Illinois

Illinois
6:19 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Rauner Gives Budget, Immigration Insight

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The next Illinois governor is telling state agencies to prepare for budget cuts.

Republican Bruce Rauner is scheduled to be sworn in next month. That’s also when the state’s income tax is scheduled to drop - meaning less revenue. Rauner says he’s been meeting with the department heads who will present recommended cuts.

"We’ve had a budget that has been passed and is managed to that is nowhere near balanced. And we hope and believe that the department heads should be planning and preparing for a budget that actually is balanced."

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Illinois
6:56 am
Tue November 25, 2014

IBHE: Expect Budget Cuts For State Universities

Credit Illinois Board of Higher Education

The head of the Illinois Board of Higher Education issued a budget warning to the presidents of the state’s public universities. 

The message came after a meeting with Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner’s budget transition team. Officials say the schools should be prepared for possible funding cuts of up to 30 percent in the next 18 months. 

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Illinois
6:44 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Two Rockford Areas Among Most Dangerous U.S. Neighborhoods

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Two neighborhoods in Rockford are among the 25 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in America. That’s according to a study by the website NeighborhoodScout.com

The neighborhood around Seventh Street and East Jefferson ranked fifth worst in the study. The area around Rockton Avenue and West State Street was ranked eighteenth worst.

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Immigration
7:00 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Rauner Chips In To Immigration Debate

Illinois Governor-elect Bruce Rauner is weighing in on the national immigration debate. Rauner spoke to reporters at a conference for Latinos involved in state government Friday. Rauner - a Republican - talked with members of his own party who serve in Washington, D.C. 

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Illinois
6:45 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Ears Turn To Supreme Court For Next Pensions Cue

Gov. Pat Quinn is surrounded by legislative leaders and lawmakers who helped write the pension plan, as he signs it into law.

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 1:17 am

Although one court has tossed out Illinois’ mega pension overhaul, state leaders are likely to wait on another legal opinion before deciding what to do next.

There’s no question -- the Sangamon County Circuit Court judge’s ruling is meaningful. But Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office is appealing to the state Supreme Court.

Madigan has said it makes sense for lawmakers to wait to hear from those justices.

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Illinois
8:16 am
Fri November 21, 2014

DeKalb, Rockford Ready Winter Salt Supply

Credit Larry Stephens

Many Illinoisans are thinking ahead to the coming winter. DeKalb and Rockford Public Works officials are no exception. Both offices already have plans for their road salt supplies.

Gilbert Sebenste, staff meteorologist at Northern Illinois University, says that residents may not be thrilled by the news, but it looks like this winter will be just as cold as last year -- if not colder.

But, he adds, nothing is guaranteed.

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Politics
6:49 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Illinois House Votes To Override FOIA Veto

Credit State of Illinois

The Illinois House voted Tuesday to override Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto on a measure dealing with the Freedom of Information Act. The plan gives governments more time to respond to certain citizens' requests, and can charge them up to $100 for some information.

In his veto message, Quinn said the bill reduces government transparency. Now, the Senate will decide if they agree.

The General Assembly also began to advance one of Quinn's last requests--a minimum wage hike. A Senate committee passed a plan to bring it to $10 an hour beginning in July.

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Illinois
6:33 am
Thu November 20, 2014

U of I Professor Nationally Recognized For Bee Research

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The University of Illinois says a professor will receive the National Medal of Science for her study of bees and their decline.

May Berenbaum will be honored today in a ceremony at the White House. Berenbaum is a recognized authority on pollinating insects.

Illinois
6:22 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Illinois Lincoln Museum Not 'Seceding' From Library Yet

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The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency will maintain control of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and not divide it--for now, at least.

The library and museum in Springfield is one of Preservation Agency's top attractions. But leaders of the two entities and a supporting foundation have reportedly been at odds--to the point that House Speaker Mike Madigan is proposing to split the museum off on its own.

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Law Enforcement
8:05 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Sycamore Police Receives ILEAP Stamp Of Approval

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A northern Illinois police department is the 17th agency in the state—and the first in DeKalb County—to be accredited.

The Daily Chronicle reports the Sycamore Police Department was recognized by the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program Monday during a City Council meeting. The department all 71 criteria for its policies and procedures to earn the honor.

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