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Madigan Blasts Corporate Incentives Packages

House Speaker Michael Madigan has sharply criticized corporate requests for tax breaks and says he’s unlikely to support deals for companies that pay little in taxes.

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Even with New Pension Law, State Is Troubled, Says Expert

U of I expert predicts deficits will continue

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Finalists for School Superintendent Meet the Public

Public meets the top candidates for school superintendent.

Lottery Day at the State Board of Elections

Who shows up where on the next state-wide election ballot has been determined

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Proposed Ordinance Would Raise Aldermanic Pay Slightly

Pay for Springfield city officials could climb slightly.

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Ameren Gas Rates to Climb, But Not As Much As Requested

Utility bills to climb again this winter.

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Springfield Police Nab Video Machine Thiefs

A couple of incidents have brought five arrests in thefts from video poker machines at gas stations – three in Springfield and one each in Auburn and McLean County.

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Dropout Numbers Can Be Misleading

Change in definition makes the story look better

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Farm Data Is Big Business

Farmers are willing to sell the information

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Bond Houses React to Pension Deal

It has been a while since anybody heard this, but somebody is upgrading its view of Illinois’ financial condition.

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Illinois Bill Penalizes for Leaving Pets in Extreme Weather

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Offenders could face up to a year in jail and fines of up to $2,500.

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Mt. Zion High School to Randomly Drug Test Some Students

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Students will be randomly selected for urinalysis tests to detect alcohol or marijuana, among other drugs.

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Measure Banning Electronic Cigarettes for Minors Passes Legislature

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Vaping's not for kids. At least, that's what Illinois lawmakers say.

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Lawmakers Could Consider “Turnaround Agenda” Items Wednesday

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers his inauguration address Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Springfield, Ill., after being sworn in as Illinois' 42nd governor.

Proposals addressing workers compensation, changes to the civil legal system and a freeze on properties taxes are on the agenda today in Senate committees.

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Sparks Fly as House Moves $36.3 Billion Spending Plan

Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, talks from the speakers podium in the House chambers Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Springfield Ill. The Illinois Legislature resumes work toward its end of May deadline.

Budget bills are moving out of the Illinois House and are being prepared for floor action in the Senate.