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  • Free the Lyons Township schools

    Free the Lyons Township schools
    Robert Healy pleaded guilty last month to stealing more than $1.5 million while he held the obscure post of Lyons Township school treasurer. He was sentenced to nine years in prison. He stole that money from students, from taxpayers. Prosecutors say...
  • Hopes dim for school funding formula overhaul's passage

    Despite a revamp to ease partisan and regional opposition, Illinois lawmakers now see little chance of passing legislation this session that would overhaul the state's outdated school funding formula for the first time in two decades. The intent of the...
  • Rauner trying to broker mega-deal in Illinois Legislature

    Seizing on Illinois' budget crisis as a political opportunity, Republican businessman-turned-governor Bruce Rauner is trying to broker a master deal to advance his pro-business priorities through the Legislature in exchange for new revenue to save...
  • Emanuel could find help from Springfield elusive

    Emanuel could find help from Springfield elusive
    Just as a victorious Rahm Emanuel was about to step on stage to accept re-election accolades from a raucous crowd at a Near West Side plumbers union hall, he got a call. Bruce Rauner, his friend and Illinois' new governor, was on the line. "We had a...
  • Republican House leader eager for fiscal reform in Springfield

    Republican House leader eager for fiscal reform in Springfield
    Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin urged small businesses to give lawmakers the chance to right a long list of fiscal wrongs in Springfield. Durkin, a Western Springs resident who represents the 82nd District, thanked owners for continuing to run...
  • Top Republican lawmakers optimistic about Springfield reforms

    Top Republican lawmakers optimistic about Springfield reforms
    Illinois' top Republican legislative leaders expressed optimism for financial reform in Springfield during a stop April 1 at the Plymouth Place Senior Living center in LaGrange Park. "After 13 years of one-party rule, we were in a really bad spot," said...
  • With no bloodshed, Illinois lawmakers solve a crisis. More of this, please.

    With no bloodshed, Illinois lawmakers solve a crisis. More of this, please.
    Some Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly voted last week to make cuts to education and other spending they favor. The Earth did not fly into the sun. In votes on the same measures, Republican legislators agreed to raid money from funds that...
  • Rauner, legislature on track for short-term budget fix

    Rauner, legislature on track for short-term budget fix
    Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders appear on track to resolve an immediate $1.6 billion deficit and avoid running out of money for prison guards and day care programs, though there's no guarantee the rare show of bipartisan cooperation will hold up...
  • State, local efforts combine to prevent school violence

    State, local efforts combine to prevent school violence
    As local school districts and public-safety officials move onward with initiatives to prevent violence from reaching classrooms, state lawmakers have announced plans to work with mental health professionals to help children with mental illness in the...
  • Former Park Ridge Rep. Rosemary Mulligan dies

    Former Park Ridge Rep. Rosemary Mulligan dies
    The brother of former state lawmaker Rosemary Mulligan says she has died after her health suffered in recent months. Stephen Granzyk (Gran-SIC') says the 73-year-old Republican died Tuesday, months after moving into a retirement community in Des Plaines....
  • Rauner sworn in as governor, says business as usual would be 'morally corrupt'

    Rauner sworn in as governor, says business as usual would be 'morally corrupt'
    Bruce Rauner took over as Illinois governor Monday and asked for shared sacrifice to help him restore a state he described as in decline, beset by financial, moral and ethical crises. The first Republican chief executive in a dozen years laid out what...