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  • Rauner's divide-and-conquer strategy hits Downstate, suburban Democrats

    Rauner's divide-and-conquer strategy hits Downstate, suburban Democrats
    As he tries to win public support and gain leverage during an extended budget stalemate, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is seizing upon long-standing tensions pitting Chicago against the rest of the state in an attempt to peel Democratic legislators away from House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton.
  • Rauner criticizes Democratic lawmakers' loyalties to Chicago

    Gov. Bruce Rauner has latched onto the longtime rivalry between Chicago and the rest of the state as he tries to negotiate with Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, both from Chicago, in the Illinois Legislature...

    Rauner starts budget cuts to force Dems to negotiate on his agenda

     Rauner starts budget cuts to force Dems to negotiate on his agenda
    Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday said he will cut spending on programs that help the poor with child care costs and help the elderly stay out of nursing homes, nix the proposed Illiana toll road, close state museums and suspend tax credits for businesses...

    Flood of lawsuits over concealed carry denials

     Flood of lawsuits over concealed carry denials
    After taking a firearms training course, paying a host of fees, and submitting fingerprints for a background check that he ultimately passed, Michael Thomas was puzzled when he was notified earlier this year that a special review board had denied his...

    Virginia makes football recruiting waves while trying to find spark on practice field

    Virginia makes football recruiting waves while trying to find spark on practice field
    CHARLOTTESVILLE — While there's no denying Virginia has work to do this preseason to attempt to position itself for a return to respectability on the football field, the Cavaliers' woes haven't seemed to hurt them much on the recruiting trail....