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  • Village officials relieved, but schools leery of state budget deal

    As Illinois lawmakers came to an agreement last week on a short-term fix of the Illinois budget, a sigh of relief could be heard from the Glencoe Village Hall, but School District 35 may take a hit.
  • Meeks still battling for more school funding

    Meeks still battling for more school funding
    After years of fighting with fellow Democrats to improve public school funding in Illinois, former state Sen. James Meeks has switched sides. He's now chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education, appointed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, whom he...

    To balance budgets, governors seek higher education cuts

    WASHINGTON Governors in nearly a half-dozen states want to cut state spending on colleges and universities to help close budget shortfalls, often sparking vehement opposition among state lawmakers of both parties. Republican governors in Arizona, Kansas,...

    Duckworth to join race for Kirk's Senate seat

    Duckworth to join race for Kirk's Senate seat
    Second-term U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth is expected to announce her candidacy Monday for the U.S. Senate and a potential challenge to Republican Sen. Mark Kirk, a source familiar with her plans said. Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran, will be the first...

    Budget-patching deal dips into various state funds

    A bipartisan agreement to plug a $1.6 billion budget hole includes more than $1.3 billion in fund transfers from a variety of sources to avert shutdowns of Illinois state programs and services. The move, signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday,...