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  • Filling in the blanks

    To me, the most interesting part of the highly contentious meeting of the state Senate Executive Appointments Committee Thursday morning in Springfield was not the near fistfight between lawmakers, but the debate on “rough and tumble” political tactics. The sc
  • On the 'Scholarship' list in Springfield

    Where do our lawmakers stand on the issue of legislative scholarships -- those tuition waivers that members of the state house and senate have traditionally been allowed to dispense to constituents? As part of the renewed effort to abolish that...

    Illinois Senate approves bill on student concussions

    The Illinois Senate has approved legislation that would require students who suffer a concussion to get a doctor or trainer's permission to return to sports or class. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports (

    Amtrak: Proposed budget cut means less service in Illinois

    An official with Amtrak says service reductions in Illinois will happen if budget cuts proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner are approved. Amtrak representatives testified Thursday to the Senate Appropriations Committee on its proposed fiscal year 2016 budget....

    Critics: Medicaid services that Rauner wants cut actually save money

    Critics: Medicaid services that Rauner wants cut actually save money
    Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed $1.47 billion in Medicaid cuts includes reductions in dental services, mental health care and other coverage. But some legislators and patient advocates say the targeted services don't just help keep people healthy —...