The Republican candidate for Illinois Attorney General is criticizing incumbent Lisa Madigan for defending the state's pension overhaul law, which he thinks is unconstitutional.
A clause in the state's constitution says that once earned, pension benefits shall not be diminished.
The pension law, passed last year, law reduces cost of living benefits paid out to state employees and public school teachers. That, and other changes, haven't actually taken effect yet; a lawsuit challenging the law is ongoing.
Illinois is trying to expand educational opportunities for adults who didn't finish high school. That means moving beyond the GED.
The Census Bureau says average monthly earnings of a high school grad are nearly 10 percent higher than those of someone with a GED. And while a third of high school grads eventually earn a bachelor's degree, the GED number is 1 in 20.
It has been just over half a year since Illinois made it illegal to talk on your phone while driving without the use of a hands-free device. There are some exceptions: you can hold your phone if your car is stopped -- say at a railroad crossing for a freight train -- and in park or neutral, or if you pull off onto the shoulder. The law also makes an exemption for law enforcement. A recent YouTube sensation that raises the question: should police get special treatment?
WUIS is asking the candidates for Springfield mayor to talk about education issues facing the community. Springfield Mayor Mike Houston says he's concerned that most new single family homes in the area are in suburban school districts. He says an increase in funding for District 186 is probably needed, but says the school board needs to build credibility first.
Illinois gun owners who've been denied a concealed carry permit can appeal. But instead of going through the courts, Illinois' Attorney General wants a state panel to decide those cases.
There are about 200 concealed carry denials before Illinois courts, brought by people who say they shouldn't have been deemed dangerous or a threat to public safety by Illinois' Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board.
Until recently, applicants didn't actually know why they were rejected.
Mark Crawford stands at his farm near Danville, Ill. Crawford, who grows corn, soybeans and wheat on his large farm, said the crop insurance programs are important parts of the risk-management safety net for farmers. (Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting)
Illinois students could get a day off of school come election day. Schools are often at the heart of a community, metaphorically, if not literally. That's part of the reason they've long been voting sites.
But with shootings at schools across the country, some lawmakers are concerned the practice is dangerous.
Most of the time visitors need to sign in before entering a school; they say allowing anyone in on election day is asking for trouble.
This week, GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner proposed more ways to fix the state's budget woes. Also, a state legislative commission has pushed back the investigation into Governor pat Quinn's controversial Neighborhood Recovery Initiative until October.
It has been 25 years since the passengers on United Flight 232 braced themselves for impact and prepared to die.
Back in 1989, the jetliner carrying nearly 300 people from Denver to Chicago lost all hydraulic power after the rear engine exploded. It crash-landed in Sioux City, Iowa, cartwheeling down the runway in flames and breaking apart in a cornfield.
Illinois and Missouri are on the list of states with the highest risk for earthquakes.
A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about one-third of the United States and lowers it for one-tenth of the nation.
The U.S. Geological Survey updated Thursday its national seismic hazard maps for the first time since 2008, taking into account research from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami off the Japanese coast and the surprise 2011 Virginia temblor.
Decatur is among the finalists for a national agriculture research center.
The (Decatur) Herald & Review reports Thursday (http://bit.ly/1yyldBp ) that the National Corn Growers Association wants to create a facility to support and develop farming research.
Richard Vierling is head of the Corn Growers research and development team. He said Thursday that Fargo, North Dakota, is the other city in the running for the National Agriculture Genotyping Center. The facility would translate scientific discoveries into production improvement.
Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner has presented a plan he says will help grow Illinois' economy and create jobs.
The Winnetka businessman spoke today at a family-owned manufacturing company in Schaumburg.
Rauner wants to eliminate the income tax increase Democrats approved in 2011, phasing the rate back to 3 percent from 5 percent. He also says he would freeze property taxes and impose a sales tax on services such as charter flights, travel agencies and sewer service.
Rauner says Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has been ``a failure on job creation.''
After a day-long meeting Wednesday, a legislative commission will meet again Thursday morning in Chicago. They're set to begin with a call to the U.S. Attorney's office. Democrats and Republicans are at a standstill over what to do next in their probe of Gov. Pat Quinn's controversial anti-violence program.
A legislative hearing convened to probe a troubled anti-violence program run by Gov. Quinn is underway in Chicago. Federal prosecutors have asked lawmakers to hold off taking testimony, because it may obstruct their investigation.
It all goes back to a program called the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, which debuted in 2010, when Quinn was in the midst of a tight race for governor against Republican Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington. A state audit showed it was rife with mismanagement, and Republicans say that's because Quinn was trying to use it to boost his campaign.
Governor Pat Quinn's troubled anti-violence program will be in the spotlight today (7/16) when a bipartisan legislative commission meets in Chicago.
It's not yet clear how lawmakers will proceed, given that the federal government wants them to put a hold on their investigation until mid-October, just before the November election, when Quinn will face Republican Bruce Rauner.
Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown says that's what Quinn's campaign wants.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation overhauling the state's grant oversight and accountability process.
Quinn's office said Wednesday that he has signed the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act. The governor says it will give Illinois a comprehensive set of uniform rules for grant applications and make those who receive grants more accountable to taxpayers.
The signing comes on the same day as legislative hearings are to begin on a controversial Quinn program.
With trillions dollars of government spending up for grabs, lobbyists from all ends of the spectrum – representing environmental interests, biotech companies, food companies, farmers – flocked to Capitol Hill to find their piece of the Farm Bill pie.
A 9-year-old boy died in a grain bin last week in southwestern Wisconsin. While every situation is different, agricultural engineers continue to work on new ways to prevent such deaths. Those involved in the training industry say reaching the younger generation will be an important step to prevent entrapments.
The candidates for Illinois governor are hammering each other's records on business and caring for the developmentally disabled.
Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Paul Vallas blasted Republican Bruce Rauner Monday after a published news report said a long-term care company once tied to Rauner faced lawsuits and disciplinary action over the mistreatment of residents, fatalities and ``deplorable'' living conditions.
Vallas suggests Rauner profited from substandard care and should be questioned
Services are scheduled for next weekend for late former U.S. Rep. Ken Gray of southern Illinois.
Gray was 89-years-old when he died Saturday at a Herrin hospital after a long illness.
The Democrat represented Illinois in Congress for a dozen terms and was known for his colorful style. His ability to bring $7 billion in federal funding to his economically depressed district earned him the nickname the ``Prince of Pork.''
Parker-Reedy Funeral Home in West Frankfort says Gray's services will be at 4