Governor Rauner Still Raising Concerns on State's Budget

Gov. Bruce Rauner says next year’s state budget is one thing, but this year’s budget is an immediate concern.   The state is on the way to running out of money, with five months left in the fiscal year. Rauner blames this on the past admi

Governor Rauner Upset on Setup of Illinois Courts

Gov. Bruce Rauner doesn’t like the way Illinois courts are set up.   He says it’s a problem that judges are elected directly by the voters. “We’re one of the few states that elects judges. Your average voter has no c

Rauner Replaces Appointee Who Helped Give Job to Quinn Aide

SPRINGFIELD — Governor Bruce Rauner has replaced the leader of an Illinois agency that gave ex-Governor Pat Quinn's former campaign manager a $160,000-a-year job. Rauner on Monday appointed supporter Manny Sanchez as chairman of the Illinois Spo

Apparent Marijuana Permit Winners Want Process to Proceed

SPRINGFIELD — Owners of businesses on former Governor Pat Quinn's short list for medical marijuana cultivation centers and dispensaries say the process was fair and should proceed. Public documents show Quinn's staff was ready to grant at le

Illinois Paying Millions to Keep Inmates Who Can't Find Homes

CHICAGO — It's costing Illinois as much as $25 million a year to keep inmates in prison because they can't find a suitable place to live according to the terms of their parole. The Chicago Tribune reports nearly 1,250 inmates are held beyond

Central Illinois congressman critical over Obama's terrorism stance

An Illinois Congressman says President Obama is going light on terrorism to further his legacy.  U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon) went on Fox and Friends to criticize the administration for releasing five prisoners from Yemen fro

Bill to consolidate local governments returns to Illinois GA

A state lawmaker is giving a bill to consolidate local government units in the state another try...

Documents show Quinn stalled on handing out medical marijuana cultivation licens

Newly released documents show former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn received recommendations on which businesses should receive lucrative medical marijuana licenses but did not act on them before leaving office...

85,000 Temporary Driver's Licenses Issued to Immigrants

SPRINGFIELD — More than 85,000 immigrants living in the U.S. illegally now have Illinois driver's licenses under a new state program. The tally comes after the first full year that the program has been in place in Illinois. The $30 licenses are

Smoking is an Expensive Habit in Illinois

Illinois is an expensive state for smokers – the 14th most-expensive state over the course of a lifetime of smoking, according to a study by Wallet Hub.   Spokesman Jill Gonzalez says they calculated the cost of tobacco at a pack a day for

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Fierce snowstorm descends on densely populated Northeast US
NEW YORK (AP) -- More than 35 million people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in Monday as a fearsome storm swirled in with the potential for hurricane-force winds and 1 to 3 feet of snow that could paralyze the Northeast for days....
What you need to know about northeastern US snowstorm
The busy Northeast corridor was in line for a winter wallop that was predicted to bring up to 2 to 3 feet of snow from northern New Jersey to Maine. Here's what residents of the big cities in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic need to know about the storm:...
AP PHOTOS: 10 worst Northeast snowstorms in last 60 years
The National Weather Service was predicting a "potentially historic" storm on par with some of the biggest to ever hit the densely populated northeastern U.S....
Greece's first radical left prime minister sworn in
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Tieless and eschewing the traditional religious swearing-in ceremony, but with a surprise coalition deal in the bag and a sanguine international reception, radical left leader Alexis Tsipras took over Monday as austerity-wracked Greece's new prime minister....
Kurds celebrate ousting Islamic State fighters from Kobani
BEIRUT (AP) -- Jubilant Kurdish fighters ousted Islamic State militants from the key Syrian border town of Kobani on Monday after a four-month battle - a significant victory for both the Kurds and the U.S.-led coalition....

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