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Chicago Tribune
Duckworth focuses on Kirk as rivals trade barbs on CPS, criminal justice reformsThe exchange on criminal justice marked one of the few contentious moments duri
Duckworth focuses on Kirk as rivals trade barbs on CPS, criminal justice reforms
Chicago Tribune / Posted 15 hours ago
The exchange on criminal justice marked one of the few contentious moments during a largely sedate joint appearance before the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board. The lack of rancor was symbolized by the candidates declining an offer to ask their... Read more
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Crain's Chicago Business
You think you've got gridlock? Welcome to Springfield, ObamaPresident Barack Obama returns to Springfield this month for a speech to the Il
You think you've got gridlock? Welcome to Springfield, Obama
Crain's Chicago Business / Posted 2 days ago
President Barack Obama returns to Springfield this month for a speech to the Illinois General Assembly about “what we can do, together, to build a better politics—one that reflects our better selves.” Obama served in the Illinois Senate during a... Read more
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The Champaign News-Gazette
Tom's #Mailbag, Feb. 5, 2016Another week of intriguing questions: the really old tree in Trevett-Finch Park
Tom's #Mailbag, Feb. 5, 2016
The Champaign News-Gazette / Posted 3 days ago
Another week of intriguing questions: the really old tree in Trevett-Finch Park, llamas in Illinois, safely crossing University Avenue, the future of the pomology research area, Olympian Drive, Holly the butterfly, the price of military service,... Read more
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The Champaign News-Gazette
Tom's #Mailbag, Feb. 5, 2015Another week of intriguing questions: the really old tree in Trevett-Finch Park
Tom's #Mailbag, Feb. 5, 2015
The Champaign News-Gazette / Posted 3 days ago
Another week of intriguing questions: the really old tree in Trevett-Finch Park, llamas in Illinois, safely crossing University Avenue, the future of the pomology research area, Olympian Drive, Holly the butterfly, the price of military service,... Read more
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WAND TV 17 Decatur
Latest Illinois news, sports, business and entertainmentCHICAGO-BODIES FOUND Police: 6 dead in Chicago home in possible murder-suicide
Latest Illinois news, sports, business and entertainment
WAND TV 17 Decatur / Posted 4 days ago
CHICAGO-BODIES FOUND Police: 6 dead in Chicago home in possible murder-suicide CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago police say the bodies of four men, one woman and a child have been found inside a home on the city's South Side in what they say could be a... Read more
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WREX-TV Rockford
Latest Illinois news, sports, business and entertainmentCHICAGO-BODIES FOUND Police: 6 dead in Chicago home in possible murder-suicide
Latest Illinois news, sports, business and entertainment
WREX-TV Rockford / Posted 4 days ago
CHICAGO-BODIES FOUND Police: 6 dead in Chicago home in possible murder-suicide CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago police say the bodies of four men, one woman and a child have been found inside a home on the city's South Side in what they say could be a... Read more
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SaukValley.com
Illinois school funding will be topic for legislative panelMadigan says the bipartisan Education Funding Task Force will meet through the
Illinois school funding will be topic for legislative panel
SaukValley.com / Posted 4 days ago
Madigan says the bipartisan Education Funding Task Force will meet through the spring to craft legislation designed to ensure schools are funded equitably throughout the state. He made the announcement Tuesday. The panel will be led by House... Read more
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Daily Herald
Santorum departure reunites couple in Rubio campRepublican Rick Santorum's exit from the presidential race this week means no r
Santorum departure reunites couple in Rubio camp
Daily Herald / Posted 4 days ago
Republican Rick Santorum's exit from the presidential race this week means no repeat of the suburban campaign rallies four years ago by the graduate of Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein. It's a disappointment for Santorum convention delegate... Read more
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Roll Call
Kirk, Johnson Targeted by Liberal Groups for Iran Votes Votes this past fall against the Iran nuclear deal could come back to haunt t
Kirk, Johnson Targeted by Liberal Groups for Iran Votes
Roll Call / Posted 4 days ago
Votes this past fall against the Iran nuclear deal could come back to haunt two vulnerable Republican senators up for re-election. At least that�s what some progressive organizations are... Read more
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Crain's Chicago Business
Rauner launches plan to add toll lanes on I-55Gov. Bruce Rauner today floated a plan to add a pair of lanes, likely with toll
Rauner launches plan to add toll lanes on I-55
Crain's Chicago Business / Posted 4 days ago
Gov. Bruce Rauner today floated a plan to add a pair of lanes, likely with tolls, to crowded Interstate 55 (the Stevenson Expressway) between I-355 (Veterans Memorial Tollway) and I-90/94 (the Dan Ryan Expressway). Though the proposal needs approval... Read more
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Glen Ellyn News Leader
