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  • From wagging fingers to 'all ears,' GOP enters budget negotiations

     
    For now, the most important detail you need to know about the Illinois Senate Republicans' 21-page plan to get the state's finances in order is that it contains important details. That's huge. Most of what we've heard from the state...
  • Overdue reform: Signs of the times

     
    It's taken more than five years, but Illinois is now poised to outlaw the brazen use of state property for self-promotion that came to symbolize the egomaniacal reign of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. A small thing, really, considering the scale...

    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 falls short in $20 million effort to develop 1,000 teachers

    Illinois falls short in $20 million effort to develop 1,000 teachers
    The state has spent more than $20 million in the past decade to develop 1,000 teachers who would work in distressed public schools and boost the number of minority educators in Illinois. But since the Grow Your Own Teacher program was launched in...

    Illinois lawmakers quickly approve special comptroller election in 2016

    Illinois lawmakers quickly approve special comptroller election in 2016
    Democrats gave speedy approval Thursday to a measure that would require a special election to fill part of the term left vacant after the death of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, as Republicans railed against the move as a power grab aimed at undermining...