Illinois

The Illinois Secretary of State is reminding taxpayers if an investment opportunity sounds too good to be true, it probably is. 

Jesse White opened a campaign Monday to encourage people to investigate potential investments before handing over money. White says investment fraud costs Illinois residents millions of dollars each year.

Most incidents involve advisers and salespeople who are not licensed to sell securities or offer investment advice.

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The standoff between Illinois' new governor and the Democratic leaders of the legislature is invoking a notorious figure from years past.

Illinois's stalemate isn't just over the budget; Gov. Bruce Rauner put a bargain on the table. He's trying to force Illinois' leading Democrats to accept an agenda they don't like, in exchange for his considering a tax increase.

On WGN Radio Sunday, Madigan said some of Rauner's statements and negotiating tactics are reminiscent of a former governor who's now in prison.

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The governor refused to say whether he's going to buy T.V. time to promote his agenda as he battles with the legislature's Democratic leaders.

Rauner is allegedly planning to win over the public using commercials.

Senate President John Cullerton says the governor told him so last week.

"He made it clear that, in the next few weeks, he's going to launch a multi-million dollar negative ad campaign designed to demonize those who are standing up for the middle class," Cullerton said.

Rauner won't confirm that.           

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Observers are beginning to wander if the Illinois governor and legislative leaders can reach a deal after failing to agree on a budget. 

The Democrat-controlled General Assembly and GOP Governor Bruce Rauner have different policy philosophies. But Republican State Representative Dan Brady says there may be one or two things Democrats can accept in return for revenue increases.

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The Illinois General Assembly will meet in overtime session this summer. That’s because of partisan disagreement over the state's spending plan.

But Republican Sen. Sam McCann from Carlinville says government at the state level is not entirely divided.

McCann says lawmakers compromise on proposals throughout the session, and it's natural to be divided over a big issue like the budget.

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Illinois hunters may soon be able to kill bobcats.

The legislature barely passed the proposal Sunday.

Bill sponsor Rep. Patrick Verschoore, D-Rock Island, had to postpone the vote because it didn't have enough support. But it passed the second time around with the minimum number of required votes.

Verschoore says it's an important bill to manage the bobcat population.

"They're becoming a nuisance in the southern part of the state,” Verschoore said. “They're killing. There was an instance where here just recently they killed several kid goats at a farm."

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The Illinois General Assembly ended its scheduled spring session Sunday without passing anything from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s “Turnaround Agenda” – or finalizing a state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The Republican governor says he’ll continue to negotiate with legislative leaders. He says he wants to pass at least some of his pro-business ideas before he’ll work with Democrats on balancing the budget.

Madigan says the House will remain in continuous session throughout the summer. 

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Illinois's contract with the state's largest employee union expires at the end of the month, and negotiations with the governor are supposedly going badly.

Democrats are trying to prevent a potential strike, but the governor might have other plans.

AFSCME pushed the legislation so its 3,800 members would be able to continue working without a contract past the June 30 deadline. It's an apparent reaction to memos sent from Gov. Bruce Rauner's office to state agencies, asking them about what they'd need to keep running in case of a strike.

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Some students who graduated yesterday from Princeton middle school walked away with more than just a diploma -- they gained more knowledge about their own town.

David Gray has been teaching history at Logan Junior High School for six years. But Gray says this is the first time he assigned a project requiring his eighth-grade students to research historical landmarks in Princeton. The idea hit him when he was looking at travel brochures for the town.  

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Governor Rauner spent most of the past four months traveling around Illinois, touting his so-called "Turnaround Agenda."

Some of his requests, like allowing localities to create right-to-work zones, faced an uphill battle from the beginning. But other items, like term limits, have been popular with voters since the governor ran on them last year.

Now Democrats, who control the legislature, refuse to bring a term limit proposal to a vote. They say it's a distraction from passing a state budget before the weekend's deadline.

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