Gov. Bruce Rauner announces plan for private-public partnership for I-55 wideningTolls could be charged in the new lanes that would be added between interstates
Gov. Bruce Rauner announces plan for private-public partnership for I-55 widening
Glen Ellyn News Leader / Posted 4 days ago
Tolls could be charged in the new lanes that would be added between interstates 355 and 90/94. “Managed lanes are truly an expressway within an expressway – one more option that will make travel more convenient for everyone who uses I-55,” Illinois... Read more
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WREX-TV Rockford
Illinois school funding will be topic for legislative panelSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan is forming a
Illinois school funding will be topic for legislative panel
WREX-TV Rockford / Posted 4 days ago
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan is forming a legislative panel to discuss changes to how Illinois funds its schools. Madigan says the bipartisan Education Funding Task Force will meet through the spring to craft... Read more
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WAND TV 17 Decatur
Illinois school funding will be topic for legislative panelSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan is forming a
Illinois school funding will be topic for legislative panel
WAND TV 17 Decatur / Posted 4 days ago
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan is forming a legislative panel to discuss changes to how Illinois funds its schools. Madigan says the bipartisan Education Funding Task Force will meet through the spring to craft... Read more
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WREX-TV Rockford
Illinois House Speaker Madigan to convene hearings on educating fundingIllinois House Speaker Michael Madigan announces hearing to be held by the bipa
Illinois House Speaker Madigan to convene hearings on educating funding
WREX-TV Rockford / Posted 4 days ago
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan announces hearing to be held by the bipartisan Education Funding Task Force to help craft a legislative plan to fund education throughout the state. Madigan says he plans to work with Illinois Senate President... Read more
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SaukValley.com
It's time to change the Illinois channelWhen the new low in ridiculousness is state Rep. Ken Dunkin, the Chicago Democr
It's time to change the Illinois channel
SaukValley.com / Posted 5 days ago
When the new low in ridiculousness is state Rep. Ken Dunkin, the Chicago Democrat who has voted on a few key bills with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, while carrying a sleeping bag and a backpack, you know it’s time for a change. Dunkin, now an... Read more
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WAND TV 17 Decatur
The Prodigal President ReturnsSpringfield, IL - Now in the twilight of his presidency, Barrack Obama will ret
The Prodigal President Returns
WAND TV 17 Decatur / Posted 5 days ago
Springfield, IL - Now in the twilight of his presidency, Barrack Obama will return to Springfield and address the Illinois General Assembly on February 10th. It seems to be no coincidence that the President would return to the same place on the same... Read more
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NBC Chicago
Ward Room Campaign Round-Up: Week 2This is the second edition of the Ward Room's Campaign Round-Up, a weekly posti
Ward Room Campaign Round-Up: Week 2
NBC Chicago / Posted 5 days ago
This is the second edition of the Ward Room's Campaign Round-Up, a weekly posting dedicated to keeping voters informed about the state and county's upcoming 2016 elections. Check the Ward Room blog for continued coverage every Wednesday. In one of... Read more
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WREX-TV Rockford
Excerpts from recent editorials by Illinois newspapersJanuary 30, 2016 Belleville News-Democrat Challenges aplenty, but Rauner sign
Excerpts from recent editorials by Illinois newspapers
WREX-TV Rockford / Posted 7 days ago
January 30, 2016 Belleville News-Democrat Challenges aplenty, but Rauner signals hope Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner this week marked his first year in office. His State of the State address was a reminder to state lawmakers and constituents of the... Read more
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WAND TV 17 Decatur
Excerpts from recent editorials by Illinois newspapersJanuary 30, 2016 Belleville News-Democrat Challenges aplenty, but Rauner sign
Excerpts from recent editorials by Illinois newspapers
WAND TV 17 Decatur / Posted 7 days ago
January 30, 2016 Belleville News-Democrat Challenges aplenty, but Rauner signals hope Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner this week marked his first year in office. His State of the State address was a reminder to state lawmakers and constituents of the... Read more
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NBC Chicago
Chicago Alderman to Work for Airbnb After Surprise ResignationAld. Will Burns, 4th, is stepping down this week and apparently he's headed to
Chicago Alderman to Work for Airbnb After Surprise Resignation
NBC Chicago / Posted 7 days ago
Ald. Will Burns, 4th, is stepping down this week and apparently he's headed to work for Airbnb, the website that enables homeowners to list properties for temporary rental. An Airbnb spokesperson confirmed Monday that Burns had accepted a job with... Read more
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NBC Chicago
