Illinois

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Illinois legislative leaders differed on the outcome of their latest meeting with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, but there was no budget agreement Saturday in Chicago. Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan says in comments distributed by the Illinois Department of Central Management Services that there was no budget discussion. He says the group discussed cost-cutting workers' compensation changes and Rauner's Thursday veto of legislation providing $215 million to the Chicago Public Schools...

Katie Finlon

A little girl from Sycamore went missing 59 years ago Satuerday. The disappearance is still remembered by many in the community. Seven-year-old Maria Ridulph was playing outside with a friend before she disappeared on Dec. 3, 1957. Then, a man named “Johnny” appeared and started talking to them and gave them piggy-back rides. When her friend came back after she left to grab mittens, Ridulph was gone. Police found her body in northwest Illinois months later. Jack McCullough was originally...

Jenna Dooley

Outgoing Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger says lawmakers suing her to get back pay are ``cowards.'' The Republican was named in a Cook County lawsuit by six legislators Friday on her last day in office. The Democratic lawmakers haven't been paid since May and say Munger is violating the state Constitution by interfering in a separate branch of government. Munger announced in April she would put lawmakers' paychecks in line with all other overdue bills until they reach a budget deal with Gov...

Illinois State Police say that the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday travel period had the lowest fatality rate since 2011, according to a news release. The travel period included the Wednesday before Thanksgiving through midnight on the following Sunday. There were three fatal crashes/fatalities this holiday period, which was a drastic increase from the past couple years. During the holiday period, officers took actions to address the "Fatal Four" moving violations: speeding, driving under the...

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he'll meet with legislative leaders to negotiate a budget deal, and he's willing to include money he vetoed for Chicago Public Schools if it's part of a ''comprehensive package.'' Rauner said Friday that meetings are scheduled Saturday and Sunday with the four legislative leaders and ''I'm not taking anything off the table.'' The Republican governor vetoed a measure Thursday that provided $215 million to help CPS make its pension payment. He said Democrats reneged on a...

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