would put a squeeze on business owners.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

DeKalb-area Muslims are a step closer to a new mosque. Last night, the city’s planning committee approved a zoning change to allow a mosque to be built in a residential area on Normal Road, near the NIU campus.  

Pat Quinn gets behind the idea of allowing gay marriage in Illinois. The Democrat says he'll work with state lawmakers to make it a reality.

The Illinois  Senate approved the measure Thursday, and Governor Pat Quinn says he'll sign it into law.

Around Illinois -- May 11

May 11, 2012
  • Governor Quinn on board for same-sex marriage law
  • Meals in the mailbox
  • Mother's Day gift for Rockford mayor's family
  • Illinois Senate advances plan to reduce regional school superintendents
  • Record corn crop could be good for consumers
  • Rockford gets $1 million grant for environmental clean-up

The scathing report on past management of College Illinois was issued Wednesday by the state Auditor General.

The governor's overhaul proposal receives an endorsement from the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

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