4th Ward Ald. Will Burns to Step Down: Sources4th Ward Alderman Will Burns is stepping down this week, multiple sources close
4th Ward Ald. Will Burns to Step Down: Sources
NBC Chicago / Posted 8 days ago
4th Ward Alderman Will Burns is stepping down this week, multiple sources close to Burns confirmed Sunday. Burns is reportedly leaving city council to work in the private sector at AirBnB, the website that enables homeowners to list properties for... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
President Obama returning to Springfield to address General Assembly on Feb. 10 Posted Jan. 29, 2016 at 11:57 AM SPRINGFIELD — President Barack Obama will d
President Obama returning to Springfield to address General Assembly on Feb. 10
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 10 days ago
Posted Jan. 29, 2016 at 11:57 AM SPRINGFIELD — President Barack Obama will deliver an address to the Illinois General Assembly in Springfield on Feb. 10, nine years to... Read more
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WREX-TV Rockford
Philip Rock, Illinois Senate president for 14 years, diesFormer longtime Illinois Senate President Philip J. Rock has died at age 78. R
Philip Rock, Illinois Senate president for 14 years, dies
WREX-TV Rockford / Posted 10 days ago
Former longtime Illinois Senate President Philip J. Rock has died at age 78. Rock's family released a statement saying the Oak Park Democrat died early Friday. No details were released. Rock spent 14 of his 22 years in the Senate as its presiding... Read more
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The Champaign News-Gazette
Obama to address deeply divided Illinois LegislatureSARA BURNETT, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama will retu
Obama to address deeply divided Illinois Legislature
The Champaign News-Gazette / Posted 10 days ago
SARA BURNETT, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama will return to the Illinois Capitol next month, where the former state senator plans to speak to a deeply divided Legislature about working together to "build a better... Read more
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San Antonio Express-News
Philip Rock, Illinois Senate president for 14 years, diesIn this Jan. 12, 1993 photo, Illinois Senate President Philip J. Rock, D-Oak Pa
Philip Rock, Illinois Senate president for 14 years, dies
San Antonio Express-News / Posted 10 days ago
In this Jan. 12, 1993 photo, Illinois Senate President Philip J. Rock, D-Oak Park, is accompanied by bag pipe music leaving the chamber on his last day in the Senate at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Rock, who spent 14 of his 22 years in the Senate... Read more
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WREX-TV Rockford
Philip Rock, Illinois Senate president for 14 years, diesSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Former longtime Illinois Senate President Philip J. Ro
Philip Rock, Illinois Senate president for 14 years, dies
WREX-TV Rockford / Posted 10 days ago
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Former longtime Illinois Senate President Philip J. Rock has died at age 78. Rock's family released a statement saying the Oak Park Democrat died early Friday. No details were released. Rock spent 14 of his 22 years in the... Read more
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WAND TV 17 Decatur
Philip Rock, Illinois Senate president for 14 years, diesSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Former longtime Illinois Senate President Philip J. Ro
Philip Rock, Illinois Senate president for 14 years, dies
WAND TV 17 Decatur / Posted 10 days ago
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Former longtime Illinois Senate President Philip J. Rock has died at age 78. Rock's family released a statement saying the Oak Park Democrat died early Friday. No details were released. Rock spent 14 of his 22 years in the... Read more
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Daily Herald
Obama plans Springfield speech as Democrats, Rauner warPresident Barack Obama is scheduled to talk to state lawmakers at the Illinois
Obama plans Springfield speech as Democrats, Rauner war
Daily Herald / Posted 10 days ago
President Barack Obama is scheduled to talk to state lawmakers at the Illinois Capitol next month. "I look forward to welcoming President Obama to the State Capitol and hearing him speak about finding common ground between Republicans and... Read more
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Op-Ed News
A Step Toward Campaign TransparencyBarack Obama once confessed to politics' original sin but has yet to atone for
A Step Toward Campaign Transparency
Op-Ed News / Posted 10 days ago
Barack Obama once confessed to politics' original sin but has yet to atone for it. He now has an opportunity to do so. I speak of his promiscuous relationship with money in politics. During his 2008 race for the White House, Obama opted out of the... Read more
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Daily Herald
Former Illinois Senate President Philip Rock diesPhilip Rock, an Oak Park Democrat who led the Illinois Senate as its president
Former Illinois Senate President Philip Rock dies
Daily Herald / Posted 10 days ago
Philip Rock, an Oak Park Democrat who led the Illinois Senate as its president during his 22 years in Springfield, died overnight. Rock left the Illinois Senate in 1993, first rising to the post of Senate president in 1979. State Sen. Don Harmon, an... Read more
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Central Illinois News Center
House Speaker Madigan concerned with absence of budget impasse discussionSPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Democrat and Illinois Senate President John Cullerton was
House Speaker Madigan concerned with absence of budget impasse discussion
Central Illinois News Center / Posted 12 days ago
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Democrat and Illinois Senate President John Cullerton was happy that Gov. Rauner (R) made school funding reform a priority during his State of the State address Wednesday, but also said that he disagrees on numerous... Read more
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Central Illinois News Center
House Speaker Madigan concerned with absence of budget impasse discussionSPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Democrat and Illinois Senate President John Cullerton was
House Speaker Madigan concerned with absence of budget impasse discussion
Central Illinois News Center / Posted 12 days ago
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Democrat and Illinois Senate President John Cullerton was happy that Gov. Rauner (R) made school funding reform a priority during his State of the State address Wednesday, but also said that he disagrees on numerous... Read more
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Crain's Chicago Business
Rauner offers softer tone, but same bottom lineAdopting a new tone but retaining the same bottom line, Gov. Bruce Rauner today
Rauner offers softer tone, but same bottom line
Crain's Chicago Business / Posted 12 days ago
Adopting a new tone but retaining the same bottom line, Gov. Bruce Rauner today appealed to Democrats to work with him on areas of mutual concern, but he stuck with his demand that pro-business reforms precede any tax hike needed to enact a balanced... Read more
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WAND TV 17 Decatur
Education, better business environment among topics of 2016 State of the State AddressILLINOIS - Lawmakers, state officials, organizations, and citizens gathered in
Education, better business environment among topics of 2016 State of the State Address
WAND TV 17 Decatur / Posted 12 days ago
ILLINOIS - Lawmakers, state officials, organizations, and citizens gathered in Springfield to attend Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's second State of the State Address on January 27. Among the topics for this year's address included Illinois... Read more
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WGEM Quincy
Carly Fiorina campaigns in Tri-States days before Iowa caucusFirefighters to carry antidote as part of heroin-fighting initiativeFirefighter
Carly Fiorina campaigns in Tri-States days before Iowa caucus
WGEM Quincy / Posted 13 days ago
Firefighters to carry antidote as part of heroin-fighting initiativeFirefighters to carry antidote as part of heroin-fighting initiative Local law enforcement agencies have decided to team up to fight the growing heroin problem in Marion County, and... Read more
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NBC Chicago
Ward Room Campaign Round-Up: Week 1This is the first edition of the Ward Room’s Campaign Round-Up, a weekly postin
Ward Room Campaign Round-Up: Week 1
NBC Chicago / Posted 13 days ago
This is the first edition of the Ward Room’s Campaign Round-Up, a weekly posting dedicated to keeping voters informed about the state and county’s upcoming 2016 elections. Check the Ward Room blog for continued coverage every Tuesday. Illinois... Read more
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NBC Chicago
Cullerton Proposes Fix for Public School Funding GapIllinois Senate President John Cullerton said Monday he favors a plan that woul
Cullerton Proposes Fix for Public School Funding Gap
NBC Chicago / Posted 13 days ago
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said Monday he favors a plan that would shift $400 million to school districts in high poverty areas, stressing the need to fix the funding gap that sees affluent districts receive more money than poor... Read more
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WGEM Quincy
Teens get educated about the affects of heroinFirefighters to carry antidote as part of heroin-fighting initiativeFirefighter
Teens get educated about the affects of heroin
WGEM Quincy / Posted 13 days ago
Firefighters to carry antidote as part of heroin-fighting initiativeFirefighters to carry antidote as part of heroin-fighting initiative Local law enforcement agencies have decided to team up to fight the growing heroin problem in Marion County, and... Read more
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WGEM Quincy
Lesley Van Ness's baby makes his debutDay one wraps up in murder trial for former Adams County assistant state's atto
Lesley Van Ness's baby makes his debut
WGEM Quincy / Posted 13 days ago
Day one wraps up in murder trial for former Adams County assistant state's attorneyDay one wraps up in murder trial for former Adams County assistant state's attorney Day one of the Curtis Lovelace murder trial wrapped up in Adams County Circuit... Read more
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WGEM Quincy
Firefighters battle apartment fire in downtown KeokukWestern Illinois University talks staff cutsWestern Illinois University talks s
Firefighters battle apartment fire in downtown Keokuk
WGEM Quincy / Posted 14 days ago
Western Illinois University talks staff cutsWestern Illinois University talks staff cuts Western Illinois University Board of Trustees held a special meeting Monday to talk about possible staff cuts. President Jack Thomas announced in December the... Read more
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WGEM Quincy
Preventing identity theft starts with common senseIllinois Senate president pushes school funding formulaIllinois Senate presiden
Preventing identity theft starts with common sense
WGEM Quincy / Posted 14 days ago
Illinois Senate president pushes school funding formulaIllinois Senate president pushes school funding formula One of the state's top Democrats says an overhaul of the formula Illinois uses to fund public schools should be a top priority this... Read more
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WGEM Quincy
Mayor honors retiring Quincy police officerIllinois Senate president pushes school funding formulaIllinois Senate presiden
Mayor honors retiring Quincy police officer
WGEM Quincy / Posted 14 days ago
Illinois Senate president pushes school funding formulaIllinois Senate president pushes school funding formula One of the state's top Democrats says an overhaul of the formula Illinois uses to fund public schools should be a top priority this... Read more
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Missouri Attorney General pushes ag in Tri-State visitIllinois Senate president pushes school funding formulaIllinois Senate presiden
Missouri Attorney General pushes ag in Tri-State visit
WGEM Quincy / Posted 14 days ago
Illinois Senate president pushes school funding formulaIllinois Senate president pushes school funding formula One of the state's top Democrats says an overhaul of the formula Illinois uses to fund public schools should be a top priority this... Read more
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WGEM Quincy
Local agency says community help, not government proposal will help continue operationsIllinois Senate president pushes school funding formulaIllinois Senate presiden
Local agency says community help, not government proposal will help continue operations
WGEM Quincy / Posted 14 days ago
Illinois Senate president pushes school funding formulaIllinois Senate president pushes school funding formula One of the state's top Democrats says an overhaul of the formula Illinois uses to fund public schools should be a top priority this... Read more
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Crain's Chicago Business
Illinois Gov. Rauner is bad for business, Cullerton saysThe president of the Illinois Senate suggested today that pro-business, GOP Gov
Illinois Gov. Rauner is bad for business, Cullerton says
Crain's Chicago Business / Posted 14 days ago
The president of the Illinois Senate suggested today that pro-business, GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner actually is hurting the state's business climate in some key ways But Sen. John Cullerton also extended an olive branch or two, suggesting that he and the... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Senate President John Cullerton: School funding reform must be top priority for 2016 Education is supposed to be the great equalizer in America — the fundamental
Senate President John Cullerton: School funding reform must be top priority for 2016
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 14 days ago
Education is supposed to be the great equalizer in America — the fundamental key to prosperity, happiness and success.A good education helps to ensure students in... Read more
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WGEM Quincy
Local fire officials highlight numerous ways carbon monoxide pose threatStudents get a chance to explore art in the classroomStudents get a chance to e
Local fire officials highlight numerous ways carbon monoxide pose threat
WGEM Quincy / Posted 15 days ago
Students get a chance to explore art in the classroomStudents get a chance to explore art in the classroom Third graders sit in a classroom at Ellington School. Some Quincy third graders got a chance to learn from theater professionals Friday. The... Read more
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WGEM Quincy
Murder trial starts Monday for former Adams County assistant state's attorneyStudents get a chance to explore art in the classroomStudents get a chance to e
Murder trial starts Monday for former Adams County assistant state's attorney
WGEM Quincy / Posted 15 days ago
Students get a chance to explore art in the classroomStudents get a chance to explore art in the classroom Third graders sit in a classroom at Ellington School. Some Quincy third graders got a chance to learn from theater professionals Friday. The... Read more
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WGEM Quincy
Domestic Battery Arrest in QuincyStudents get a chance to explore art in the classroomStudents get a chance to e
Domestic Battery Arrest in Quincy
WGEM Quincy / Posted 15 days ago
Students get a chance to explore art in the classroomStudents get a chance to explore art in the classroom Third graders sit in a classroom at Ellington School. Some Quincy third graders got a chance to learn from theater professionals Friday. The... Read more
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WGEM Quincy
Eagle days brings in tourists during slow seasonStudents get a chance to explore art in the classroomStudents get a chance to e
Eagle days brings in tourists during slow season
WGEM Quincy / Posted 15 days ago
Students get a chance to explore art in the classroomStudents get a chance to explore art in the classroom Third graders sit in a classroom at Ellington School. Some Quincy third graders got a chance to learn from theater professionals Friday. The... Read more
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